The idea for the Hugger Camaros was conceived by Tom Nehl in the spring of 1979 as a means of funding his racing effort in the Twenty-four Hours of Daytona. Nehl took a page out of the Indy Pace Car Dealer Drive away but with an unusual twist. The drive aways were to be modeled after the number 28 Camaro race car instead of the pace car used to start the race. The race car number itself was selected in order to publicize the newly engineered 1980 Z-28 Camaro. (more…)
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CGS Performance Products, based in Chino, California, is best known for its stainless steel exhausts and cold air intake systems, but for more years than we can remember, CGS has been building custom vehicles for the annual SEMA show. The crew has built cars, trucks, SUVs and everything that is the “latest and greatest” from the OEMs. The crew at CGS has won many distinguished awards at the SEMA show, such as the GM Design Award, Ford Product Excellence Award, Chrysler Design Excellence Award, the Outstanding Achievement in Design from Ford Motor Co. (three times) and many more throughout the years. This year, the company has put its expertise into this 2’11 Camaro. (more…)
The best part about owning a high performance muscle car is sliding into the seat, cranking the key, hearing the rumble exit the pipes, and mashing the gas as the rear tires feverishly search for traction as their grip is no match for the fire breather you’ve got under the hood. For the crew at the RK-Collection in Concord, North Carolina, the injected big-block powered pro touring ’69 Camaro convertible radiating off of these pages was an investment in potential. The RK crew wanted to see how far they could and would go to create the ultimate pro touring ’69 with power, style, detail and craftsmanship rounding every curve and corner of this handcrafted pavement pounder.
Look under the hood of any vehicle built after around 1990 and you’ll notice one thing in common: They all have an intake system that pulls air from a fender well or from the front of the core support, supplying the engine with fresh cool air for maximum power and efficiency. Why? Because cool air is denser then warm air, which means there is more oxygen packed into every square inch. The higher the oxygen content, the more powerful and efficient your engine will be with every stroke of a piston. Cooler intake air becomes a denser charge, which equals more tire-churning power. (more…)
Within the muscle car realm there are certain cars that just plain stick out. This year’s most talked about custom first gen Camaro has to be the “Razor” 1969 Camaro built and designed by the Ring Bros. in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Drawn by legendary designer Sean Smith of SS Design, the car was brought to life by Mike and Jim Ring. It sports a GM Performance, all-aluminum, ZL1, 454-ci big-block; Detroit Speed suspension; staggered 18- and 19-inch one-off Budnik wheels; an array of custom-machined body accents; and a clean and crisp two-tone draped over a completely reworked body. Enjoy this teaser shot and look for a full feature in an upcoming issue of MCP.
It was the morning of Dec. 7, and all through Yorba Linda, California, many hot rods and muscle cars were stirring and roaring aloud. Exhaust notes pierced the air and tires screeched as participants made their way to the annual John Force Holiday Car Show sponsored by System One and held at the amazing headquarters of John Force Racing. The event’s purpose was as a benefit toy drive for California Highway Patrol’s CHIPs for Kids. Admission was an unwrapped toy to provide Christmas presents for those less fortunate. (more…)
As a high school kid in Iowa, Craig Hull had an active mind. All the cars he lusted after were built in his head, thanks to that active juvenile imagination. Sound familiar? Oh yeah. We all did the same thing. If you were a diehard gearhead, you were hooked at an early age. You’d see the latest crop of muscle cars on the dealer’s lot and imagine how they’d look with Cragar SS wheels, big tires and big power. (more…)
Since their inception more than 50 years ago, Tri-5 Chevys (1955-57 model Chevrolets) have been the most popular GM brand in the history of the company. From the time they hit the showroom floor back in the fall of 1954 through and including today, these Chevys have been the stimulus for the performance aftermarket generating hot rod speed parts, suspension upgrades and a host of other innovations. The launch of the 1955 Chevrolet also signaled the arrival of the legendary small-block Chevrolet, an engine that still continues to be the most popular performance engine on the planet. (more…)
In the world of all-out performance muscle cars everyone is always impressed with the cars that throw down significant horsepower, sit flat on the tarmac, and scare critters back into hibernation when the bump stick starts spinning and the pipes roar. While these performance-packed and well-detailed machines may impress at the shows or when the fun pedal is planted, there is something to be said for a mild custom muscle car that is built just to cruise. Jim Davis Senior of Lubbock, Texas, is the owner of the 1967 Camaro RS glaring off of these pages and while it may not pack 600 HP and 20s under the fenders, it’s the perfect Sunday driver. (more…)