Beyond SICK 2.0 – Part 1 – Tom Bailey – ’69 Camaro
Remember when 800hp was an over the top street engine? Believe it or not, Tom Bailey now thinks 3000HP is no longer enough to meet his goals. That’s the horsepower of the big block Chevy in his 1969 “SICK Seconds” Camaro, (as featured in RPM November 2012). So as he looks to the next rendition of his street driven machine, he is upping the ante, a lot!
Bailey is teaming up with Steve Morris once again for this new bullet of epic proportion and we will be covering the build right here EXCLUSIVELY in RPM Magazine over the next several months and ending our series with engine and chassis dyno numbers.
“As ideas started to take shape after winning Drag Week in 2013, we came up with a solid plan on what we wanted in a new car,” said Bailey. “But without any rules announced for the event after 2014, we put those plans on the back burner and chose to see how much further we could push the current combination.”
At 3100-plus pounds they knew they had a lot of weight to push and were able to get the car to the bottom half of the 6s (in the ¼-mile), impressive to say the least. Heading into the 2014 event, their goal was an average of 6.50, which they achieved, but after the second day of competition, three years of use and abuse caught up to the cast setup and the block fractured. However, at the time of their exit from the event they had still managed to gain a substantial lead over all other entries, with no one running a quicker time than either of their times the entire week. After the event and with rules now announced for the next three years, the first thing Bailey and his team did… Read more of this article. Just click on the digital feature below this introduction.
Read more stories like this at www.rpmmag.com