Here at Camaro Performers, we are both fortunate and honored to have the opportunity to feature the most amazing Camaros in the country within the pages of this magazine and also on camaroperformers.com. So, before we head full-bore into 2014, we'd like to draw some additional attention to 12 of the best Camaros we featured in 2013. With that said, you may be wondering exactly how it is we go about choosing which cars make our annual Best of the Best issue. While it's definitely not a scientific process intertwined with complex algorithmic operations, there is some simple math involved as well as a homegrown, concocted formula with a few special variables mixed in. Social media popularity is one. How many "likes" a car gets on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages carry a good amount of weight. Another determining factor is the number of page views a car gets on our website (camaroperformers.com).
Now, we realize those are somewhat concrete numbers, but our list isn't solely based on mathematical tabulations—the Camaro Performers magazine and online editorial staff also throw in their proverbial "two cents." And being we all have varying backgrounds and tastes when it comes to cars, it makes good sense to take advantage of this diversity to come up with a Best of the Best issue in which [hopefully] a wide audience can appreciate.
With that said, we hope you all enjoy the best Camaros of 2013, and we'd also like to thank those who continue to "like," "share," and comment on our Facebook and Instagram posts. It's all valuable information that helps us to better understand the kind of cars you want to see inside the pages of Camaro Performers magazine.
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•Issue : January 2013 •Car: 2000 Camaro SS •Owner: Beau Bule •Photgrapher: Robert McGaffin
There's no doubt fourth-gens are a common site at just about every dragstrip in the country. But Camaros of this era commonly get stripped down every way possible in order to save weight. That can sometimes compromise the car's visual integrity, especially in the engine bay and interior. Fortunately, Beau Buie has a taste for keeping his drag car looking as good as it is fast. Beau's '00 would give most any fourth-gen at a car show just as much competition as it would on the dragstrip. Yep, it's that nice. And last we heard, Beau switched out the nitrous for a single turbo. The only info we have is that it's gone as fast as 135 mph in the eighth-mile.
Anytime we come across a fourth-gen this nice, we have to consider it for the Best of the Best issue, and this car's ability to perform at the dragstrip is just icing on the cake.
•Issue: January 2013 •Car: 1969 Camaro •Owner: Dave Mausbach •Photgrapher: Josh Mishler
When one pulls out all the stops to build a muscle car, there's a good chance that ride will be something special. Well, Dave Mausbach left nothing on the table when he went to Boesch Auto Body in Humphrey, Nebraska, for what started out as "a few upgrades." Shop owner Dale Boesch told us, "Dave stopped by and saw the kind of builds we had going on and decided he wanted his Camaro to stand out and be different than any other '69." For one of the main focal points, Dave went with a stroked small-block with an Inglese intake topped with eight polished Cook Enterprises domed injectors. Needless to say, the engine bay is a work of art and the rest of the car also showcases an amazing example of top-notch craftsmanship.
This is one of the cleanest '69 Camaros we've ever featured in the magazine and, in fact, made the cover of our January 2013 issue. This was an easy choice to make our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: February 2013 •Car: 1973 Camaro •Owner: Brian Hobaugh •Photgrapher: Henry Z. DeKuyp
Growing up around cars was an integral part of the landscape at the Hobaugh household. At a young age, Brian Hobaugh remembers his dad wrenching and autocrossing a '72 Z28, so it's no wonder that today Brian owns one of the most kick-ass second-gens in the country. The Camaro is loaded with custom one-offs including the Maier Racing suspension system; a suspension program in which Brian basically had to build the rest of the car around in order to shoehorn big wheels, brakes, and 335 tires on every corner. Brian employed a Mast Motorsports 416ci LS3 with a tick over 600 hp to propel the '73. Besides the car's obvious proven functionality (Brian took Second Place at the 2012 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational), it's attractive vibe carries far beyond the exterior, continuing throughout the interior and engine bay.
