Finalist
Bobby Radke's '67 Chevelle is pretty much the same one that all of us doodled in our notebooks in grade school when we were supposed to be paying attention in English class. It's every 12-year-old's dream car come to life. Huge honkin' 33x21.5 Mickey Thompsons? Check. Blower sitting on top of a stroked and breathed-on small-block? Yep. Bright red paint with flames? Got it. A glovebox full of 10-second timeslips? It's in there. And it's an SS Chevelle on top of all that. And photog Wayne Ninnemann was paying attention to our photo tips big-time when he searched out the ideal location, waited until the right moment, set up his tripod, and composed a shot that would make it in any major car magazine on the planet. (And he's a trained machinist, not a pro photographer, too.) There's no telling what Wayne could do with a real camera and a few hours of training. In this day, it's good to have a second career to fall back on!

1967 CHEVELLE SS
Car Owner: Bobby Radke; Lake Mills, WI
Photographer: Wayne Ninnemann; Fort Atkinson, WI
Camera: Fuji FinePix S9000
Model: n/a
Photo location: Rock River; Fort Atkinson, WI
Engine: 388ci small-block Chevy
Cylinder heads: World Products, mildly ported
Camshaft: Howards mechanical roller,
  .675-/.639-inch lift,
  278/286 degrees duration
Intake: B&M
Carb/induction: B&M 144 supercharger,
  850-cfm Holley carb, 175hp NOS
Transmission: Turbo 400
Rearend model & gearing: GM 12-bolt, Moser axles,
  4.88 gears
Suspension/brakes: four-link, drum brakes all around
Peak hp: n/a
Best ¼-mile time: 10.22/133
Years owned: 15 years
Cost to build: n/a

Finalist
The story is a familiar one. Boy sees car in neighborhood, boy wants car but can't afford it, then car's owner has family emergency and sells car to boy for a fire-sale price. That boy in this case would be Larry Riley of Taylorsville, Kentucky. One of the little problems with Larry's story, however, is that in buying the nearly completed car, very little accurate information was passed from owner to owner, so Larry doesn't even know what's inside his mystery motor, or even what size it is. On the bright side, Larry has a patient and understanding father-in-law in the form of photographer Bruce Decker. The photo shoot on Larry's Camaro was all planned out in advance-super locations, cute model, the whole enchilada. Then the day of the shoot, the model bugged out, the weather turned hot, and the car overheated. What is it they say about the best-laid plans of mice (even of an unknown size) and men?

1980 CAMARO Z/28
Car Owner: Larry Riley; Taylorsville, KY
Photographer: Bruce Decker; Taylorsville, KY
Camera: Nikon D300
Model: n/a
Photo location: Taylorsville, KY
Engine: 350 small-block Chevy
Cylinder heads: factory
Camshaft: solid roller, unknown specs
Intake: Weiand tunnel ram
Carb/induction: dual Holley 450 cfm
Transmission: Turbo 400, 3,800-stall converter
Rearend model & gearing: GM 12-bolt, 4.56 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory, Lakewood traction bars
Peak hp: n/a
Best ¼-mile time: n/a
Years owned: 1 year
Cost to build: $8,500