In the old days of the Trans-Am, these cars could displace no more that 305 ci (or 5-liters). Today, SVRA rules dictate no more that 310 cubes, which is what this car sports. It was built by Wegner Automotive and uses RHS CC320 iron heads (aluminum is illegal). Compression is a tasty 13:1 and a custom-ground mechanical roller cam from Comp opens and closes the valves. A Wegner-ported Edelbrock intake holds a Holley carb. On the pump, the engine cranked out 546.5 hp at 7,800 rpm and 407.8 lb-ft at 6,000. In a nutshell, this sucker screams and at nearly 8,000 rpm the thrill goes right to the owner's soul.
"It's not the fastest car out there, but we have a blast," says Richard. "We're out there jockeying with Mustangs and others, with the '72 [model year] being the newest cars in the class."
Only four forward gears are allowed, and the Jerico takes all the abuse thrown at it. A Quarter Master clutch and Coleman driveshaft send the power to a 9-inch rear with 4.44 gears and a Detroit Locker.
A combination of reinforced C3 Corvette and first-gen Camaro A-arms is used up front. The adjustable springs are from Lensing and QA1 single adjustable Stocker Star shocks are used. A 1.25-inch Speedway Engineering and Fabrication sway bar is used. The brakes are 11.75-inch rotors and four-piston calipers off a '72 Corvette (front and rear).
Out back, custom reversed eye multi-leaf springs are employed. Fabricated eyes allow the leaf springs to lower the car 1.5 inches. Stocker Stars are used here, too, and there's a 1-inch custom sway bar from Speedway. Other than this, the suspension is how it left GM—no fancy tubular anything, no high-dollar front clips or mini-tubs. It's a throwback machine.
Rolling stock is American Racing Torq Thrusts measuring 15x8.5 (with 3.75-inches of backspacing) at all four corners. The Hoosier Street TD tires are 25.5x8.5x15-inches (front) and 26.5x9.5x15 (rear).
Inside, it's pretty bare. Auto Meter Pro Comp gauges keep a check on the vitals, while a custom seat by Joie of Seating was installed by Larry Bueller of Type One High Performance (Sebring, Florida), who recently updated other mechanical parts on the car.
The Hugger Orange paint is offset by Cobalt Blue racing stripes. The front and rear bumpers are reproduction fiberglass, and the rear window is Lexan. The fender flares were custom built. Though flogged hard, it was still pretty enough to win a Best of Show award a couple of years ago at the Road & Track Concours d'Elegrance in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Once on track, there can be anything from Camaros, Corvettes, Shelbys and Mustangs, and beyond, all racing in their respective classes. Richard attends around seven events a year from his Midwest base. He won twice last year at Sebring International, including the season finale. He's captured the SVRA Group 6 Sprint and Enduro championships in 2009 and 2010, and the SVRA Group 6 Sprint crown again in 2012, which is high on his list of memorable experiences with the F-body. So, too, is the simple, unadulterated thrill he gets from flinging it around on some of America's most fabled circuits, including Watkins Glen, VIR, and Road America.