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Chevy High Performance

Chevy High Performance February 2020

Get Chevy High Performance digital magazine subscription today for the automotive source for all Chevy aficionados whose interests entail buying, building, restoring, and modifying high-performance Chevrolet vehicles.

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3 min.
firing up

It was approximately 10 years ago when the gearheads at Holley were kicking it—office chairs fully leaned back—spit-balling ideas at the conference room whiteboard about putting on a gig for muscle cars armed with LS engines between the framerails. At the time, the LS engine phenomenon was starting to really gain traction as the most popular engine swap for vintage Chevys, so why not invite these folks to an event where they all could hang out and do a bunch of car stuff together. Those spitballs eventually unraveled into the Holley LS Fest held at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, just a few miles from Holley’s headquarters. The location was a “no-brainer;” the event had yet to prove itself. “We were beginning to sell a lot of LS engine components…

1 min.
chevy high performance

EDITORIAL Network Content Director Douglas Glad Network Director, Street Rod & Super Chevy Groups Brian Brennan Editor Nick Licata Managing Editor Bill Klein Group Tech Editor Jim Smart Feature Editor Taylor Kempkes Contributing Editors Bruce Biegler Tommy Lee Byrd Kevin DiOssi Joe Greeves Chris Holstrom Barry Kluczyk Steve Magnante Robert McGaffin Ro McGonegal Chris Shelton ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Design Director Markas Platt Art Director Danilo Silverio ADVERTISING Network Advertising Director Angela Schoof-Ousley Eastern Sales Director Michael Essex (863) 860-6023 Western Sales Director Scott Timberlake (310) 531-5969 Ad Operations Manager Monica Hernandez Ad Operations Coordinator Patty Ludi Executive Assistant Amy Watson Event Coordinator Yasmin Fajatin TEN: PUBLISHING MEDIA, LLC President Kevin Mullan SVP, Editorial & Advertising Operations Amy Diamond General Manager, Automotive Network Tim Foss Senior Director, Finance Catherine Temkin CONSUMER MARKETING, ENTHUSIAST MEDIA SUBSCRIPTION COMPANY, INC. SVP, Circulation Tom Slater VP, Retention & Operations Fulfillment Donald T. Robinson III VP, Acquisition & Database Marketing Victoria Linehan VP, Newsstand Retail Sales William Carter MOTORTREND GROUP President/General Manager Alex Wellen Group…

3 min.
straight line spotlight

Black From the Brink Michigan’s Ricardo LaCosta displayed true grit and desire prior to the debut of his impressive 1978 Malibu. LaCosta, who works at GM’s Global Service Operations (Lake Orion, Michigan) as a global empowerment manager, was truly tested after he crashed his previous race car: a record-holding, turbocharged Buick Regal. Following that accident and a regrouping period, LaCosta acquired the Malibu from the Philadelphia area after a winning bid on eBay. He took the car to “Lil John” Cross (LJ Race Cars) who did all the car’s tubing and rollcage construction. After experimenting with a couple of engine programs, LaCosta settled on an LS7 by Barry Walker (Airflo Technologies, Fort Lauderdale, Florida), which features a stock crank, rods, and heads; a FAST LSX intake; and a turbocharger. LaCosta races…

6 min.
country honk

“You want to know who’s responsible for getting me into all this business in the first place?” asked protagonist Vince Morrell. “I got two older brothers with the car disease. I got my driver’s license when I was 16. Even if I tried I couldn’t get away from it.” He had other hot rods, one of them a Nova, before this one so he knew the drill and pretty much what to expect before it occurred. Sure as shootin’, there’s a neat backstory here, as well. “My wife and I had spent about four years looking for the right Nova,” he said. “Then one day I ran into an old friend, actually the guy I bought my first Nova from 20 years ago! He said he’d gotten one a few years…

7 min.
fuel rehab

There are many reasons why we encourage Chevy enthusiasts to get out and drive their cars. Enjoying time behind the wheel is the main reason we build them, but it’s also healthy for these old engines to experience heat cycles and keep the fluids moving. Your car’s fuel system is highly sensitive to damage caused by neglect. Of course, today’s fuels can take some of the blame for fuel system woes, but the real problem (whether we’re talking pure gasoline or ethanol blend) is lack of use. If a car sits for an extended period of time, you can expect things to deteriorate and stop working. Such is the case with our 1967 Camaro, a six-cylinder car that underwent a big-block swap in the 1980s. It’s been off the road…

5 min.
the impossible becomes doable

If you’ve been in the automotive hobby for a decade or two, you’re aware of the sweeping changes that have occurred since the new millennium. The immediate access provided by the Internet solves problems in minutes. All it takes to locate hard-to-find parts, buy or sell a vehicle, or just see what’s out there is a few taps on the keyboard. Dan Nanticoke understands this very well. He’s a Sprint Car driver from Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada. In addition to being an active automotive enthusiast, he’s also pretty good behind the wheel, winning the 2017 Rookie of the Year in Crate Sprints and followed up with the 2018 Rookie of the Year in 360 Sprints. A few months ago, while visiting Daytona and cruising a Florida car show, he got the idea…