This is primo, kids. Soft, sumptuous, and textured like only leather from Italy can feel in a simple though elegant, carefully structured environment. The space emotes a Zenlike calm. Shawn Catt at Gearhead Garage did the door panels, the pin-neat Corbeau GTS II seats, the console, and the dashboard. We see some billet bits, Auto Meter gauges, and a McLeod shifter, flanked by an ididit tilt steering column topped with a Momo wheel. Gearhead rewired the car with Painless spaghetti and also installed an aftermarket HVAC system and an Alpine audio compilation including iDA-X100 head, speakers, and 12-inch woofer; iPod player amps are MRP M650 and MRP F250. At his feet are Porsche carpeting tailored and installed by CAR and three-point seat belts from Morris Classic Concepts.

When Mike and his dad found it on eBay, the Camaro was red with a bumble-bee stripe. Gearhead added an RS package and headlight doors, removed some minor rust, and rubbed the very straight body to bare metal. In the event of something untoward, Mike wanted over-the-counter paint. Here we see Subaru World Rally Blue for the main body and Nissan Silverstone rally stripes as per a 350Z. Mike can see perfectly over that ZL2 hood.

To the road racer in Mike, nothing was more important than the Camaro's chassis and suspension. While at Gearhead, the car was fitted with a Fatman subframe, cut, channeled, and modified with Koni coilover shock absorbers. When CAR took over, they added a splined-end Speedway Engineering/CAR antisway bar, DSE frame connectors and crossmember, and a driveshaft loop. Front springs are hefty 450-lb/in Eibachs. Rack steering was pirated from a late-model Mustang. The rear of the car has Hotchkis coils and QA1 adjustable shock absorbers.

Boze ZE Forged Boost 18x8 and 18x9 hoops are shod with 245/40 and 275/40 Nitto Invo rubber, which has a distinctive tread pattern and otherwise great appeal. Just out of sight are the requisite Baer 13- and 12-inch discs.