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Car Camping in a 1967 Chevelle in the Arizona Desert

Taking a Pro Touring muscle car across rocks and mean cactus

Evan Perkins Apr 27, 2016
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What better way to prove the reliability of the Week to Wicked Chevelle then turning the wheels onto the dirt and heading out on an epic adventure drive into the Arizona desert? That is exactly what we are doing.

Are we crazy to take a Pro Touring muscle car across washboard road, rocks, and some of the meanest cactus that’s ever poked me? Yes, we probably are. But, that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

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After cruising down the mountain roads from Jerome, Arizona, where the new suspension had my co-pilot, John, and I grinning from ear-to-ear, we hit Sedona where we will be camping. We dialed the Viking shocks to full soft, made sure the air filter was still nice and tight and turned onto the red, Arizonian soil.

If you had asked me yesterday how the car would handle off road, I would have guessed it’d ride like a cement mixer. Today, I can honestly say it isn’t that bad. With the shocks dialed back, I didn’t lose any fillings, or shake anything important loose from the car. I don’t think CPP is ever going to advocate their Pro Touring suspensions for the hardcore camping/off-roading market – but they totally could.

About 10-miles into the portrait-esque desert landscape, we found a nice turnout to park the car and setup camp. A 6-person Coleman tent will be our home for the night. We unloaded a couple bundles of firewood we picked up on the way and built a healthy campfire. Hot dogs are hanging over the fire and will promptly be consumed. It is a surreal feeling writing this; sitting on a folding chair, the Chevelle bathed in campfire light while the setting sun illuminates the towering red mountains on the horizon with its last fading rays. Today was a good day.

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What is CPP Week to Wicked Presented by Super Chevy and Axalta?

It all begins the morning of April 18 when our stock 1967 Chevelle will roll into Super Chevy’s Santa Ana Tech Center for a full teardown and rebuild. We’ll be pulling the car down to its bones, replacing steering, suspension, powertrain, drivetrain, and just about everything else you can possibly imagine; all with the goal of bringing the performance of a 1967 Chevelle up to par with modern muscle cars. It’ll be a mad rush till the very last seconds of our timeline. And if that wasn’t enough, immediately following the build, we’ll be driving the car on a 1,000-plus-mile road trip to prove its road readiness. We’ll be hitting the drag strip, the engine dyno, and a few scenic local sites!

How can you follow along from home? The entire event will be covered on SuperChevy.com via daily video and story updates, as well as on all of our social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Stay tuned for what is sure to be one heckuva ride!


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