The NMCA West Street Car Nationals kicked off the 2014 Flowmaster NMCA West season with a return to Auto Club Dragway in Fontana, California, the weekend of March 28-30, and it was a good one. The main focus of the NMCA West is drag racing, of course, but the Fontana event also had a big autocross courtesy of Hotchkis Sport Suspension, and even a small car show.
We attended the show to check out all the cool Camaros, and there certainly was no shortage of nice cars to choose from, so we narrowed our favorite Camaros of the event to the following five. Near and dear to Camaro Performers readers’ hearts are the handling machines found on the autocross, but we also ventured into the drag racing pits to check out a few of the noteworthy Camaro drag cars. So what we have below is a combination of street and race, old and new, affordable and not so much.
We hope you like them.
Roy and Jake RoselleCypress, California
Dad Roy bought this ’69 about 10 years ago for his 40th birthday, and the build has progressed to where we found it at the Hotchkis autocross, with son Jake doing the driving. Roy and Jake originally built what they call Version 1.0 by themselves, but then stepped up their program and let Cris Gonzalez at JCG put it together for Version 2.0. The car has a dry-sump LS7 with a cam, a complete Detroit Speed Inc. front subframe setup, subframe connectors, and a slightly modified QUADRALink rear suspension, JRI shocks, and “the biggest radiator we can get in it.” The max-effort cooling system was done because the guys intend on road racing the pee out of the car at a few Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) events. In fact, they finished it the Monday before the 2014 Laguna Seca USCA competition, drove it for the first time that Wednesday, then raced it all weekend and finished third. The only two that beat them were perennial favorites Danny Popp and Mike Maier. For a brand-new car driven by a college student (Jake’s at UC San Diego studying Electrical Engineering), that’s pretty cool.
Jason WalkerTorrance, California
At the autocross, it was hard not to notice Jason Walker’s all-black and all-badass ’11 Camaro roaring through the cones. Walking over to the car during one its infrequent downtimes we learned about the 376ci LSX that makes 825 hp at the tires courtesy of a 2.9L Whipple supercharger that pushes 13 psi of boost through Roto-fab intake and TPiS 102mm throttle body, Dynatech long-tube headers and pipes leading to MagnaFlow mufflers, and an AIS methanol injection system to bring down intake charge temps. Handling the power is the job of a Street Slayer triple-disc carbon clutch, a Driveshaft Shop 9-inch differential (with 3.70:1 gears) and halfshafts, and a complete Pfadt coilover suspension with solid subframe bushings and engine mounts. There are carbon-fiber bits throughout—a VIS Terminator hood, APR splitter (with a ZL1 front end conversion), Seibon trunk lid, and Anvil spoiler. Inside are more carbon-fiber trim pieces as well as an RPM bolt-in six-point rollbar and a big stereo. Jason has mostly been autocrossing the car and hitting the canyon roads whenever possible, but now that LA has real drag racing again, he’s going to try and improve on the car’s previous 11.65-second quarter-mile e.t.’s. That was before the LSX motor and with over 200 less horsepower, so he’s hoping to get the car into the 10s. Open track events are in the future, maybe, but we sense he might be a little wary of going balls-out on a road course with all the power.