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Duel In The Desert
Camaros Head Through The Desert For Some Fun In The Sun
, Photography by
, Henry Z. De Kuyper
February 01, 2011
Another Arizona resident who drove to California just so he could drive back was Tom Foglesong. Every time we see Tom's '67, it's rolling on different and nicer wheels. His budget-build first-gen is powered by a 5.3L LS engine. His 13.423 quarter-mile time, combined with his 27.82-second autocross run, was good enough to land him in Third Place for his class.
Another Arizona resident who drove to California just so he could drive back was Tom Fogle
Doug Renner is another of those guys who just can't pass up a chance to drive his Camaro. He nicknamed his '69 "Apollo 13" and we suspect that's because it often "has a problem." Mr. Renner managed to one-wheel-squeal his way around the autocross track to a Third Place time of 26.95 seconds. Unfortunately, his 14.663 stroll down the dragstrip hurt his overall score.
Doug Renner is another of those guys who just can't pass up a chance to drive his Camaro.
Brett Campbell has been working on his '67 convertible for the last four years. Filled with all sorts of custom touches, the Pro Touring first-gen is almost done. He managed to secure a First Place autocross time (26.64) and a Third Place drag time (13.625) in his class. This was good enough for the win in his division.
Brett Campbell has been working on his '67 convertible for the last four years. Filled wit
Don Gonzalez did the cruise, ran the dragstrip, and blasted through the autocross. He doesn't have a lot of driving experience, and his ride is fairly stock, but he still managed a Ninth Place overall finish and, more importantly, he had a great time.
Don Gonzalez did the cruise, ran the dragstrip, and blasted through the autocross. He does
Nick Licata decided to have a little fun and run Black Betty, our '01 Z28 project car, in the event. After snapping a driveshaft at the LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he went easy on the launch and ran a best quarter-mile time of 13.673 at 105.50 mph. With an event to manage, he didn't have much time to play on the autocross course, but he still managed to knock down a 27.24 run his second time out.
Nick Licata decided to have a little fun and run Black Betty, our '01 Z28 project car, in
Rick Andrade loves his '10, and you only have to look at the ride to see why. The blown LS3 under the hood helped him nail down the fastest drag time of the day with a 12.442 at 120.51 mph, and he came in Third with a best run of 28.67 seconds on the autocross. Expect a full feature on this killer Camaro in the near future.
Rick Andrade loves his '10, and you only have to look at the ride to see why. The blown LS
Since Mary Pozzi was busy, her husband David swiped her keys and ran her nearly bone-stock '02 SS in the event. David killed the autocross with a time of 26.65, missing First Place by only a hundredth of a second. And while David is a pro on the twisty tracks, he was only able to muster up a 14.043 e.t. on the quarter-mile.
Since Mary Pozzi was busy, her husband David swiped her keys and ran her nearly bone-stock
If we had a long-distance award, it would have had to go to Erik Cederberg of Miami, Florida. Yep, Erik drove across the freakin' country to run in our event. His '10 runs a Pfadt suspension along with Nitto NT-05 tires and had the fastest autocross time (27.07) of all the fifth-gens. Even with his fifth-place drag time (13.496 e.t.) he still managed to come in Second Place among the new Camaros.
If we had a long-distance award, it would have had to go to Erik Cederberg of Miami, Flori
When the dust settled and the points were tallied, the winner of our inaugural Duel in the Desert was Rick Andrade with a total score of 51 points. For pulling this off, Rick received a slick trophy, Equipe watch, JBA 2010 long-tube headers, and an all-expense paid trip to the 2010 SEMA show courtesy of Spectre. Congrats on the win, Rick, but you better keep working on the car because we have a feeling the competition is only going to get tougher next year.
When the dust settled and the points were tallied, the winner of our inaugural Duel in the
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