Ostensibly a 1969 Camaro, Marc Meadors' rendition has nothing to do with cruising, cornering, or catching the eye of a die-hard Pro Touring fan. Assuredly, when Marc drives, he's thinking only about cutting a seriously good light, not clipping some anonymous apex. Meadors' miscreant sports zoomie headers, a Top Fuel wing, and an injector stack that looms like a gargoyle. Yes, it says Pure Hell2 on the sides, a nod to the infamous scourge of the genre, the "Pure Hell" Austin Bantam AA/Fuel Altered that was campaigned and is still owned by Californian Rich Guasco.
In the drag racing realm, his Camaro is known as a "door-slammer," in that its doors actually function, a connotation from the earliest drag racing days when cars were either developed from existing factory iron or built unlimited from scratch from dreams with tubular members, body patches and panels. In essence, door-slammer racers were pragmatists that had to operate within prescribed parameters and the confines of the form. The open-wheel and fenderless other guys were dreamers, gamblers, and bust-your-brains-out pioneers who could see no end in sight. Meadors' Camaro incorporates the best parts of both worlds.
Marc's destiny was formed at birth 46 years ago. His parents, Gary and Marilyn, were already in the life and they loved it so much and were smart enough to found Goodguys in 1985. Marc graduated high school in Danville, California, and has been with the company ever since. In 1995, he became COO and held the post until he became Goodguys president in 2007.
"Cars and Goodguys are my life," he said. "It's all I've really known. As a kid I was going to hot rod events and drag races with dad in the family hot rod. I've been right in the mix through the formative years of Goodguys and have been fortunate enough to see it become the world's largest rod and custom association."
So with all these rods and customs coming out of his ears, how does he have the time for a full-on race car and a hefty competition schedule? Marc works hard. Marc plays hard...all in the name of making the best of his hurry-up life and having fun doing it. He's been passionate about it since the 1990s, and he won the NMCA's Fastest Street Car Shootout at Memphis in 1995. Certainly, there's the undeniable therapeutic aspect: feel a little frustrated, feel a bit overwhelmed, feel a little bit dark, then stab the loud pedal and run faster and quicker than any Fuel Altered ever did back in the day...and on gasoline instead of exotic fuel. Teamwork stands tall too. Marc could have accomplished none of this were it not for indispensable crew men Jason Bunker, Danny Miller, Billy Ferriera, and Greg Lee.
The favored circuit is the West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association, and anyone who has followed that trail knows that Tim McAmis Race Cars crafted this Camaro more than five years ago in Hawk Point, Missouri. It was an exercise in fitness...lots carbon fiber, an influx of titanium and a sliver or three of unobtainium. All of it doesn't make the Camaro the skinniest Pro Mod in history: race weight is a hair under 2,450 pounds, and that's without Marc's butt in the seat.
McAmis built the car on a 25.1e chrome-moly double rail chassis measuring a 112-inch wheelbase. Front suspension is founded on Strange Engineering Anglia spindles, struts and JRi-modified coilover dampers with special valving. At the rear of the car, McAmis called on Darren at DMPE (Stevensville, Michigan) for the fabbed axlehousing replete with 40-spline shafts and a centersection holding a 4.11:1 ring-and-pinion. Untoward motion is damped by JRi adjustable coilovers. Velocity is eventually compromised by Strange carbon-fiber disc brakes, 10-inch in front and 11-inch in the rear that are fiercely abetted by a pair of parachutes.