News Issue 18

A New Year

Turn to page 92 and you’ll see that there are plenty of 2019 show and race dates in already. There are a couple of changes afoot, too.

First, the 26th Mopar Euronationals muscle extravaganza has moved by a weekend – it’s now on the weekend of August 2nd-4th. It’s still a three-day RWYB-fest, with Pro Mod and UKNSS classes, plus the ever-popular Burnout Contest – the first six pre-entries for this get free weekend passes and the chance to win a new set of tyres! The theme for the Show’n’Shine Corral will be 1969 – muscle cars and Woodstock… See www.mopareuronats.co.uk.

Another event marking some changes is the National Hot Rod, Custom and American Car Show. This has moved from its usual May bank holiday slot to Easter weekend, April 19th-21st, and from Peterborough Showground to the Stoneleigh National Agricultural Exhibition Centre near Coventry. This offers lots more indoor show areas, and Street Machine will be getting involved… Stay tuned, and see www.hotrodandcustomshow.co.uk for more info.

Joe To Go

Joe Everley, Street Machine’s art, design and layout editor, and the guy responsible for the look of the relaunched SM for 18 issues, will be setting off for pastures new after this issue. Previously, I worked with Joe on American Car Magazine, and I was delighted when he came on board with SM. I’ll be really sorry to see him go. Thanks for all your hard work, Joe!

The Future…?

At the massive SEMA Show in Las Vegas, there’s always something to talk about. How about the new eCOPO Camaro? Fifty years after the first COPO Camaro specials, Chevrolet unveiled their all-electric concept based on the 2019 COPO coupe. Developed with electric drag pioneers Hancock and Lane Racing, this uses an 800V battery pack, two Borg Warner motors driving through a TH400, giving the equivalent of 700hp+ and 600ft.lb. of torque. They’re predicting nines, and the motor pack is supposedly a retro-fittable unit…

Crateness

Chevrolet’s racing-inspired 1973 Chevelle Laguna SEMA show car showcases the new LT5 crate engine, which is rated at 755 hp and 715 lb.-ft. of torque.

Chevrolet Performance showcased their newest crate motors at SEMA, including the 6.2 supercharged 755hp LT5 in a ’73 Laguna and the 5.7 EFI 420hp ZZ6 in a ’67 C10. That brings the total of crate performance motors available direct from Chevrolet to almost 50.

The Cratest

Mopar stole the show, though, with their mammoth (ahaha) Hellephant supercharged 426 crate Hemi – 1,000hp and 950ft.lb, the first four-figure powerplant offered by an OEM.

See www.cratehemi.com. Dodge also opened the 1320 Club on their DodgeGarage.com site, where Mopar enthusiasts can compete for a spot on the Stock or Modified leaderboard.

More GT

Ford recently announced that they’ll be extending production of their GT model by 1,350 units – two years’ worth – as demand outstrips supply six-to-one. The order books close right about now. The new models include the GT Carbon Series, a special lightweight that uses carbon-fibre, polycarbonate and titanium to save … 18kg. It keeps the air conditioning, but loses the cup holders.

Strike A Light

A study by What Car into the cost of replacing headlamp bulbs found that a bulb on a base VW Polo costs £18 to replace, while the sealed LED unit on the Polo GTI costs a whopping £846. This was a common discrepancy across the 13 popular models studied, and second-hand models with busted lamps risk being written off for the sake of a bulb.