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Readers' Rides - February 2014

Feb 10, 2014
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Girl Power


When Angie Stewart rips around her hometown of Evansville, Indiana, she does it in her '11 SS. Over the last few years Angie has worked hard to make her Camaro stand out from the plethora of other fifth-gens on the road. Exterior-wise there's been quite a few changes including Razzi side skirts, carbon-fiber spoiler and taillight bezels, nose splitter, GM Heritage grille, functional side fender vents, and a blacked-out roof panel. The interior was given carbon-fiber accents with a touch of pink to tie in with the exterior enhancements. But it's not all about looks. Angie tossed a tune into the LS3 engine and added a complete Flowmaster American Thunder cat-back exhaust system to up the sound and performance. The result is a car that's a blast to drive and one that turns heads and wins trophies when she takes it to local shows.

Die-Cast Dream


Charles Rauch had dreamed of getting a third-gen since he was 10 years old when his pops came home with a die-cast model of an '82 Camaro. Eventually, Charles grew up and found the IROC of his dreams. The '85 had a clean body and no engine, but it was cheap and perfect for what he had planned. A 350 small-block was sourced from a truck then bored and filled with KB forged pistons, Eagle rods, and a lumpy COMP camshaft. The heads were massaged and fitted with screw-in studs and COMP Magnum roller rockers. Up top there's an Edelbrock Victor Jr. intake topped with a Barry Grant Mighty Demon 750 carb. All that V-8 power exits through a set of Hooker headers and Hawks Third Generation exhaust system. Backing up the worked-over mill is a beefed-up T5 trans that spins the power back to the stock rear with 3.73 gears. Bilstein shocks, bigger sway bars, poly bushings, and tubular control arms all work to make the IROC corner the way God intended, while EBC brake pads are paired up with aftermarket rotors to handle the braking duties. The interior was upgraded with Auto Meter gauges, a Grant steering wheel, and Corbeau TRS seats. The exterior got quite a bit of love as well with a host of body mods including shaved marker lights, ground effects, and a Harwood 3-inch cowl hood. We dig this third-gen as it sits, but Charles plans on swapping in a single-turbo 5.3L LS paired with a Tick Performance T56. Sounds like a plan to make a great car even better.

Fair-Weather F-body


Chris Scarbrough was a teenager when he started wrenching on this '68 RS with his dad, and over the course of six years it became nicer than the pair could have hoped for. Built in their three-car garage, including paint, the '68 had nearly every panel replaced, and once the bodywork was done, a 600hp LS3 and T56 gearbox was added to the mix. Detroit Speed front coilovers and a rear Chris Alston Chassisworks four-link keeps the Camaro flat in the corners and a mini-tub kit enabled Chris to run 315 tires out back. As Chris told us, "I like to call it a daily driver, but it does stay inside on rainy days. Another cool thing is that it gets anywhere from 25-30 mpg on the highway." If we had a Camaro this cool, we'd drive it too!

One Week, Four Events


It's no secret that we're really into Camaros that get driven, so we were totally diggin' the email we received from David Hoppie. He has a super clean '02 Z28 that was bought in 1SC "stripper" trim, with its only option being the rear window defogger. The LS1's cam was swapped to a 220/220 on a 114 LSA, and he also bolted on a set of DynaTech long-tube headers—a combo good enough to churn out 368 hp to the tires. The suspension has received a host of parts from Spohn and UMI, while the interior received a set of Corbeau TRS seats and a B&M Ripper shifter. His normal "around town and at the track" rollers consists of black 17-inch C6 Z06 wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 rubber, and the brakes have been upgraded to Brembo slotted front rotors and Hawk pads. Recently he pulled off a "hat trick plus one" by hitting four driving events in under a week. Event one was easiest with a showing at the Brigham City, Utah, car show. The second event was running his Z28 (on borrowed wheels) at the Utah Salt Flats where he averaged 138.582 mph in the Under 140 class. He then cleaned off the salt, gave back the wheels, and hit Miller Motorsports Park for some road racing action. Lastly, he finished up his quadathlon by making some passes at Hypoxia Drag Way (elevation 6,600 feet). "I drove almost 1,000 miles and proved that the LS1 fourth-gen is one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance cars out there," remarked David.



We love a car with a good story, and they don't get much better than Ed Croft's. As he told us, "The guy who ordered this L78 big-block Camaro was in the service, and his parents (where he stored the Camaro) lived next door to my sister. I dropped by to check out the car and it was love at first sight, but I didn't think the guy would ever sell it. A year later I made a deal with my wife that I would quit boxing and she would help me buy a Corvette. While searching dealers, I came across the L78 Camaro. It turned out that the owner had traded it in for a new Chevelle. The Camaro was already promised to another buyer, but he flaked on coming in to sign the papers, so I was able to buy it." When Ed got the car it was bone stock except the emissions stuff had been pulled off and it had a set of Hooker headers. In 1972, Ed bought the four ET mag wheels for $100 and they've been on the car ever since. The paint is factory original, including the dealer option Z stripes, and in 1984 Ed rebuilt the high-compression engine. This rare '70 L78 SS396 had just 12,000 miles on the odometer when Ed bought it, and these days the odometer reads just over 54,000 miles. Only around 600 L78 '70 Camaros were produced—all with close-ratio four-speed transmissions—making this one rare find.

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