When you think environmentalism, you think a Prius, hemp, and a picket line. You don’t think die-hard American muscle car builders. Brothers Jim and Mike Ring (aka Ringbrothers) both had great careers as environmentalists, cleaning up hazardous waste spills and restoring buildings and land struck by fire. They grew up working on a project here or there, never being able to leave well enough alone. Years went by and their talents were entertained at a hobbyist’s level. It wasn’t until Jim broke off and started a body and restoration shop in their hometown of Spring Green, Wisconsin, that things got serious. Mike endured years of nagging from Jim before he agreed to work alongside him at the shop. Twenty years have passed since then, and Ringbrothers has shifted its focus away from restorations. Jim grew tired of looking at the same thing over and over, and wanted to build unique cars even though in that day it was taboo.
Lead by the exposure at shows, magazines, and through word of mouth, customers Bob and Scarlet Venne gave them guardianship of their ’71 Camaro. It was being started at a different shop because Bob and Scarlet didn’t realize they even had the option of bringing it to the famous Ringbrothers. Turns out they will work on just about anything, on any level, and at a shockingly affordable rate. Who would’ve thought?
The Vennes trusted the bros to build them a car with very little input, and Jim wanted this Camaro to lookand performlike no second-gen ever built. There is extensive metalwork, including a completely redesigned front fascia that unbolts in one piece, a tucked rear bumper, and some trick pass-through rock guards. Ringbrothers is known for their Mustang builds, but love the opportunity to build other makes and models. You might even catch a glimpse of this car amongst the plethora of others in the recent commercial they did for Royal Purple.
Turns out they will work on just about anything, on any level, and at a shockingly affordable rate. Who would’ve thought?
Bob and Sharlet Venne Brainerd, MN
Performance: 640 hp, 600 lb-ft
Type: Mast Motorsports LS7
Rotating assembly: Callies forged crank and H-beam rods, Mahle pistons
Cylinder heads: Mast CNC LS7
Camshaft: Mast custom grind
Valvetrain: Mast nitride dual springs
Cooling: Be Cool radiator, SPAL dual fan
Fuel system: aircraft rubber Fuel Safe cell, Bosch in-tank pump, stainless lines, Holley regulator
Exhaust: 3-inch H-pipe with 44-Series Flowmaster mufflers
Fasteners: Ringbrothers body fasteners, ARP engine hardware
Transmission/shifter: TKO-600 five-speed manual, Hurst shifter, McLeod clutch/pressure plate
Driveshaft: custom Ringbrothers
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch big bearing housing, Detroit TrueTrac posi, 3.73 gears
Front suspension: DSE hydroform clip, C5-style tubular arms, coilovers
Rear suspension: custom four-bar with Watt’s link by owner and Ringbrothers
Brakes: Baer 14- and 15-inch rotors, four-piston calipers
Body: rear bumper tucked, two-piece rear spoiler, roof wing with third brake light, custom rocker panels, stone guards, front mini-tubs, custom front fascia
Wheels: 18x10, 19x12 Forgeline