First ’12 ZL1 to exceed 200!

Editor-in-Chief David Freiburger from our sister publication Hot Rod magazine had the ride of a lifetime in the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering–modified ’12 ZL1 Camaro. On Apr. 30, 2012, at the Continental Tire Proving Grounds in Uvalde, Texas, Freiburger made several attempts to conquer the 200-mph zone. At the end of the day the final number registered at 202.67 mph!

What did you do over the Weekend?

Ralph Scarabaggio: Nostalgia drags at Englishtown! Old-school super stockers, front engine dragsters, and nitro cars!

Writings on the Wall

Facebook Fans Speak Out

Thoughts

What should we do with the 750hp 496ci big-block?

Johny Berzett:
What I would like you to do next with it is install it into my ’70 Chevelle.

Eddie Kempf-Schwarze:
Come install it in my ’75 Nova.

Bryan Goff:
Install new heads on it with bigger exhaust valves and lighten the valvetrain.

Zachary Rowland:
Or you could put it in my ’85 Chevy truck.

Scott Borge:
I’d like you to put it in a crate and ship it to my address.

Cory J. Davis:
Dish the pistons and twin turbos into a blow-through carb.

John Perry:
It will run on pump gas! Drop it in a ’68-69 Chevelle and run it at the strip and give us the numbers! Don’t lower the compression at all!

What Drives You?

At 16, like most of us, I got my first car. Probably the most unattractive and biggest hunk-of-junk car, a ’91 Buick Skylark, it was gorgeous (and by gorgeous I mean incredibly ugly) but it was a car. While it was reliable it often needed work, and the rule was that my dad was more than happy to work on my car, but I had to be there to learn. At the time, this wasn’t exactly what I wanted to do.

A few years of this and one day my dad pulls into the garage with an ’81 Camaro with a 350ci small-block. That’s when my passion began. Before that it wasn’t my thing. Cars were for transportation. After that Camaro rolled up in the garage it all changed. Though it’s not the biggest engine, and she’s far from perfect, getting in that car just changed it all.

From there I began working on the car with him. We would do general maintenance and there was a lot of work to be done underhood. Eventually we handled the bodywork in the garage, where we also gave her a new paintjob; it’s been love ever since.

Before then, I wanted to be a music journalist, but then I had to change it to automotive. I started reading as much as I could and bought myself my own little Camaro; she’s not much but she’s pretty damn great for a college girl. Even if it’s just finding little things to do, every spare moment I have I spend playing around with her.

It always makes me chuckle at how annoying it used to be to go out and work on my car; now though, I love getting greasy and working with my hands, and that feeling of success you get when you get your new clutch in or put the first spray of fresh paint on your hood, or heading out to a cruise night to talk shop with good people and good cars.

Amanda Del Buono
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