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Straight Line Spotlight - September 2013

Bruce Biegler Aug 16, 2013
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Ohio State Shooter
Blacklick, Ohio's Berberich Automotive & Fab is home base for the very cool '68 Chevy Camaro raced by the father and son team of John and Adam Berberich. They have owned and campaigned this car for a very long time: 25 years to be exact. Originally, the car was raced in Super Street (10.90) competition before the team upgraded their engine program to a self-built 632ci configuration. This allowed them to graduate to the quicker Super Gas (9.90) class. That motor features a World Products engine block and Dart cylinder heads, and produces a more-than-ample 1,150 hp, which is distributed through a reliable JW Performance two-speed transmission. Son Adam does the driving while John and crewmembers Curtis Howard and Mac McKnight focus on the tune-up and car maintenance.

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Carolina's Camaro!
Within the worlds of both NHRA and IHRA Stock Eliminator racing, racer Gene Jordan (Reidsville, North Carolina) is about as highly respected as anyone. The longtime campaigner has a very extensive list of accomplishments while racing his 427ci '69 Camaro, coming on the scene with that car in 1990 as an A/SA. Since then the Camaro has been modified to run in a variety of classes using both L72 and L78 engine programs with which Gene amassed a very impressive winning resume. That list includes, but is not limited to, an IHRA World Championship (1995), 10 IHRA national event wins, and an NHRA national event title in 1996 (at Virginia). Gene races the present-day-version Camaro primarily as a BB/SA with a ZL1 engine (by Nesbitt Performance Engines), which has produced his career-best run of 9.96 secs at 133.85 mph.

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Northern Resurrection
Investment councilor Mike Pruss, who is from the scenic city of Red Deer in Central Alberta, is carrying on a family tradition by racing his F/S '67 Camaro. Originally a street car that he acquired at the age of 15, Pruss later sold the car to his father and it sat idle for a period of time while Mike went to collage, got married, and started his business. Mike then reacquired the car from his father and went about converting it from an ET Bracket machine to a legal Stock Eliminator car. Since then, he and his good friend and fellow drag racer Tom Nolan (the owner of highly reputed Winner's Choice Racing) have been busy making the car both pretty and very fast. To date, the car has run a superb 10.99 secs (at Mission, British Columbia, in mineshaft conditions) with a 350ci, 286hp re-factored motor. But Pruss is looking to go even quicker with plans to introduce a new Winner's Choice Racing engine program later this year.

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Worth the Wait
Al Owens, his wife, Karen, and daughter Amanda (Hyde Park, New York) have hit the trail this season with a truly impressive new '68 Camaro S/G Roadster. The car, which was expertly constructed by CF Race Cars (Pleasant Valley, New York), took three years to build from concept to completion, with the final result nearing perfection. Owens, who is a diesel technician for the Caterpillar Company, installed a 565ci engine from Scott Shafiroff between the framerails. The car's finishing touch paintjob provides a final compliment to the Camaro's meticulous overall preparation. That scheme was applied by Chris Depascle at Tommy Dee's Auto Body. As a testament to the car's stunning looks, the team won "Best Appearing Car" during it's first ever NHRA national event in Concord, North Carolina, in April 2013.

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