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Rank: A-Class Racing License
#51 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 6:56:00 AM(UTC)
Repost: Originally posted 9/9/12,

Ad for "A" bracket finals

Season 1

"Season Final.



Sunday. 9/9/12,

9:00 PM, EST,

A+ bracket. 11.00 index


Below from Hemmings Daily:
On paper, it’s the biggest mismatch since Mike Tyson versus Marvis Frazier. In one corner, the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with 580hp and 556-lbs.ft. of torque. In the other, the 2013 Shelby GT500 rated at 662hp and 631-lbs.ft. of torque.

Some of the new car magazines have gone to great lengths to show that the ZL1 can move and that it’s not just a punching bag dangling there ready to take Carroll Shelby’s last haymaker. But one real-world dyno test has shown that the disadvantage is actually worse than it seems: The GT500 has a nearly 100hp, not 80hp, advantage over the ZL1… at the rear wheels.


Luckily the ZR1 has in its corner late-model GM tuner Howard Tanner of Redline Motorsports. Tanner has developed two packages that should let the ZR1 go rounds against even tweaked GT500s.

Redline’s “base” ZLR package for the ZL1 is worth 725hp (available in stick or six-speed auto) plus it includes

ZLR wheels matched to the car
Custom carbon fiber ground effect front, side and rear skirting
Color matched factory Brembo brakes
Interior trim enhancements and
Special ZLR graphics scheme and badges.
Redline is claiming 10.90s at 124 MPH or 10.50s at 128 MPH, with an automatic transmission using an “upgraded” torque converter.

For even more punching power, Tanner is offering the ZLR “Super Coupe” Camaro. The Super Coupe gets an 825hp 7-liter engine transplant (manual transmission only) plus:

Unique “Super Coupe” ZLR wheels
Carbon fiber package similar to the base ZLR
Modified hood treatment
Six-piston mono block brakes up front and four piston mono block rear brakes and
Unique ZLR SC graphics
The 427-powered Super Coupe will reportedly cover the quarter mile in 10.20 at 140 MPH.

For more information, visit or call 954-703-5560. Redline, formerly of Schenectady, New York, has moved its base of operations to Deerfield Beach, Florida, and has teamed up with Tropical Chevrolet in Miami Shores."

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#52 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:01:32 AM(UTC)
Repost: original 9/9/12

Season 1

A+ bracket runs an 11.00 index.

That is seriously quick, whatever you drive.

An absolutely perfect run will probably put you in the 10's.

As the saying goes: " If you can't run with the Big Dogs, then stay on the porch!"

Back after a short vacation in Mopar land, the Bow Tie Boys prodigal son, Robluvcars1, came back home.

Robluvcars1 showed up in another Camaro. To be specific, a Camaro ZL1 built and tuned by Redline Motorsports.

The Redline Motorsports ZL1 pumps out 725 HP and runs 10.90 e.t.s (manual), 10.50 e.t.s (automatic)

Robluvcars1 best run was an 11.02 e.t., however, that was only good enough for third place.

Season is over for Robluvcars1.

Does that make him a "medium" dog?

Not bad.

Not great, but not bad.

Stay tuned for final race results between Camaroboy68SS and Big Skki!

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#53 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:04:55 AM(UTC)
Repost: original post 9/16/12

Season 1

A+ bracket finals.

Two old rivals and friends squared off for the evenings Main Event.

Camaroboy68SS and Big Skki were in the Ring in this Heavyweight Championship fight.

Camaroboy68SS weighed in the blue corner, with a Corvette ZR1, aka "Blue Devil".

638HP and 3200 lbs. You do the math; 11.00 e.t. capable, when set up properly.

Over in the white corner, Big Skki came to the Title fight with a factory drag car, a brand new COPO Camaro!

No surprises there, considering Big Skki is also a factory sponsored driver for Chevrolet.

Lets get ready to rumble!!!

1st Round!

Ding! Ding!

The bell rings!!!

Camaroboy68SS comes out swinging and connects a right hook (holeshot)....

Big Skki is caught by the right hook of the Blue Devil ZR1 and left staggering and dazed...

Next thing he knew, the bell rang!

Ding! Ding! Ding!

1st round (race): Camaroboy68SS is the winner!

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#54 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:08:37 AM(UTC)
Repost: from 9/12


This beauty was at my local cruise back in you can see, it is street driven!

A true factory built drag car.

Its a 1965 Dodge Coronet A990 with 426 Hemi

The A990. It is believed that Chrysler built 210 examples. Production started on November 1964 and completed in January 1965. The engines were built by hand at Chrysler's Highland Park facility. Weeks were spent tweeking the set-up, for drag use, during the months following the engine's issues in NASCAR. As a result, a light weight dual 4 barrel intake manifold with twin Holley carbs, and high flow, high compression (12.5:1) aluminum cylinder heads were developed. It also had a set of high-flow exhaust manifolds to exhale spent gases. Designed to compete in NHRA Super Stock, the A990 had lightweight steel fenders, unlike the aluminum fenders on previous years, rear mounted batteries, stripped down interiors, and adjusted/reduced wheelbase due to rear leaf spring relocation. This resulted in a @3400 lb weight.

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#55 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:11:46 AM(UTC)
Repost: originaly posted 9/12

A+ Bracket Finals.

Saved by the bell!

Good thing there is more than one round in a Title bout.

Big Skki went back to his corner, listened to his corner man, drank some water, took a deep breath,

and focused on the guy sitting across the ring. No more surprises, he said to himself.

Ding! Ding!

Round 2

This time, the bell was still ringing in the fans ears, when Big Skki leaped across the ring and was

already in the corner of Camaroboy68SS, before he could move out. Camaroboy68SS tried to

block Big Skki's punches, and jab his way out of his corner, but, every time he counterpunched,

or dropped his hands, Skki landed a left hook and a right upper cut shot to his head.

Camaroboy68SS tried to block his head, but Big Skki started to hit him in the torso, arms and


When the bell rang at the end of this round, there was clearly a different outcome.

Ding! Ding! Ding!

2nd round (race): Big Skki

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#56 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:26:33 AM(UTC)
Repost: Original 9/22/12

Season 1

"A+" Bracket

The Gifted Ones.

Both racers had experienced surprises in the first two rounds due to the ferocity and fight

skills their opponent had displayed when attacking. In fact, this Title bout had the makings

of being a bar fight brawl.

We saw throughout the season, these two fight up thru the rank and file of some very good racers

to emerge as the top contenders for the fastest class in FAPSD.

Coaches and athletes talk in the locker rooms about the "gifted ones" that have size,

speed and power.

These two were very good heavyweight hitters; both knockout punchers, and

both with excellent boxing skills.

I present to you the final race between "The Gifted Ones" to decide A+ bracket:

Ding! Ding!

