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So you own a cool fast car then sell it. The minute it leaves your hands you experience seller’s remorse and knew inside that you probably should have kept it. You eventually buy it back, then wreck it and rebuild it. Typical story right, not really, but it’s what makes Jamond Haug’s 1969 Camaro so special. That, and the fact that it’s a blown Hemi on alcohol that is actually street-legal, street driven and raced regularly! Hell yeah, we’d say that’s pretty special, too
Jamond started racing in 1989 when his father took him to Topeka to see a friend of a friend’s car race, it was the “double vision”, a twin engine top alcohol dragster. Allen Hartley, Mike and Louie Cavalieri saw his interest and invited him back. “To make a long story short, they took a dumb kid all over the country with them racing,” Haug explained. The team moved into an A/Fuel combination and then into the big show; Top Fuel racing. Jamond eventually landed in Memphis working for a startup team lead by Mike Kloeber and the driver was Clay Millican. “I worked on his car through the IHRA years and many championships,” he added.
During all this, Haug always had a car at home that he would race (mostly on the street) any chance he got and soon progressed as driver from street to Pro Street, then Pro Mod and now as a Top Fuel Pro Mod driver. But this Camaro always had a special place in his life, “It was a childhood dream to have this car built like this, I’ve had it built so many times in my head it was just time to do it,” he added.
He bought the car as an unfinished ladder bar big tire car in 1994, and, with the help of his brother Todd, and buddies Sam Pleas and Randy Brungardt they raced the car for a while until it needed some serious attention. “We ran it with a junk 396, and then in the late 90’s Sam and I re-backhalfed the car with a 4-link, finished the cage and put in a 502 big block with a PILE of nitrous in it! Back then it ran 9.90s and later, with a 632 and three guns, the car went 8.30s,” he added.
Then it all changed for Jamond when he was introduced to forced induction. He was working on Millican’s Top Fuel car when he offered Haug a 14/71 off the dragster that was beat up but still useable. “With the help from Scott Palmer, we took the sheet metal intake off the 632, took some compression out, used a grinder to cut the second key in the crank and we now had a blown alcohol 632!” Haug and his buddies raced that combo for a number of years in Pro Street and on the street, but back then they had no timing or fuel control, so were limited to running 4.90s. At the World Street Nationals in 2006 they would qualify mid field with an 8.01 at 183 mph in Heavy Street, with a car that weighed 3650lbs!….to see the full color article with images…Click the magazine image below.