Hemmings Motor News September 2020

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
an accessory to failure?

The print-media game is no picnic these days, but lately things have been rough for businesses with “J.C.” in their names. J.C. Penney announced in June that it was closing more than 150 stores, including the one here in Bennington, Vermont. Like many other people, I used to buy my “good” work pants at that store. After a few thousand hard miles, those pants would be demoted to garage wear and I’d head back to J.C. Penney on my lunch break for a fresh pair, thus continuing the pants-themed circle of life. Since I’ve been working from home, the need for dedicated work pants, or even pants at all, has reached unprecedented and frankly disturbing new lows. I believe this makes me a contributing factor in that store’s closing. In other…

3 min
corvette “fastbacks”

“What always made the Corvette so attractive to enthusiasts are its power-to-weight ratio and brute force…” One of the most stylish Corvette models ever produced was the third version of the third-generation model built from 1978 to 1982. Although they certainly weren’t the most powerful Corvettes ever produced, these editions are considered by many enthusiasts to be among the finest, stylish shapes to ever clothe a Corvette chassis. Beneath their fiberglass skin, they were essentially carbon copies of the previous, 1968-’77 models. But these Corvettes — produced for only five years — sported a redesigned, racy-looking fastback rear with a large expanse of glass similar to that of the 1963-’67 Sting Ray coupes. Lovingly referred to as “fastbacks,” they also had a more modern-looking instrument cluster that was far easier to read…

13 min

I want to express my appreciation for the article on the 1925 Overland Model 91 roadster by Matthew Litwin. The article talked about the car in some detail, but also told the story of the people and places involved in the creation of the company. I enjoy reading the many stories about the exciting beginning of the automobile industry. Please don’t be bashful about talking about the early pioneers in motorcars in the future. Chuck Hanna Libertyville, Illinois The school your article mentioned that Mr. Cox, the man behind Overland’s existence, had attended in Terre Haute is still very much there, but it is called Rose Polytechnic, not Ross. (Today it’s the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.) I grew up in Marshall, Illinois, 20-some miles to the west of that school, and the annual…

5 min
motoring news

EVENT NEWS For Spring Carlisle, the show must go on After two prior COVID-19-related postponements, pushing Spring Carlisle back from April to May and then to June, Carlisle Events opened the fairground gates to attendees on June 17. The same day, the Pennsylvania Department of Health filed suit against the company, accusing it of ignoring the 250-person-maximum rule then in place for public gatherings within the state. Even before opening day, Carlisle Events had been petitioning the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development for a waiver. Documenting its spacious outdoor grounds and clarifying safety measures put in place (such as touchless entry points, sanitation stations, and reminders to remain at an appropriate distance), Carlisle’s correspondence reportedly went unanswered. On June 16, DCED contacted Carlisle Events via email, reminding the company of its…

3 min
1968 pontiac le mans convertible

Parents know that the offspring who makes the most noise gets the most attention, while the quiet one glides under the radar and stays out of trouble. This basic perspective can be seen in GM’s first- through third-gen A-body platform utilized by every corporate division save Cadillac. Pick one — any one — and you can spot the noisemaker. At Pontiac, that was the GTO, while the upscale Le Mans and entry-level Tempest were, more often than not, the quiet siblings within the family. Years later, everyone remembers the rule-skirting antics of the GTO: a muscular street-legal legend on the cusp of being a larger-than-life figure. Sure, the GTO received credit for creating the muscle car scene, but given Detroit’s heavy involvement with racing — either blatantly or clandestinely — it…

3 min
1969 chevrolet camaro z/28

By the mid-1960s, it had been well established that success in motorsports competition helped forge a winning persona for automakers that moved cars off of dealer lots and into customers’ garages. The 1967 Z/28 was developed to homologate the Camaro for the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans-American Sedan Championship, and the track-prepped cars of Penske Racing quickly made their mark, winning SCCA Trans-Am championships for Chevrolet in the over 2.0-liter class for 1968 and 1969. These achievements were the result of the stellar driving of Mark Donohue, Roger Penske’s strategizing, and the race team’s skillful execution of its duties, among other factors. The 1969 Camaro wowed the Bowtie-performance-car-appreciating masses with its alluring design, and the comprehensive Z/28 Special Performance Package remained available for the V-8 coupe. Some of its content and…