And understand it he does; with the help of his crew Dane Larson, Ryan “Rocket” Scherman, and Bill Beers, Tully designed a custom chassis and fully adjustable suspension around the specified components, particularly the brakes. With Raybestos’ name to uphold, a set of Raybestos NASCAR Sprint Cup–spec brakes were sent. Coupled with a 700hp 454ci LS engine and the ability to quickly adjust roll center, antidive, caster, and camber, the GTO-R was shaping up to be a car for the discriminating track driver.
That didn’t go unnoticed at the SEMA show where the GTO-R was displayed; the renowned Robb Holland, an instructor at the Nurburgring, was looking over the GTO-R and half-jokingly asked when he could drive it. Tully responded, “How ’bout Saturday?”
Holland accepted, and though they had to convert their OUSCI invite to exhibition, they’d get a chance to see what it was capable of in the hands of a professional driver. That was the GTO-R’s first time out on a track. We don’t have concrete numbers since it wasn’t being judged, but Holland reportedly felt that the GTO-R could have placed in the top 10 contenders. That’s saying an awful lot, and coming from a reliable source.
There are still a few months to go before the new owners take possession, and Tully has assured us that the shakedowns will continue. You know, just to make sure they get the most dialed-in car possible for their own outings.
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Raybestos/Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle; Addison, IL
Type: 454ci LSX, GM Performance Parts (GMPP) crate engine
Oiling: Milodon road-race pan
Rotating assembly: GMPP 4340 forged steel crank and rods, forged pistons
Cylinder heads: aluminum LSX-LS7 port, 70cc chambers
Camshaft: .635-/.635-inch lift, 236/246 degrees duration at .050
Valvetrain: GMPP investment cast roller rockers, 1.8 ratio
Induction: Hilborn injection, FAST XFI
Exhaust: HRCC headers, 3-inch oval exhaust, MagnaFlow mufflers
Fuel system: Aeromotive pump and regulator
Ignition: GM distributor conversion, FAST distributor, MSD 6AL, Taylor/Vertex coil
Cooling: C&R Radiator, SPAL fans, Meziere water pump
Transmission: Tremec T56 Magnum, McCleod twin-disc clutch and flywheel, QuickTime scattershield
Rearend: Moser 9-inch with 3.89 gears
Front suspension: HRCC custom, JW Rod Garage control arms, Wilwood spindles, RideTech triple-adjustable coilovers
Rear suspension: HRCC triangulated four-link with RideTech triple-adjustable coilovers
Brakes: Raybestos NASCAR Sprint Cup–spec brakes
Wheels: 17x8 and 17x10 American Racing 200S
Tires: 275/40ZR17 and 315/35ZR17 Nitto NT05
In a field full of vintage and late-model muscle cars, we can always count on JF Launier of JF Kustoms to arrive at the OUSCI with a beautifully built Tri-Five Chevy that looks like it has no business being abused on the track. And yet JF never hesitates to push his cars as hard as he can, wearing an ear-to-ear grin the whole time.
Last year it was a ’55. This time JF brought out an exceptionally clean blue ’57 dubbed “Redline.” Why Redline? Well, let’s just say it’s a subtle hint that there’s much more than show car good looks going on with this ’57. We think it may also be a nod toward how JF likes to drive.