Our Facebook followers gave this track fiend high marks with which we agree, so it easily makes our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue :April 2013 •Car: 1968 Dana Tribute •Owner: Gary Keyes •Photgrapher: Chris Shelton
When the term "supercar" comes up in casual conversation, the Yenko Camaro is usually the first to come to mind. But Gary Keyes, owner of this immaculate '68, was more interested in the short-lived Dana Chevrolet muscle cars. Gary went to great lengths to build his Camaro as close to Dana specs as possible. He even confided in former Dana employee Dale Armstrong; Super Car Workshop's Brian Henderson; and Frank LaRoch, owner of the fabled orange 10,000-mile Dana Camaro. It's fairly safe to say that even the most knowledgeable supercar enthusiast would be hoodwinked of the car's supercar authenticity.
So did Gary build the ultimate Dana Tribute Camaro? Absolutely, and no doubt the reason his impeccable '68 easily made our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: April 2013 •Car: 1983 Camaro •Owner: Joe Reinford •Photgrapher: Henry Z. DeKuyper
We've heard the story more than a few times about a car owner who's cruising a decent ride and after something goes slightly awry a "simple" repair gets under way and leads to something just shy of a full-on overhaul. Joe Reinford has a similar tale. What started out as an engine rebuild, turned into a complete makeover. With the original 305 in shambles, Joe and his dad decided to replace it with a vintage 327 topped with a Weiand 144 supercharger. While at it, Joe went in and replaced the carpet, seats, and door panels to freshen up the captain's quarters. Joe's brother Horace Jr. smoothed the body then applied the Axalta ChromaPremier Black pigment.
We have to say this is one of the cleanest third-gens we've come across and one nice enough to be crowned as one of our Best of the Best.
•Issue: May 2013 •Car: 1968 Camaro •Owner: Zach Schary •Photgrapher: Nick Licata
It's hard to believe that Zach Schary is only the second owner of this vintage Trans-Am–style '68, but after learning its history, the story isn't too far-fetched. As it goes, Zach saw the car sitting on blocks in the backyard of a house owned by a fellow blues musician in South Los Angeles. Dented sheetmetal—even a bullet hole in the passenger-side door—couldn't shoo Zach away. He talked the bluesman into selling it. A very long story accompanies the car from that point, but 16 years later we found Zach's Camaro fortified with a 376ci L92 carbureted engine, DSE suspension, and some super cool Trans-Am–influenced nuances hosted by a killer dousing of Glen Green pigment. This '68 is a respectful nod to nostalgia road racing with plenty of modern Pro Touring panache, making it more than worthy of a spot in the Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: June 2013 •Car: 1969 Camaro •Owner: Skip and Debbie Walls •Photgrapher: Matthew Jones
This '69 convertible was part of a true "unveiling," as its owners, Skip and Debbie Walls, along with a large crowd of onlookers gathered at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas were about to see the car in its completed state for the first time. It was quite an event for the Walls' as the black tarp was pulled back to reveal the Goolsby Customs masterpiece. Although it's an automotive work of art, this "Lokar Red" drop-top gets driven. Powered by a Mast Motorsports LS3 that dishes out 575 hp; a Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis; and a plethora of one-off custom body, engine, and interior mods, this immaculate Camaro was named the 2013 Goodguys Muscle Machine of the Year. It also participated in the weeklong trip from California to Texas on the Goodguys Road Tour.
It gets extra points for being driven as hard as it does, so we held a spot for it in our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: July 2013 •Car: 1969 Camaro •Owner: Pete Toundas •Photgrapher: Robert McGaffin
If ever there was a '69 ZL1 COPO Camaro as clean as this one, well then it probably doesn't exist. Pete Toundas and his son Nick set out to construct a COPO tribute built to show car quality. In essence, they passed on performing the faux overspray, chalk marks, and fluorescent letter stamps on the firewall and built the car with immaculate lines and perfect panel fitment—attributes that didn't exist on factory COPOs in 1969. Their goal was certainly achieved, as the average Camaro enthusiasts is sure to buy into the Camaro's ZL1 COPO authenticity, but an expert will identify the lack of overspray, perfected gaps, and fitment as beautiful but not realistic. Kudos to Pete and Nick for going the distance and including an aluminum-block 427 (later casting number) dressed to the nines with correct nuts and bolts.
