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July 1978 (116 pages, $1.25): Photo Editor Bob McClurg got in front of Phil Cool’s Deuce high­boy to cre­ate one of HRM’s coolest cov­ers ever. We made 17 passes at Orange County In­ter­na­tional Race­way in DKM’s Ma­cho T/A and clocked 14.29 one day be­fore wit­ness­ing a com­pa­ra­ble, four-speed Trans Am run 15.20s at the same strip (“the best per­for­mance we’ve seen all year from a stock 1978 au­to­mo­bile”). On his way to Mo­tor Trend, out­go­ing vet­eran Jim McCraw re­vealed how a tur­bocharger had upped the out­put of Ford’s lowly 2.3L four by nearly half (101 to 147 gross horse­power). The cover-blurbed buyer’s guide ranged from Scarab Z-car con­ver­sions and Hooker’s V8 Vega to the all-af­ter­mar­ket Gra­tiot track road­ster and Arntz Co­bra.

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