20 YEARS AGO
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.