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Chevy High Performance

Chevy High Performance

March 2020

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3 min.
firing up

These days I tend to spend a good amount of time on social media (Instagram mostly) following quite a few car-related channels. While scrolling through photos, every so often I come across some cars I wish I could own and some I’d like to drive just once to see what all the buzz is about. One I’d like to drive is a 2019 Bugatti Chiron. With a quad-turbo 8.0-liter, 16-cylinder engine that busts out 1,500 horsepower and 1,180 lb-ft torque, this car really piques my interest. It looks pretty damn cool sitting still, it’s top speed is electronically limited to 261 mph for safety reasons, but reports say it can reach 288 mph with the limiter removed. In reality, it’s not like 261 mph is slow for a street car…

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 Jeg Coughlin Jr. Grant Cox Dominck Damato Richard Holdener Steve Magnante Jason Matthew Ro McGonegal Richard Prince Jeff Smith ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Design Director Markas Platt Art Director Danilo Silverio ADVERTISING Network Advertising Director Rudy Rivas 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…

3 min.
straight line spotlight

Wisconsin High-Winder We just love the throwback styling of this very impressive Super Stock 1985 Corvette owned and raced by Tracy Robbins from Wisconsin. Acquired back in 2005, Tracy has had great success with this Corvette, particularly within the IHRA championship series, winning back-to-back divisional titles in 2008 and 2009. The Corvette features a high-winding 385ci splayed valve small-block that was assembled by H&F Performance (Wilson, North Carolina). Originally conceived to be a fast street car, this manually shifted Corvette runs as a SS/M and regularly dips into the high 8-second zone with terminal speeds over 150 mph. The car was at first solid white, but Tracy has given this mid-1980’s Corvette a truly standout finish with a paint scheme (credit “Deno” and Bobby Leonard) that includes era-correct purple, orange, and…

6 min.
tire iron

Look here. Somebody dared to defy convention and lived to tell happy stories about it. We are appreciative to Chris and Rebecca Walters for not being lemmings, for not clinging to the legions of Camaro/Chevelle/Nova adherents. They aren’t bothered by the fact that their car is in the same unpopular book as say the B-body Impala or Biscayne. They know that people are apt to remember these shunned sleds with a lot more enthusiasm and clarity than the usual suspects. “The first time I saw my Monte Carlo was at Union Grove Dragway in 2002,” Chris said with a brightness spreading across his face. “I had the luxury of racing against it in my supercharged Mustang. Back then I said how beautiful [the Monte] was.” He wedged that thought in a…

11 min.
please release me

A fitting definition of a modern performance car might just be one that has superior control over every system. EFI offers outstanding digital mastery over fuel and spark and it could be said that hydraulics offer similar and more specific control over clutch actuation. You could think of it like this: back in the ’30s, vehicle control made a giant leap forward when hydraulic brakes made their appearance on production cars. But like EFI, hydraulic clutch release systems have been slow to catch on with enthusiasts. The systems appear simple on the surface, but executing these systems properly can be sometimes problematic. But there are suitable solutions. This becomes important with today’s Pro Touring and LS engine retrofit schemes where expectations are that a properly built muscle car can integrate 21st…

6 min.
necessity is a mother

Most Chevy High magazine readers adhere to the do-it-yourself discipline. It is usually the lack of money to engage a competent facility … or being unable to scratch out the hours to do it. Hot rodding has always been considered a hands-on endeavor, something that’s instilled in hot-rod brains … and those hot-rod brains love it. Those exploding heads are usually supported by family and friends with the same inclination. Yes, the things that were ingrained, the things Tony learned from his father were the catalysts. His “initiation” years taught him that a slow and methodical approach would yield the best results. More than 33 years later, his modus operandi has not changed. Nor has his obsession, his first car, this very Camaro that was his abiding partner throughout high school…