When James Shipka first built his LS7-powered ’67 Camaro he had plans to cruise it and hit the occasional track event, but then the bug bit. Now the ride sees the track way more than the street. In fact, it’s competed in the famed One Lap of America marathon of races for the last three years. All this track time has made James a better driver as well, to the point where he felt the car needed to push the envelope a wee bit further.
One problem area was the front tires; mainly that the 275/35 tires just weren’t bringing enough grip to the table, and given the car’s GM subframe, there wasn’t any more room to the inside. To fix this lack of space, James shipped the car over to Best of Show Coach Works (BOS) in Escondido, California, for an extreme makeover. After looking over the car, shop owner Dick Kvamme, came up with a plan to widen the front fenders and inner wheeltubs. It took a ton of fab time and four front fenders worth of metal, but in the end there will be enough room to comfortably run 305—maybe even 315—front tires.
James is also having BOS fabricate a far more aerodynamic lower front valance (replete with deer whistles to help herd wildlife away from the Camaro). BOS then worked over a flat GM hood to help reduce lift from air trapped in the engine bay.
Lastly, James had them bolt on a computer-controlled rear wing. Costing near ten grand, this marvel of technology adjusts its angle based on the speed of the car and even tilts forward to act as an air brake under hard deceleration. Both sides move in opposition to each other in high-speed turns. It’s racing tech adapted to a street car.
After all, how many race cars run trailer hitches so they can haul their gear and tools from track to track? But this is all temporary since James is building a ’69 Camaro that’s being designed from the get-go as a track demon.
This explains why he had BOS fabricate all new parts and safely store away the stock stuff. Once the ’69 is done, the ’67 will be put back to pretty so it can start cruising more highways than speedways.