The circumstances that lead us to our cars are sometimes strange, and often unpredicted. Such is the case with Pensacola, Florida’s Christopher Strong. Four years ago he was driving his truck when someone decided to turn it into scrap metal by plowing into it. Needing a vehicle, he found a clean 1996 Chevy Camaro Z28. Eventually the Camaro left daily driver status and Christopher started working with his father, Robert, to get the ride fitted out for the drag strip. The LT1 was replaced in favor of a 398ci LS1 Christopher’s dad had left over from his drag car. Sucking atmosphere through a Holley carb, the LS put out 700 hp and 490 lb-ft of twist. Backing up the aluminum mill is an ATI TH350 trans, which feeds back to a built 12-bolt. The suspension is augmented with parts from BMR, TRZ, and Strange, while the brakes are stock GM. Wheels consists of Weld 15x10 and 15x3.5 rollers wrapped in Mickey Thompson front, and sticky Hoosier 275s in the rear.
We found this Camaro tearing it up that 2013 Holley LS Fest, and Christopher was all smiles since this was the first outing in the F-body with his family.
His best run so far was a 10.49 at 129 mph, and he knows that with some tweaking and tuning, there’s more in it. He also wanted to make sure we passed along his thanks to his family, friends, and wife, Wendy for all their support.