Round 3

Heres what happened:

The lights pre-staged, and these heavyweight racers revved up...

The lights glided down the tree. First, the yellow lights. Now green.

Both cars actually appeared to launch together, but with slightly better traction,

the Blue Devil ZR1 of Camaroboy68SS comes out of the first 60 ft just a nose ahead of Big Skki.

However, it was ground that was quickly recovered.

By half track, Big Skkis COPO Camaro could be seen edging its nose ahead

as they rocketed down the track side-by-side.

But, at the 1000 ft mark, the Blue Devil ZR1 appeared to be ahead

again just by a nose...

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#57 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:31:12 AM(UTC)

Some Ford love!

Ford factory drag truck.

1963 Ford F-100 XL 427

3 built, last 1 left. Chevy 409 killer..

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#58 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:33:40 AM(UTC)
Repost: original post 9/22/12

Season 1

A+ Finals.

The two heavyweights slugged it out, toe to toe, for the entire race in center ring!

Big punch, after big punch, was thrown and connected by these two.

It was knock out, or be knocked out! No one wanted the round to be decided

by points or on a decision, or technicalities. Each man could stand proud at the end...

Ding! Ding! Ding!

3rd round is over!

Big Skki crossed the line first at 11.01!!!

Camaroboy68SS was right there at 11.04!

Big Skki is the winner of A+ bracket!!!

Congratulations Big Skki!!!

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#59 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:38:50 AM(UTC)
Repost: original 9/24/12

Season 1 of the FAPSD series of drag racing is completed!

Points are currently being tabulated to determine a Champion!

There is currently a 3 way tie, based on class wins (with 2 each), between the following racers:

1. L Booogie (Outlaw High Performance)

2. Camaroboy68SS

3. Robluvcars1

The series Champion will have a choice between one of the following "tribute" versions of real

life Hot Rods, and prize money!

Popular Hot Rodding magazines 1957 Chevrolet "Project X"

1967 Plymouth Belvedere GTX "Silver Bullet" tribute.

Dale Earnhardt Jr "1972 Hot Rod Camaro" tribute built by DSE.

Stay tuned for Championship results!!!

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#60 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:42:09 AM(UTC)

Repost: 9/30/12

New development Folks!

There are negotiations right now to break this unprecedented 3-way tie!

We will determine who the Championship belongs too!

If the racers can schedule and agree to a time and place, there will be a "Shoot-out" round!!

The "Shoot-out" will be 1 round, with a best 2-3 wins format. The racers will drive a car picked at random,

by the FAPSD series, and "Gifted" to them. This will be 30 minutes before the race.

They will have 30 minutes to tune the car, then race.

Stay tuned!!!

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#61 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:43:06 AM(UTC)
Repost: original 10/22/12

After much discussion, negotiations were finalized, and resulted in a Championship race to

determine the Season 1 Champion.

Due to scheduling conflicts and prior commitments, L Booogie

and Outlaw High Performance could not make the Championship.

The Championship race was between Camaroboy68SS and Robluvcars1.

The tie-breaker was held over the past week end; the racers agreed to a

randomly chosen car, which would be identical to each other, and

set up according to FAPSD rules. The racers had 30 minutes to set up the car,

and then race 3 times. Best 2 of 3 wins takes the Championship!

The car agreed upon and chosen was the AMX Javelin.

Looked like it was gonna be a great series...


Camaroboy68SS won the first 2 races.

Plain and simple.

A red light, and a missed gear. Yielded this:

Camaroboy68SS had a best e.t. of 13.27, to Robluvcars1 who ran a 13.68

Camarobo68SS became the first Champion of the FAPSD!


Season 1 FAPSD Champion!

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#62 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:50:28 AM(UTC)
Repost: original posted 10/12/12


2001 BULLET MUSTANG (vs 2001 Camaro SS)

Strangely enough, the article also talks about the Mustangs arch rival, the Camaro SS

LS1 powered 2001 Camaro SS dipping into 12's!

FACTORY FREAK or Helluava driver? Probably a little of both!

But it also happened twice, with 2 different cars in different years...

Taken from Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords, November 2001 article

The below article is primarily about the Bullet Mustang, but offers a comparison of the 2001 Camaro SS

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#63 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 7:59:00 AM(UTC)
Repost: from 11/13/12


This car would be great in FAPSD as a mid to low 14 second runner!

1970-71 Plymouth Duster 340 4 barrel

photos: internet

1971 Plymouth Duster 340, Curious yellow

1970 Plymouth Duster

Hood graphics

340 engine

info from: wikipedia

The Duster competed with Ford's slightly smaller semi-fastback Maverick compact that was also introduced in 1970, and the slightly larger semi-fastback Chevrolet Nova whose design was introduced in 1968. While the Maverick and Nova were offered in a 4-door configuration, Chrysler managers used the Duster nameplate only for the 2-door coupe. The traditional Valiant name was retained on the 4-door sedan and 2-door hardtop. The Duster resulted from the Plymouth planning staff's desire to use their allotted 1970 restyling money for something different than the usual two and four-door Valiants. The Valiant platform was used, with front end sheetmetal the same, but completely different from the cowl back. The Duster was also created to fill the slot that was formerly occupied by the Valiant-based Barracuda. When the Barracuda moved from its A-body platform to the new E-body platform in 1970, this left a hole in Plymouth's lineup for a sporty, inexpensive compact.

Numerous variants of the Duster were offered with model names that included Feather Duster, Gold Duster, Silver Duster, Space Duster, Duster Twister, 340 Duster and 360 Duster. The various models targeted customers seeking economy, cargo capacity, or performance.

The Plymouth Duster introduced in 1970 was all Valiant from the cowl forward, but the rest of the car's sheet metal, save door skins, was completely different. The design incorporated a semi-fastback roof and a special rear valance with twin horizontal taillights, unusual for having no bezels. The door glass was operated by a totally new regulator mechanism, required to fit the much more radical tumblehome (reduced side glass radius), and the windshield was more steeply raked. For 1970 only, a small Valiant badge went on the front fenders just above the Duster badge.

The 1970 Duster was available in two models — the standard Duster and a performance-oriented Duster 340. Engine options were 198 cu in (3.2 L) and 225 cu in (3.7 L) versions of Chrysler's Slant Six, as well as the 318 cu in (5.2 L) and 340 cu in (5.6 L) LA-series V8s.

At midyear, a Gold Duster trim package was added. The Gold Duster package came with either the 225 Slant Six or the 318 V8. It also came with special "Gold Duster" badging, gold stripes on the sides and rear, wall-to-wall carpeting, pleated, all-vinyl seats, whitewalls, wheel covers, a deluxe insulation package, and a canopy vinyl roof. The Gold Duster was offered through 1975.[1] Total sales in 1970 came to 217,192,[2] of which 24,817 were equipped with the 340 engine.[3]

The Duster was a success for Plymouth, so much so that in 1971 Dodge requested and received their own version, the Demon. In response, Plymouth was given a version of the Dodge Dart Swinger 2-door hardtop named the Plymouth Scamp.

