31st Oct2011

SEMA 2011 Pre-Show

by Trent

SEMA 2011 RWB 993 PorscheHey everyone, we drove down to the 2011 SEMA Show today and walked around outside to check out the cars. Check out the gallery to see all the cool cars we saw!
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-Trent Bray

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24th Oct2011

2001 Camaro SS: A Lasting Legacy

by Michael Chandler

F-Body Camaro CAMautoMag

Forty-four years ago Chevrolet, blindsided by the runaway success of Ford’s Mustang, debuted the Camaro. For thirty-five years they battled on drag strips, from stop light to stop light and on road courses across America. But then in 2002 Chevrolet pulled the plug on the Camaro. Thankfully they built Billy Moody’s 2001 Camaro SS (#1469) before putting the car on an eight year hiatus.

Camaro SS Corvette Wheels

This F-Body, for lack of a better word, is awesome. Everything that made the car good in stock from, has been made better by Billy’s modifications. Modifications that aren’t limited to making the car a drag machine. This thing can handle! This new found ability to turn has been helped by Bilstein shocks and Strano springs at all four corners. Strano also provided the hollow sway bars that are at either end of the car.

Billy tapped the massive catalog of BMR Suspension for a healthy amount of the suspension. The A-arms, panhard bar, lower control arms, and cross member have been replaced with BMR units. They also provided relocation brackets to help keep everything in line. However, most of these you don’t see. You do however see the bright red UMI sub frame connectors. A SLP Strut tower bar (also bright red) helps stiffen up the front portion of the chassis. Speaking of the New Jersey based muscle car part powerhouse…

 LS1 Intake

They are the makers of the intake that brings fresh air into the LS1 laying under the hood of the SS. Also providing power adders are MAC Performance, via their long tube headers, and Borla’s adjustable cat-back exhaust. The whole organization is orchestrated by the ECU tune Billy got from Tuned By Frost.

4th Gen Camaro SS

 Camaro Borla Exhaust

Outside there’s not much to differentiate this black SS from another, aside from the red subframe connectors. The wheels are C6 Corvette pull offs, wrapped in sticky Toyo rubber. Behind the shiny, shiny five spoke wheels are drilled and slotted rotors. Like I said, nothing to draw much attention aside from the subframe connectors…and that distinctive Chevy V8 rumble.

 2001 Chevy Camaro

Chevrolet re-introduced the Camaro in 2010, but it was an entirely new beast with new engine and transmission packages and a new platform. Billy’s Camaro stands as a tribute to the thirty-five year legacy the F Body Camaros left.


Words and photos by Michael Chandler, Video by Trent Bray

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24th Oct2011

SEMA Show 2011 Coverage starts in 1 week!

by Trent

SEMA Show 2011Next week, we set off to Las Vegas, NV to check out the sights and sounds of the 2011 SEMA Show! We will be bringing you coverage all week, and that coverage begins on October 31st! If you spot Mike and I, stop by and say hi.

-Trent Bray

SEMA Show 2011 Coverage

21st Oct2011

Forza 4 Review: What I hate!

by Trent

Forza 4 Review
I have a Playstation 3. I prefer the Playstation 3. I loathe the fact that Turn 10 Studios is a Microsoft company. The only reason I have an XBox 360 at all is because of the Forza Motorsport series. This shows dedication, and in general, I love the game! But, if I have to replace an XBox once a year(not a joke) to get my Forza on, I expect near perfection. This is what I hate about Forza Motorsport 4.

The Load Times of Forza 4

This was a problem in Forza 3, and it’s a problem in Gran Turismo 5. If you want a feature-rich experience, you’ll have to wait around for awhile. As if I needed to wait to drive a painfully slow Ford Ka around a track. Every day, new technologies are being shoved at us to speed up this or that by a small amount. We don’t notice how far technology has advanced in the last few years until we load up the ole gaming console. I thought cramming my hard drive full of nearly 4 gigabytes of content would help speed things along, but no.

The organization of Forza 4

Look, not everyone wants to do the World Tour. I like it to an extent, but I love buying and modifying cars for specific events that I choose. If I want to spend an hour straight of racing a Corvette ZR1, I will. So since they provide the option, you’d think they’d make it look “presentable”. Spoiler alert: It looks like crap! Not the “Oh, this baby pooped, but it’s still kind of cute” crap. No no, this is the ugly kind(I don’t need to be more descriptive than that). Some grey, blue, and green boxes that look tiny even on my 56″ screen is not acceptable in my mind. Spice it up, would ya?
Also, menus, menus, menus. Too many to do what I want. The game is filled with content and you need a way to access it, but is this really the best way?

The difficulty of Forza 4

You can customize your experience with Forza 4 to make it as hard or as easy as you want. I’m not one who turns off every aid on Expert level and tries to lay the smack down, but the ‘Hard’ level of AI cars is surprisingly easy. Lapping cars on ‘Medium’ happens quite often even when I’m in a disadvantaged car.

