• Oct 5th 2009 at 11:29AM
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Hardcore drag racers take their expensive hobby very seriously. Some drag owners cut into their 401k just to knock a couple tenths off of their quarter mile times, while others spend every possible spare moment of their lives holed up in a garage, perfecting their hot rod for just a few chances to take that magical run down the track. Keep that in mind, if you will, as we explain to you why the owner of an altered wheelbase 1963 Chevy II is angry over an apparently Photoshopped photo of its run against Car and Driver magazine's BMW X6 M.

Car and Driver took the 550 hp X6 M to Milan Dragway in Milan, MI as part of an article which featured the beastly Bimmer on the track, off-road, and at the dragway. One of the runs the X6 M took was against said Chevy, which reportedly runs the quarter mile in the high 9's, reaching a scorching 135 mph in the process. The X6 M is no pushover either, as it can hit a sports car like 12.8 seconds at 110 mph. At no time did C/D claim that they bested the heavily modded Chevy (nor did they mention the hot rod at all), but what they did do was publish a photo of the Bimmer and the Bow Tie'd bandit battling nose to nose down the dragway. Actually, judging purely by the C/D photo, it appears that the X6 M may even have a bit of an edge in the high horsepower battle.

After seeing the photo, the owner of the Chevy II is apparently hopping mad. "Rotten Johnny" on the H.A.M.B forums claims to be the owner of the dragster in question, and he was less than thrilled with what he called a Photoshopped pic that deceives the public.
"Alls I can say is the mag,editors and writers are LAIRS,CHEATERS and WANNA BE SCAMMERS. Bring that ol BMW out, title fer title and write an article bout that.I'll be driven around in a little red suv. No wonder the only time i see that mag is in the doctors office, makes me sick."
We can definitely see where Rotten Johnny would be upset over the photo (he says he was actually doing a burnout in the altered pic), but we can also see where it was necessary to bust out Photoshop to get both vehicles into a tight frame. After all, who wants to read a feature of the X6 M with a lead photo of a 1963 Chevy II with a spec of a BMW SUV off in the distance? Then again, was the image really necessary to support the story to begin with?

In any case, C/D has issued a reply that includes a heaping helping of the sort of snark made famous by the mysterious "Ed." in the magazine's monthly reader mail section. To wit:
"John Phillips became so attached to the BMW X6M that it - appropriately enough - triggered many irrational responses. One of these was his insistence that we photoshop the BMW beating the clearly superior Chevy Nova. Any attempt to dissuade him - by telling him, for instance, that only an idiot would believe a BMW SUV could beat a purpose-built drag car - just resulted in heated calls to the suicide hotline and even more foaming at the mouth than usual."
Let us know what your thoughts on the matter are in 'Comments.' Hat tip to Justin E!

[Sources: Jalopy Journal; Car and Driver]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      ........"the mysterious "Ed.""?
      That means Editor, allot of publications use it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "they never disclose who actually writes those comments. They've printed reader questions asking who it is, with a response filled with only more snark and no answer."

        Who cares, it is the Editor(s) - either one, or "a lot" of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's spelled, "a lot."

        Referring to C/D's "Ed." as mysterious makes sense if you actually have read the magazine. "Ed." is notoriously snarky, and they never disclose who actually writes those comments. They've printed reader questions asking who it is, with a response filled with only more snark and no answer.

        Publications have multiple editors.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Real race cars turn corners. Both left AND right for all you NASCAR people. I've never understood the fascination with big heavy "muscle" cars travelling in a straight line. He probably has no idea that his cool looking multi length airhorns on his intake actually tune each cylinder to a different point and actually do serve a useful purpose. The only thing worse is that he's a crybaby. I'm not a fan of SUV's either but I'll take the BMW over his any day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dork. So soap box derby is not a race? Go polish your fenders then go to a Top Fuel event. Oh and then tell me about being a crybaby.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a bad photoshop job at that. Look through the passenger side window of the BMW, is that a Chevy you see?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, you mean an X6M can't simply obliterate a gasser Chevy at the strip?

        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn... and I bought the X6 M because they said it could beat a 9 second Chevy in a drag race...
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol, trying to criticize someone's grammar when your grammar is just as bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car and Driver playing favorites with BMW? Say it ain't so!


        • 5 Years Ago
        So a mag called Car & Driver seems to favor an auto manufacturer that focuses on driving? Stop the presses, you gots yourself a scoop. Let's hear more. See if you can find any interior decorating focused mags that like Audi. That's a story that needs breaking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      sometimes you need to do a little editing to make the shot mor attractive, especially to grab the potential reader. Its not always to be deceptive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of "Rotten Johnny's" rants:

      "Read that artical, Id like to dump the editors drink his lap myself.
      The artical says one thing,but it shows my car........them guys really that sloppy at writing???
      No-ones called yet...........chicken sh%@#'s"


      The tards on that forum seriously want C&D to race for pinks as if C&D owns that car and has something to prove.

      And somebody actually calls it a "PR Nightmare" for BMW. Those guys need to get a clue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He accidentally the race
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the article there's photo-shopped pictures of it racing an F1-style car (sorry, don't know the exact one), as well as tooling along behind a pickup truck carrying hay bales. If you look at all of the pictures it's obvious that they're *all* photo-shopped. The main issue is really that they used this guy's car without permission, and made it appear like a 9sec car was losing to a 13sec SUV. I understand why he's bent, but anybody thinking those pics were meant to look real needs to examine them a bit closer.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, if you read the article you get a better sense of the pictures with the truck - as in the truck is towing the X6 up out of a creek bed. You'll notice all the guys out back pushing, that's not photoshopped.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Used his car without permission?!?! They stole his car???? I somehow doubt it. If the crybaby in question doesn't ever want his vehicle photographed then I strongly suggest that he never take it out in public or to a sporting event for that matter where *gasp* people might actually have cameras.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Car and Driver shouldn't have photoshopped the picture without labeling it an illustration.

      And the guy is a whiner.

      • 5 Years Ago
      US car magazines suck in general. UK ones are way more entertaining to read and don't often resort to doing that.
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