Text and Photos by Matt Emery
Too Cool for School: This Camaro Gets High Marks
When Dave and Mike Little first envisioned a car for Mike to drive to school, their first thought was that building a Camaro would be perfect. It would be something that they could do together, and when finished, it would give the younger Little a cool ride. While they did in fact build this sweet 1968 Chevy Camaro, things didn’t turn out quite like Mike had planned. Even getting it back to their Granite Bay, California, home turned out to be a chore. On the way back from Seattle (where they had bought the car from the original owner’s neighbor), their motor home and trailer had to be pulled out of a snow bank in Shasta, California.
Text and Photos by Matt Emery
Paddle as Fast as You Can: Installing TCI’s 6X Six-Speed Transmission and Paddle Shifter
Automatic transmissions have been around nearly as long as the automobile. They served their purpose, but for those who were looking for performance, the manual gearbox was the way to go. And the more gears in that box the better. Even though high gear is traditionally a 1:1 setup, having many gears to choose from makes keeping the engine in the meat of the power band that much easier. The “three on the tree” became a four, then five, and finally six speeds capable of handling whatever the driver/racer asked of it. Of course, this was all via a floor-mounted shifter usually using an “H” pattern.
Text and Photos by Courtney Halowell
A Long Time Coming: Tom Lieb’s 1929 Ford Roadster Sat on the Backburner for 50 Years
Tom Lieb is no stranger to the hot rod community or the restoration community or the air-cooled VW community. It would just be easier to say that Tom is an all-around car guy than to list all of his interests because the list would go on and on. We’re sure that we would miss a couple of entries, too. You’d think that a guy with so many varied interests would get bored with endlessly talking about cars, but when we were shooting his absolutely breathtaking Model A roadster that you see on these pages, he was happy to show us all of the neat little custom-built items like the spring-loaded hood-side holders or the column drop made from a rumble lid hinge.
Text and Photos by Guest
Plymouth Duster and Barracuda-History in Motion
Our connection to hot rods and classic cars goes beyond steel or horsepower. The stories behind different cars are snapshots of history. Mass car production and urban migration were fueled by the iconic Model T. The Camaro and Mustang are rivals that benefit from each other’s success. Corvette lovers can thank Zora Arkus-Duntov. Who? To boost slumping sales, the GM worker suggested gearing ads to a younger crowd. The bold move made Chevy’s Corvette a pop culture hit. The Plymouth Barracuda and Duster are muscle cars valued by hot rods enthusiasts, but perhaps for reasons that overlook the impact these cars had on America. In particular, a yellow 1970 Plymouth Barracuda and red 1972 Plymouth Duster that battled on dusty So Cal tracks almost 40 years ago. This is the premise of ‘Snake and Mongoo$e’, an independent film from Director Wayne Holloway and Executive Producer Elliott Broidy . The story helps explain how these cars were prized at the Barrett Jackson Car Auction in January, along with other classic car events.
Text and Photos by Anthony Grimes
Blake Foster’s 1972 Chevy Nova: ResurreXion
Blake Foster, owner of Blake Foster Speed Tech Performance, is well-versed in building high performance muscles cars and his newest creation does not disappoint. Blakes ’72 Nova started is life as a Super Chevy build project that Speed Tech had sponsored, donating the front sub frame and rear torque arm suspension. About half way through the build, the original owner contacted Blake explaining the build would not be able to be completed. The original owner and Blake worked out a deal and the car came into his possession and with so many Speed Tech parts already on the car, a new project began. “I named the car ResurreXion because it started life as a Super Chevy build, spelling includes the ‘X’ for the Nova body style,” Blake adds. The vehicle was shipped crossed country and after it arrived, upon further inspection, they discovered that the original workmanship was not up to their high standards. “We decided to completely strip the car including: removing the sub frame connectors, roll cage, and sand blast the entire car,” says Blake.