For 1971, only small changes were made to the Duster. The "Valiant" fender badges and "Plymouth" grille logotype were deleted. A new trim package was released, called the Duster Twister. The Twister package presented the appearance of the Duster 340, but came only with the base I6 or 318 V8. The Twister's appearance package included special side stripes that mimicked the Duster 340 Wedge stripes, a matte-black hood and the 340's special shark-tooth grille. A nonfunctional dual hood scoop and rear spoiler appearance package was available, as were high-back bucket seats and dual exhaust.

A new Electronic "Breakerless" Ignition became optional on the 340 V8 late in 1971 model year.

Below info from:

One of the best engines of the 1960s and 1970s for performance enthusiasts was the 340 V-8. It had high-flow heads, big ports, a two-level intake manifold, and a six-barrel option (three two-barrel carbs). The package allowed for high performance in a lieightweight, good handling package.

The 340’s best power rating was 290 horsepower; even in 1973, it still managed 240-245 net horsepower. A good-running, early 340 in a lightweight A-body or Road Runner embarassed many big block engines. Though relatively few were made, many parts interchange with 318s and 360s.

1970-71 engines were painted orange; they changed to blue in 1972-73, although some late 1971 engines ended up blue also.

In 1971, the 340 came with the J heads and 2.02/1.60 valves. Since 1971 saw the introduction of the "360 style" J head, they used the same casting for 1971 340s and 360s, with different machining for the different sized valves. The 360 head actually saw first limited use in the 1970 340 Six-Pack AAR/TA, which also had 2.20/1.60 machined heads.

1968 specs
1968 318 V8
(Valiant) 1968 340 V8
(Barracuda) 1970 340
Gross Horsepower 230 hp at 4400 rpm 275 hp at 5000 rpm 275 @ 5,000
Torque, lbs.-ft. 340 at 2400 rpm 340 at 3200 rpm 340 @ 3,200
Compression ratio 9.2 to 1 10.5 to 1 8.8:1
Bore, inches 3.91 4.04 same
Stroke, inches 3.31 3.31 same
Displacement, cu. in. 318 340 same
Carburetor type 2-bbl. 4-bbl. Carter AVS-49335
Air cleaner type Silenced Unsilenced same
Exhaust Single Dual Dual
Camshaft Standard Special
Fuel Regular Premium Premium

info from: Car Life magazine

Car Life rated the 1970 Duster 340 with a 3-speed TorqueFlite automatic in their March 1970 issue. They obtained a 6.2 second 0-60 time, with 0-100 in 17.5 seconds, incredible for the tire technology of the time. Quarter mile time was 14.7 seconds @ 94 mph. Overall gas mileage was 14.8, quite good for the performance and the time. Weight was 3520 lb as tested, price $2547.

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#64 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:07:50 AM(UTC)
Repost: from 11/17/12


1968-70 American Motors Corp (AMC) AMX

FAPSD participant! Heck yes!

photos and info: wikipedia

1968 AMC AMX

1968 AMC AMX, Go-Package, white

The AMC AMX is a two-seat GT in style and approach sports car that was produced by American Motors Corporation for the 1968 through 1970 model years. The AMX was also classified as a muscle car, but "unique among other American cars at the time due its short wheelbase".[2] The AMX was also the only American-built steel-bodied two-seater of its time, with the 1955-1957 Ford Thunderbird being the last ones.[3] To a degree, the AMX was a competitor with America's only other two-seater of the era, the Chevrolet Corvette[4] for substantially less money.[3] With a one-inch (2.5 cm) shorter wheelbase than the Chevrolet's 2-seater, "the AMX was often seen by the press as a Corvette competitor."[5]

Fitted with the optional high-compression medium block 390 cu in (6.4 L) AMC V8, the AMX offered top-notch performance at an affordable price. In spite of this value and enthusiastic initial reception by automotive media and enthusiasts, sales never thrived. However, the automaker's larger objectives to refocus AMC's image on performance and to bring younger customers into its dealer showrooms was achieved. After three model years, the two-seat version was discontinued, and the AMX's now signature badging was transferred to a high-performance version of its 4-seat sibling, the Javelin, from 1971-1974.

The AMX name originates from the "American Motors eXperimental" code used on a concept vehicle and then on two prototypes shown on the company's "Project IV" automobile show tour in 1966.Devil One was a fiberglass two-seat "AMX", and the other was a four-seat "AMX II". Both of these radically styled offerings reflected the company's strategy to shed its "economy car" image and appeal to a more youthful, performance-oriented market.Devil

The AMX was introduced to the press at the Daytona International Speedway on 15 February 1968; just over four months after the Javelin went on sale. In the demonstrations on the race track, the new AMXs ran at speeds up to 130 mph (209 km/h). American Motors' Group Vice President, Vic Raviolo, described the AMX as "the Walter Mitty Ferrari."[14] The AMX was designed to "appeal to both muscle car and sports car enthusiasts, two camps that rarely acknowledged each other's existences."[15] The problem was the "tire-melting" acceleration of the 2-seater made it "a quick car that handled like a sports car, confusing the buying public."[15] Automotive journalist Tom McCahill summed up, "the AMX is the hottest thing to ever come out of Wisconsin and ... you can whip through corners and real hard bends better than with many out-and-out sports cars."[9]


American Motors promoted the mid-model year launch of the AMX to automotive journalists at Daytona to emphasize its sports car performance, as well as with a marketing agreement with Playboy Enterprises.[26] The AMX was introduced to the public on 24 February 1968, five months after the Javelin and other 1968 AMC cars. It was promoted as “the only American sports car that costs less than $3500”.[27] American Motors advertisements also showed "a helmeted race driver revving up at the starting line in one of AMC's sporty AMX models, which it describes as ready to do 125 miles an hour."[28]

The two-seat AMX was "meant for a small, well-defined market niche, and it pulled in young people into AMC dealer showrooms in never before seen numbers".[29] Numerous road tests described the new AMX as a "handsome two-seater with American-style acceleration and European-style handling".[29] Journalists gave it a real run workout on all kinds of terrain and wrote "that the AMX is one of the best-looking cars — if not the best-looking car — made in the U.S.A."[30]

All AMXs came with a 4-barrel carbureted small block[31] AMC V8 engines in several versions: 290 cu in (4.8 L) (225 hp (168 kW), N-code), 343 cu in (5.6 L) (290 hp (220 kW), T-code), as well as the 390 cu in (6.4 L) "AMX" featuring 315 hp (235 kW) with 425 pound-feet (576 N·m) of torque (X-code). All derived from the same external sized block. However, the three engines differed vastly internally, with the smallest engine having small intake and exhaust valves, thin block webbing, and a cast nodular iron crankshaft; the 343 used larger valves with a thicker block webbing; and the 390 moved up to a forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, as well as larger rod bearings, 2.250 in (57.15 mm) compared to 2.090 in (53.09 mm) in the smaller two versions.[32]

A BorgWarner T-10 four-speed manual transmission was standard, as were special traction bars, dual exhaust system, and fatter tires for better traction. A "Shift-Command" three-speed automatic transmission with the capability of manual shifting (BorgWarner model M-11B or M-12) was optional together with a floor console mounted shifter.

