The National Muscle Car Association’s NMCA West series has returned for 2013 providing racers with a fast-paced four race season at some of the most famous drag strips on the west coast. The season officially kicked off on April 5th with the NMCA West Street Car Nationals at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, CA. As the popularity of this series continues to grow, the competition gets tougher and tougher, especially in the Hedman Hedders Nostalgia Street Car index racing class. Open to all “door-slammer” muscle cars 1982 and older, the Hedman Nostalgia Street Car class is one of the most popular and competitive classes of the series. Read the rest of this entry →
Bolt-On X-pipe kits for ’86 to ’07 Pony cars smooth out sound and turn up performance.
Whittier, Calif. (July, 2012) –A true dual exhaust was the hot ticket until enthusiasts started adding H-pipes to change the sound and performance of traditional two-pipe systems. Unfortunately, turbulence in the merge area led tuners questioning how they could eliminate firing order pressure differences between the right and left banks of the exhaust manifolds, and free up more horsepower. The eventual answer to the question was the X-pipe exhaust equalizer system. The X-junction smoothly blends exhaust pulses from the left and right side engine banks to produce a smooth exhaust note, and increase volumetric efficiency of the entire system, resulting in increased power. Dyno testing of Hedman’s system for a 1985 Mustang GT, by a leading Mustang publication, demonstrated an increase of 35.3 Horses and 28.5ft lbs. over the stock, baseline dyno pulls. Read the rest of this entry →
Once a year the Southern California classic, muscle car, and hot rod communities descend upon the Orange County Fairgrounds to attend the Cruisin’ for a Cure Charity Car Show. Benefitting the City of Hope Foundation and raising money to fund Prostate Cancer research, this car show is the largest charity classic/custom auto show in the world and had over 3,400 cars in attendance for 2012. But this car show is more than just a fundraiser; it is a place to celebrate the automotive lifestyle. To help embrace this lifestyle, the show has more than just the normal rows of parked cars. Weaving throughout the show grounds is a half-mile long “Cruisin’” route that allows owners to fire up their rides and take part in one of the staples of American car culture – cruising. Read the rest of this entry →