October 2014

Keeping the Pace

Bruce-centerThis show-winning ’67 Camaro Pace Car still gets driven– by the original owner!

By Owner Bruce Hoffberger #22990686, Baltimore, MD

Photography by Colin Date

1st Place Winner, Delaware Valley Camaro Club, Prestige Invitational Class, 2014 Riverfront Camaro Show

So here I am driving down a country lane on a gorgeous spring day. The convertible top is down, the sky is beautiful and the V8 engine sounds like it is really enjoying the experience. Shifting gears has always been fun for me and today is no different– the 4-speed is behaving nicely. What seems odd is that drivers coming from the other direction and even alongside are smiling, waving and honking their horns. Then it dawns on me it’s because I am driving my 1967 Camaro Pace Car home from its restorer. The car looks incredible! I have owned and driven it since July 3, 1967. All 110,000 miles are mine! Continue reading

At the Shows

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Wow, it’s been one long, hot, travelin’ summer for me. Car show after car show, flight after flight, hotel after hotel, photo shoot after…well, you get the picture. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining one bit! What could be better than getting out to the car shows, seeing thousands of awesome rides, making new friends and seeing old ones? I’m very blessed, indeed.

My job here at Eckler’s not only entails the monthly planning and execution of this magazine, it also has me entrenched in all of our brand’s social media planning and posting. Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Sure, it’s a more than ton of work, but it’s right up my alley. And being a die-hard car guy, this is the type of career that a lot of people can only dream about. Continue reading

Bodywork: filling and sanding

tech-shot-2Story and photography by Colin Date

Bodywork can be a scary thing. Most of us would prefer just about anything than the painstaking task of hammering, filling, and endlessly sanding away on some slab of steel. Honestly, it just doesn’t sound like fun, nor does it make you go any faster. Still, the fine art of bodywork and metal fabrication is always in high demand. Visit any reputable body shop and chances are the lot is overflowing with work to be done. Bodywork can be extremely intense labor and very time consuming as well. It’s not uncommon for some custom projects to take years!

The forever-booming market continues to drive the prices of almost any vehicle– in any condition– over forty years old up and out of the reach of the budget-minded car crafters. Unfortunately, this means many of us have to start with a heap of you-know-what just to get our hands dirty. So what better reason to roll up the sleeves and break some new ground? The big stuff is still probably best left to a pro, but with a little filler and some sandpaper, you can easily handle the minors. And sometimes it’s just a bunch of minors that make the whole car seem like a major…

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