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Euro Thrash

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Camaros are often considered an icon of American hot rodding, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t popular in other parts of the world as well. This ’99 export Z28 was originally delivered to Germany but later found its way to the Netherlands, and then to the garage of Matthijs Grit. Since picking up his little slice of Americana, Matthijs has logged over 40,000 kilometers on the car, and loving every one of them. “Although the car doesn’t look too flashy, it really turns heads and gets a lot of second looks wherever I show up with it. Most important to me is that I really like it! Last year, my buddy and I went to the Geneva Auto Show with the Camaro. It was a great trip, and on the way back we went through the snowy Jura mountains with the t-tops off. We’ve got the same trip planned for next March,” remarked Matthijs. He’s also managed to do a few mods to the car like swapping over to the 10-spoke SS wheels and adding a rear SS spoiler. Performance upgrades include Koni shocks and drop springs to help in the corners, while slotted rotors and EBC brake pads bring the Camaro down from speed. These parts are hard to get overseas, so when Matthijs vacations here in the States he always makes sure to include an extra empty suitcase to smuggle home a few more Camaro parts. Now that’s our kind of guy.

Goin’ Green

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Bill Shadowens, of Clinton Township, Michigan, may be 70 years young, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of his love of hot rods. His current love is this ’79 Camaro. It was assembled in Norwood, Ohio, in August of 1979 and sent to North Carolina where it roamed the streets until 1994 and finally found its way to Michigan. Bill picked up the F-body in 1999, which marked the end of it having to endure the snow and slush of winter driving. As for the unusual color, Bill told us, “the Code 40 Pastel Green paint is a rare factory color. General Motors cannot give me the exact number but estimates are that out of 84,877 Z28s built in 1979 only about 500 received this color.” The original 350 small-block has been punched out to 355 and filled with go-fast parts from Edelbrock, Summit, and COMP. Exhaust duties are handled by Dynomax coated headers, which feed into Flowmaster mufflers. Backing up the 355 is a TH350 trans with a shift kit, cooler, and a B&M stall converter. The rearend has been fitted with an Eaton posi and 3.90 gears. It all gels together to make for one fine ride that Bill and his wife often enjoy while cruising around.




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