MAGIC IN MOTOWN: TOP TEN!

The annual North American International Auto Show kicked off in Detroit last week. Road Test Editor Howard Walker picks his Top 10 showstoppers.                                                   Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Call it the Corvette Double Wha...
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CORVETTE Z06 & C7.R: WIN-WIN FOR CHEVY!

The new, most-powerful-ever Z06 Corvette supplies the basic platform for the all-out racecar. It doesn’t get any better than this! “The new Z06 delivers levels of performance, technology and design that rival the most exotic supercars in the world,” said Mark Reuss, GM Executive VP Product Development, at the  Z06 and C7.R reveal this morning at the Detroit Auto Show. The ‘15 Z06 features a new LT4 6.2-litersupercharged V-8 engine and the debut of a new GM developed eight-speed autom...
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HOT MUSCLE CAR BUYS: MERCURY COUGAR!

Stephen Cox blogs about the appeal of undervalued specialty cars that often go  unnoticed on the auction circuit. I have a confession to make. I don’t pay much attention to the multi-million dollar collector cars on the auction block. They prance across the stage looking really hot and endlessly tease you with something you know you can’t afford. Insert Britney Spears joke here! However, I do have a raging passion for under-appreciated cars that average, everyday people can actually...
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MOPAR HEMI ENGINE: GOLDEN OLDIE!

Chrysler celebrates the golden anniversary of the 426-inch Hemi, an engine that has been 'rewriting' drag strip, circle track & Bonneville record books for 50 years! 
“Mopar is proud to mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Gen II 426 HEMI, a revolutionary engine that inspired a long line of quality products in our brand’s portfolio,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC. “The 426 HEMI is such a vital part of our heritage and a key in...
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RARE L88 CORVETTES: STING RAY & STINGRAY!

It’s a rare day when two important super-high-performance L88 Corvettes cross the block. It doesn’t get better than these prime examples. Chevrolet tried everything to discourage people from buying L88 Corvettes in 1967 to 1969. The 427 engine with aluminum heads and ultra-high-compression was really a single four-barrel track engine, not engineered to run with mufflered exhausts and on pump gas. Initially dealers were discouraged from selling them and Chevrolet rated the L88 at five horsepo...
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ZR1 & ZR2 CORVETTES: THE MARK OF ZORA!

If you wanted to race a 1970-'72 Corvette, all you had to do was check off ZR1 or ZR2 on the order sheet. Very few did, so they have become rare collectibles. At the upcoming Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, AZ, a pair of rare Corvettes, optioned with Chevrolet’s ready-to-race ZR options will cross the block. In 1970, just 25 Corvettes were equipped with the ZR1 option which included solid-lifter 350/370 small-block engines, M22 four-speeds, J56 dual-pin brakes, K66 Transistorized igni...
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SHORT TRACK RACING: BEST VS. WORST TIRES!

‘Wide, sticky tires really do ruin racing,” blogs Stephen Cox who presents a really interesting case for choosing the right tires. Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on the endangered species list not many years ago. When you disagree with Doug, believe me, you'd better do it on very solid grounds. The man knows auto ...
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2014 CHEVY CAMARO Z/28: FOUR-SEAT ROCKET SLED!

Chevrolet builds a four-seat Corvette that kicks ass on the street, strip and Nurburgring. And, it’s priced accordingly.  The new Z/28, with a $75,000 MSRP, can be had in five colors: Red Hot, Black, Silver Ice Metallic, Ashen Gray Metallic and Summit White. Yet only a single option is available: A $1,150 package that adds air conditioning and a total of six audio speakers. The standard Z/28 package includes just one speaker. New Z/28 with first Z/28, 1967, above. “The Camaro Z/28 i...
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