Sep 25

Is the Camaro Z/28 the best drivers car? Motor Trend Says so.

The Best Driver’s Car contenders are selected from all new or significantly revised performance cars launched in the 12 months prior to the test. To pick the winner, the editors of Motor Trend conduct objective and subjective testing – including digitally instrumented laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and high-speed driving up and down a 4.3-mile hill climb on a closed rural highway – to determine which car delivers the most engaging experience behind the wheel.
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After completing that battery of tests, the editors of Motor Trend wrote:

“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s Car winner is astounding. You feel the superior engineering in how the car responds to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately and precisely to your commands but doesn’t punish your mistakes. From the outside, the Z/28’s suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled passion for keeping the tires on the pavement.”
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Sep 19

White Hall Drag O Way Reunion part two

I feel a bit guilty that it’s been 8 days since my last post and that this is only the second installment from the White Hall Drag O Way Reunion. Apollo Creed once said to Rocky “It’s a shame we gotta get old Stallion” and I’d be lying a bit if I didn’t share the sentiment. The fact is I really miss going to car shows every weekend, sometimes twice a weekend. However we all gotta grow up and I probably waiting an extra ten years then most to do it so I still kind of feel like I won. I guess my pledge to the IG faithful that are still around waiting for the scant post that I do here and there is that if I can I’ll be out at the car events getting all the pictures you enjoy seeing and I enjoy taking.
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Like the WHDOW show. If IG really does get relegated to a once a week thing the greatest thing that will come out of the several years of going full bore with IG will be the friends I made along the way. I suppose that’s where the WHDOW guys come in. The first group to really kind of say “hey come hang out with us, with your stupid fwd supercharged, orange car with a ridiculous wing.” Ok I may have added some of that myself. Still a group of guys that welcome some young guy with a car that is nothing like what they are into are a pretty cool group of guys. What is even more amazing is I’ve found several groups like that. I remember talking with my friend Adam whose a bit of a big deal in the car world and we wondered if there were any other car guys out there like us. Who just loved cars no matter the badge, drive train, or any of that. I guess I found out there are. As it turns out a lot of them, which is pretty good to find out after coming from the sport compact world which is just full of childish rivalries that make you want to roll your eyes, sell your car, and buy a hybrid. Well ok not a hybrid.

Enough rabble on with the pics.
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Sep 11

2014 White Hall Drag O Way Reunion

It’s the time of year again when the combines are rolling through the Midwestern corn field, the days are hot and the nights cool, and the streets of White Hall, Illinois are alive with the sound of American iron. This year the weather could not be more perfect for the 2014 White Hall Drag O Way Reunion and as a result a very nice number of cars and people came out to enjoy the friendship, fun, and cars. Every year the show gets better and not to mention the money the guys at the White Hall Drag O Way raise goes to good causes around the community. You can’t beat that.
2nd-generation-Mustang
Time was of the essence for me as I got a late start to the day. This whole real life being a grown up thing is for the birds. I’m missing car stuff! Oh well there’s plenty of time for that in the day as I was able to spend a lot of time at the show and still manage to get a few pics and more importantly talk to all my friends.
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Sep 03

The White Hall Drag O Way Cruise In

August had five Fridays so you know the White Hall Drag O Way boys are going to have their cruise in. As always it was a great turn out with a little bit of everything for everyone. Sadly my summer has been marred with new big life challenges and I just haven’t gotten out and about like I have in the past, but getting out to see my old friends at the WHDOW was good for the soul.
Chevy-Nova
I’ll kick this one off with a look at a beauty of a Chevy Nova. This car single handedley made me love the Nova. If I were going to get a classic Chevy it would definitely be a Nova.
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Aug 26

Corvette Z06 to be priced at $78,000

The hard core racer community is all up in arms about the new Corvette Z06. “oh no you can buy an automatic.” “oh no you can buy a convertible.” Here’s the thing, you don’t have to. What I’ve never understood in the car world is why does it matter if the Z06 can be optioned with a convertible or automatic? You can still get the car in hard top and manual form so what are you complaining about?
Z06-headlights
The bottom line is these “hard core” racers want to feel special. They don’t want your average old guy having the same car they have. They want the Z06 to be special and exclusive, which of course it is special, but never was exclusive.

That brings us to the beauty of it all the price. The old Z06 was a steal at the low $60,000 dollar range so when the new one was announced with more and better everything well I feared it would be a $100,000 car. In fact you could option some of the C6 special editions to around $100,000. What I forgot was the Z06 was made by Chevy and Chevy knows how to make a kick ass car on the cheap. That brings us to the $78,000 dollar C7 Corvette Z06. Bad ass on the cheap. Relatively cheap.
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