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2002 Real Street Eliminator Series - '02 Real Street Eliminator

Photography by The Car Craft Staff

Darrell Kirkley's '67 CamaroIf you think you've already seen the cleanest '67 Camaro around, then we strongly urge you to put aside that thought and take a look at Darrell Kirkley's masterpiece. While the motor is rather sedate, it still belts out enough oomph to generate low quarter-mile e.t.'s with a 355ci small-block sporting aluminum Edelbrock Performer heads and manifold. And with the aid of a Fatman Fabrications front end, monster Billet Specialties wheels, and Baer brakes, it's in the apex that the '67 really shines. Watching a '67 Camaro rip around the turns is quite a sight. Then again, maybe it was simply Kirkley's skill as a driver that made it look so easy.

The Ride & Drive in this Camaro came as a big surprise. With such large-diameter wheels, it wasn't hard to think that the ride quality would suffer with little tire sidewall to absorb the bumps. It was the exact opposite. Ride quality wasn't sacrificed, and the only noise we really experienced was the sweet melody of the complete SpinTech X-pipe system that made the silver bullet sound like it came straight off the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. Someone else thought the same thing, namely Dale Earnhardt Jr., who purchased the car the week following our RSE event at a car show in Charlotte, North Carolina. It appears that Dale Jr. is a fan of Chevys both on and off the track. As for Kirkley, he's already in the process of purchasing another Camaro; only this one will have much more power. -Henry De Los Santos

Basic SpecsEngine: 355ci small-block, 10:1 compression Heads: Edelbrock Performer RPM aluminumInduction: Edelbrock Performer RPM manifold, 850-cfm Holley carbCamshaft: Comp Cams custom-ground hydraulic rollerTransmission: Tremec five-speed manual with overdriveRearend: GM 12-bolt with 4.11:1 gears, Strange 31-spline axles Front suspension: Fatman Fabrications subframe with tubular upper and lower control arms, adjustable QA1 shocks, and 1-inch sway bar Rear suspension: Stock with Competition Engineering traction bars, adjustable QA1 shocks Front brakes: 13-inch Baer Track system with two-piston PBR calipers Rear brakes: 12-inch Baer Touring system with single-piston PBR calipersWheels and Tires: Billet Specialties 18x7s with P225/40R18 Kumhos, front; Billet Specialties 20x8s with P255/35ZR20 Kumhos, rear

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