When Chevrolet Performance introduced the LT5 crate engine at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas last fall, it was clear the 755-horsepower monster would be a game-changing addition to the enthusiast world. One of the first enthusiasts to adopt the powerful engine is Ed Valenciano, who has chosen the LT5 to power his ’69 Camaro ZR1 build. He’s doing it the old-fashioned way, in a single bay of his garage with the car on jack stands.
The SEMA Show is underway, and as always, the Chevrolet Performance booth is chock-full of the latest vehicles, stunning builds, crate engines and performance parts during a week when the entire automotive industry puts its best foot forward.
For many performance enthusiasts, horsepower is king. So when the 755-horsepower LT5 crate engine was released at the SEMA Show, many gearheads (including us here at The BLOCK) deemed it a cause for celebration. During the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, we talked to longtime Chevrolet Performance engineer Rocko Parker about why the supercharged LT5 is now available straight out of the crate.
Some of the world’s most stunning builds and desirable cars roll across the auction block each year during the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sometimes the vehicle isn’t the only story though. Such was the case with Jeff Gordon’s black-on-black 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R this year, which earned $600,000. All proceeds went to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation which supports pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support programs.
Among the many stunning Chevrolet Performance fleet vehicles making the long haul on this year’s HOT ROD Power Tour is one celebrating its 30th anniversary. Yet while the 1988 Monte Carlo SS is a blast from the past, it’s outfitted with all the modern amenities to perform in the future.
Chevrolet Performance bridged past and present at the SEMA Show this year with its 1973 Chevelle Laguna Concept featuring the all-new LT5 crate engine.
Welcome to Flashback Friday, also known as #FBF. This is where we revisit the very best articles from years past that are still relevant. We’ll show off some old favorites such as feature cars, racing coverage or even new part releases. We comb through our archives and if we say something along the lines of, “Wow. That was a great story.” there’s a good chance it will make its way into our #FBF series. This week, as we approach 2018 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, we highlight last year’s highest grossing Chevrolets. Some of them, you may not expect.
Next up in our series of articles looking back at some of readers’ favorites is one spotlighting the Top 10 Highest-Grossing Chevys from the 2017 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ.
HOT ROD Power Tour is special. It’s not just the cars, or the driving, or the seven cities visited in seven days. Each of those would certainly be worthy of the trip in their own right. But what makes Power Tour a yearly pilgrimage for so many is the people. Over and over again, that sentiment is echoed throughout the week by folks from all walks of life, who make their living in so many different ways all over the country.