Erik upgraded the stock Brembos to their six-piston calipers and 14-inch rotors up front, with four-piston calipers and 14.25-inch rotors out back.
Forgeline GA3R 20x10 rollers reside up front, with a very similar scenario—only an inch deeper—take up residence out back. The satin centers and gloss black outer hoops ensure the car retains its sinister appearance. It’s a stealthy approach among those vying to keep somewhat under the radar.
In order to retain street cred along with the ability to compete in multiple driving events (most street driving competitions require 200 or higher treadwear rating), Nitto NT05s on all four corners (275/40-20 front, 315/35-20 rear) provides ample grip for most any situation at hand.
“To this day, I am running this exact setup and have gotten more class wins at autocrosses and road courses than any street-driven fifth-gen Camaro in the country,” informs Erik. “And at the 2010 Camaro Performers Duel in the Desert, held in Chandler, Arizona, I took quickest autocross time.”
Erik also racked up a podium finish at the Camaro5 Fest II, quickest fifth-gen at LSFest I and II, but what’s most amazing are the hundreds of dyno pulls and quarter-mile passes the car has endured without issues. Add in the 30 or more standing-mile events and several trips across the country; this car has racked up over 50,000 miles. And those aren’t your average “Driving Miss Daisy” miles, either. We’re talking miles more abusive than all of Mel Gibson’s verbal phone tirades put together.
Those efforts and high-ranking track finishes got Erik and the car he calls “Cammedmaro” an invitation to the 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational held in Pahrump, Nevada. “I had my fingers crossed that I would be able to take the car to SEMA and be invited to run at the OUSCI. I was so excited when I got the call. It made all the hard work an effort totally worthwhile,” recalls Erik.
Being this event is considered the ultimate benchmark as to where a car stands against the best of the best in the muscle car world, Erik should be proud he finished in the top half on the autocross and 25th on the road course portion of the event—an outstanding achievement when considering most of cars in the competition were much lighter and carried more horsepower under the hood.
“I’m just happy I got the opportunity to compete in such a great event,” recalls Erik. “Hopefully I’ll get an invitation again next year, only this time I’ll be in a car armed with a bunch more horsepower.”
With this SS sorted out in both the horsepower and handling department, the only thing representing the aftermarket interior-wise is the MGW short-throw shifter. Gauges, seats, carpet, and seatbelts are all GM original equipment.
With the exterior also falling along the theme of the stock offerings, only a GM Heritage grille and ground effects package made the cut. Ace Sullins handled the prep and paint for a uniform match to GM’s black pigment.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Paul Meister for doing an outstanding tuning job, and also to Mark Hoffman for taking care of the engine upgrades and performance parts installation,” said Erik. “I also have to thank my wife for choosing the car, and Aaron Pfadt for all his help with the suspension.”
Regardless if it was a fictional movie character that prompted Erik to dive head first into the late-model Camaro world, or if it was the influence of his wife, Helena, who first laid eyes on that black SS, he always gets a kick out of giving M3s and 911s a run for their money.
We asked Erik if given the opportunity to do it all over again would he do anything different. His response: “I’d drop in an LS7 right off the bat.”
Now that would really give those unsuspecting Beemer and Porsche types a run for their money…
“And those aren’t your average “Driving Miss Daisy” miles, either. We’re talking miles more abusive than all of Mel Gibson’s verbal phone tirades put together.”