Spotter’s Guide To The Winter 2016 Hagerty Magazine


I’ve kept this under my hat for a few months now, but now it can be told: I have the cover feature of this quarter’s Hagerty Magazine. With a paid circulation of over 450,000 readers, Hagerty is now the largest classic-car magazine in the world. Read all about the history of the Camaro in my sentimental, meandering fifty-year retrospective, featuring photography by the incomparable Andrew Trahan. And if you dig this, wait until you see what’s next…

36 Replies to “Spotter’s Guide To The Winter 2016 Hagerty Magazine”

  1. Ryan

    So you are saying I have to subscribe to Hagerty now to get more of your excellent writing???? Is there a Riverside Green discount?

  2. Nick D


    For your next act, will you be hosting an Ed Loh-style round table on Tesla’s downfall and reliability stats with former colleagues?

  3. S Seigmund


    Is this the Fall edition? I just subscribed to Hagerty Magazine. The subscription information says the Fall edition will be received if the subscription is processed by middle of October. Hopefully it’s not too late.

    BTW, when will the R&T PCOTY issue be published?


    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      This is considered the Winter issue. I think it’s the first one you will get. It’s not out to subscribers yet.

      PCOTY should be on the newsstands within 30 days.

  4. Ronnie Schreiber

    And here I thought I carved out a little niche that suited my strengths. it would be nice to be able to write about automotive history without having to compete with a better writer. Thanks Jack.

  5. Iwana Bea

    Congratulations!! My first love was my Dad’s ’69 Camaro convertible, complete with racing stripes. I can’t wait to read it!

  6. Economist

    I am tempted to try to find an issue because I think you just might be the writer who will actually devote more than a few sentences to the 3rd and 4th gen F-bodies. Those cars were ubiquitous when I was growing up, but you would be hard pressed to find anything written about them. It’s like they stopped making the Camaro after 1980 and restarted it with the 5th gen. And yes, I was once the proud owner of an ’82 Trans Am.

    • viper32cm

      The 3rd and 4th gen F-bodies were my favorite cars growing up. My first automotive memories are riding in the back of my dad’s ’85 and ’86 V-6 Camaro coupes and being inconsolable when he traded the ’86 Camaro for an ’87 Monte Carlo. I had the Pontiac and Chevrolet sales brochures for most of the years between 1988 and 1992. Between the ages of 5 and 10, I spent hours looking at those cars, particularly the Trans Am GTA and the later Z-28 with the tall spoiler. When the 4th gen cars came out in 1993 I begged my dad to take me to a dealership so I could see one. I still have the launch brochure from that year.

      The Monte Carlo wound up becoming my first car as a hand me down. Oddly, it was replaced by a SN95 Mustang instead of a Camaro, and I ultimately became an unapologetic fan of the 1994-1998 Mustang. However, to this day, I have a big soft spot for any 3rd gen F-Body.

  7. Rob

    Jack, I was just thinking about you and Camaro’s. Really. I recently read a review of the new Camaro SS with the 1LE (i.e. “track”) package. The gist of it was the 1LE was the greatest thing since sliced bread.

    You are my go to man for track reviews; have you ever had a chance to drive one of these? Is it in the same neighborhood as a GT 350? Better than a performance package Mustang GT?


    p.s. the comments on the review are a laugh riot. The 1LE Camaro hits 116 mph in a quarter mile, pulls 1.05 g on the skidpad and its brakes can stop time. And all the commentators can do is nitpick and complain.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I’m still waiting on a chance to drive the new one.

      Based on my previous Camaro experience and a few drives in a base model new car… it will be faster around a track than the equivalent Mustang but less pleasant in daily use.

  8. Charlie

    Having past mid-october, is there any way I can get this issue? I’d just assume subscribe but their timetable about what you get when states that subscribing today will only get me the spring issue. Is it on any newsstands?

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author

      I’d contact Hagerty directly, using the information on the masthead. I don’t get to make those kinds of decisions!

  9. Tom Dunn

    I just read your article on the history of the Camaro in Hagerty magazine. I’m baffled by your statements “Compared to its Pontiac stablemate, the Camaro was shorter, lighter,…etc” and “All the kids knew that the Mustang GT and Pontiac Trans Am couldn’t quite keep up. Not…”. The Camaros and Firebirds of the 3rd generation used the exact same powertrains (Chevy small block) and the chassis and most of the body were identical. If anything, the Firebird would have been slightly faster on the top end due to superior aerodynamics. I would love to hear your justification for your statements.

    • Jack BaruthJack Baruth Post author


      The Firebirds were always heavier. A few reasons for that:

      * The pop-up mechanisms for the headlights weighed as much as 40 pounds per side. This is also the reason the Bird was 2.8 inches longer than the Camaro.
      * Firebirds had more sound insulation.
      * Although most of the seats for both cars were from Lear, the Birds had better, more thoroughly bolstered versions.

      Contemporary tests have the Camaros about fifty pounds lighter, sometimes more when they test a Trans Am because of the extra cladding.

      Trans Ams had better drag coefficients… during the daytime. At night, the Camaro got the advantage back and then some!


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