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Salvatore Alaimo Freelance Contributor

After graduating from California State University, Northridge, California, Sal Alaimo Jr. has continued with his passion of the automotive industry. Alaimo's been an auto enthusiast since his early years, and grew up learning about cars from his father, Sal Alaimo Sr. If its got a set of fat rear tires and 8-cylinders, Alaimo Jr. is all for it. Today, Alaimo Jr. brings with him a pool of enthusiasm and pride as a contributing freelance writer for Chevy Hardcore.


For over 25 years, Proform Parts out of Warren, Michigan has revolutionized the automotive aftermarket by making custom head, valvetrain and other components affordable to the motoring community. They offer essentially everything for your next project, and sweet Stephanie Lynn shows-off Proform’s very best!

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To celebrate the company’s centennial anniversary, Ford reintroduced the GT as a concept at the Detroit Motorshow in 2002. The now-lengendary, late model supercar went into production from 2004-06, following a wave of feedback from Detroit. It’s one of Ford’s finest, but can it shut-down Nissan’s flagship GT-R?!

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Kuwaiti artist Ebrahim Alawadi brings to the Middle East some of the region’s best in contemporary car art. For the past few years, Alawadi has released art calendars that zero-in on American muscle, but this year’s selection focuses on the cars by using dark backdrops and beautiful angles. Muscle rules again!!!

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Crash tests are more important to your vehicle’s safety and integrity than you may know. Form allegedly leads to function, but when it comes to the functional aspect, agencies like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety are clearly in charge. Our featured crash test celebrates more than 50 years of the IIHS!

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The 1980s in particular ushered in a whole new generation of high-performance and overall specialty tuning for Buick, and that newfound wave of cosmetic and horsepower-customizing came in the form of former manager, Lloyd Reuss and his notorious “T-Type” program, one that changed the company’s image forever!

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The letter “X” has served as a performance designation for Buick on more than one occasion, but nearly 20 years before the limited run of the Grand National, the automaker’s A-body fleet made GM muscle history with the 455-powered, Stage I GSX. Our featured A-body is also one of the few with a factory 4-speed!

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The Muscle Car Invasion is by far the Middle East’s biggest venue for everything American muscle, and it’s an event that bridges the gap between two cultures. In spite of years of cultural division, Lebanese enthusiasts are enjoying their American iron, and we’re glad to see it happen as it unfolds. Muscle rules!

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Chrysler SRT has unveiled one of the coolest Vipers to be seen in years, and since the latest version’s debut, the Mopar fanbase has been in full-swing with watchful eyes. Luckily for one Viper owner, South Florida’s Wheels Boutique has custom-fitted a set of one-off alloys for the snake that are more than cool!

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GM has announced that they will be experimenting with turbo performance for 2014. This time around, however, it comes in the form of a Cadillac, as the automaker has announced a new twin-turbo V-6 option for the CTS and XTS sedans. The new mill is to be available this fall in Caddy’s Vstar sedan series!

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When it comes to the car hobby, everyone has a story behind why their favorite cars really are such. Classic vehicles hold sentimental value within their walls, and our featured ’57 wagon from Knoxville, Tennessee is no exception. The shoebox classic features a 4-barrel 283, along with 1982 plates from Tennessee!

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Over the years, the Mopar brand has brought us some pretty cool and crazy color schemes. Whether “Panther Pink” or “Plum Crazy” purple, there just has been no limit as to what kind of fresh looks the Chrysler family has been able to create. But is a matte blue vinyl wrap on a late Charger too much? You decide!

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The Goodguys holds events for the rod and custom community that benefit its members, and its Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge is now geared specifically toward teen gearheads. That’s because the event challenges teens to debug a small-block V-8 in less than 35 minutes! Check it out!

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Chrysler’s B-body muscle of the late ’60s was made with big power AND affordability in mind, and it was for this reason that only 125 Super Bees were equipped with one of the era’s most potent race engines, the 426 HEMI, for the 1968 sales year. Our featured eBay Find, a HEMI Bee from Texas, is one clean example!

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Some cars are considered “classic” by association, while others truly do accomplish something that puts them in the canon of real muscle. In the case of our featured eBay find, a NASCAR Nova clone out of Virginia, the late ’70s, Bowtie compact pays tribute to GM racing, and the General’s success at Grand National!

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Upon its introduction, the GTS became one of the Viper marque’s greatest. Packing an all-aluminum V10 with 8 liters of displacement, the Viper coupe was the Mopar world’s greatest bad boy in the better part of the ’90s and Millennium. But 2013 is a whole new game; can the snake take-on SRT’s latest Jeep creation?!

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Chrysler’s SRT department has cranked out some of the Mopar world’s wildest creations for 2013, and their SRT8 Grand Cherokee now brings SUV performance to a whole new level. This is largely due to Jeep’s use of a new launch control system, one that’s so easy, it’s just a matter of pushing a little button!

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