A popular "Go-Package" option came with either the four-barrel 343 or 390 engine, and included power assisted front disk brakes, "Twin-Grip" differential, E70x14 red-stripe performance tires on "Magnum 500" styled-steel wheels, heavy-duty suspension with thicker sway-bars, heavy-duty cooling, and other performance enhancements.Devil A wide range of specialized performance parts were also available through AMC dealers for installation on customer's cars. These were known as "Group 19" parts because of the way AMC organized its parts books.[33]


1969 AMC AMX in Big Bad Green

1969 AMX interior with center panel "Gauge package"

The AMX's full second model year saw only slight changes, except for a $52 increase in its base price.[5] The five-spoke Magnum 500 steel road wheels were no longer chrome plated, but now came with a stainless steel trim ring. The racing stripes were now available in five colors. The interior featured a revised instrumentation with the 0–8000 rpmtachometer moved to match the speedometer that was now calibrated to 140 mph (230 km/h). Interior door panels were revised, carpeting was upgraded, new leather upholstery was optional, and the gas pedal became suspended.[38] Later production cars received a hood over the instruments in front of the driver. Trunk capacity was 9.7 cubic feet (275 l).[39]

Starting January 1969, all manual transmission AMXs came with a Hurst floor shifter. The center console-mounted three-speed "Shift-Command" automatic remained optional with "1", "2", and "D" forward settings. The "D" mode was fully automatic, but the driver could shift manually through all three gears by starting out in the "1" setting for first-gear with no upshift, and the "2" setting for second-gear with no upshift.[40]

A “Big Bad” paint option for $34 became available starting in mid-1969. The neon brilliant blue (BBB), orange (BBO), and green (BBG) exteriors included color-matched front and rear bumpers, as well as a special slim bright lower grille moulding for the front bumper and two vertical rubber-faced painted bumper guards for the rear. The factory-painted 1969 AMXs were 195 in BBB, 285 in BBO, and 283 in BBG.[41]

1970 AMC AMX base model

1970 AMC AMX with "Ram Air" 390 V8

1970 AMX interior

American Motors 1970 AMX advertising headlined, "We made the AMX look tougher this year because it's tougher this year".[56] They were mildly facelifted resembling the first two model years, but the changes were different enough to be a separate design for 1970. Featured was a new front end design with a longer hood that had a “power blister” with two large openings. These were a functional cold ram-air induction system with the popular "Go Package" available with the 360 and 390 engines. The new grille was flush and full-width incorporating the headlamps. The revised rear end also featured full-width taillamps and a single center mounted backup light. Side marker lights were now shared with several other AMC models. Riding on the same wheelbase 97-inch (2,464 mm) as before, the changes increased the AMX's overall body length by about two inches (51 millimeters) to 179 in (4,547 mm).

American Motors also changed the AMX's engine lineup for 1970 with the introduction of a new 360 cu in (5.9 L) four-barrel (290 hp (220 kW), P-code) to replace the 343 V8. The smallest 290 was dropped and AMC could claim 65 more base horsepower than the AMXs had previously. The 390 V8 engine continued, but upgraded to new heads with 51 cccombustion chambers that increased power to 325 hp (242 kW). The code remained "X" for the engine on the vehicle identification number (VIN). The "Go package" was available with the 360 engine (including power front disc brakes, F70x14 raised white letter tires, handling package, and the ram-air induction system) for $298.85, or including the 390 engine for $383.90.[57

1970 AMC AMX with black shadow mask

Super Stock AMX

1969 Super Stock AMX
AMC also introduced the Super Stock AMX. To maximize quarter-mile performance, the 390 engine was equipped with twin Holley carburetors and 12.3:1 compression-ratio cylinder heads, plus aftermarket Doug’s headers and exhaust system, and the tires were drag-radial slicks. Hurst Performance carried out several additional modifications.[43]

American Motors rated the car at 340 hp (250 kW), but the National Hot Rod Association ultimately rated it at 420 horsepower (310 kW) and shuffled it among various competition classes: SS/G, SS/D, and SS/C. Its best recorded quarter-mile was 10.73 seconds at 128 mph (206 km/h).[44]

The Super Stock AMX was meant for the race track and lacked comfort equipment such as a heater. The car could be ordered all white, or in the vertical bands of red, white, and blue that distinguished numerous AMC competition cars of the day. Base price was $5,994, some $1,900 more than a fully loaded regular 1969 AMX. There was no factory warranty.[44]


1968 results from "Car and Driver" ; 0-60, 6.6 sec ; 0-100, 16.3 sec; 1/4 mile e.t., 14.8 sec @ 95 mph; top speed, 122 mph

1969 results from 12/69 "Motor Trend" w/ 390 eng; 0-60, 6.56 sec.; 1/4 mile e.t., 14.68 sec, @ 92 mph

1969 (1970 model) 390 AMX, "Car and Driver TV", 0-60, 6.5 sec; 1/4 mile e.t., 14.1 sec e.t.

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#65 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:18:06 AM(UTC)
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Camaroboy68SS says:

"since your on the topic of AMC muscle cars here is my favorite of the AMC stuff:

1969 AMC SC/Rambler or the scrambler!

Laugh if you will, but the 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Rambler could blow the doors off some pedigreed muscle cars. Too bad AMC had to compensate for its slim advertising budget by making a billboard of the car.

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Having dipped into performance with the '68 AMX and Javelin pony cars, Detroit's No. 4 automaker decided to expand into the budget-muscle arena with -- don't snicker -- a Rambler Rogue compact. Directed by Hurst Performance Research Inc., the project followed the simplest hot-rod canon: stuff in the biggest available V-8. In AMC's case, that was the AMX's 315-hp 390-cid four-barrel. A Borg-Warner four-speed with a Hurst shifter and a 3.54:1 limited-slip completed the drivetrain.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd. A free-breathing 390-cid V-8, performance drivetrain, and light weight made the Scrambler pretty quick.