Hands down, this is the ultimate tribute to a legendary Camaro and we're proud to include it in the Best of the Best issue as it truly is the pinnacle of a COPO tribute.
•Issue: July 2013 •Car: 1971 Camaro •Owner: Tim Bowler •Photgrapher: Stephen Kim
One day you see yourself as a casual Camaro fan, and the next you're hard-core when you see a build style that knocks your socks off. That's what happened to Tim Bowler the first time he saw a g-Machine–style second-gen. Swayed by the mean stance and big wheels of a Pro Touring-style ride he saw at a car show got his wheels spinning hard. Right then he knew what his next project would be. Diving right in, he got busy working on a wrecked '70. He replaced just about every body panel, tossed in an L92 engine, upgraded the suspension for autocross purposes, and bolted on a set of Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners while waiting for a vacancy at a local paint shop. With a wait list of about a year, Tim decided to skip that nonsense and buy a clean '71 then transfer all of his upgrades from the '70 over to the car you see here.
Tim has future plans for more suspension upgrades, but for now the PPG Midnight Blue second-gen looks just right in our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: July 2013 •Car: 2011 Camaro SS/RS •Owner: Jordan Priestley •Photgrapher: Robert McGaffin
With the number of fifth-gen Camaros on the road today, it takes quite a bit extra for it to grab our attention. Well, at the American Street Car Series' 2012 Return to the Coast event, we took notice of this '11 SS/RS's looks, but the angry sound coming from the LS3 as it screamed down the back-straight of the road course really piqued our interest. Jordan Priestly owns JDP Motorsports out of Sandy, Utah, and uses the car as a testbed for his LS-based performance parts business. His idea was to build a kick-ass naturally aspirated fifth-gen that would perform on the track while retaining reliable street manners. Jordan and the crew at JDP massaged the engine to the tune of 480 hp to the tires then bolted up a consortium of Pfadt track-proven performance suspension goodies to provide the Camaro with an extra dose of corner adherence.
It's great to see a portly fifth-gen keeping up with many of the lighter Camaros at the track, yet still being street-driven. To us, that's exactly what this hobby is all about. Jordan's fifth-gen is well-deserved of making our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: September 2013 •Car: 2010 Camaro SS/RS •Owner: Guy Martin •Photgrapher: Nick Licata
The first time we saw this Camaro it was at the Camaro Performers Duel in the Desert event at Firebird Raceway near Phoenix, Arizona, back in late 2010. We fell in love with the car's looks, but at the time it only featured a few bolt-on mods. Well, a few years passed before we ran into Guy Martin and his '10 SS again. Only this time the SS was armed with some major artillery: a Granatelli twin-turbo system belting out over 650 hp to the tires and a Granatelli 1G suspension system! And Guy isn't afraid to unleash every ounce of the car's fury. The Camaro took First Place at the 2012 and Second at the 2013 Super Chevy events held at the Auto Club Famoso Raceway near Bakersfield, California.
Although the car retains the factory Summit White paint, the Titanium Silver SS stripe sets the car apart from its brethren of fifth-generation enthusiasts—enough so, that this stellar late-model muscle car is worthy of making our Best of the Best issue.
•Issue: December 2013 •Car: 1970 Camaro •Owner: Terry Hansen •Photgrapher: Nick Licata
There's no doubt early second-gens are more popular than ever, and if you've gone out to price one in somewhat decent shape, then you know the asking price can rival a first-gen in comparable condition. Not long ago the aftermarket catered mostly to the first-gen Camaros, but today respect is paid to its early-'70s cousin. Suspension, brakes, sheetmetal, and trim parts for these cars are now easily accessible. Terry Hansen grew up in the SoCal muscle car scene and has seen build styles come and go, but found the Pro Touring/g-Machine movement to be the perfect template for his well-preserved '70 RS/SS. Performing most of the work himself along with the help of his son Zachary, the two upgraded the chassis with DSE suspension components and Baer brakes, then built up an LS3 to the tune of 620 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. This PPG Silver second-gen is a prime example of a stellar home-built project, making it a perfect choice for our Best of the Best issue.