The Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro have probably sold more magazines than any other pair of cars. Pit the two against each other, and you have a contest with the same emotional appeal as Mac versus PC, Coke versus Pepsi, Army versus Navy. Such contests have been widened to include ‘Cudas, Firebirds, Javelins, and others, but most customers pay to watch the Ford and Chevy duke it out. The cars pictured here could’ve competed in round one of this epic battle: a third-year redesigned Mustang GT 390 and a freshly minted Camaro RS/SS 350. Each was built early in the 1967 model year, with the highest- performing mainstream engine and suspension packages available. In the early 1960s, the first baby boomers were coming of age and market research suggested they wouldn’t be buying the cars their parents drove. They’d be looking to express themselves, but on a budget. Everyone got the message, and GM was the first to respond. To keep costs down, the Big Three leveraged the … [Read more...] about Road Test: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro & 1967 Ford Mustang
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Has it been 75 years already? My how the time flies, especially when we’re having fun. This year, the ’32 Ford celebrates its 75th anniversary. But when we look at the latest ’32 Ford hot rods-why, they don’t look a day over yesterday. When the Deuce first became the hot-rod builder’s car of choice, it wasn’t an icon or a legend. It wasn’t special or even particularly rare. It was just another old car to haul out of the junkyard or tow off the back row of the used-car lot, tear apart, and build into something fast and sharp. But for hot rodders of the era, the ’32 Ford became the new black. Everything seemed right about it, and everyone had to have one. That’s what made it special and eventually made the Deuce into an icon. And for the next wave of hot rodders, the ’57 Chevrolet became the ’32 Ford of its generation. Just as for the next generation, the original ’67 Camaro became the object of desire. And now, here … [Read more...] about The Icons – The ’32 Deuce, ’57 Chevy, and ’67 Camaro
Ask any Pontiac hobbyist what is the most popular Trans Am in the history of the Firebird brand, and you’ll likely hear a two-word answer: The Bandit. Thanks wholly to the Special Edition Trans Ams driven by Burt Reynolds in the 1977 movie, Smokey and the Bandit and the 1981 sequel Smokey and the Bandit II, it’s nearly impossible to envision any-year Trans Am without the now-iconic imagery of sinister-black-paint with a healthy accent of gold-colored trim and an intimidating Shaker scoop jutting up through a Screaming-Chicken-adorned hood. That’s why when General Motors made the universally unpopular decision to retire the Pontiac brand and the T/A model along with it, some aftermarket car builders turned to the ’77 Bandit for inspiration in transforming ’10 Camaros into retro-inspired musclecars that Pontiac hobbyists could embrace. High Performance Pontiac has already featured two ’10 T/A concept cars, the first designed by ASC (American Sunroof … [Read more...] about Gearhead Street Customs – The Bandit Has Landed
Quick, who wins? We’re talking road-course times for the ultimate hot rodded, old ponycar versus a top-of-the-line, new ponycar. The time has come when it’s a legit question. Today’s hardcore Pro Touring old muscle cars have matured into serious performers without being rowdy race cars, and late-models are finally making horsepower like they really mean it. It’s not like 1982, when the all-new Z28 out-cornered any old muscle car (no matter how stiff the springs or how new the KYB Gas-a-Just shocks), and the older muscle cars dominated on the straightaways (no matter how many bolt-ons you tried on your new Z28’s anemic 305). Let’s see if hot rodding ingenuity can finally outcorner serious late-model muscle. Player: ’69 Ever since its debut in 2010, this has been the most vaunted car in the Pro Touring world, and with good cause. We’ll admit there’s little ’69 Camaro left in the Red Devil built by Mark Stielow (and currently … [Read more...] about Built Vs. Bought
The PlanJust where this scheme was first hatched nobody seems to remember, but it has hotel bar written all over it. It must have been after a long, beautiful day on the road on Power Tour(r) or on top of 14 hours of sensory overload at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. When the HOT ROD staff is spooled up into a state of giddy exhaustion and the second round of beverages has been ordered-only then can a story idea as extreme as this one begin to make sense. The high concept: Take a truckload of crate engines and race-test them all in the same car, at the same time, on the same dragstrip. Yeah, right. Get real. Such a project would require a track thrash of heroic proportions. The logistics alone are a nightmare. It would demand far more time and budget than one feature could ever justify; meanwhile, any one of a zillion little things could go wrong and crash the whole stupid plan. One would have to be crazy to even suggest such a thing. But now here is the truly weird part: We pitched the … [Read more...] about The Jumbo Crate Motor Comparo of Death!
