Hot Rod May 2020

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3 min.
why i want a new corvette

Editor-in-Chief @john.mcgann By now, the first 2020 Corvettes will be reaching Chevrolet dealership showrooms and happy customers will be taking delivery of this highly anticipated, mid-engine C8 platform. I wouldn’t mind being one of those people, though there’s no way I could afford one right now. I’m not into new cars, so if I had the money and was forced to spend it on a new vehicle, I’d struggle with what to buy. I like Challengers; I think they’re the best looking of the current crop of muscle cars, or GT cars, or whatever the segment is evolving into. I’d probably eschew the blower-whine bravado of the Hellcat versions and opt for a Scat Pack Widebody with the six-speed manual transmission—simple good looks, plenty of power, big tires, and the purity of changing…

2 min.
how the formosa group created the car soundtrack for the fast & furious presents hobbs & shaw feature film

Network Content Director @douglas.glad Did you know that the sounds captured on the set of Fast & Furious aren’t necessarily the same sounds that end up on film? Foley, named for the technique’s inventor, Jack Foley, is the term used for a soundtrack or tracks that are added after the film is shot, during post-production, or just post. This is especially true for car movies, where most of the action is shot outside in an environment full of noise pollution. Formosa Group is a studio in Los Angeles—HOT ROD visited the Santa Monica location—that adds the vehicle noises to films you are familiar with. If you have seen Mad Max: Fury Road, the John Wick movies, or anything from the Fast & Furious franchise, you have seen, or more accurately heard,…

3 min.
corvettes at daytona: looking back, looking forward

The 2020 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was completed just as we were wrapping up production of this issue. This event, the 62nd running of the historic endurance race at Daytona International Speedway, was the first official on-track race of the new, mid-engine Corvette C8.R race car, though it wasn’t the first time the car was seen on-track. Last October, Tommy Milner took one on a hot lap around Road Atlanta prior to the start of the Petit Le Mans race. The car was on-track again at the beginning of January for the Roar Before the Rolex 24, basically a practice session and short enduro race three weeks before the Rolex 24. This year, Chevrolet entered two cars in the Rolex 24, the familiar yellow Number 3 car, with drivers Jordan…

2 min.
the hot rod archives

20 YEARS AGO (May 2000, 152 Pages, $3.99) The Street Muscle cover theme was a harbinger for solid street car tech inside this issue. Tech Editor Steve Magnante conducted a four-way comparison of the most popular power-adders for street cars, running each example on the chassis dyno at Harv’s Performance Center. Nitrous, supercharger, and turbochargers squared off against the wild-card of a big cubic inch naturally-aspirated engine. Though all cars were winners in our opinion, the big-inch, N/A contestant made the most power. Magneto also did burnouts in the HOT ROD Hemi Dakota project car and Feature Editor Jeff Kotch wrote about Hot Wheels’ Collectibles line. Currently, we’re neighbors with Mattel, who’s headquarters are less than three miles from our El Segundo, California office. 40 YEARS AGO (May 1980, 144 pages, $1.75) Tech…

9 min.
looking back at junior johnson

Forever immortalized by Tom Wolfe’s short story “The Last American Hero is Junior Johnson. Yes!” published in his book The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby, Junior Johnson, 1931–2019, was the prototypical NASCAR hero. We’re all aware NASCAR started as a place for the illegal liquor (moonshine) runners in the Southeast to compete against each other on racetracks instead of windy, dirt mountain roads. Junior began as a legit ’shine runner until “Big Bill” France convinced him to drive his 1940 Fords and other liquor cars at his events. Junior was instantly one of the initial stars of the series, winning 50 NASCAR races in the 1950s and 1960s, and going on to run his own team with drivers including Darel Dieringer, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Cale Yarbrough, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, Neil Bonnet,…

1 min.
1970 mustang corralled in garage for 30 years

This 1970 Mustang Sportsroof is one of a handful of early 1970 models with the 351 Windsor and a two-barrel carburetor under the shaker! The owner doesn’t have a Marti report on it, but some research indicates that only a few hundred cars came equipped that way. In 1983 he was involved in an accident and pushed the car into his garage—where it has sat ever since, damage and all. He did collect a new fender to replace the damaged one, but hasn’t yet gotten around to mounting it. Hopefully, he can get the car cleaned up and back on the road. It doesn’t look like it needs that much to get done.…