Heavy-duty shocks, anti-sway bar, and anti-hop rear links fortified the suspension. E70Xl4 Polyglas tires and the AMC's optional heavy-duty brakes with front discs were included. Inside were reclining buckets. Instrumentation was standard Rogue with the exception of a Sun 8000-rpm tach strapped to the steering column.

The car debuted midway through the model year as the AMC SC/Rambler-Hurst; most called it the Scrambler. Only 1,512 were built, and they were potent little screamers. But that exterior treatment! No one seemed to like it. A "tri-colored nickelodeon," said Car and Driver.

©2007 Publications International, Ltd. The Scrambler was a sort of supercar caricature, with an exaggerated hood scoop and lampoonish paint and graphics.

All SC/Ramblers started as appliance-white hardtops with two-tone mags, racing mirrors, blackout grille and tail panel, Hurst badging, and a real ram-air hood scoop with an upthrust snout that unfortunately recalled the nose of a hound sniffing for the scent. About 1,200 Scramblers went full "Yankee Doodle," with broad red bodysides, wild hood graphics, and a fat blue dorsal stripe. The rest made do with only simple rocker-panel striping.

With ETs in the low to mid-l4s, however, some unwary rivals wouldn't have to look at the whole car. "This sort of acceleration," said Road Test, "is going to show the Hurst emblem on the back to a few GTOs, Cobra Jets, Road Runners, and Mach 1s.""

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#66 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:27:56 AM(UTC)


Thanks Dalton! Appreciate the contribution!

Here one more AMC that could run in FAPSD! Maybe we could have an all AMC race in FAPSD?

Or maybe not.

Gremlins and Pacers are not performance cars! They are not allowed in FAPSD.

Introducing the 1970 AMC Rebel Machine!!!!

photos: Pete Harrison

1970 AMC, The Machine, extremely rare black color.

info: wikipedia

In 1970, the sedan and coupe received a restyled rear-end, along with a new C-pillar shape and rear quarters, as well as a more massive rear end and bumper. The hardtop was changed to a more sloping roofline with upswept reverse-angle quarter windows, giving them "a somewhat huskier look for 1970".[26] The taillights were integrated into a new loop rear bumper with Rebel spelled out between them. The four-door sedans also had an altered roofline with a slimmer C-pillar and larger, squared-off rear door windows. Similarly as on the coupe, the belt line kicked up beneath the trailing edge of the rear door windows, and then tapered back to the same rear fascia as on the hardtop. The Rebel sedans and hardtop models two inches (51 mm) longer than previously. The Rebel station wagons saw no change to their rooflines, doors, and rear fascias.

The grille was again revised with a horizontal spit in the middle and the name, Rebel, was spelled out on the left lip of the hood. The exterior trim, colors, and model identification locations were also modified for 1970. Rebels were available in base or SST trim. The effect of the changes was summarized by the Auto Editor of Popular Mechanics, "the Rebel has a 'no nonsense' air about it I find appealing.[27]

Safety changes included "clam shell" bucket seats with high backed integrated head restraints. The side structure of the 4-door sedans and 2-door hardtops was made stronger.[28] While the competition from the domestic "Big Three" automakers were increasing in size, the Rebel was smaller and lighter, with a six-cylinder manual 2-door hardtop weighing in at 3,110 lb (1,411 kg) and a V8 automatic station wagon at 3,310 lb (1,501 kg)[28]

A major change was to the available V8 engines. The standard 290 cu in (4.8 L) V8 was replaced for 1970 by a new 304 cu in (5.0 L) 210 hp (157 kW; 213 PS) while the 343 cu in (5.6 L) was also supplanted by a 360 cu in (5.9 L). The "AMX" 390 cu in (6.4 L) was optional on SST models, while a special high-performance 340 hp (254 kW; 345 PS) version was standard on The Machine. This was the most powerful engine AMC would ever offer in a regular production vehicle. The center console mounted floor-shift automatic transmission cars received a "pistol-handle" shaped grip.

The 1970 restyle lasted only one year before a further restyle and renaming the models as the AMC Matador.

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#67 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:41:04 AM(UTC)
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Camaroboy68SS says:

"I think it time to shift into some oddball yenkos

1971 Yenko Vega Stinger


The year was 1971 and Don Yenko was certain that his latest product would be a winner.

Remembering back to 1966, Don's first undertaking, the Yenko Stinger, had worked out well. The Corvair racing program had been very successful, leading to a national SCCA championship. It took him some time, but he was able to sell all of the 100 original units ordered and had high hopes for future years of great Stinger sales. That all changed with the introduction of the Camaro.

By early 1967, Don knew the Corvair program would end soon, and he decided to make the natural jump to modifying Camaros. His Super Car program was a modest success in 1967 and 1968, but it was too labor intensive to continue.

Undaunted, Don was able to work this problem out by directly ordering his Camaros and Chevelles from the factory during 1969. Sales were excellent initially, aided by sales to his Super Car Dealers, but before long. the insurance companies stepped in and made it almost impossible for someone to insure these cars.

Don was again down but not beaten. In 1970, knowing that the days of the Big Block bashers were numbered, decided to use the highest performance small block that Chevrolet had in its **** nal, the 350 cubic inch LT-1. He would continue the COPO program of having the performance package installed by Chevrolet in the lightweight Nova. The Yenko Deuce ended up to be a popular ride, selling 175 units. His success was again short-lived, as new emmissions laws would but an end to the LT-1 engine as we have known it.

Don decided not to fight this issue again, but to embrace the popularity of the new small car market. He would take a popular car, the new 1971 Vega, improve the handling, and provide the necessary performance which would make it a fun car to drive and enjoy. It was destined to be his biggest success.

Calling his new product the Yenko Stinger, Don had hoped to bring back the glory of the earlier Corvair years.

Don specially ordered his Vega GT Hatchback coupes with pistons which could withstand the punishment of a turbocharger. He had intended to but a Schweitzer supercharger on each car, but ultimately would not be able to due to emmissions problems.

In addition to HD pistons, the Yenko Stingers came equipped with a Holley electric fuel pump, anti hop traction bars, and optional Thrush mufflers.

On the decorative side, front and rear spoilers were available, along with neat body graphics.

Simulated rear window louvers and flared fenders completed the custom look.


Engine: 155 Horsepower 4 - Cylinder OHC

Z-29 handling package

13 x 6 Wheels with A70 White-Lettered tires

Torsion bar rear suspension

Alloy-Plated 8:1 Compression Forged Pistons

Custom Tailored Exhaust System

Transmission: Four-Speed

Differential 3.36:1 axle with Positraction

Z-29 Sport Wheel and Full Instrumentation

The Vega Stinger came with a full factory warranty. Turbochargers had a Yenko 90 day/4000- mile warranty.

The Yenko Stinger Vega was introduced on January 26, 1971 at the Speed Equipment Manufactures Association show at Anaheim, California.

