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2nd Annual Run to the Coast - Exhibition Of Speed
It’s back to California for the Second Annual Run to the Coast
Jun 1, 2011
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2nd Annual Run to the Coast - Exhibition Of Speed
Nathan Swartzbaugh roasts the tires of our ’68 project car all the way down the main straightaway at El Toro. At least they’re no longer flat-spotted from the last year's Optima event.
On Friday there was a 90-mile cruise ending at Spectre Performance in Ontario, California. Here we caught Sam Ashteokenyan enjoying the drive in his sweet ’67.
The competition really started Friday night when everyone split into teams at the local karting track. Here Tech Editor Steven Rupp tries to put Mary Pozzi into the wall.
Doug “Peg Leg” Renner always has fun running his traction-challenged ’69 every chance he gets. Even with a hangover from the party he hosted Saturday night, he still managed a 1:12.4 on the road course, 41.636 at the autocross, and considering he has rear drum brakes, a respectable 13.368 in the Speed Stop Challenge.
Last time we saw Casey Aldridge and his ex-cop–car Camaro was at our Duel in the Desert event. Aldridge came out all the way from Arizona to toss his ’02 through the cones.
For years now we’ve watched Brett Campbell’s drop-top progress as a project. And while there are still a few more aesthetic details to finish, the ’67 is ready to rock in terms of performance.
Gerald Lum has to be one of the most enthusiastic participants we ran across. His ’71 is filled with parts from Global West and he pushed the Z28 hard all day. In fact, he pushed a bit too hard on the road course and took a spin through the grass. Aside from a few pounds of grass and dirt in the car everything was fine and Lum got right back to racing. Later he won a certificate redeemable for a free driving school course at Orange County Race Craft, so we’re pretty sure he left the event happy.
Matt Alcala’s Camaro is so nice that it picked up a GM Design award at the ’10 SEMA Show. And while it’s pretty enough to just display, Matt prefers to drive the snot out of it. His best road course lap was 1:16.2 and he knocked down a 41.873 at the autocross; not bad considering he doesn’t have much wheel time. Look for a full feature on this ’69 in a future issue of Camaro Performers magazine.
With his passenger hanging on for dear life, Rodney Prouty flings his ’69 through the timing lights at the Carbon Custom’s autocross. This was one of Rodney’s first times running his ’69, and throughout the weekend his lap times kept improving.
David Gordon’s Camaro just oozed attitude and looked right at home being flung on the El Toro tarmac. It was pretty obvious that his car had the performance to back up its looks since Gordon finished 12th on the road course, 10th on the autocross, and in the top third of the pack in the Speed Stop Challenge.
By mid Saturday the sun was starting to peek through the clouds and the tarmac was drying out. As a result, lap times kept getting better for all the participants. Here Paul Setter negotiates the autocross.
With a Magnuson TVS2300 supercharged LS engine under the hood, Carl “Hollywood” Casanova’s ’68 had gobs of power on tap. And with a very capable Hotchkis suspension, it’s no wonder his lap times were in the top of the bell curve. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he never passes up a chance to get some seat time.
Last time we saw Kyle Tucker’s Camaro it was wearing a BFGoodrich wrap at the Optima event. Turned out the paint came off with the wrap. The upside is that his sick second-gen is now wearing fresh paint. Kyle tore up the event with strong finishes in all aspects of the competition.
Deanna Marengo has a killer ’67 Chevelle, but what she really wanted was a Camaro, so she bought this freshly painted ’71 from Jon Lindstrom over at Best Of Show Coach Works. Since she’s good friends with Mary Pozzi, it wasn’t long before the second-gen was stuffed with Mary’s old 383 small-block and a host of handling goodies. Aside from a couple of local autocrosses, this was the car’s first big event.
Jack Fields and Corey Condit shared driving duties in this TCI-equipped Camaro. Both drivers did well and showed that the ’67 could hang with the best of them. We especially dig the billet rally wheels.
Cris Gonzalez was hoping to have his ’70 Camaro done in time for the event, but that didn’t quite work out so he brought this super clean ’69. Long-time readers might recognize this ride from the cover of the July ’08 issue.
Source Interlink Media Associate Publisher, John Barkley, brought out his ’72 Camaro for some fun and mechanical hi-jinx. John ran a 1:12.8 on the road course and 41.748 on the autocross.
Larry Callahan does more than run and own www.pro-touring.com, he also lives the lifestyle in his twin-turbo ’68.
Brandy Morrow was on hand to drive Spectre Performance’s wide-bodied second-gen. With an LS engine under the hood and insanely wide tires, the ride really ran hard in all the events. She also got the dubious honor of being the first of many to wear the infamous pink cowboy hat awarded to those that spin out or mangle cones.
The event seemed thick with ’68 Camaros, in fact they might have actually outnumbered ’69s. One killer example was this one owned by Rob Chandler. With Baer brakes and DSE suspension, Rob’s car was certainly dressed right for the party.
To us Tom Foglesong epitomizes what this hobby is all about. His ’67 was built on a shoestring budget, and what it lacks in fancy parts it makes up for in soul. Tom drove the Camaro all the way from Phoenix, Arizona, raced all weekend, then drove it back home. What’s not to love about that?
Last year Chris Robinson’s gorgeous ’69 big-block powered Camaro suffered a mechanical issue that took him out of the competition early. This year Chris’ ride ran strong, and he managed a 1:15.7 on the road course and 42.377 on the autocross.
Our Bad Penny ’68 got a real workout at the event with both David Pozzi and Steven Rupp running the Camaro under two numbers. David ran a 1:07 flat on the road course and 38.313 on the autocross. Rupp was slower in both with a best autocross time of 39.811. Rupp did however come in Second in the Spectre Top Speed Challenge with a speed of 96 mph, just being edged out by Kyle Tucker’s 97mph run. He should have kept his foot in it just a bit longer, but fear of flat-spotting another set of tires kept him conservative.
Mike Wright showed up to this year’s event wearing the Forgeline wheels he was lucky enough to win at last year’s gathering. Mike didn’t come to win, he came to have fun and improve his driving skills. Our kind of guy.
Here we caught Rick Klein sliding hard into the box at the Speed Stop Challenge. He tore up the road course with an 11th Place finish, but had a hard time finding the groove on the autocross. Yep, that's Rick's car on the cover of this issue.
James Shipka decided to share his One Lap Camaro with autocross driver extraordinaire and Camaro Performers magazine contributor, Mary Pozzi. Much like the Rupp/David Pozzi arrangement, this always helps illustrate how important the driver is in nailing down competitive lap times. In the autocross Mary was nearly 2.5 seconds faster and on the road course her experience was worth just over a second. The good news for James is that improving his wheel skills is a hell of a lot of fun.
The TCI Camaro was piloted by Sal Solorzano, and all their work tuning and tweaking the ’68 paid off with solid performances in all the events. Sal even took top honors in the Speed Stop Challenge.
Brian “Mr. Consistency” Finch did well in all the events, and although he didn’t win any of them, that consistency paid off with being awarded the event’s overall championship.
Theoretically DSE’s Ryan Mathews is on the same team as Kyle Tucker but that doesn’t stop the two from trying to best each other. This time it was Ryan’s turn to come out on top since he turned in the fastest road course lap of the event with a 1:02.8 run.
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