Have any of you noticed the large numbers discussed? Sums like 400....500....600 or better are being dropped like hat in conversation. Recently a guy had a crammed stockish 352.... got 500 plus at the dyno. OK. I have no reason to doubt the guy but have horses gotten smaller? A 300 horse engine? why that's a pip squeak. I remember when....Horsepower was elusive?....hard to get?....an unproven claim?.....just a number?....an estimate?.... baloney.... I don't know, it just seems that high numbers are thrown around like some reality TV show. I do not know if I buy it. Pro.....semi pro racers, yeah. Those guys do that for a living or....really live it. Then there is these guys with some beater wanting add an engine that quite literally has the same HP as a WWII fighter. Like it's easy or expected. My philosophy has always been that most HAMB friendly cars are out of tune. Stock is the base. Back then most cars were tuned for overall reliability. To keep them in tune even at the factory setting meant proper and regular adjustment. Get it it right in stock form and you are way ahead of most. Then....go further. Each little improvement was a gain but not a big big gain.....not like the numbers mentioned today. It's the size of the horse that counts? Back in 73 or so they changed how HP was measured. Instead if crank HP it was rear wheel or something like that. So...a 250 HP engine in 1965 was a 180 HP engine in 73. The horses got bigger? Have they got small again?