Stinger sales extended through the mid-1970's.

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Camaroboy68SS says:

"now for the more famous yenko stinger corvair!


During 1965, Don Yenko was having his share of problems. His Corvette was being outclassed by the lighter, Ford powered Shelby products. He needed Chevrolet to build a more competitive car. But after many discussions with the Corporate office, nothing was forthcoming. Don then decided, if Carol Shelby could produce his own race car, so could he!

Don chose to build his race car using the rear-engine Corvair, which had undergone a suspension upgrade in 1965. He approached the SCCA with the idea, but they said sorry, the Corvair is a sedan, not a sports car. Undaunted, Don suggested that by removing the back seat, and making improvements in the engine, brakes and suspension, he would "re-manufacture" the Corvairs into Sports Cars and call them Stingers.

SCCA tentatively agreed to Don's request, but indicated in manufacturing this sports car, there needed to be 100 cars produced. One hundred was SCCA's minimum production requirement. And further, if Yenko was to compete in the 1966 season, these cars had to be completed before the 1966 race season started!

It was toward the end of November, 1965 when Don got the approval from SCCA. He had only one month to purchase and modify 100 cars. However, he was so determined to have a winning season, 100 Ermine white Chevy Corvair Corsa's ended up in his back lot in mid December with Yenko Serial Numbers on them! It appears that there were also 5 prototype Stingers built prior to receiving the Corsa shipment. One is pictured in the brochures, and another was pictured at the Alcoa Building on December 7-9th.

Yenko ordered these 100 Corsa's through the Central office, with the following options:

10737 - Corsa 2D sport coupe
3900CC - Ermine white
3F41AA - special suspension equip
3G81AA- positraction axle 3.55
3M20BB - 4 speed transmission
3N44AA - special steering equip
3758DA - black vinyl trim
9513A - positraction axle 3.89 **
9681E - independent brake unit

** Only 50 of the cars were ordered with this COPO Option.
3G81AA was not included when 9513A was ordered.
The remaining 50 had 3.55's.

The COPO 3.89 positraction differential was not available for any other Corvair in 1966, but it could be purchased over the counter at Chevrolet.

These 100 Corvairs were one of the first Chevrolets to have a factory dual master Cylinder.


Yenko's plan for the 1966 Stinger was to add fiberglass landau panels and a deck lid with an integral spoiler. Then he would remove all Corsa and Chevrolet emblems, filling the holes in with lead and plastic filler. These areas and parts were then painted Ermine white. To complete the exterior, a set of tri-stripes in blue would be added, along with 3 stinger decals. There appears to be a variation in the color of blue paint used in production, from medium blue to a darker blue.

On the inside, the back seat would be removed, replaced with a plywood board and a mat. The interior emblems remained. On a number of cars, the glove box emblem was removed, and the Stinger embossed decal was applied. Gauges were installed at the customers request.

To dress up the engine compartment, headers were added, as well as a deep aluminum oil pan. This was finished off with new individual chrome air cleaners.

A number of the 100 COPO's never went through the entire conversion process. Jack Brenner, the original owner of YS-065, ordered his Stinger as a Stage II, but chose to add only the rear deck lid to his car. YS-022 received no exterior treatment, but the owner put his money toward a Stage II engine.


A SCCA representative actually came out to Yenko's dealership to look at the cars. After he left, Don had to wait 9 days before getting confirmation that the cars were accepted.

But the Yenko team was not overjoyed upon receiving the news. Evidently, SCCA decided that the Stingers should be placed in Class D, which was dominated four years in a row by a Triumph TR-4A. It would be nearly impossible to win in that class with a Stinger.

However, Don went to work on a Stage III 220 horsepower version, while at the same time, put out a substantial effort to sell the remaining Stingers. One thing Don had going for him was the fact that SCCA would only allow serial numbered Stingers to compete in their events. In other words, they had to buy Don's cars if they wanted to race.

Jerry Thompson was the driver for the first race of the season at Marlboro in January, 1966, and the Stinger came within one second of the current pacesetter, a TR4.

After this race, Don asked Jerry Thompson to compete for Yenko with the new Stinger, and Jerry went on to to win the Division Championship that year. However, he placed only 5th in the Nationals. By 1967, Thompson had what it took to pull off the Class D National Championship, which was sealed at the Daytona ARRC.

Don worked with Central Chevrolet in Canada to supply 1966 Stingers for them. Paperwork shows at least three Stingers at the dealership, including Mo Carter's race car.
Late in 1966, Don placed an order for 25 COPO 1967 Corvairs. This new batch, built in February, 1967, had an added feature: they came in Marina Blue or Bolero Red! It appears that SCCA eliminated the mandatory white color for US cars starting in 1967.


Since the Corsa had been discontinued at the end of the 1966 model year, these new cars were ordered as Monzas.

There was also an additional problem. Chevrolet had discontinued the 140 HP option for model year 1967. Yenko was extremely upset. He needed this optional engine to be competitive. Well, by the time these Stingers were built, they did have COPO 140 engines.


3900FF - Marina Blue (Bolero Red Code RR)
3F41AA - heavy duty suspension
3M20BC - four speed transmission
3N44AA - special steering
3758AA - black interior trim
9513A - 3:89 positraction differential
9551B - 140 special performance engine
9981A- wheel cover deletion

The new, simplified Monza dash lacked the Corsa tachometer and gauges, so Don ordered Stewart-Warner 970-E tachometers and installed them in the new cars. He also made available oil pressure and temperature gauges and an ammeter gauge for an additional $79.00. Dual master cylinders became a standard option for Corvairs in 1967.

In total, Chevrolet eventually sold 232 COPO 9551B 140 engines equipped with manual transmissions, and 47 140's with Powerglides. It is believed that 25 COPO Monza's were ordered by Yenko for the Stinger project, but only fourteen 4-speed cars with this option were turned into Stingers.

It appears that two Stingers were built. They have not surfaced.


A very special Yenko Stinger (YS-9700) was made in 1969. It wasn’t a Corsa or a Monza, but started out as a plain Jane model 500 coupe. It did not receive the classic rear window panels or fiberglass deck lid, or even the dark blue Tri-Stripes. But what it did receive was awesome! Yenko started out by installing a Stage IV engine, a special COPO for the 3.27:1 axle, S.C.C.A approved roll bar, heavy duty suspension, quick steering, and front and rear stabilizers. He then added a 24 gallon fuel tank, metallic sintered brakes, and front mounted oil cooler.

Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company had special ordered this car for some tire tests, and paid Yenko $5,021.65 for the privilege of taking ownership. Goodyear then welded steel scatter shields inside the wheel wells, and went out to test tires.

