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Black Air Review

Turbo Buick
Posted February 20 2013 01:37 PM by Scott Parker 
Filed under: Editorials, General Gm Talk

Black Air

 A brief review of of the documentary Black Air and other GN related thoughts



 This past weekend I finally watched Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary. I've had the DVD sitting on my desk for a few weeks, but alas I was able to give it my full attention. I was delighted to find out that the production quality and videography was excellent, which, given other car related documentaries and street racing videos I'm used to seeing, was a little surprising. And to those in the community that frequently attend the GS Nationals, this documentary should be a real hit. It effectively captures the thought, imagination, and emotion of GN owners – rife with nostalgia, encapsulated in the cinematography and personal interviews.

If there is one criticism of the documentary it's that there is little historical information and racing footage. After watching the DVD it actually caused me to dig up some old stories. One story in Cars Illustrated, which was published by our predecessor CSK Publishing in NJ, had a first drag test of the intercooled and SFI '86 T-type. Who says magazine editors can't drive? On Englishtown Raceway Park's legendary 1320, the bone stock T ran 13.85 at 99mph, which was the fastest published time for the turbo Regal. In the months prior, Car and Driver's pass heard-round-the-world was a 13.9 in the single-digit Michigan winter. Less than ten years later High-Tech Performance was born, and Editor Johnny Hunkin's white T-type was clocking mid-to-low 14s with a stock engine as was more common. And in March 1999, the recently renamed GM High-Tech Performance published a "chronicle" of the GN's history. I'm not going to do it injustice by attempting to paraphrase it here, and instead will do my best to find the means of republishing the story.



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