The Beginning In the year Chevrolet was born, there were 270 auto companies operating in the United States. Although Chevrolet was started by one of the best-known and most prolific names in the fledgling industry, its survival was not ensured. But Chevrolet not only endured, it prospered. It went on to become one of the few American auto brands to reach the century mark, and it was the number-one-selling brand in the United States in the majority of those years. Herewith, a look at the 100 cars, people, technologies, events, and milestones that have marked Chevrolet’s 100 years. 1. Billy Durant(2) He started two other car companies that year and two more the next. Those other makers were soon subsumed by Chevrolet, which Durant envisioned as a low-priced brand that would take on Ford. By 1915, Durant and his proxies had succeeded in acquiring enough General Motors stock that Durant regained (tenuous) control of GM. He then engineered a stock swap which meant, in effect, that … [Read more...] about The Chevrolet 100
We've all heard the horror stories. Your buddy knows a girl that was dating a guy whose best friend's brother once broke his brand-new, recently purchased performance car while making runs at a drag strip or laps at a track day, and the manufacturer wouldn't cover the repair under warranty.True story? Urban legend? Complete crap? Yes, no, maybe. One thing's for sure: Automotive warranties have always come with caveats.In 1908, an ad in the Trenton Evening Times clearly stated: "All Ford Cars Guaranteed for One Year." Although it changed over time, by 1925 the Ford New Car Guarantee only covered 90 days on material and 30 days on labor, and it clearly stated that that there was "No guarantee whatever on Fan Belts, Glass, Bulbs, Wiring, Transmission, Bands, Hose Connections, Commutator Shells, Rollers, Spark Plugs or Gaskets."Whether or not Ol' Henry would pay to fix your Model T if you broke it shaving a tenth off your lap time at the local board track seems to be lost to history. We're … [Read more...] about Is your new-car warranty good at the race track?
There has been no shortage of words written about the Honda S2000 on the internet. In fact, when a RRR request came in from Ryan in the ATL for his new-to-him 2000 AP1 S2K, my first thought was, “Why? It’s been done to death.”Okay, that’s a total lie. My first thought was “Hell yes. When and where?”really bad ones) but most importantly, I always had fun behind the wheel. The S2K, especially in its original AP1 format (available beginning in the 2000 model year through 2003), gives even the best drivers fits. In order to get a winning run out of one, the driver must constantly be at the threshold of disaster, trusting both his car and his reflexes to the nth degree. On an autocross course, that can mean a trophy-winning day just as easily as it can mean a day with all dirty runs. High risk, high reward.On the street, it can mean you’ve found yourself neatly wrapped around a tree, and the low acquisition cost of the S2K meant that younger, … [Read more...] about Reader Ride Review: 2000 Honda S2000 “AP1”
A couple of years ago, I attended my last General Motors press event. It was the debut of the Cadillac CTS-v Coupe and it was held at the Monticello country-club racetrack. I recall being impressed with the car, and I recall being impressed with Mark Reuss, the second-generation GM executive who brought his own helmet and his Grand-Am license to the event. Like Bob Lutz, Reuss is a big, handsome, improbably wealthy fellow who travels with a personal assistant, speaks in a no-nonsense tone, and carries himself with impervious confidence.My attitude to the superstar dudes of the industry closely parallels that of O’Shea Jackson (warning: listening to that song at work will GET YOU FIRED) so I didn’t bother to chat Mr. Reuss up until we found ourselves side by side in the airport terminal. I asked him his opinion of the handling differences between the various CTS bodystyles, listened to him tell a couple of stories about road racing, and received some mild chastisement for … [Read more...] about GM’s wishful thinking swallows the Pontiac G8, spits out the Chevrolet SS.
From the August 2011 Issue of Car and Driver We’re visiting an odd spot in the universe where level-headed civility doesn’t pertain. This is a dream destination where the unlikely is the norm and the preposterous is the rule. Here, the ride of choice is a vintage Chevy Camaro packing Corvette ZR1 speed and handling. True believers call this sect of the car faith Pro Touring (PT). On the sacred tree of motoring, the PT branch thrives several limbs up from hot rods and a couple over from restomods. The essential ingredients are outrageous power, 1.0-g cornering and braking capabilities, and stock sheetmetal. The “Red Devil” Camaro constructed by GM engineer Mark Stielow is a PT track star masquerading as a street-legal F-body. In case your subscription to Car Craft has expired: The ’69 Camaro is now and forever the most cherished muscle car ever made. This model year’s combination of classic beauty, tidy size, and ample underhood … [Read more...] about 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Red Devil Pro Touring