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The Great Pumpkin

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Today I took the Great Pumpkin out for a long-neglected drive. My 1976 Trans-Am. Carousel Red (orange, really; same paint code used in 1969 on the GTO Judge). Polycast “Honeycomb” wheels (they look like aluminum, but they’re actually steel with a urethane composite material molded on to create the look). 8-Track tape player. That famous…

To Harass And Impose

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It was a beautiful August Saturday night; high 70s, low humidity and mostly sunny. A local restaurant on the main strip of our town (honestly it’s not that much of a strip) hosted a small car show. The owner of the restaurant is also the owner of the developed & undeveloped lots and mini-malls in the…

Muscle Cars Were Slow . . . Part II

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I wrote a column a couple years ago (see here) that mentioned an unspeakable truth: Relative to now – classic muscle cars were slow. Back in the day, when the typical passenger car took 10 seconds (or more) to get to 60 MPH, a car that could get there in seven was faster-than-light. Today, it’s Camry Speed.…

Lawyer Problem

My first word was car and much of my spare money growing up went into my MR2 to make it look nicer and go faster.  I was never much of a fan of ‘Murkan cars.  I was too young to have experienced the muscle cars of the 60’s and 70’s, I remember the K-Car and…

Retro Review: 1980-’81 Z28 Camaro

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Arguably, the best second-generation Z28s were the first – and the last. While the Z’s sister car – Pontiac’s Trans-Am – rose to the occasion several times during the lowest points of the middle-late 1970s (examples include the ’73-74 SD-455, the most powerful Trans-Am ever made – and made at a moment when power –…

Not Exactly Jay Leno’s Garage

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I’ve got posters of Lamborghini Murias; I once got to drive a Pantera GTS – the 351 Cleveland howling inches behind my right ear. I’ve spent the past 20-plus years driving other people’s new cars. But how about my own cars? Here’s what happens when you’ve got a car journalist’s income to work with: *…

Classic Muscle Car Performance Tire Options

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It’s easy enough to find new tires for an old muscle car. Just not performance tires. Not for the stock wheels, that is. I own a ’76 Trans-Am. Like most cars of its era (mid-late ’60s through the early ’80s), it came from the factory with 15×7 wheels. And therein lies the rub. It’s been…

Neglected Maintenance 101

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Had it really been ten years? No, longer than that. I leafed through the maintenance log I keep for my ’76 Trans-Am (I have one for all my vehicles; it’s the only way to keep track of things short of having someone else keep track of them for you) and found the entry: April 7,…