1964 Corvette
Fantastic Flares

We very rarely make statements like this, but Brian Hobaugh's midyear Corvette is our all-time favorite example of the breed. Not only does it look menacing and classy at the same time with those perfect flares and ultra-wide meats all around, but it boasts giant-slaying performance with a very modest part list.

Hobaugh's father, Steve, purchased the Corvette in 1983 from local Corvette legend, Larry Park. The Hobaughs were the fourth owners; Larry was the third. Ron Christiansen originally purchased the car in 1965 for the purpose of autocrossing and it has been autocrossed regularly since then. It's even had those huge flares we love so much since 1965. The flares have changed a little bit over the years, but not much; the rears were made larger in the late 1970s to accommodate even larger tires. The front flares have remained the same since the late 1960s.

The Corvette has been a huge part of both Hobaughs' lives over the past few decades; Brian learned how to drive in it at 15 years old in 1984, and he has been autocrossing it since he actually got his driver's license in 1985. That began a lifelong passion for Brian and his father, Steve, who have been autocrossing the Corvette together for the past 28 years. The Corvette actually had a history of winning local and regional championships from its previous owners, so the Hobaughs were just continuing the legacy. Since they have had the car, Brian has won numerous autocross events. In 2013, for example, Brian won all events at Run to the Coast in El Toro, California, as well as being crowned "King of the Coast," and placed Second in the Goodguys Autocross Shootout in Scottsdale, Arizona. Now he can add "OUSCI winner" to his and the Corvette's long list of accomplishments. Great performance parts make a difference, but there's no replacement for decades of dedication and seat time in the same car dialing everything in perfectly!

OUSCI Results
Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally: finished
RideTech Autocross: 1st
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge: 5th
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed-Stop Challenge: 1st
Lingenfelter Performance & Design Challenge: 11th
Overall rank: 1st

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 364ci small-block Chevy, TPiS MiniRam EFI intake, Brodix Track 1 heads, Scat crank, Crower rods, Crane solid-roller cam with Crane rockers
Trans: Muncie M21 close-ratio
Suspension & Chassis: stock suspension with custom springs and JRi double-adjustable shocks.
Brakes: Wilwood six-piston front and four-piston rear with Wilwood Spec 37 rotors and aluminum hats
Wheels & Tires: 18x12 Aristo Collection with RT615K 315/30 Falken Azenis


1981 Camaro
Cheverra

The Cheverra was a serious track/touring muscle car before such a thing even existed. Herb Adams, a former GM engineer, had worked on a Skunk Works project to develop Trans Ams for the International Race of Champions. Based on production cars and parts, Herb was able to drastically increase the car's handling capabilities. The program was killed, but Adams was able to retain rights to the parts he developed and opened VSE (Very Special Equipment). Using those parts on an unprepped street car that he drove from California to Florida on Goodyear Wingfoot street tires, he entered and ran the 1979 24 Hours of Daytona. An engine failure kept him from finishing, but Goodyear took note and decided to lend some support. The second year, the automatic trans gave them issues, but they did finish. For year three, Adams decided to build a completely new car from a 1977 shell he drug out of a junkyard. This was the Cheverra that really made everyone, including exotic and sports car racers, take notice. A stock chassis Camaro with leaf springs and stock control arms with some fat tires ran fender-to-fender with the best on track. Hot Rod magazine even put it on their June 1981 cover. Sadly, a blown tire sent Cheverra into the wall, and it was sold after the race.

Twenty years later, Cheverra was miraculously found and with the help of sons Mark and Mathew, Adams decided to rebuild the iconic racer, staying true to the original car's look and intent. Thirty-two years later, the concept is perhaps more valid than ever. And thanks to National Parts Depot (NPD), some of Cheverra's signature parts such as the flare, nose, and wing are available for purchase.

Ever wonder where the name came from? It's actually a poke at Porsche Carrera owners who were surprised and annoyed by the low-buck Camaro that passed them on track. Adams even styled the wing after a Porsche just to really drive the joke home.

OUSCI Results
Detroit Speed & Engineering Road Rally: finished
RideTech Autocross: 15th
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge: 19th
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed-Stop Challenge: 26th
Lingenfelter Performance & Design Challenge: 24th
Overall rank: 30th

BY THE NUMBERS
Engine: 454ci big-block Chevy built by John Lombardi Engines, Edelbrock heads, cam, and intake, 750-cfm carb, HEI ignition
Trans: Gordon Stoney Automotive Engineering TH400
Suspension & Chassis: heavy-duty racing spindles, raised mount for upper control arm, spherical control-arm bearings, 15⁄16-inch sway bar with rod ends (front); 9-inch rearend trussed for strength, 1-inch sway bar, front leaf-spring mounts raised ¾ inch to increase antisquat and improve traction on corner exit, spherical bearings on leaf springs (rear)
Brakes: 12-inch rotors with four-piston Hurst/Airheart calipers
Wheels & Tires: custom-built 18-inch with 275/35 BFGoodrich Rivals