Cutting-edge Carolina CamaroThe husband and wife team of Dave and Sue Morris have debuted their new and truly impressive ’69 Camaro to do battle in the NHRA Super Gas and IHRA Super Rod 9.90 wars this season. The stunning-looking piece, which features a great design scheme and paint application by Glenn Eckat (The Paintin’ Place, Mohnton, Pennsylvania) is in fact the very first next-generation ’69 Camaro roadster to be conceived and built by Jim Hughes and the reputed shop Don Davis Race Cars. The car features a 585ci big-block Chevy by Carroll Hine (WideOpen Technologies, Douglasville, Pennsylvania) and a Hughes transmission and converter assembled by Kevin Kleinweber to transfer power. Based out of York, South Carolina, the team’s primary sponsorship comes courtesy of Lou and Shirley Nislar.
Tampa-based Test of TimeYet another example of the resiliency of the Chevy Camaro within drag racing circles comes from Florida’s Mike Pearson. Mike has been running the same ’68 Camaro SS since way back in 1978. Over the years his machine has morphed while seeing action, as well as being a popular fan attraction, within NHRA, IHRA, and Southern Stock/Super Stock Association circuit events. Fully self-maintained, Mike did all of the assembly and does all of the servicing to his car, which currently runs SS/HA with a 350ci engine rated by the NHRA at 317 hp. Mike’s Camaro features cylinder heads by Dave Layer, flat-top pistons by Patterson Racing, Crower rods, and a Powerglide transmission behind an ATI torque converter. Pearson’s Camaro is regarded as a real flyer in the class as evidenced by his career best 9.92 e.t., which came earlier this season during NHRA’s Gatornationals. Mike is employed as a superintendent at Hawkins Construction Inc., and spends his racing weekends accompanied by his fiancé, Debbie Vance.
Black Tracking CamaroSince taking delivery of his Jerry Bickel-built ’68 Camaro early in 2013, Utah’s Ed Olpin has certainly been on a tear. Powered by a naturally aspirated 632ci Steve Schmidt powerplant, and running within NHRA’s Top Sportsman class, Olpin’s machine has proven itself to be one of the best in class overall within NHRA’s Lucas Oil Division 5. Year one with his car produced an NHRA divisional event win and the overall Top Sportsman championship at his home track of Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City, plus a runner-up finish during the highly prestigious Jegs Pacific Sportsnationals race. Then, early in 2014 Ed wheeled his Camaro to what so far has to be arguably his biggest career win when he took the Top Sportsman title during NHRA’s national event race in Phoenix this past February. Ed’s great success is also a credit to his crew, which includes his son Eddie and support staff Ryan Hanson and Grady Johnson.