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Goodguys 10th Annual Del Mar Nationals - Freeway Series
Two Socal Goodguys Events Help Kick Off The Summer Fun
Sep 1, 2010
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Goodguys 10th Annual Del Mar Nationals - Freeway Series
Our '68 Camaro Bad Penny was finished just in time to hit the Costa Mesa autocross. Steven Rupp managed a 29.433 best lap while Mary Pozzi pushed the Camaro to a best time of 28.990. We found a shock travel problem so the car will soon be heading over to Global West for some tunin' and tweakin'.
As always, Detroit Speed's '69 was a strong performer at both events. At Costa Mesa, Ryan Mathews was just edged out of the vendor's challenge with a 29.361-second run. Later, during the fun runs he bettered that time with a 29.285. Here, Goodguys autocross starter, Trent Summers, gets Mathews and passenger Dick Kvamme staged up for a run in Costa Mesa.
Tom Foglesong came all the way from Phoenix to run the Del Mar Autocross. His sleeper '67 Camaro runs a 5.3L LS engine and is a true "budget build."
The cruise started from Classic Industries in Huntington Beach, California. About 20 or so cars showed up for 90 miles of driving fun.
This sweet carbon-fiber-festooned Camaro is owned by Matt Lazich of Anvil Auto. After the event Lazich decided his Z28 needed some upgrades, so the Camaro is currently under the knife and should be even faster next time out.
James Shipka hits just one cone all day and we're there to capture the carnage. His '68 was decked out in the Optima Batteries regalia because Shipka and suspension guru David Pozzi were getting ready to run the Camaro in the grueling One Lap of America event. Haven't heard of it? Well then check out www.onelapofamerica.com and see why it's one of the toughest events out there.
Matt Jones was down from Washington to thrash on his recently finished LS-powered Camaro at the Del Mar event. Equipped with a complete Art Morrison front and rear suspension, Jones' '69 had some of the faster times of the day.
Not all the cool cars were at the autocross. Walking the show was enough to give any Camaro junkie his F-body fix. We found Jon Lindstrom's freshly painted '71 posed by the PPG booth. If the car seems familiar that's because we've done quite few build stories on it in this very magazine. In case you're curious, the carbon-fiber hood is from Anvil Auto.
Driverz Inc. was on hand to show off their fresh line of New Gen wheels including these super cool mini-light tributes.
Since Brian Finch came out for the Run to the Coast event, he decided to hang out for a week and hit the Del Mar Autocross. He ran his second-gen hard, but Mary Pozzi edged him out of the brass ring. Still, Finch showed that his yellow Camaro is a force to be reckoned with.
One of the great universal constants is Mary Pozzi. After winning at Del Mar, she traveled north to Costa Mesa and turned the fastest time of the weekend with a run deep into the 28-second range. In fact, she was the only driver to break in the 28s. Congrats to Mary Pozzi on the back-to-back wins.
We first met Mike Wright at the Run to the Coast event, and seeing him in Costa Mesa confirmed he's now hopelessly addicted to competing in his '69 Camaro. He started out the day with a 34.712 and ended with a 32.213, proving that there's no substitute for seat time.
As one of Global West's official test cars, Bill Chin's '95 Z28 is always being squeezed for every drop of performance. The LT4-powered fourth-gen kept getting faster at the Costa Mesa event, ending with a best time of 29.345.
Go to just about any car event in SoCal and you'll find Chuck Felton and his '73 Camaro. At Costa Mesa, Felton finally decided to stop being a spectator and try out the autocross. We're pretty sure he's hooked.
With a name like Buck Rodgers you expect a certain level of wackiness. Here Rodgers tried to get his '71 Z28 through the curve by pure force of will. Unfortunately many cones lost their lives, but it was a hoot to watch.
Chad Ryker of Long Beach, California, had a blast wheelin' his ZZ4-powered '68 through the cones. While the course is "slow" by typical SCCA autocross standards, it's a great way for enthusiasts to try out the sport.
Licata is addicted to driving and has a habit of swiping other people's cars for some track blasts. Here we caught him behind the wheel of Doug Renner's low-slung '69 Camaro. Renner's runs in his car kept improving over the weekend and he ended up in the low 30-second range.
Need a slick shifter for your ride? If so, then Hurst has what you're looking for. Here we caught just a sampling of the automatic and manual kits they offer.
Total Cost Involved's '68 Camaro continues to impress us on the autocross course. Here Sal Solorzano managed a best time of 30.226 seconds. Mary Pozzi jumped behind the wheel for an exhibition run and got the red Camaro deep into the 29s.
Aside from the autocross action, these events are a great chance to check out all the whiz-bang aftermarket parts being offered for Camaros. We really liked seeing this fully assembled first-gen Chassisworks subframe since it's what we'll be running under our Track Rat project car.
Matt Alcala is living the dream. His '69 was recently finished by Best of Show Coach Works and debuted at the Del Mar event where it won the coveted Goodguys Muscle Machine Finalist of the Year award. In celebration, Alcala brought his LS-powered Camaro to Costa Mesa for more autocross fun.
Paul Setter proved you don't need a ton of high-end parts to have fun on the autocross course. His '69 has a sprinkling of performance parts from Detroit Speed along with Baer binders on all four corners. Like many, his times kept improving over the weekend.
Unlike Del Mar, the Costa Mesa event is open to all years of American muscle, which meant late-model Camaros could get in on the action. Here, Trish Byrd maneuvers her '10 SS through the far sweeper. Her and her husband, Rob, have done a ton of mods to their SS, including a complete Hotchkis suspension.
The show is also a great place to nail some killer deals like this special on Spectre Performance's air intake system. Spectre offers a cold-air intake system for just about every engine out there, so be sure to look them up online at www.speedbyspectre.com.
We've seen Lokar's line of billet pedal covers before and really like their classic styling, but what caught our eye this time was their new line of door handles and window cranks.
Nick Licata did us proud by keeping the Editor's Challenge trophy firmly in the grasp of Camaro Performers magazine. CP has won this contest every year, and we plan to make it a four-peat next year, although Steven Rupp says it'll be his in 2011. Check out the news section for a blow-by-blow rundown on the battle.
Baer Brakes was on hand to show off their wares, including this trio of sweet calipers. In addition to the 6P and humongous 6S units, they now offer the T4 four-piston system for those on a tighter budget.
We caught this sweet second-gen piloted by Fountain Valley resident Andy Tyler. Tyler's '70 RS is powered by a 383 Fast-Burn backed up by a 700-R4.
After a strong showing at Del Mar, Detroit Speed decided to mix it up a bit at Costa Mesa and put Ryan Mathews, who normally shares the '69 with Stacy Tucker, into Kyle Tucker's badass second-gen. Mathews' first lap rocked a few cones but he later went on to run a 29.477, just edging out Kyle Tucker's best run on Sunday of 29.537 seconds.
Another late model at the Costa Mesa event was Tim Green's sweet-sounding '02 SS Camaro. Green drove the SS nearly 200 miles from his home in Goleta, California, to dodge orange pylons. We caught him grillin' Nick Licata about the Global West suspension under our Black Betty project car, so we suspect Green will be even faster next year.
The Goodguys autocross announcer Chad Reynolds referred to this guy as "fourth-gen Camaro Mohawk Guy" all weekend. We'd like to call him by his real name, but we don't know it either. What we do know is he was ripping up the course on Saturday and getting style points for driving with the top down.
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