Now don’t get us wrong. Just because this car is based on function over all else doesn’t mean it’s ratty looking. Milt and the build crew agonized over the paint and graphics for the racy Camaro. “We laid out every traditional and unique combination of graphics imaginable. Eventually we settled on one inspired by the Gulf Racing Teams of the ‘60s. Mark DeShetler did the sheetmetal work while Michael and Company in San Jose laid down the PPG paint. Items like headlights just add weight, and extra pounds can loose races, so they were ditched in favor of air brushed versions by Daneen Bronson, who also artfully applied the graphics. Some parts are metal, some are fiberglass, but they all gel together to keep with the lightweight-and-lean theme.
Building a nice-looking racecar is doubly tough. It takes its toll in terms of both, cash and time. Milt recalled, “We kept track of the build time, and only those who have experienced the pain of a major car build will understand. There’s approximately 3,100 hands-on fabrication and assembly hours, including the motor, with an additional 350 hours for the sheetmetal fabrication work (excluding paint prep). Hundreds of more hours were spent on design, change, worry, change, etc. But all the sacrifice was worth it once the Camaro was fired up for the first time.”
We asked Milt what he would do differently. Without pause he stated, “I would discuss the project more thoroughly with my wife. Women don’t understand why men do these things, and my wife of 45 years is no different. In the end, she was supportive and forgiving, and I love her for it.” Other than that, the project turned out just as he had envisioned. We should all be so lucky.
So what do you do with a raced-out ’67 Camaro that can’t legally be wielded on the streets? Simple, you take it to the track and beat the snot out of it. The ride is still being sorted out and by the time this goes to print, it will have engaged in its first official track battle. Since we’re an impatient lot here at Camaro Performers, we had Milt bring his ’67 to our test track in Fontana, California. Now keep in mind that we generally test street cars, so this was our first hard core race deal. Our previous fastest time through the slalom (420 feet with cones spaced 70 feet apart) was 5.71 seconds. Those numbers were annihilated when the Milt’s Camaro ran it in 5.28 seconds! That translates to 54.23 mph. Freeway speeds while slamming back and forth through orange pylons. Nuts! The Camaro was equally impressive on the 200-foot skidpad, as it managed an average of 1.184g’s. Again, a number so far off our scale, it was entering orbit somewhere around Jupiter. Then again, we should expect numbers like this from such a purpose-built ride.
As for Milt, he’s busy working over the car with his co-driver Bill and racer/mechanic Bob Giovannoni in an effort to put the hurt on the competition.
Remember, just because the car reeks of anger, doesn’t mean it isn’t supposed to be fun.