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#69 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 8:52:26 AM(UTC)
Repost: from 11/24/12


1981 Yenko Turbo Z

These Camaro's were the last tuner vehicles that noted Pennsylvania Chevy dealer

Don Yenko, was involved with; we believe there were a total of 19 Yenko Turbo Z's built.

There was a Stage 1 and Stage 2 version. Only 3 Stage 2 versions were built.

The cars had up-graded suspension tuning and a single turbocharger added, to provide

a modest power increase to the 350 small block chevy. During the spring of 2012,

1 was offered at auction for $180K.

below photo source:

source photo below:

1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Stage II Yenko Turbo Z wallpaper image

Info below from Topspeed web page:
"Another cool thing is that, in 1981, the Camaro was in a real dark area, as emission regulations had strangled the LM1 350 c.i. V-8 down to a paltry 175 horsepower. In the Stage II model, Yenko strapped on Turbo International turbocharger that pumped 7 psi into the intake, special decals, Kamp leather seats, leather racing steering wheel, “Turbo Z” floor mats, Koni shocks, stiffer stabilizer bars, modular wheels and Goodyear Wingfoot tires.

Though Yenko never released the horsepower specs and they are non-existent on the Interwebz, we can take a nice stab and say it’s somewhere in the 210- to 225-horsepower range. That’s not much for this massive sled, but you’re getting one of the rarest cars in the world, if you are willing to pay the $179,900 “Buy it Now” price on Ebay. "

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#70 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 9:12:06 AM(UTC)
Repost: 11/27/12


Camaroboy68SS says:

"More than 1,000 Horsepower and 830 Ft. Pounds Torque – Twin Turbo C5R 427ci Nickey Camaro:

It was during the mellow ’50’s that the hot rodding expression, ”There’s no substitute for cubic inches” came into vogue. In layman’s terms that meant simply the bigger the better, or the more cubic inches you had under the hood, the quicker and faster your car would be.

Bigger displacement engines usually came in luxury cars, which were not exactly popular with the performanced minded youths, of the day, so engine swapping came into it’s own.

In the 1960s, there emerged an engine swapping revolution combined with some very interesting marketing programs. Leading the revolution was Bill Thomas Race Cars in Anaheim, California. Bill Thomas was well known, in Chevrolet racing circles, for his Cheetah road racing cars, fuel injected sports and drag racing Chevrolets, afx drag car kits, and some rather exotic street racing machinery. At the time, he was one of only a handful of Chevrolet racing shops that was dialed into Chevrolet Engineering.

It was people like Bill Thomas who kept Chevrolet very visable in racing at a time. when the factory claimed it was not involved, in such projects.

Enter Chevrolets all new ’67 Camaro. It was only natural that Bill Thomas would be involved, with the first big block transplant, into the all new Camaro.

Bill Thomas formed an alliance and collaboration with Chicago based Nickey Chevrolet. They were the largest performance parts dealer in the world, at the time.

They began installing the 427 cubic inch big block into Camaros. These Camaros were offered to Nickey customers right off the showroom floor. In fact, you could custom order your Camaro with unlimited horsepower ratings.

Nickey/Thomas would build special order Camaros with blueprinted street and/or race engines, stick or automatic transmissions, tri-power, dual quads, slicks, headers, ad infinitum. You could call the shots and they’d build it to your specs !

Virtually every automobile magazine featured an article on this all new Supercar. Little did Bill Thomas or Nickey Chevrolet know, that they had just ignited a Supercar Revolution. The likes of other ”Tunners” such as Baldwin / Motion, Berger, Gibb and Yenko, soon followed.

Fast forward Thirty-five years later, Chevrolet announced that the Camaro would be discontinued. However, this was not without significant fanfare, ala the GMMG 2002 ZL-1, optionally equipped, with a 610 horsepower C5R 427.

Stefano Bimbi, working with GMMG had one of the #69 plus two prototypes, 2002 ZL1s built as a Phase III Nickey Tribute Camaro.

This project lead to the idea, to build, a limited quantity, of Nickey Continuation Camaros.

Since Nickey Chevrolet , in collaboration with Bill Thomas, was the first to transplant a 427 into an F-body, it would be fitting that They once again collaborate, on building one, of the last 427 equipped 2002 Camaro Supercars.

Bill found the concept interesting, but warned that if this concept were to gain momentum, 750 horsepower would the minimum requirement.

Bill happened to know of a great engine builder (his son Bill Thomas III) that, as part of the team, could make the concept a reality.

The goal was set, to build the ultimate street friendly, pump gas, driver Camaro. Bill suggested ”let’s blow in it”, meaning forced induction. After all, Bill Thomas began turbocharging Corvairs in the early 60’s. True to the spirit of Bill’s thinking, modifications needed to be efficient, durable and maintain the ”stealth” image, of the ultimate stock looking street sleeper. Finally, it had to be red, since according to Bill, ”if it’s not red, it’s not a race car”.

The joint efforts of Nickey, Dean Klein (Little Detroit Collectibles), Mike Guarise (Afficionado and owner of several Bill Thomas/Nickey Supercars), and many of the best, in the industry, to include Bill Thomas III, who brings tremendous amount of experience from his father’s mentoring, as well as by being part of a elite NASCAR engine building team and building race motors all his life, John Garrison from Paul Pfaff Racing Engines, who worked in the Bill Thomas Race Cars shop in the 60’s, Mike Osucha from More Performance and Brian Ebert and Bart Wells from HiTek Motorsports, resulted in this, Bill Thomas inspired, ultimate, 1,000 plus horsepower, street sleeper.

(Just exactly how much more Horse Power? We’ll, let’s say that we are still waiting for the competition to catch up!)

The 2002 Bill Thomas equipped Nickey Camaro began life as one of 1,037 Special Edition 35th Anniversary Z4C 6-speed Camaro SS Coupes.

This 35th Aniversary Camaro was jointly titled in Bill Thomas’s name.

Special Attention was paid to retain the original equipment (Air Conditioning, Battery Location, Interior, CD Player etc.), focusing rather on the upgrading the drivetrain, suspension and brakes for power and safety.

