1967 Camaro OneLapCamaro
James Shipka doesn't know it, but he and his '67 RS Camaro are actually heroes of ours. The stated mission of the build was to build a car that would excel in a variety of motorsports-autocross, road racing, acceleration, braking challenges, and open highway racing, but with the ultimate goal of competing in the One Lap of America. And that he did-taking home the Vintage American Class win in May 2010.

But that's a long ways from where the car started. Originally, this $2,500 eBay score was destined to be a Pro Street show car. The price should have been a hint, but the Camaro was far worse than imagined, loaded with hacked metalwork and enough rust that every panel on the car other than the rockers and taillight panel was replaced. Along the way, Shipka's inspiration started shifting toward Camaros like R.J. Gottlieb's Big Red and Mark Stielow's Thrasher, with a little vintage Trans-Am thrown in.

That's fine inspiration, but somewhere along the way, Shipka became enamored with the idea of competing in One Lap of America. Single-day track events are one thing, but enduring the eight days and 4,000 miles of One Lap while running two or more races a day without tow or support vehicles is a tall order. Competition venues can include wet and dry skidpads, road courses, oval tracks, autocrosses, dragstrips, and even dirt ovals.

Undeterred, once the car was together Shipka set out to attend autocross events. The car looked great, but had a long way to go chassis tuningwise, so he enlisted David Pozzi of Pozzi Racing, and together over the next year they took the Camaro to everything they could manage: The Nevada Open Road Challenge, The Silver State Classic Challenge, the Run to the Coast, and tons of autocross events. Each time the Camaro got better, thanks to major and minor tweaks.

In April of 2010 after a year of testing, they were ready. Optima Batteries, Hellwig Products, and ISIS Power stepped up with some much-needed sponsorship, and before they knew it, Shipka and Pozzi were in South Bend, Indiana, with the Optima Batteries OneLapCamaro. They were one of several "lap pups" (noobies) in the event, and were driving the oldest entry in the field. They had no clue what they were about to take on, but not only did they and the Camaro survive exertion, they took home the win ahead of teams with 20-plus years of experience. That's nothing short of amazing, and a story we aspire to emulate one day with the Max Effort Cougar.

By The Numbers
'67 Camaro
James Shipka; Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Overall Finishing Position: Exhibition only

Type: GM LS7
Block: GM
Oiling: GM dry-sump system with remote thermostat, oil cooler, and filter, custom remote dry-sump tank and breather, and ATS (Speed Tech) fabricated road-race oil pan
Rotating assembly: GM LS7 crank and rods with Katech Engineering 11.35:1 forged pistons
Cylinder heads: GM LS7
Camshaft: Katech Engineering; .645/.648 lift, 220/244 duration at .050
Valvetrain: LS7 rockers with Katech Titanium retainers and beehive springs
Induction: LS7 intake with MSD 90mm throttle body
Fuel system: Aeromotive fuel rails, Rick's Stainless Vaporworx Tank with custom adapted dual '10 Camaro fuel pumps
Ignition: MSD controller and plug wires with LS7 coils
Cooling: Ron Davis radiator with dual SPAL electric fans, ATS Evans water pump
Output: 600 hp at 6,200 rpm, 560 lb-ft of torque at 4,800
Built by: Katech Engineering
Transmission: T56 Magnum with McLeod RST dual-disc clutch, aluminum flywheel, and SFI bellhousing
Rearend: Currie Enterprises 9-inch with Strange aluminum centersection, Daytona pinion support, 3.89 gears, 31-spline Currie axles, and Detroit Truetrac diff
Front suspension: Speed Tech high-clearance tubular control arms, ATS/Speed Tech AFX aluminum spindle with C5 Vette hubs, Penske dual-adjustable shocks with Hypercoil 575 lb/in springs, adjustable 11/8-inch hollow Hellwig sway bar
Rear suspension: Lateral Dynamics three-link, Penske dual-adjustable shocks with Hypercoil 275 lb/in springs, adjustable 1-inch solid Hellwig sway bar
Brakes: 14-inch AP Racing rotors with six-piston calipers and Raybestos ST43 pads up front, 13-inch AP Racing in the rear
Wheels: 18x9 and 18x12.5 HRE C20 Comp Spec with 6.25-inch backspace up front, 6 inches in the rear
Tires: 275/35R18 and 335/30R18 Michelin PS2