Yup, looks like somebody threw a grenade in the car and ducked. "It's where I am, so I don't much care how it looks," says Troy. "As long as the car shines and looks tight from the fans' viewpoint, I'm happy." Truly a minimalist ensemble, the Camaro cups the driver in a Kirkey Racing seat and holds him down with Kirkey belts. A master switchboard overhead, a couple jugs of juice, and the most important Auto Meter gauges are all he needs.
The Pirez boys and Stephens are bound by rules. Any aftermarket equipment is legal so long as it will bolt into the original mounting locations--so no four-links are allowed. At the rear, they installed BMR lower control arms, an antisway bar, a Panhard bar, and a custom BMR torque arm. "It is the best traction device," says Greg. "The stock torque arm would bend or tear on every pass, thus screwing up the pinion angle." Afco springs on VariShock/Chris Alston dampers help plant the tires, too. BMR components (Koni strut conversion, K-frame, springs, and lower control arms fortify the front of the Camaro and are lighter than the factory pieces. The stock steering column is connected to a Flaming River rack steering assembly. A 12-point cage provides a very solid foundation and offers supreme resistance to the twisting and bending power of that wacko 632. The car runs the 60-foot time in the low 1-teens.
A while back, Junior bumped the wall at Sunshine Dragstrip. Lucky for him his pop owns Pirez Auto Body (Dover, Florida) to put the hurt on the minor scrapes and lacerations. When we commented on the beautiful job, Troy said it wasn't a bad 10-foot car but he wasn't gushing about its appearance. He used Chevrolet Code 16 White with custom orange and gold pearl stripes in a parody of the Fourth-Gen Anniversary model.