CSCS held their Season Opener on June 02, with reports of rain all weekend it was a surprise to see the turnout. The Time Attack, had more cars starting this year then last. Not only that the starting grid was putting down more power this year then last; and sure enough new records were set. Team Teknotik with their Type-r posted a new FWD record of 1.16.2s and maintaining the title of Canada’s Fastest Time-Attack Front Wheel Drive. On top of this a new track record of 1.13.174s was set by Mike McGinnis in the Voltron Impreza (video) . It…
Isn’t it interesting that modern muscle cars are synonymous to amenities such as airbags, multi-media/nav-packs, and climate controls typically reserved for luxury vehicles? Granted, comfort and safety are factors that shouldn’t be overlooked, but the true core – the soul, if you would – lies in the intent that the car was developed to go fast and to do it well. Nothing else.
Also interesting, on a design perspective, is that modern muscle cars just recycle the essence of the past. I’m sure all of you know the resemblance I’m referring to. Blasphemy. Sure, it’s heritage, but originality needs to remain unique and not whored out by the economics of mass production. If not (much like the vehicles we witness today), does the influx of overseas manufacturing create a muscle car that is, perhaps… less purebred? Oh, touché.
Personal rant aside, let’s ogle at one of muscle cars’ classic creations – the Dodge Challenger. As a retaliation to the Mustang and Camaro, Dodge released the Challenger in 1970. Since the Charger (released in 1966) hit a different segment in the market, Dodge’s release of the Challenger was slightly delayed. Unfortunately the numbers reflect that as sales began to fall dramatically after 1970. However, not so unfortunate to current Challenger owners – the rarity of this vehicle directly reflects on its value.
So what makes this box on four wheels so desirable? Well, not only is the Challenger you’re looking at in this article a true classic, but it’s a T/A 340 Six Pak. Being that cars of yesteryear essentially came available with every engine option known to man (8 engine choices on this E-body to be exact) the T/A, which stood for Trans Am, was a racing homologation car. What’s that you ask? To save you the energy of clicking more buttons to Google it, racing homologation basically means that in order for a vehicle to participate in certain events/leagues, the car needs to meet certain production vehicle requirements dictated by the event or league. This created a surge of homologation specials which were limited edition vehicles built solely for the ability to use it to compete legitimately. Often, these cars were well underrated and lacked many of the commodities you would find in lesser pedestrian models. This spawned vehicles like the BMW M1, Porsche 959, Lancia Stratos, Ford Escort RS Cosworth, and of course, the Challenger T/A.
Noted for its 340 cubic inches of domestic V8 grunt, this torque monster (345 ft lbs) Six Pak was special for its three sets of twin Holley Carbs (3 x 2 = 6, btw). That’s right, it’s badass. Oh and the bent hood? Indicative of the original. You see, the T/A’s came with a fibreglass hood (note the factory hood pins too!) which, over time, began to bend from engine bay heat and pressure from the hinges that prop the hood. Only the real stuff here.
As rare as this car may be, don’t be surprised to see this car causing a ruckus – it’s no garage queen diva. And although it almost never sees rain, believe me, this car gets driven. So what does the owner, Greg Hyde, do when it rains or snows? Well, his other V8 is a 2010 Audi S5… you know how it is: work hard and play even harder.
Enough of the history lesson and onto the photos ~ Enjoy!
Written & Edited By: Eddie
Photos By: Kham