Marc played a hand in the build. After the machine work, balancing and blueprinting was completed at S&S Automotive in San Leandro, California, he assembled the Brad Anderson (BAE) aluminum Hemi block short block. Primary dimensions are a 4.375-inch bore and a 3.750-inch stroke for a displacement of 451 cubic inches. Marc paired JE 10.5:1 pistons with MGP aluminum connecting rods and fixed them to the Sonny Bryant crankshaft. He used ARP fasteners throughout. For the oiling sequence, he secured a Dailey Engineering dry-sump pan and a System 1 (Tulare, California) oil pump. The camshaft is a custom-phased COMP sporting 0.850-inch lift on both valves. Marc put it in the bores with an RCD (Nevada City, California) gear drive and sealed the port with an RCD front cover. He finished the valvetrain with Jesel 0.937-inch diameter lifters and Manton pushrods the size of a cigarillo.
The top of the motor is necessarily exotic. BAE cylinder heads, including valves, springs, hardware, etc., form the underlayment for the brutish induction system. A BAE short-deck intake manifold hosts a PSI C-rotor supercharger posing a wicked injector hat from DMPE and is supplied by a Rage mechanical fuel pump. The puffer is overdriven 110 percent and yields 65 psi of positive manifold pressure. Marc capped the assembly with sheetmetal rocker covers from Williams Performance Products in Lake Elsinore, California.
Lightning bolts erupt from the MSD 44 Mag ignition system and Kooks stainless steel zoomies with the diameter of a beer can provide the fire. Marc estimates 3,000 horsepower at 9,000 rpm, an estimation assured by the Camaro's performance numbers. Torque transfers to a Lenco CS1 three-speed planetary transmission that is connected to the engine with a Browell hydroformed bellhousing. Completely out of sight are a Neal Chance 4,000-stall converter, a DMPE billet flexplate and a Bruno valvebody. A Mark Williams driveshaft became the vital link.
From the least rolling resistance to the most friction available, Marc uses Hoosier 26.0/4.5 Drag Front tires on 15x3.5 Billet Specialties Comp 5 wheels. On the drive end, its Hoosier 34.5/17.0 slicks are enabled by Billet 16x16 Comp 5 hoops.
Since cruises rarely last longer than 5.5 seconds, the interior satisfies only his most immediate needs. In a cockpit that is naturally cluttered, the Racepak V-300SD stands out loud and clear and is the only validation Marc needs—that plus the seat of fire pants. He hunkers in a McAmis carbon-fiber seat and is held fast at five points by the Taylor harness. He shifts the "automatic" Lenco up with a McAmis ratchet and thanks his lucky stars as he rockets toward the horizon at more than 250 miles an hour.
The Camaro's volcanic performance is artfully announced by bold PPG reds, golds, oranges and white as applied by industry darling Steve Dekkenga at SD Enterprises all the way out in Spring Lake, Michigan. Dekkenga is responsible for arguably the most intricate applications in the business, and the graphics incorporated by Justin Spencer Competition Designs enhance the scheme. McAmis and crew made the carbon hood.
Certainly, Marc has witnessed a virtual world of automotive eccentricities in the realm of Goodguys and there's nothing he hasn't seen or lived. But when asked what's the most memorable experience he's had with the Camaro he did not hesitate. "It's about being on the dragstrip doing what you love most and that was beating Mike Maggio while running the fastest side-by-side race in door-slammer history at Sonoma, my 5.75 at 252 to his 5.77 at 256." It's something Marc will carry with him and savor forever, like a warm stone in his pocket on a cold day.