We all know about the exploits of the Ramchargers and Tom Hoover at Chrysler Engineering, but many dedicated people contributed to Chrysler’s greatness during the muscle car era. Perhaps no engineer worked harder and got less recognition than Bob Tarozzi, who is best known for his engineering work on the Super Stock Hemi package cars in 1968, and for his work on the Chrysler Trans-Am effort with All American Racers in 1970. This piece is in fact an excerpt of Tarozzi’s new book, Turk, The Lives I’ve Lived, A Rebel With A Cause, available from www.rtarozzi.com. Here, we jump right into the deep end of Tarozzi’s book, Chapter 6, but don’t think for a minute that this chapter is the book’s high point—each section has juicy tidbits from Mopar and AMC performance history in its heyday. We want to thank Bob for letting us publish this segment, and hope all of you will pick up a copy. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed! — Johnny Hunkins … [Read more...] about ‘70 Dodge & Plymouth Trans Am Season: Crazy Insider Story!
Insubordination in swahili
One would think with all the media outlets we are bombarded with daily that nothing could get past us-what with the TV/video/digital cameras, satellites, and who knows what else tucked away into every nook and cranny on this Earth. I mean think about it: You can log on to the Internet on any given day and read up on current political sex scandals in subarctic Siberia if you wanted to. It really is as if nothing can get past us. But just like the Greek gods taught Prometheus hubris, we can fall victim into thinking we know it all. Because just when we think we have seen it all, something new, exciting, fresh, and often just plain strange appears from the woodwork. Speaking of woodwork, it’s now been a couple of days (at the time I’m writing this) since those aerial photos of a remote Amazon tribe in the Brazilian state of Acre have surfaced. For those unaware, here’s the scoop: A helicopter was flying overhead when they noticed a series of huts and such tucked away in … [Read more...] about Brazilian C10 Chevy Suburban – Off The Wall
Here in sunny SoCal, it seems as though there’s an auto parts store on nearly every corner (lucky us). In fact, I don’t think you can drive more than five blocks without passing at least one auto parts chain store. Unfortunately, as unlikely as it sounds, the more parts stores that pop up, the harder it is to find parts. I’m sure most of you can relate, but for those who are lucky enough to have a real parts house to go to, here’s a taste of what the rest of us are up against. It’s Friday early evening on the way home from the office and I figure it’d be smarter and faster to stop and grab the parts I need for the weekend’s thrashin’ rather than wasting valuable Saturday morning garage time running errands. Besides, right off my exit there’s a parts store (which will remain un-named, but it’s a typical chain) that’ll have, or be able to get, what I need. In the front door I go, winding my way past stacks of speakers the … [Read more...] about Auto Parts Stores Across California- Up Front
It’s cold, windy, and early on a recent Tuesday, and our bus is traveling down a nondescript road in northwestern South Carolina. The small group inside is quietly eager. Next to me are families and friends, fathers and sons. And as we turn off the main road and approach the glass façade of the BMW Performance Center, some begin to point and murmur. “Is that it?” asks one. “There it is!” says another. They’re seeing their new BMWs in person for the first time. Some on this bus have had this day circled on their calendar for months. Me, too. When we ordered an X3 xDrive28i for our long-term fleet, BMW supplied its VIN. After creating an account on the automaker’s website and plugging in the 16-digit alphanumeric string, we watched as our X3 completed each milestone of its assembly, including video of it being married to its powertrain and getting its sunroof installed. Now, our finished Vermillion Red X3 is sitting prominently at the front … [Read more...] about 2011 BMW X3: From South Carolina to L.A.