The Top Ten One of the great things about the OUSCI is the tremendous variety of approaches to the shot at becoming the best overall Pro Touring car in the country. Even among the multiple Camaros, the strategies vary. 1. Mark Stielow '69 Camaro 2. Kyle Tucker '70 Camaro 3. Bruce Cambern '05 Ford GT 4. Paul "Poly" Blytt '86 Firebird 5. Jay Weir '70 Nova 6. Brian Finch '71 Camaro 7. Steve Ruiz '04 Corvette 8. Brian Nutter '02 ZO6 Corvette 9. Mark Turner '69 Camaro 9. Bret Voelkel '66 Chevelle With a Little Help From My Friends We really didn't expect to get invited to OUSCI, because our performance at the 341 Challenge and at the Pro Touring Run to the Coast events had been less than memorable. So when we got the nod, there was a thrash to get the Chevelle ready. Mainly it came down to painting the car, so with help from our buddy Mike Paradis and some Hot Rod Flatz satin paint, the Chevelle was ready in barely two weeks, and there's a blue paint patina covering everything in the shop to prove it. My pals Doug Norrdin, owner of Global West Suspension, Kevin Doyle, Kris Shields, and Bill Chin all donated time and effort toward finishing all those niggling details. We also got help from Original Parts Group with truck and door seals that replaced some very aging weatherstripping. When it was all done, the car didn't look half bad-as long as you didn't get too close! It appears we need an aluminum LS motor to take 100 pounds off the nose. More than a few late nights contributed to getting the Chevelle sanded, primed, and painted in roughly a two-week period. Mike Paradis suggested the Hot Rod Flatz satin paint, and we're diggin' the cool vibe it creates. More than a few late nights contributed to getting the Chevelle sanded, primed, and painte Resting in between swapping batteries is (seated left to right) Global West's Bill Chin and Doug Norrdin. That's Camaro Performers' Nick Licata talking with Doug. Resting in between swapping batteries is (seated left to right) Global West's Bill Chin an The heartbreaker was our final and potentially best event-the Baer Speed Stop Challenge, a 0-60-0 run much like CC's Launch Box. With a 6-second penalty for stopping past the end of the box, our 6.499 best would have given us the Fifth spot except we Pinocchio'd past the end of the box by 1 inch. We ended up 18th with a 12.499 The heartbreaker was our final and potentially best event-the Baer Speed Stop Challenge, a « | 1 | 2 | View Full Article By Jeff Smith Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!