Performance & Hotrod Business - December '14

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6 n Performance & Hotrod Business n December 2014 A fter 45 years it's remarkable how some things change; it's equally remarkable how, after 45 years, some things stay the same. I went to a 45-year high school class reunion a while back and had a chance to say hello to a few classmates, most of whom I hadn't seen since we all grabbed our diplomas, shook the principal's hand and ran like hell out of there. It's fascinating how a flood of school-day memories and the plans and aspirations of the future cross paths right here in the present and come to light at events like a class reunion. Going back is like time traveling; flashes of classmates' faces, conversations and scenarios come to mind; snippets from a long time gone… Walter was the kid who excitedly named every make, year and model car or truck passing by as we waited on Highway 80 for the school bus in the sixth grade. In twelfth grade, he knew even more makes, years and models—and something of the engines and drivetrains inside them—and still excitedly identified each, especially clas- sic Fords and Chevys—but because of a disability, he would never be able to build one or get a license and be able to drive one. Still, with typical excitement, he announced at the reunion that one classmate, Tom Pellett, showed up in a '34 Ford, all tricked out. Some things don't change: those cars were cool old hot rods 45 years ago; today, those cars are cool old hot rods. But what a difference 45 years can make! Back then, the jalopy that was cobbled together from junkyard parts, duct tape and baling wire, bounced and shook with every bump. Inside, it was hot (in the summer) or freezing (in the winter), noisy, and the steering wheel had to be constantly "herded" to keep it on the road. A lot of times those old jalopies were missing a headlight or tail- light; often turn signals didn't work or just didn't exist. Which reminds me of a cartoon I once saw, of two cars approaching each other at night, lights ablaze, with the caption, "He won't dim his lights; I'll be damned if I'll dim mine!" But being blinded by somebody's high beams, or conversely, not being able to see because the headlights are aimed wrong or simply not bright enough, is really no joke. Beyond that, today's "jalopies" can be outfitted complete with GPS, iTunes, backup cameras, rack & pinion power steering, comfortable seats—and more horsepower delivered to the wheels than anyone dreamed of 45 years ago. In this issue, we explore two of those topics in depth: how cars can be made much cooler or warmer, and quieter these days (page 48); and the latest in automotive light- ing (page 54)—which might represent the most radical departure from previous auto- motive technology. Soon enough, the new cars of today will also be classics. Soon enough, the after- market for hot rod and restoration parts might also include tapping into the cloud to retrieve long lost tuning specs for fourth-generation electronic fuel injection systems. Or (gasp!) electric motors to fit a 2014 Tesla. Still, Walter's genuine appreciation and excitement on seeing Tom pull up to the class reunion in his '34 Ford was evidence that while many things change, other things will be the same, no matter how many years pass. Class Reunion n DRiveR's seAt Publisher Kent Bradley – Associate Publisher Michael Murray – Executive Editor Jef White – Managing Editor Eddie Wieber – __________________________________ Art Director Linda Cranston – Graphic Designer Dayne Pillow – __________________________________ ADVERTISING SALES Michael Murray – __________________________________ Advertising Production Coordinator Kristina Steiner – ___________________________________ TRADE SHOW SALES Laurie Zydonik – Trade Show Sales Coordinator Jackie Horn – ___________________________________ Technical Contributor Mike Mavrigian – Contributing Writers Timothy F. Bednarz, JoAnn Bortles, John Carollo, Ace Eckleberry, Regis Finn, Patricia Kaowthum- rong, John F. Katz, Ron Knoch, Ed Preston, Jake Rishavy, Andrew Sokol __________________________________ NATIONAL BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. President & CEO Robert H. Wieber, Jr. Vice President / Integrated Media John Bennett Vice President / Publishing Dave Pomeroy Vice President / Finance Kori Gonzales, CPA Vice President, NBM Events Susan Hueg, CEM, CMP Director of Audience Development Lori Farstad Director of IT Wolf Butler Eddie Wieber Managing Editor

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