GM introduces the first Hot Wheels you can actually drive home from “the store.”
The dream of millions of Hot Wheels fans of all ages will come true when the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition arrives at Chevrolet dealerships in early 2013. It’s the first time a full-size, production Hot Wheels car has been offered for sale by any manufacturer.
Blister packaging and orange racetrack are not included.
“Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life for kids of all ages.”
The Camaro Hot Wheels Edition debuted at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. A special run of the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition will be produced in the first quarter of 2013 – and like the collectable toys on which it is based – when they’re gone, they’re gone.
“It’s been nearly 20 years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels and I have yet to drive one home,” said Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division. “Personally, I can’t wait to open the doors and see the Hot Wheels Camaro sitting in the garage.”
The appearance of the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition echoes the cues that Hot Wheels enthusiasts recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and even the red-lined wheels. The result is instantly recognizable as a Hot Wheels.
The Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is available in coupe and convertible models – in 2LT (V-6) and 2SS (V-8) trims, blending exterior cues of the high-performance Camaro ZL1 with a Kinetic Blue exterior color and unique graphics.
A dual-mode exhaust system is available on SS models with the six-speed manual transmission, as well as LT models with either the manual or automatic transmission.
Fast Fact: The original Custom Camaro 1:64-scale toy from 1968 was one of the original 16 Hot Wheels issued and remains one of the most valuable Hot Wheels toys among collectors.
Stielow Wins (second time), Camaro Performers’ Rupp Finishes Strong at 2012 OUSCI
Mark Stielow stood atop the podium at the 2012 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational this past November, held at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nevada, in his freshly built ’67 dubbed The Mayhem Camaro. Stielow beat out Brian Hobaugh (’73 Camaro, and this issue’s cover car) by a mere single point. The win makes Stielow the first two-time OUSCI champion. He also took top honors at the 2010 event.
Camaro Performers magazine Technical Editor and 2008 OUSCI Champion Steven Rupp took Sixth Place in his ’68 Camaro known as Bad Penny. “I was hoping the car would do well, as we’ve been making changes throughout the year with the idea of making it go faster and handle better,” said Rupp. “I don’t consider myself a top-notch driver by any means, so finishing where I did at this year’s Optima just proves the changes we made were in the right direction.”
Now in its fifth year, the event is broken down into three performance segments: Road Course, Autocross, and Speed Stop. The cars are also judged on design and appearance, which is worth 25 percent of the total points accumulated.
Although Rupp did not win any of the segments, he did well enough in each to finish high in the overall standings.
The OUSCI draws the baddest performance cars in the country. The cars have become better and the horsepower bigger than ever. And the competition has gotten so insanely fierce, these car owners and builders are doing everything it takes to grab as many points as possible in what has now become the most prestigious street car event in the country.
“Being part of Camaro Performers magazine offers some great opportunities for us editors to prove that we are true enthusiasts who really like to race our cars at every opportunity,” said Rupp. “And to be able to do it on the massive stage that Optima provides makes all the hard work totally worth it. This is just way too cool.”
Pure Hell2 Camaro Pro Mod Finds Winner’s Circle
Goodguys Rod & Custom Association President Marc Meadors used racing luck and high performance to capture the Nostalgia Pro Modified title at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion at historic Famoso Raceway. Driving the “Pure Hell2” supercharged ’69 Camaro, Meadors qualified on the pole, set a track speed record, and was quickest and fastest in every round of Sunday’s final eliminations where he twice caught lucky breaks helping him to win the event with relative ease.
In the first round of eliminations against John Overholser’s ’56 Chevy, Meadors left the line early drawing a “red light” start but Overholser lost control of his car and crossed the centerline, instantly disqualifying him from the round. Unfazed by the foul start, Meadors charged down track to a 5.873 at 248.75 pass for the quickest Pro Mod run of the weekend. Meadors’ semi-final run of 5.901 with a speed of 249.03 in a victory over Joe Lepone Jr. held up for top speed of the meet and established a track record speed for Pro Mod.
