Landing 9.47 at 140 mph in the quarter-mile doesn't come without a laundry list of help. Under the hood is a 454 bored 0.030 over to 461ci, plus hardware such as JE pistons, Eagle H-beam rods, a Melling high-volume oil pump, an Edelbrock intake manifold, a 1,000-cfm HP Holley carb, Jesel rockers and pushrods, Crower lifters, and an ATI SFI balancer. The car also features Hooker headers, a heavy-duty Denny's driveshaft, Mark Williams 35-spline axles, Strange disc brakes, and Mickey Thompson drag tires. The front suspension is mostly stock, but with Moroso coils and QA1 double-adjustable shocks. Out back are Wolfe Race Craft double-adjustable lower control arms and an antiroll bar.
The General's Own
'70 Camaro RS/SS
Matt got lucky and knows the bio of his RS/SS 396: It was owned by a Chevy rep who took it to the track on the weekends. That guy grenaded the original engine, but now it has a 454 with World Merlin heads, TRW forged pistons, Edelbrock 600-cfm carbs, a B&M Competition TH400, Moser axleshafts in the rear, and a Hurst shifter. Other add-ons include MSD electronics, two trunk-mounted Optima batteries, Flowmaster exhaust and ceramic headers, a Be Cool aluminum radiator, Global West springs and bushings, and KMC rims wrapped in Yokohama rubber. "It's a little quicker than it came from the factory," says Matt.
Saving The Pennies
'69 Camaro Z/28
We've all had a high school fantasy-maybe yours involved Farrah or Jessica Alba. For Peter, it was the '69 Camaro-but he couldn't afford it then. Now he's the owner of this X77 Norwood Z/28 that's still pretty pure, save for the occasional spot of chrome. It's got American Racing rims, and he switched from LeMans Blue to Candy Blue and had the center caps machined to match the emblem. Peter hopes to install the original GM 2x4 cross-ram he's got sitting on a shelf-"That would make the car worth upward of $100,000."
Camaro Man Walking
San Bruno, CA
After high school graduation, Rob wanted to treat himself to a '69 Camaro...but sky-high prices resulted in this '73. It already had a 383 stroker with a roller cam and ported heads, so he immediately put it on the strip and street. Now there's a Dart small-block 408 with a Barry Grant fuel pump, a Kryptonite crankshaft, BigStuff3 EFI, Pro Topline ported-and-flowed 235cc heads, and an 88mm snail from Precision Turbo, which produce what Rob estimates at 1,200 hp with a tune by Don Bailey. He also runs an RS frontend, a TH400 with a transbrake, a Ford 9-inch with 3.50:1 cogs, and a custom-narrowed stainless steel gas tank.