This flawless 1969 Camaro brings back the age-old debate among gearheads: what makes a race car a race car and a street car a street car?
That same question has been asked ever since street car drag racing first started, but will there ever be a correct answer? We say, not likely. Deciding what is street and what is strip is probably one of the most subjective topics among fans of mega-horsepower street cars. Sure, you can add in some objectivity based on equipment that would never, ever, under any legislation anywhere, be allowed on the street. Or mega-power levels and race-car only equipment that seriously reduce real-world driveabilty, but somehow people will argue their point to the bitter end. One thing’s for sure though, when you see a ride like Richie Shallcros’ 1969 Z/28 stick-shifted “race car that is occasionally driven on the street,” it’s hard to argue that it’s not either one, because it really is both. Now that’s confusing!
Shallcros, from Warwick, Maryland owns Dent Magic, a painless dent repair business, and originally built this real Z/28 as a tubbed-out pro streeter that saw a lot of car shows and even placed at the original Street Machine Nationals. After the show scene, Shallcros decided to go in a new direction with the pristine rare Bowtie, transforming it into a high-power drag car (that could still be occasionally street driven), and the result is simply stunning. To add to the fun, Richie went with a standard transmission, and even further, he decided to have one that would actually be shifted with a clutch as opposed to the clutchless operation of many of today’s race cars. …Read more of this article. Just click on the digital feature below this introduction.
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