Car shows are fun, but nothing gets us rev’d up more than watching cool Chevys blasting around a road course or autocross. The Pro Touring build style has been around for quite some time, but around 10 years ago gearheads decided to actually take their cars to the track to prove all those aftermarket suspension parts really do make a difference.
It started off slow, but soon guys and gals were figuring out that it was way more fun to beat the snot out of their cars rather than rub it with a microfiber towel and some detailer. The fact that these cars get to the track is what sets the Pro Touring build style apart from the Pro Street builds that typically don’t ever see a dragstrip.
Over the years, we’ve watched a ton of Pro Touring—or if you prefer, G-machine—cars hit the track, and some of them have become quite well known. Of course, there are the cars built by Mark Stielow who really got the Pro Touring ball rolling with his 1969 Camaro called The Mule. That car showcased the right mix of classic looks and modern drivetrain/suspension that set the bar for future builds. Mark has continued to churn out some of the best-engineered Camaros out there, including his more recent track pounders: Jack Ass, Red Devil, and, most recently, Mayhem. These cars flat out get it done, with Red Devil winning the 2010 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) Championship.
Detroit Speed Inc. is a company that has turned out more than a few of the finest Pro Touring cars on the planet, but none of their cars get hammered on as much as Kyle Tucker’s 1970 Camaro. James Shipka built the One Lap Camaro, a 1967 Camaro, and he’s literally logged thousands of track miles competing in events like the One Lap of America, Silver State Classic, and multiple OUSCI competitions. Brian Finch’s second-gen Camaro is a force to be reckoned with and has put the hurt on many competitors over the years. Mary Pozzi’s 1973 Camaro has continued to evolve, and in her capable hands has bested many at events all across the U.S. Recently, she managed to win her 12th SCCA National Solo Championship. Closer to home is our 1968 Camaro dubbed Bad Penny. We’ve run that car in everything from the standing mile (172 mph) to open road racing, a few OUSCI events (won the first one with the assistance of the Pozzis), and even the dragstrip.
But, aside from the cars we’ve all heard of, there are hundreds of Pro Touring-style cars out there getting run hard on tracks all across the country—Chevys built by people you may not have heard of, but who are filled with the same passion and desire to drive their cars as they should be.
Check out our gallery of over 50 of the coolest Pro Touring Chevys getting tossed hard through the turns.