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Society's Pick at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Show - Featured Car:
Mike Gadow's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - Goodguys 2019 Schedule

Society Pick at Muscle Car and Corvette NationalsNationals

George Krem's 1963 Studebaker Lark R-3 is the ultimate "sleeper" and he's owned it since new!

Story and pictures by Society Staff

The Society had a great time at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (MCACN) in Rosemont IL, last week. Just checking out all the wonderful performance cars and classics is so worthwhile that we'd suggest you take a trip to the Chicago area and check it out.

One of the wonderful things we get to do at MCACN is grant an award on behalf of the Society. Since this was the first year of this wonderful opportunity, Kurt Shubert, Society President, and Bob Gerometta, Chief Archivist and Operations Director, teamed up on setting some criteria for what the Society should select.

The first thought was to pick something rather unique that characterized the history of the automobile. Of course, we were at a "muscle car" show, so here performance was a big part of whatever we would need to select.

Now you know, most of the awards would be granted to cars you all see as your "daily bread" in the muscle car world – Mustangs, Camaros, Hemi Mopars, Corvettes, and such.

Our thought was that while some of these cars are rare and coveted, unique would not cover them. Others were unique, but they were almost one-offs that likely were the spawn of the various engineering programs or designed to allow competition in drag or road racing.

What we were looking for was a car that might be known, but barely, and one that John Q. Public could have or would have bought.

Thus, in our meandering through the hundreds of beautiful pieces of automotive art, a few potential winners were noticed: the 1969 AMC Sc/Rambler, the 1970 AMC Rebel Machine, a 1963 Olds Cutlass Jetfire Turbo in barn find condition, and some various odd-ball combos of already famous makes and models. The Olds W-31 qualified under our criteria, but they were an invitational brand for this event and 12 of them were in attendance and would already receive a ton of awards.

But what caught our eye was a bunch of Studebaker Larks sporting a "R" on their grille or flanks. The Studebaker club had brought a bunch of performance cars to the event – and the R version predominated.

What does the "R" signify? Well, for those that don't know, Studebaker considered itself a mini performance brand once it introduced its own V-8 in 1951, making it one of only 4 brands to offer OHV V-8 power that year (Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler being the others).

Since that date, Studebaker Commanders and Presidents were only V-8 powered and after its introduction in 1951 at 232 CID, the Studebaker V-8 went through some iterations: an ultra-short stroke 224 CID version, a 259 CID performance model, and finally a 289 CID version.

Believe it or not, Studebaker even designed and built a twin overhead cam version to compete in the Indy 500. Click here to read about it!:

The problem Studebaker faced was an early decision to keep the engine size small to fit in what we would consider mid-sized cars today. Thus, at 289 CID, that was about the size limit . . .

Click Here to read More about Studebaker and Performance!

Check out this back in the day road test of the Lark R-3 from Hot Rod Magazine!

This brings us to our AHPS award choice – the 1963 Studebaker Lark R-3 owned by George Krem – who has owned it from NEW! If you don't believe that an R-3 was potent – this car, called "Plain Brown Wrapper", has defeated over 80% of the super performance cars it has raced in the Pure Stock Drags, running on average in the 12.80s!

Picking the Plain Brown Wrapper allows us to tell the story of not only the car, but the history of Studebaker and performance – and that in and of itself, makes it worthy of our award.

To read more about the 10th Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and see more pictures - click HERE

It was his first car – and he kept it!

1957 Chevy Bel Air

Mike Gadow's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop

by Society Staff

How many times during "car talk" with friends have we heard (or said) – "I wish I would have kept my first car" ? The answer is just about always. At the Goodguys 29th Autumn Get-Together No Limits ran across this immaculate '57 Chevy Bel Air and sat down with its owner to learn more about the ride.

To our amazement we discovered that Mike Gadow bought this car when he was 15 years old ! That was 41 years ago and he's had it ever since. The car was purchased in Dublin CA (a suburb of San Francisco) for $600 back in 1977 and was a dead stock 283/Powerglide Bel Air. Mike said it was an orange color when he first got it. In the 41 years since he purchased it, the Bel Air has gone through the entire range of "Day Two" modifications we've seen on many cars..

Let's start with the engine – Mike replaced the stock 283 with a 383 "stroker" small block equipped with an Edelbrock Performer intake and Holley 4 bbl carb. The mixture is fired off by an MSD ignition with spent gasses flowing out through a set of Works stainless steel headers to Flowmaster 40 mufflers. And a sweet sound it is!

The Powerglide was axed in favor of a TH400 automatic shifted through a modified column linkage. Power is transmitted to a stock Chevy rear with a 3.70:1 Posi gear set. From there it meets the road on a set of 15" Chevy Rally wheels with BFG Radial T/A's -- 245/60R15's in the rear and 195/60/R15's in front. Mike has upgraded the front suspension as well with Bell Tech spindles and rotors holding stock GM disk brake calipers actuated with a GM power brake booster . . . .

To read more about Mike Gadow's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air - click HERE
Goodguys Announces 2019 Schedule

Nineteen Goodguys events will bring high octane entertainment to hot rodders across the country!

From Goodguys

Las Vegas, NV - The Goodguys Rod & Custom Association released its 2019 event schedule during the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Nineteen Goodguys events will bring high octane entertainment to hot rodders across the country, including the all-new Goodguys Great American Nationals, scheduled for August 16-18 at the York Expo Center in York, PA.

It will be the first time Goodguys has visited the historic venue and anticipation is high for a power-packed weekend in Pennsylvania . . .

To read more about the upcoming 2019 Goodguys schedule -- click here


ARMO News - MSD Releases DIS (Direct Ignition System) Kits

Holley is pleased to announce the release of DIS (Direct Ignition System) Kits, which make it easy to upgrade from a conventional distributor-type ignition to modern, efficient coil-per-plug technology. Available for big-block and small-block Chevys, small-block Fords, and Cleveland Fords in your choice of black or MSD red, they eliminate distributor-cap and rotor wear, reduce spark-energy losses from lengthy spark plug wires, and optimize ignition tuning parameters.

MSD DIS Kits are easily programmable through a Mini-USB communication port and provide individual cylinder timing for precision tuning and maximum horsepower. Fully programmable 2D and 3D timing maps allow complete timing control, and the easy-to-use MSDView software makes real-time DIS configuration and tune-up changes simple.

The system also has an integral 2.5 Bar MAP sensor perfect for boosted applications, a step-retard feature for nitrous engines, and a built-in launch-retard and two-step rev-limiter for drag racers. The clearly labeled wiring harness takes the guesswork out of converting to a coil-per-plug ignition while ensuring a hassle-free installation.

DIS Kits
For complete product details for MSD DIS Kits, click Here.
Society News and Notes

AHPS Store

The Society Store has a new look

We have redone our store's main page to fully illustrate all the great items we have for sale. Click on the image above
or the store link below and have fun shopping!
We've added new items this week - and will be adding more each monday! Here's a sample of what we've just loaded:

All purchases help the Society defray the cost of acquisition and operations. Everything ships FREE!

To Visit the Store - click HERE

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