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Randy Bell • Harwinton, CT
This ’67 Camaro was a birthday gift for 14-year-old Randy Bell. Now 28 years later, Randy still has the Camaro—though, it’s nothing like it was three decades ago. Randy tried out a number of engines over the years, replacing the factory 327 with a truck-born 350, then a 454 big-block, a ’99 LS1, and finally the current ’04 GTO LS1. The Camaro grew up a drag racing street car with a lowest e.t. of 11.40, thanks to the big-block. Randy has been transforming the Camaro into something to make it a little more supportive of turning and stopping. He’s swapped the stock stuff for tubular adjustable control arms, QA1 shocks, and a Speedway custom sway bar. He’s got the brakes and steering all squared away using a DSE steering box and C6 Z06 brake calipers on Coleman rotors. The car does great, but he wishes it had more than the 400 rear-wheel horsepower it has now. With a big family at home, he’s just thankful he has the car set up as well as he does.
Frank Palazzo Staten Island, NY
Grandma’s car? Hardly. Though its clean Infinity Diamond Graphite paint and classic American Racing wheels scream cruiser, this Nova really hauls. The 496-inch stroker big-block Chevy with 10:1 compression, COMP Extreme Energy cam, and Holley 870-cfm Street Avenger push this lightweight into the low 11s. That’s not all it can do, though. Owner Frank Palazzo doesn’t think going fast in a straight line is all these cars can do, so he put in a TCI Mustang II front clip set up to handle. Frank has two carriers for his Currie 9-inch rearend so he can easily swap in some 4.10 gears along with his M/T ET Streets for those trips to the dragstrip. He’s had many Novas in the past, but this one is by far his favorite. He says it’s a never-ending project, but he’s still pleased with how it turned out so far.
Mark Hampton Evansville, IN
Mark Hampton was that kid who hung around the body shop after school, bugging the guys working on cars. His persistence paid off because by 13 years of age, he had a job working alongside them and has been working with cars every day since. He’s owned a number of Camaros and such, but he wanted something a little different. The memory of the ’66 Caprice he took his driver’s license test in inspired him to buy one for himself. It came with a 427ci big-block Chevy attached to a beefed-up TH400 and surrounded by Hotchkis suspension goodies and some big brakes. Mark says, “What’s next for me? I don’t know, but I hope to have fun doing it!” We like his attitude and think he’s onto a great start.
Clint Warpula • Duluth, MN
Being the only son of a car-nut dad, it was only right for him to follow in his father’s footsteps. Even growing up in the land of 1,000 Lakes and the great outdoors, Clint never took to fishing, hunting, or playing sports. He was always too busy under the hood with his pops. You may recall his father’s ’53 Capri in our Hometown Hot Rodding column earlier this year. It was a whole family hobby, even mom did some drag racing. Living by example, everything Clint has owned has been a Ford product. He’s got a ’77 Monarch drag car that runs low 9s on E85, and his first car was a Granada. Clint didn’t build this ’67 Cougar from scratch, but he’s put a hefty amount of work into it. Though there are many performance upgrades he would like to make, first on his to-do list is to replace the whistling windshield gasket. He’s made the car fun, safe, and comfortable to drive, so he and his wife can get the most out of it on the weekends.
Mother's Picture Perfect Award
This is the place to show off your pride and joy to the rest of mankind, so we figure those readers who took the time to capture a really cool shot of their hot rod should get a little bonus. Mothers agreed, and decided to come to the party with some freebies for the best picture submitted to PHR.
Each month, the editors at PHR will sift through the images and pick the one with the best composition, lighting, and overall quality. The winner will get a cool assortment of Mothers products to keep his or her ride looking nice and shiny. Mail us a CD with digital images in JPEG form, along with a written description of your car. Remember that digital images need to be 300 dpi, and the bigger the image, the larger it can run. Also, be sure to include info on the car, along with your name and address. Good luck!