Randy West has had this ’80 Camaro around his shop for over 12 years. He bought it as a senior in high school from the original owner and had to listen to his buddies laugh at the stock hubcaps, 305 engine, and cracking paint. For about two years, Randy worked to improve the looks by adding custom wheels, a spoiler, dual exhaust, custom hood, and new paint. Then, while parked in a hotel parking lot after a show, the car was “keyed.”

West was so distraught that he parked the Camaro and decided to throw a quick paint job on it to sell it right away. Once he started though, Randy changed his mind. The car was completely disassembled, all the hardware replaced with stainless steel, the chassis completely smoothed and painted, the body filled and endlessly block sanded, and everything eventually painted with a DuPont special-mixed purple. Then it was time to decide on the engine.

West went for a serious powerplant. It may have started as a boring stock 350, but after balancing, blueprinting, a slight overbore, beefy internals, and a B&M Mega Blower, there’s nothing mundane about the 600 horsepower it now cranks out. By contrast, however, the interior is luxuriously finished in lambskin and accented with loads of chrome and billet hardware. And to think Randy owes all this to some no-brainer that scratched up his car. Although we’re sure he’d still like a couple of words with whoever that was.

<table> <tbody> <tr> <td> OWNER</td> <td>   Randy West, Woodruff, SC<br /> </td> </tr> <tr> <td>VEHICLE </td> <td> 1980 Camaro</td> </tr> <tr> <td> ENGINE</td> <td>  Chevy 355ci, balanced and blueprinted with Dart II Sportsman heads,TRW 7.5:1 blower pistons,  Sig Erson Cam, B&M 6-71 blower and intake, Holley 750-cfm 3310 carb, K&N filter,  MSD 6AL ignition, Hooker 1-5/8-inch headers, Flowmaster two-chamber mufflers, Street &  Performance power steering pump and tank, Pete Jackson gear drive,  Melling oil pump</td> </tr> <tr> <td> TRANSMISSION </td> <td>  Turbo 400 w/ B&M 2,400 rpm stall Holeshot converter</td> </tr> <tr> <td> REAR END<br /> </td> <td>  12-bolt with 3.73:1 Posi-traction</td> </tr> <tr> <td> SUSPENSION<br /> Front<br /> <br /> Rear<br /> </td> <td>    <br /> Fatman tubular A-arms, Caprica coilovers, KYB shocks,     <br /> polygraphite  bushings, 1-5/16-inch sway bar<br /> Stock leafs with KYB shocks, 1-inch sway b</td> </tr> <tr> <td> WHEELS</td> <td colspan="1">    Chevy ZR-1, 17X91/2 front and rear</td> </tr> <tr> <td> TIRES</td> <td colspan="1">   B.F. Goodrich, ZR-1, 235/40s and 255/40s    <br /> </td> </tr> <tr> <td> INTERIOR</td> <td colspan="1">   Chrome Hooker four-point rollbar, lambskin leather by Sherbert &<br /> Robb’s Trim Shop, Spartansburg, SC</td> </tr> <tr> <td> EXTERIOR</td> <td colspan="1">  Door handles, locks, parking lights, and drip moldings shaved and<br /> filled; lower grille molded in; Harwood hood and ground effects kit;<br /> painted DuPont Purple mixed with blue pearl by Larry and Dale  <br /> Knox,   Simpsonville, SC</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>