Like it or not, the blown-red Camaro is the staple of street machining. If you stopped to read the article about SEMA and SAN on page 64, you've taken the first step in saving cars like Mike Roth's 8-71-blown, 454-powered piece of American pie. We thank you, Mike thanks you, and every one of the millions of tubbed, Pro Touring, trailer queen- and cruiser-driving gearheads thanks you, too. Get involved.
Who: Mike Roth
What: A glorious '72 Camaro
Engine: The 454 has an iron block punched to 4.310 and 4.250-inch Oliver billet for 496 inches. The polished 8-71 blows on 9.0:1 pistons, so with a 1:1 ratio, the engine runs on pump gas, and with 25 percent overdrive, it runs on 116. The heads are Brodix -2 with a nice port job by R&J Performance in Cedar Falls, Iowa. If that doesn't qualify as wretched excess, there is a 200hp shot of nitrous on top. Mike says it makes 850 hp at 7,200, but he didn't say if that was on the bottle.
Drivetrain: So if the blower, big-block, and nitrous weren't enough, the Camaro has a G-Force-modified T56 six-speed transmission leaning on those stock-looking 15x7-inch GM Rally wheels. There are also 35-spline axles and 4.10:1 gears in the Dana 60.
Suspension: For now, most of the suspension is stock with the exception of the 90/10 front shocks, Moroso Trick springs, and Comp Engineering adjustable rear shocks. So this is more of a really overpowered street car.
Paint and body: As with all good fairground pounders, the Camaro has flawless paint. The color is '90 Chevrolet truck Code 92 Red with blue pearl in the clearcoat. The hood is fiberglass, and the front bumper is from a '72 RS. The interior is stock.
MPG: It gets 6.5 city and 10.5 highway. We don't know why he told us that.