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Written by Douglas Glad on April 17, 2015 Paul Lawson’s 1972 Vega is on its 1,800th pass.
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We shouldn’t like these, right? But we do. We think the primary reason is the Camaro-ishness of the front end. The single headlights and factory hood shape say 1970 F-body and the round parking lights and peaked egg crate grille say 1969, or even 1955 shoebox if you pull the bumpers off. The face breeds familiarity with a non-threatening Michelin Man smile with little bit of the Stay Puffed Marshmallow Man thrown in. Don’t call it cute, Mr. Stay Puffed was a sailor.
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Introduced in 1971, the Vega was hustled as a sub-compact promising less weight and better gas mileage. Market forces and oil embargoes pushed initial sales to about triple the number of 1971 Camaros, providing plenty of raw materials for clever car guys to create small-block swapped street-sweepers with sleeper aesthetics on the cheap.
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Through the 1970s and into the 1980s, the V8 Vega told the world that you were in the know, the man, in the club of fast street guys who say, “Who me? It’s a Vega.” Never mind the glass-rattling camshaft and 3-inch Flowmasters. “It has a four, dude.”
For these reasons we want to show you Paul Lawson’s stepped-on 1972 Vega he bought in 1988, at the height of its honor, and just never got rid of the thing.
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Who: Paul Lawson
What: 1972 Chevrolet Vega
Where: Hayden Lake, Idaho, where Paul “lives in the woods.”
The Story: In the 1980s someone had stolen the Vega and abandoned it in North Park, a canyon area near San Diego. Paul simply chained it to his 1974 Camaro and dragged it home to build a drag car (it’s a different world now, kids). Over the following six years both Paul and the Vega transformed from boys to men in a small two-car garage that belonged to Paul’s parents.
Engine: This is an ultra-basic 0.030 over 350 with a 1970-vintage steel crank, 11.1:1 compression, GM “pink” rods, and Brodix Track 1 heads. The cam is a Crower roller, and the intake is a Team G with a Holley 850-cfm carb. Paul estimates 1,800 passes are on the engine. He has performed two ring-and-bearing jobs since 1996.
Transmission: The Powerglide has a 1.82:1 First gear ratio, an A-1 converter that stalls to about 4,500 with a transbrake, and a Hurst Quarterstick.
Under It: The suspension is stock with a couple of homemade slapper bars in the rear. The differential is a Currie 9-inch with 4.56:1 gears. The front suspension is stock.
Wheels and Tires: The skinnies are on 15x4 Weld Draglites. The meats are 26.0/9.0-15 Hoosiers on 15x8s. The wheeltubs are stock width.
Exhaust: There were two things that Paul didn’t do in the garage. The engine was one, and the exhaust was the other. Scott Case at JBA in San Diego reworked the Hooker Super Comp headers and built the pipes then added the 20 Series Flowmasters.
Paint: The “white” paint was also applied in the garage by Paul.
Firepower: Pop comes from an MSD 6AL box and an MSD 8555 distributor.
Fun Stuff: The Vega leaves at 5,000 rpm, is shifted at 7,200 rpm. With a fiberglass hood and front fenders, the car weighs 2,700 pounds on the scales. The best runs are in the 10s with a 1.50-second 60ft, swilling 110-octane race fuel. Most days it runs 11s. Paul was won a lot of Pro, Super Pro, and Index races in this car.
Blame Goes To: Friends building several variations of the Vega when Paul was young and impressionable. Guys like Grumpy Jenkins and Jungle Jim. Greg Sadeau at GES engineering, Kirk Misenheimer, Ralph Freeman, and Ed Carey.

