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'You got wheelies? We want them! Big cars are better with the front wheels off the ground.>>>

The Big Red Machine
Who: Brian Fitzwater
What: '67 Chevy Impala SS
Where: Twinsburg, OH
Why: This is a small-block car, yet the wheels are in the air. He didn't give us much info except that it has a 0.030-over 350 and it runs 11.98 at 114 mph. We're going to guess nitrous, a transbrake, and crazy rear gears.

Lefthand drive in a righthand world.>>>

Surrey Muscle
Who: Paul Dodd
What: '72 Olds Cutlass Supreme
Where: Surrey, England
Why: Paul started a club called Surrey Muscle with his street-machine-loving English friends. The Olds runs 10.96 at 125 mph with a 455-inch big-block, a TH400 with a Holeshot 3,000-rpm converter, a 3.73:1 rear gear, and a little shot of nitrous.
He Says: "With 20 other musclecars in our club running 10s, we are really living the Car Craft lifestyle over here."

This guy has a bunch of buddies with equally killer rides.>>>

Big Wheel
Who: Darren Bitzer
What: '66 Chevy Chevelle
Where: Bragg Creek, Alberta, Canada
Why: Darren waited a long time to score this Chevelle, and when he finally did he poured the money on. It has a 700hp Bill Mitchell 572 big-block, a custom-built reverse manual TH400, and a narrowed Ford 9-inch with an Auburn limited slip and 3.50:1 gears. It also has stainless everything including the 3-inch exhaust, disc brakes, Edelbrock suspension parts, and billet pulleys. The color is House of Kolor black with a metallic blue pearl. It took Darren two years to assemble the car.

Nobody looks at these late Camaro F-bodies. Why not?>>>

Stock Is Fast
Who: Jarrell Holland
What: '98 Chevy Camaro
Where: Lehi, UT
Why: This car ran mid-13s at Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, after Jarrell drove it there from nearby Lehi. The car only has a few bolt-ons like a Whisper airbox lid, GMP MAF, an SLP cold-air induction kit, a K&N filter, and a set of Lakewood traction bars. He sent us a timeslip and a dyno sheet that showed 313 hp at the wheels and 332 lb-ft of torque.
He Says: "No, this isn't a big-block '69 Camaro SS, but it is the fastest, best-handling production Camaro ever."

Handbuilt
Who: John Meeks
What: '63 Chevy Impala sedan
Where: Snowy, OR
Why: John sent us a step-by-step slideshow of the car as it was being built in an outdoor tarp garage. John did all of the bodywork one step at a time, then primed the car before taking it to a local paint booth to spray it. He also installed the interior and rebuilt the engine. He's a hero because it took him two years, and in several of the photos there is snow on the ground.
He Says: "I did this because I had a Chevy 350 from a '77 truck that needed a home, and I really like Chevys from 1962 to 1963."

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