No Porsche in Forza 4

Yes, this is not a Turn 10 problem. EA Sports is holding out on us since they have the exclusive rights to Porsche in video games. But with all the sales of Forza and the DLC, couldn’t they have dumped a truck-full of money and EA’s door, stormed in, and chained themselves to a proverbial tree until they got their way? I know in the first week of Forza, I personally spent $140 on it. Big deal, they have Ruf cars you say? Not the same, I don’t have the option of racing a Porsche Cayman R or a Panamera Turbo(loved this in Forza 3). Instead I have something that resembles a 911 but has none of the character of one. Believe me, the cars in the game have character.

Kinect on Forza 4

My thought is that Microsoft gave Turn 10 a bunch of money to integrate Kinect into a game that has no business having Kinect. I’ve used Kinect for Dance Central, which is the perfect example of Kinect integration. Forza does not need it and I consider it a waste of space. Head tracking is a gimmick. AutoVista is another. The time and energy could’ve been spent bettering the 4 things above.

Overall this game is a winner and I expect demand you to pick it up, but these are changes I demand in the future versions of Forza. I’m not above switching to a new game, I used to be a Gran Turismo loyalist after all. And now I’m off to kill a couple hours playing Forza.

-Trent Bray

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17th Oct2011

Second Annual Car-B-Q car show

by Trent

CAMautoMag took some time this past Saturday to go check out the second annual CarBQ in our own back yard. This event takes place at the Energy Solutions Arena where the Utah Jazz play. Thanks to some good weather, the turnout was better than last year. Check out the pics and video below!

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-Trent Bray

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11th Oct2011

LapBattle.com Time Attack Round 7

by Michael Chandler

Lap Battle

The seventh round of the LapBattle.com Time Attack series drew a healthy field of competitors out to Miller Motorsports Park on the cold morning of October 8. Everything from a Cobalt SS to an Ariel Atom to a freaking Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car!

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Zane and his gray GC Impreza coupe won the Race AWD class and was the fastest car of the day.  A built EJ257 in the lightest Impreza chassis will do that for a man.

An Ariel Atom came down from Wyoming for the event! It’s one thing to see footage of one driving around a track, but it’s completely different to see it lapping with your own eyes.

The 911 Cup car came down from Canada. Thanks for coming down Canada!

Anyway, here are 50 photos from the event. See you at the Fall Finale on the 29th of October!

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Words and photos by Michael Chandler

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10th Oct2011

MPRA Round 7

by Michael Chandler

MPRA racing at Miller Motorsports Park

It was cold, gray and wet when I pulled into Miller Motorsports Park. It was not looking good, but then the sun came out and all was well!  For most of the people…most of the time…

NOTES:

Randy qualified 5th in the rain, beating out a WRX STI. That flew in the face of reason, but nobody was going to question it.

All the Snows came out, and all was well until Melanie’s motor blew in turn 5. The resulting clean up ended the session; HOWEVER, the resulting delays allowed Team Snow to get the car back together and back out for the makeup session. She then DOMINATED.

Three Mustangs were out: one Mustang Challenge car, an SN95 GT, and Roger Miller’s BOSS 302R.

In addition to the open wheel cars, there were Radicals running about! These British sports cars were drawn out by the full track configuration, seemingly. I’ve never seen them out there before, but I hope they come out for the Enduro on the 29th.

Full race results ca be seen here, but the massive 186 photo gallery can only be seen below!

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04th Oct2011

The CAM Journal: Emotion

by Trent

I’ve written, and re-written this post numerous times, there’s just so much to convey, and I don’t know if I’ve done it any justice, but here it is anyway.

There isn’t a single car that I’ve owned that I haven’t had some form of emotional attachment to, some more than others. I don’t think of cars as ‘things’. It’s the reason my wife never wants to drive my cars, she knows if she damages it, she’s not hurting an item, she’s hurting a member of the family. Yes, I know, at the end of the day, it’s just a car, and human lives are more important, but there is such strong emotion that runs through car-guy(or girl) blood.

How else do you explain someone lovingly babying and modifying a car that most others would consider junk? Why are muscle car’s so popular now? Why spend $30K on a $5K car? It’s all about emotion.

Most often, it is best to think rationally, however with cars, it is near impossible. New brakes, but doesn’t your car already stop? Your car already has wheels, why on earth does it need a different set of wheels? Believe me, I’ve heard that one before. You can’t justify emotions sometimes, you have a burning desire, a need for a car you’ve lost that left you stranded many times. Just yesterday, I was out driving and my car left me stopped in a busy intersection. Yes, it sucked, but for some reason, I loved it more when I got it fired up again and it got me home.

Explanations aren’t necessary to car guys and girls, but to the average person, they deem you crazy for pouring sweat and blood into your vehicle, new or old. Some people throw wheels on their car and then want to join the group, but it is about more than that. If you sold that car tomorrow, would you regret it? Would you do anything to get it back? More times than I can remember, I see posts on forums of people trying to track down a car they sold long ago. They want it back, they want that emotional connection again.

This is the reason car meets work so well, we all have a common theme, an emotional attachment to the hunk of metal we drive, push, or look at on jack stands. This is also the reason I’m proud to call myself a “car guy”.

-Trent Bray

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