The Bill Thomas/Nickey inspired modifications include:

C5r 427 aluminum race case engine hand built by Bill Thomas III

Custom built sheet metal intake manifold by More Performance

HiTek Motorsports modified oil pan

Evans high flow cooling system

Custom engraved Katech aluminum valve covers

Garrett upgrade T-4 twin turbochargers

Custom front mount intercooler by HiTek Motorsports

Custom twin turbo exhaust headers by HiTek Motorsports

QTP electric exhaust cut-outs

TurboSmart E-Boost controller

Carputing PMC package

Walbro dual in-tank fuel pumps

Quarter Mile Performance custom rollbar

Quarter Mile Performance chrome moly tubular K-member

Spohn tubular sub frame connectors

Spohn torque arm with driveshaft loop

BMR adjustable panhard rod

Metco/LS1 yellow powder coated billet aluminum lower control arms

HAL 12-way adjustable shocks

Moser 12 bolt, 33 spline axles, Eaton Posi, with 4.42 gears

SPEC custom 1150 HP clutch

Baer Eradispeed LITE brakes

American Racing custom CL205 17X9.5 front wheels

American Racing custom CL205 17X11 rear wheels

BF Goodrich g-Force T/A 275/40 ZR17 redline radial front tires

BF Goodrich g-Force T/A 315/35 ZR17 redline radial rear tires

Pro 5.0 shifter

RJS 5 point Twist-Loc harness

Exclusive Bill Thomas/Nickey 427 badging

S192 2002 Chevrolet Nickey/Bill Thomas 427 Stage III Camaro 427 CI Photo 4

This Special Camaro is included in the Nickey Registry as One of One ever built."

S192 2002 Chevrolet Nickey/Bill Thomas 427 Stage III Camaro 427 CI Photo 8

S192 2002 Chevrolet Nickey/Bill Thomas 427 Stage III Camaro 427 CI Photo 7

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I believe this car would have been competitive with the Ford Thunderbolts and Chevy Impala Z11,

and the Max-Wedge powered Mopars in FAPSD racing. The engineering behind it was unique,

and definitely "out-of-the box" thinking.

1963 Pontiac Tempest 421SD

photos source: Popular Hot Rodding

info: wikipedia

Pontiac Tempest
Despite sharing some of the Oldsmobile's sheet metal, the original Tempest featured an innovative drivetrain — a rear-mounted transaxle coupled to a torque shaft arcing in a 3 in (76 mm) downward bow within a longitudinal tunnel — coupling the forward engine and rear transmission into one unit and eliminating vibration. The arrangement, known as "rope drive", had been previously used in the 1951 Le Sabre concept car.

The combination of the rear-mounted transaxle and the front-mounted engine gave the car very nearly an ideal 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, enabled four-wheel independent suspension, and eliminated the floor "hump" forward of the front seat which accommodated the transmission in a conventional layout, such as the front engine/front transmission used in the Tempest's Buick and Oldsmobile sister cars.

John Z. DeLorean, designer of the Tempest, was the division's chief engineer and a Packard veteran who would later become the division's head and later still would become widely known for founding the DeLorean Motor Company. The Tempest was Motor Trend magazine's 1961 Car of the Year. Road & Track praised the Tempest as "exceptionally roomy" and "one of the very best utility cars since the Ford Model A."

Super Duty
Perhaps the most famous Tempests built were the 1963 Super Duty cars. Just 14 in number and built to compete in the NHRA Factory Experimental class, they were built at the Pontiac plant in Michigan over Christmas 1962 with the knowledge of the impending General Motors ban on factory racing. Among those who successfully raced the Tempest Super Duty cars was Wild Bill Shrewsberry who drove for Mickey Thompson in the 1963 NHRA Winternationals with average times in the low 12-second range. Shrewsberry still owns his car and it is still equipped with Pontiac's "Powershift" transaxle as retrofitted later in the 1963 season. Developed specifically for the Super Duty, this was essentially two Powerglide automatics in a single four-speed unit, allowing clutchless shifting in much the same manner as modern drag racing transmissions.

On October 31, 2008, one of the most rare factory race cars, the missing Stan Antlocer Super Duty Tempest Le Mans Coupe was auctioned on eBay. The seller started the auction at $500 being unaware of the car's true value. Eventually, the car was sold for $226,521.

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#72 Posted : Sunday, February 2, 2014 9:30:49 AM(UTC)
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Here's more Poncho love!

This is one of my favorites and would be an "E" Bracket

racer in the FAPSD series!

The 1974 Pontiac GTO!

A neighbor had a white one when I was a kid. Great looking car.

photos source: High Performance Pontiac

Graphics package consisted of simple and tasteful stripes.

This GTO is based on the popular compact body shared by Buick Apollos, Olds Omegas, and of course, Chevy Novas

Functional shaker hood scoop utilized to feed the 4 barrel carb with a flap that opened at full throttle.

Dual exhaust were standard but the twin splitter exhaust tips used on Trans Ams and earlier GTO models is optional

Standard and only engine option: Pontiac 350, rated at 200 hp at 4400 rpm, 295 lb/ft at 2800 rpm.

Good for mid 15 second 1/4 mile e.t.s, and @90 mph

Bucket seats were optional also, as a bench seat was standard.

Transmission choices were a 3spd or 4spd manual, and a 3 spd Turbo350 auto trans.

2.73 and 3.08 axle ratios were offered.

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#73 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2014 9:46:03 AM(UTC)
Repost: Originally posted 5 Feb 13

How to race in a FAPSD series race.

Robluvcars1 says:

"Fast Money Inc, xxNirvana1993xx, thanks for your interest.

Yes it is still open. No, you dont need to be in a certain lobby.

It is simple. Here's how it works.

State your interest and intent to participate here in this thread. (you have)

Send me a friend request.

Commit to the race, and show up.

Make sure you have a car that runs the index number for that weeks race.

Make sure the car follows the rules and specs on page 1. It will be checked.

On race day, you will get an invite to a private lobby online where the races are conducted.

Have a good time.


The start date is anticipated for 17 Feb 2013. (repost)

Also, some new players are invited to the party this season.

There will be limited foreign muscle allowed to compete, for those that want to race,

but cant quite bring themselves to drive "Uh-murican"...

Foreign muscle participation will be limited and reserved at the discretion of the race organizer.

Toyota Supra (its a Japanese Camaro/Mustang).
Stock 320 HP engine, rear gear, 13.58 e.t. in 1/4 mile at 104 mph

BMW M5 (aka Sucker Punch),
Stock engine with 395HP, stock rear axle ratio, 12.98 e.t. 1/4 mile, at 111 mph

"Life is like a box of just never know what you're gonna get!"

By the looks of these races, it's not chocolate we need to watch out for....but a "can of whup-az!"

Apparently, the Germans are known for walking around with big cans of the stuff in their pockets.

These two found out the hard way: just because the guy is in a suit (4-dr), does not mean he can't knock you out! "


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#74 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2014 10:14:34 AM(UTC)
Repost: 3 Mar 13

Ad for FAPSD

Factory Appearing Pure Stock Drag (FAPSD) racing.

Season 2 start up!

"Real cars, running real times!"

Sunday, 17 March 2013!

9:30 pm EST!

"F" bracket. 14.30 index. 1/4 mile racing.

Come on out for some classic drag race fun!

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#75 Posted : Monday, February 3, 2014 10:25:08 AM(UTC)
Repost: 1 April 13

Hope to see this in FAPSD next year!


Edited by user Monday, February 3, 2014 10:27:05 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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