With a fresh start and new attitude from the Blanton's, Frank got busy re-installing the body panels. Only this time, correctly. He bounced a few design ideas off Will and Shanna and even had automotive artist Ben Hermance whip up a rendering so the crew at Prodigy had a focus point and the Blanton's could get an idea of what their Camaro would look like when finished. They refer to it as a "Country Club Edition Pro Tourer," meaning a car built with all the Pro Touring treatment and performance, combined with enough elegance and class that you could drive it to the country club and turn the heads of any unsuspecting Ferrari or Porsche owners.
"I think we really nailed the theme on this one," informs Frank. "During the cold North Carolina winter, I had the car here in sunny Florida and got great responses when I took it to a few local cruises."
The car is doused in what Frank calls Magic Black. It's a custom color the guys Prodigy came up with that incorporates a hint of champagne metallic in order to bring out the champagne-colored hockey stripe.
Forgeline rollers on all four corners (18x8 up front, 18x91/2 out back) were custom built with centers painted to match the stripe. It's a recipe that adds a little elegance to an otherwise common theme. BFGoodrich KDW rubber provide the necessary grip and work in conjunction with the Fatman front subframe and Prodigy Bar four-link rear suspension and 12-way adjustable coilovers. Wilwood six-piston calipers up front conspire with their four-piston counterparts out back to bring the car down from speed quick-like. It's a suspension combination that offers g-machine prowess and Pro Touring style.
The tan interior is on pace with the exterior accents, and the Corbeau seats were inserted with black Ultrasuede to complete the collaboration.
A Detroit Speed, Inc. dash plays home to a set of Autometer Ultralite II gauges, while a Billet Specialties steering wheel bolts to the chrome ididit tilt column.
For those times when having the top down just doesn't beat the heat, a Vintage Air A/C system steps up and feeds the cockpit with plenty of controlled climate.
Mike Norris of Norris Motorsports provided an LS6 mill that dishes out 377 rear wheel horsepower, and a T56 six-speed trans handles the brunt. A Prodigy Customs Cool Package radiator keeps the engine temps in check, while the spent fuel exits through a set of Hooker headers, Magnaflow 21/2-inch X-pipe, and custom-bent exhaust system. It creates a symphony of music designed to compete only with the One Off Rides-installed Panasonic head unit driving the four 6.5-inch JL speakers and 10-inch subs.
Will and Shanna's introduction into the classic car hobby has been a journey that most people would have given up on at the first sign of trouble. But the duo was focused on having their hot rod dreams come true. In fact, Will's Camaro was featured in the Wilwood booth last December at the PRI show in Orlando, Florida, and took first in his class at the Eckler's Winter Nationals in February 2009.
"Having a car worthy of being in Camaro Performers magazine is huge to me." Said an excited, Will. "But the most memorable experience so far was having the Camaro and Chevelle take first and second place at the Fayetteville car show. It was especially rewarding to see our two cars beat the cars entered by the guy who we had originally contracted to do the builds. Is it wrong to feel some sort of special satisfaction in that?"
Not at all, Will. Not at all.