Hot Rod November 2019

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3 min.
2020 corvette unveiled!

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann After many decades of rumors, false starts, and tantalizing prototype cars, the mid-engine Corvette is finally a reality, and I can’t think of a more highly anticipated unveiling of any car in production. The mid-engine layout brings with it connotations of exotic hypercar status that Corvette enthusiasts have craved since the early ’70s when the notion was first dangled in front of the public. I think it’s fascinating that for more than half of the Corvette’s existence, rumors and speculation of an ultra-high-performance, mid-engine version of the car has captivated the public, and it’s equally fascinating to read how close the rumors came to being reality at different times in the car’s history. As a kid who grew up in the ’80s, I liken the release of the C8 to that…

2 min.
never driven a stingray? try the 2020 corvette.

Network Content Director @douglas.glad About 10 years ago, I wrote an editorial calling out a Porsche owner for calling me out about power-to-weight ratios and horsepower. He claimed his car, because of all-wheel drive, electronics, and 385 horsepower, was faster than my muscle car that made 800 rwhp and weighed 500 pounds less. Sticky tires and torque settled the issue. Today, I am not so sure. I recently got my hands on a 2019 GT-R Track Edition and took it for a spin in the mountains above Los Angeles where it began to change my mind. It makes 600 hp and has all-wheel drive, paddle shifters, a bucket seat that feels good on the kidneys, and electronic trinkets galore. Rising out of Ojai on Highway 33, I just kept pouring on the power,…

2 min.
25th anniversary of the cheap thrills dart

This year is the 25th anniversary of the 1968 Dodge Dart known as Cheap Thrills, which ran 12.69 and cost $1,886.92 (Mar., Apr., May ’94). And it’s perhaps the most controversial and popular project car to ever appear in HOT ROD. The idea was hatched by then Staff Editor, David Freiburger: Build a car to go as fast as we could for as cheap as we could. We’d keep it real by doing it the same way many readers build their cars: on a budget, going to swap meets, and trying to find parts and sell parts in order to have enough money to buy the next part. But HOT ROD Editor Jeff Smith rejected the pitch, as it would be spotlighting a car not built particularly well. When Steve Campbell filled…

1 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO November 1999, 154 pages, $3.50: Yes, there’s such thing as an “easy engine swap,” or at least staffers Terry McGean and Steve Magnante made you believe that yours could be, but either way, the Art Chrisman engine gave you hope and aspiration. Tech in the issue included a guide to big-block aluminum street heads, steps for replacing head gaskets, and getting more oomph from a crated Magnum 380. Also, had readers been complaining that we never featured enough Mopars in HOT ROD? Yup. This issue had one, for the counters of such things. 40 YEARS AGO November 1979, 108 pages, $1.50: What’s it like to drive a bracket altered? Editor Lee Kelly and staff hit the dragstrip with the HOT ROD project vehicle called Bracket Attack (spoiler: 8.95). Meanwhile, our…

9 min.
take 5 with tim kuniskis

I first met Tim Kuniskis years ago at a dinner at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. He was introduced to me only as Tim, and at the time, I had no idea what his role was in the company. We sat at the end of a dark table, drinks in hand, and he calmly listened as I went on an hour long tirade, filled with the best of my Brooklyn expletives, ranting my displeasure about the state of Dodge and SRT. I spoke of how I was crushed by what the brand had become, and that if they didn’t get their act together, they were going to implode, and in the process, lose the loyalty of one of the most diehard automotive fan bases the world has ever seen.…

9 min.
2019 hot rod power tour

JUNE 8 CONCORD, NC JUNE 9 MARTINSVILLE, VA JUNE 10 BRISTOL, TN JUNE 11 SPARTA, KY JUNE 12 INDIANAPOLIS, IN JUNE 13 FORT WAYNE, IN JUNE 14 NORWALK, OH My grandparents lived in a town called Massapequa Park, located on the south shore of Long Island. Their house sat directly across the street from the waters of South Oyster Bay, and in the summertime, there was no better place to be. There were large yards, both front, and rear, along with a community pool down the street. The residents consisted mainly of people from New York City and the surrounding boroughs (Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island) who moved to Long Island in the ’50s and ’60s with hopes of giving their families a better life. While the neighborhood, beach, and yards were all fantastic, the thing…