Finalist
We've finally met our equals when it comes to folks who have a love affair with '73-77 GM A-bodies. That would be Keith and Monica Camens of Old Bridge, New Jersey. This impeccably restored example looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor in 1977, but it didn't always look this good. Keith first spotted his neighbor's Monte back in 1991 when he moved in. "When I met my new neighbors," writes Keith, "I said, 'if you ever want to sell the car, let me know.' It was a yellow cream color with a little rust here and there. I loved the interior with white swivel bucket seats. I kept waiting year after year, then in 2006, he said, 'You still want to buy the Monte?' I had it the next day." Some DIY bodywork, then a trip to the local body shop took care of the burgundy red Keith and wife Monica wanted. The white landau top was renovated at the same time. A fresh 350 engine and trans was bolted in, along with some 3.42 gears, and Keith hit Raceway Park for a little quarter-mile action; a 16.30 e.t. was the result.

1977 CHEVY MONTE CARLO
Car Owner: Keith & Monica Camens; Old Bridge, NJ
Photographer: Erik Schreiber; Old Bridge, NJ
Camera: Nikon D100
Model: Monica Camens
Photo location: Old Bridge, NJ
Engine: factory 350ci small-block
Cylinder heads: factory
Camshaft: factory
Intake: Edelbrock
Carb/induction: Edelbrock
Transmission: Turbo 350, shift kit
Rearend model & gearing: GM 10-bolt, 3.42 gears
Suspension/brakes: factory
Peak hp: n/a
Best 1/4-mile time: 16.3
Years owned: 2 years
Cost to build: $6,000

Finalist
Tangerine Orange is a pretty bold color to paint your first major street machine project, but in this case, it's a pretty good reflection on the bold nature of its builder and owner-Joshua Piscitelli of Millbury, Massachusetts. Josh found the car wallowing about 7 years ago with a smashed driver's side, and about 10 coats of really bad paint. As he was in vocational school at the time, Josh used the Skylark as a tool to hone the many automotive skills he was in the process of learning. Virtually every part of this Buick received love rubbing from Josh-the paint, interior, rollcage, lots of miscellaneous fabrication, and final assembly. Some help did come his way in the form of the engine (a 455 Buick built by Mike's Motor Service), Turbo 400 trans (Auto Magic Transmission), and rearend (Mitchell's Drive Train).

1968 BUICK SKYLARK
Car Owner: Joshua Piscitelli; Oakham, MA
Photographer: Ray Zalneraitis; Millbury, MA
Camera: Canon Rebel
Model: Devyn Remillard
Photo location: Sutton, MA
Engine: 455ci Buick (.035-over)
Cylinder heads: factory, Stage 1
Camshaft: Lunati, .501-inch lift,
  285/295 degrees duration
Intake: Edelbrock Performer
Carb/induction: factory Q-jet
Transmission: Turbo 400 with
  B&M Holeshot converter (2,400 stall)
Rearend model & gearing: GM 12-bolt,
  Eaton posi, 3.73 gears
Suspension/brakes: Hotchkis suspension,
  factory brakes
Peak hp: n/a
Best ¼-mile time: n/a
Years owned: 7 years
Cost to build: $35,000 (estimate)