Even though he was favored by most to win the Pro Mod final round against Scott Bailey’s ’69 Camaro, Meadors again caught a lucky break when Bailey’s car broke after the burnout and couldn’t back up to the starting line. Meadors simply staged his car and took the green light for his first-ever win at Famoso Raceway.
“I’d rather be lucky than good sometimes, but fortunately today we were both lucky and good. Fast too,” he said following the race. “I worked a lot of Goodguys vintage drag races here at this famous dragstrip as the event director watching other guys and gals race. This was my turn to enjoy the thrill of a big win. Without our sponsors like Red Line Oil, Tim McAmis Race Cars, Neal Chance Torque Converters, Andy’s T Shirts, Fiber Optic Supply, and Bunker Race Cars as well as my seriously dedicated crew chief Jason Bunker, Car Chief Billy Fereira, Danny Miller, and Greg Lee, none of this would be possible. It was a great day for the Goodguys Racing Team!”
Dave McClelland Named 2013 Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
The Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show and the Petersen Automotive Museum are excited to announce that Dave McClelland, the legendary “Voice of the NHRA,” will receive the Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, March 15 at the Grand Opening Breakfast for the 2013 Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show in Indianapolis.
“We are so excited to be honoring Dave McClelland,” said Travis Weeks, producer of the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show and publisher of Hotrod & Restoration magazine. “Dave’s involvement in the industry through his years of announcing and emceeing has touched so many people in such a positive way. I wish everybody could have seen his face when we invited him to be the next Robert E. Petersen Lifetime Achievement Award recipient because he thought we were going to ask him to emcee the event. And why wouldn’t he? After all, Dave is the voice of our industry.”
McClelland announced his first drag race in 1959 and went on to announce NHRA events for 44 years. He hosted NHRA coverage on TV for ESPN, ESPN2, and The Nashville Network. He was also the host of Hot Rod TV, The Hemmings Road Show, and The Classics Road Show.
“Almost three generations of racers and automotive enthusiasts know Dave McClelland’s unmistakable voice,” said Terry Karges, executive director of the Petersen Automotive Museum, which co-presents the award with the Hotrod & Restoration Trade Show. “Those who work with Dave know you get so much more. He is the consummate professional who is always prepared. He is an emcee whose automotive knowledge, passion, and natural enthusiasm holds the attention of any crowd. Dave is also a humble interviewer who does his homework and asks the questions fans want to know the answers to. He is and has been a truly great ambassador of our industry and sport who deserves to be honored.”
“When I was informed of the selection to be the recipient of the Petersen Award for 2013, I was speechless – not a good thing for an announcer,” McClelland said. “The idea that I was chosen was truly the furthest thing from my mind at the time. Needless to say, I am sincerely humbled and honored, and I am most appreciative to all for the selection. It is one of the high points of my life and career. Thanks to all and hope to see you in Indy.”
Wilwood Celebrates 35 Years
Wilwood Disc Brakes is celebrating their 35th year in business as one of the nation’s largest and longest running manufacturers of high-performance disc brake components. The company has built a superior reputation over the past 35 years as the premier provider of disc brakes to the motorsports industry worldwide.
Since its inception in 1977, Wilwood has steadily grown from a small company producing a few calipers for Grand National stock cars to an organization of over 250 employees based in Camarillo, California. Wilwood’s product line has grown from individual brake components to complete brake systems that include calipers, master cylinders, rotors, brake pedals, brake pads, hubs, fluid control valves, and high-temperature brake fluids.
In the early 1990’s Wilwood diversified and launched their Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) division. This group moved outside the general motorsports arena to provide specialty brake solutions for recreational vehicles, utility vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, watercraft, military (including all Hum Vees currently in service), and more.
Join Wilwood in their 35-year celebration as they look to the future to continue growth and expansion into other brake-related segments.