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Camaro Celebrates the Mustang Written by Christopher Campbell on April 15, 2014 50 years of Mustang has created a long lasting rivalry between the brands
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Many things can drive invention, innovation, development, and refinement, but nothing fuels it quite like competition and rivalry. Espeically when it's between Chevrolet and Ford. After all, why strive to be better if no one can challenge you?
It’s self-evident in the car world as each year designers and engineers strive to bring to market vehicles that will make people say out loud “That’s awesome, I have to buy that.” Sometimes that pursuit even births a whole new kind of car. It happened in 1964 when Ford introduced the Mustang and turned the world on its head. In one day they created an entirely new class of car known as Pony Cars, and changed the direction of automotive design forever. Over 22,000 Mustang orders were placed that day, and world-record sales of 418,812 were quadruple the expected sales of 100,000. Within three years, some 500 Ford Mustang enthusiast clubs had formed.
These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets...

Across town, Chevy noticed and three years later they introduced the Chevy Camaro, igniting one of the most iconic brand rivalries in history. “For five decades, the Chevy Camaro and the Ford Mustang have been battling it out in every possible setting,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, GM Global Product Development. “These two cars have been striving to beat each other on the track, on the drag strip and on the streets. That competition is a big part of why both cars are so amazing, and so popular, today.”
GM recognizes that the Chevy Camaro continually evolved and improves because the Ford Mustang does as well. As the Mustang brand hits the half century mark this year, Chevrolet Camaro has officially extend a heartfelt congratulations to the Ford Mustang on its 50th Anniversary and announced that they look forward to another 50 years of rivalry. So do we.

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Hennessey HPE1000 Camaro Z/28 Roars On The Dyno: Video

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Looks Mean>BADD 4>Sure >Hennessey HPE1000 Camaro Z/28 Roars On The Dyno: Video



As you know by know, the Hennessey Performance Engineering team likes to take everything out there that's already fast and powerful... and make it faster and more powerful. Such is the case with the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. This is a highly focused machine with over 500 horsepower and around 470 pound-feet of torque. A great number for the average person, to be sure, but not enough for John Hennessey. Enter the HPE1000 Z/28.
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Forged pistons and rods join an upgraded crankshaft, and all of that teams up with a new intercooler, high flow fuel injectors, and upgraded valvetrain parts to push power much higher. Oh, there's also that 2.9-liter supercharger as well. On the dyno, the HPE1000 Z/28 shows a power output of 807 horsepower and 706 pound-feet of torque. If that's an at-the-wheels measurement, that puts the crank horsepower somewhere in the 930 range.
The HPE team is apparently just getting started on this car because it has yet to hit its 1,000-mile break-in mark on the engine. From there, HPE plans to push the power figures even further.
 
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Used to own a 72 vega and no they are not kool

wired my dad some cash while I was stationed down in Mississippi told him to get me a neat car for when I came home on leave. A lemon yellow Vega was in the drive when I got home (was an appropriate color anyway)

thing had a bad habit of backfiring and catching fire under the hood.
 

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Used to own a 72 vega and no they are not kool

wired my dad some cash while I was stationed down in Mississippi told him to get me a neat car for when I came home on leave. A lemon yellow Vega was in the drive when I got home (was an appropriate color anyway)

thing had a bad hobbit of backfiring and catching fire under the hood.


LoL Mr `Tadd, you have to take out that 4banger fire catcher & drop in a 350 V8 like the old navy sailor did to his above one
I've only see the Chevy Vegas on the web.. I'd like 2 have one with a V8 <Thanks 4 your post & sharing...
 
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The Vega with the V8 does pretty well at the track. We have a lot of people running them here!!
 
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I wouldn't mind a fully blown geo metro lol. Seen one before and it was a 7 sec car
 
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I always thought the Vegas were neat looking cars. Saw one that had an old school 231 Buick in there. When I still had the 73, I always wanted an early Vega that I could paint up to be the Camaro's little brother. Of course, the 73 is gone now but I'll have another early 2nd gen someday. And I'd still love to have a Vega. It'll just have to be an automatic now.
 
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I had a 1976 Vega GT wagon in Hugger Orange, it was a fun car. But in the Winter is would not start once the Temp got to 32 degrees. I think it had a short in it cause it would drain the battery out.
Bill Jenkins ( famous Grumpy's Toy) was a Vega once. But of all the cars I have had this is one I wish I didn't.
 
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