20 YEARS AGO

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Novem­ber 1998 (164 pages, $3.50): For­mer Ed­i­tor Jim McFar­land was re­called to ac­tive duty to tell the cover story of the project car that he pur­chased fol­low­ing a year of mer­ci­less flog­ging for HRM. The pre­pro­duc­tion, hand-as­sem­bled “mag­a­zine car”—de­scribed here as the third Camaro built, and the first SS350—was trucked to Hol­ly­wood in June 1966 for the usual test­ing. Es­chew­ing stan­dard pro­ce­dure for pass­ing new cars fur­ther down the pub­lish­ing pyra­mid, we talked Chevro­let into shar­ing this one with lo­cal af­ter­mar­ket man­u­fac­tur­ers for R&D be­fore and long af­ter Camaro’s fall in­tro­duc­tion. Re­tired in 1984, this Bolero Red mule’s six small-blocks and three rat mo­tors pro­duced 300-plus quar­ter-mile passes—mem­o­rably, staffer Don Evans’ first-round Su­per Stock/C up­set of Bill Jenk­ins’s red-light­ing Chevy II at the 1967 NHRA Win­ter­na­tion­als. McFar­land kept the car 29 years be­fore sell­ing to Vic Edel­brock Jr., whose fam­ily still owns it.

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