Staggered in size, a set of Genuine Boyd Junk Yard Dog wheels with gray painted spokes reside on the corners–18x8’s do diligence up front while 20x10’s tally up the rear. Stem to stern, Nitto NT05 rubber grip the ground–245/40-18 up front and 275/35-20 out back.
Like so many of his Pro Touring counterparts, Leonard set his sights on building a car that would impress on the track yet offer a comfortable ride during extended driving excursions. A pair of black Sparco Chrono seats provide the pilot and passenger a solid, yet cushy scene and a Sparco Lap 5 steering wheel is a perfect blend to the race-inspired captain’s quarters.
A Dakota Digital III second-gen instrument cluster keeps Leonard in the know and a Ridetech Tiger Cage provides extra safety and a handy means to hang the Crow four-point safety harness.
Leonard subscribes to the fact that the exterior is a major focal point when building an attractive muscle car so he called upon the talents of Tom Argue at Tom Argue Design in St. Petersburg, Florida, to lay down a custom concoction PPG gray pigment and charcoal stripe graphics. “Tom Argue is just about the best there is on this side of the country,” remarked Leonard. “His work speaks for itself and he did a great job on my second-gen.”
The Custom Works carbon-fiber RS bumpers add a nice touch to the Camaro Central billet grille.
With the ill-fated fire responsible for putting his Mustang out to pasture, Leonard’s Camaro has been basically trouble-free. Well, there was that one time on the 2008 Hot Rod Power Tour in which Leonard got into just a little trouble when he decided it was his turn to lead the pack through the mountain roads. While making his move to the front, an officer in an unmarked police vehicle clocked him at 96 mph. That wouldn’t have been so bad on a highway, but the road on which they were traveling had a posted speed limit of 45 mph. That maneuver almost landed Leonard in jail right on the spot but instead bought him a return trip back to “nowhere, Virginia,” where the judge ended up slapping Leonard with a $1,200 fine.
He may have gotten slightly burned on the speeding deal, but thankfully the Camaro is still on the road doing what Leonard and his dad built it to do: road race, autocross, and provide a stellar means of transportation.