As Alex Didion told us, "My dad always told me that if I made good grades he would let me buy a first-gen Camaro and help me restore it, so that's what I did. I worked my butt off to get my grades up and eventually earned the chance to get my dream car. After searching, I found a car stored in a pole barn in the middle of Iowa. Since Dad didn't want me to miss school, he drove up there to finish the deal and trailer the car home."
The pair spent the next two-and-a-half years doing a complete rebuild of the car. They teamed up to do all the much-needed bodywork, and Alex's dad laid down the paint. Under the hood is a 383 stroker crate engine that puts around 500 ponies to the wheels. Backing up the small-block is a Tremec five-speed trans, and 3.73 gears spin the Ford 9-inch rearend. For modern suspension and brakes Alex turned to the Heidts Performance catalog. About the only part of the car the father and son duo didn't do themselves was the interior, which was farmed out to a local shop. The end result is a killer 1967 that shows the result of a lot of hard work.
Top of the Bell Curve
We see a ton of fourth-gens here at Camaro Performers, and while they are nice, they haven't gotten the amount of love they so very much deserve. Brent Schubring decided to buck this trend and go all-in with the build of his black-on-black, badass SS Camaro. The whole ride, including the engine bay, was layered in show-quality black paint. But the real fun is located under the hood. Brent felt the LS1 wasn't bringing enough to the party so it was ditched in favor of something much bigger. An RHS race block was punched out and stroked to achieve 460 cubic inches of glorious displacement. It was filled with goodies from Callies, Lunati, and JE. Mast C5R heads and T&D rockers ensure proper valvetrain geometry throughout the rpm range while Kooks 2-inch headers vent the spent gases. Topping off the killer long-block is a Kinsler ITB intake. The combination is good enough to put out 634 hp to the tires. A Liberty T56 six-speed and a slightly narrowed Ford 9-inch with 3.70 gears back up the big-inch aluminum small-block. For suspension, he chose handling parts from UMI. CTS-V brakes reside inside the Fikse Profil 5 18-inch wheels.
For the last three years, Sandston, Virginia's Brian Spradlin has been wrenching together his 1971 Z28. Under the hood is a 383ci small-block with a pretty aggressive Lunati Voodoo camshaft. The mill is topped with a Holley 850 double-pumper, and an MSD system provides the spark. According to Brian, the combo sends 522 hp to the tires, certainly enough to put a smile on his face. The Camaro rolls on 18- and 20-inch Coys wheels wrapped in Nitto rubber. As Brian told us, "I drive it on weekends and do all the local charity cruises and parades. It's just a blast to drive!"
Swiss-born Urs Hangartner, known as George to his friends in the U.S., knew from an early age he wanted to be involved with cars. This desire sent him to college to learn auto mechanics and he tinkered with everything from steam power to classic Chevys converted into flatbed trucks. He also loved to race and brought home several autocross championships. Before moving to the U.S. he got married, and his wife, Gabriel, further encouraged his automotive addiction. One day he was cruising down a backroad in Florida and spied an 1989 RS drop-top. It was in awful shape but it was exactly the kind of car George had been thinking about, so he bought it. The end result took five years to pull off, but the nut-and-bolt rebuild was completely worth it. The third-gen is powered by an LS1 engine out of a Corvette, and everything from the brakes to the suspension was upgraded along the way. It's nice to see that George has so firmly embraced American muscle!
Michael Doscher's goal with his 2010 Camaro was, in his words, "To take our sluggish V-6 and turn it into a V-8–stomping daily-driven track car!" A lofty goal, but easy tasks are often far less rewarding to accomplish. The suspension was the first to get tweaked. As Michael relayed, "We equipped the car with a full Whiteline suspension and differential bushings. Front and rear adjustable sway bars and endlinks were added along with a Hotchkis strut tower and subframe brace. We then turned to KW Suspension for their Variant 3 coilovers." TSW Nurburgring wheels shod in Toyo R888 rubber shed a ton of rotating mass while massive 14-inch Wilwood binders provide copious amounts of stopping prowess. At that point, the problem was the V-6 under the hood. That issue was solved with the addition of an IPF Tuning Vortech supercharger. This upgrade got the Camaro into the 430 horsepower range, on par with its SS cousins. For style points, his team at Hillbank Motorsports added a host of Trucarbon carbon-fiber parts along with a ZL1 nose. The interior was reworked in Synergy green leather. It all makes for a ride that's as much fun to take to the grocery store as it is to blast around Willow Springs raceway.
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