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Rich has always admired the work of Chip Foose, and it’s easy to see his influence on the Camaro. Sure, the Foose Nitrous II wheels are a dead giveaway, but the car’s stance and color scheme all contribute to a clean, cohesive, and elegant design. Rocky’s Body Shop coated the Camaro with a custom mix of House of Kolor Black Cherry and PPG Torch Red, Brad Blessing brought in the subtle ghost flames and stripes, and Dave Knepper finished up the look with tangerine pinstripes.
As stunning as the exterior of the Camaro is, the real star of the show is under the hood. The stroked and overbored 350 sports a completely custom dual supercharger system, with two Vortech V-3 superchargers and a Quick Fuel Q-Series carburetor. The carb box, brackets, and pulleys are all custom fabricated, based on models developed by Rich and Kim. The engine also features an Edelbrock Victor Jr. manifold, MSD ignition components, and a Comp Cams valvetrain. “The only thing I won’t share is the custom grind specs on the Comp Cams blower camshaft,” Rich says. “Top secret stuff.”
The dual NOS bottles Rich put in the trunk no longer serve their original purposes, but they looked so intimidating back there that Rich found new uses for them. “One of them can act as the intercooler, and the other is actually the air tank for RDP Motorsport’s custom air suspension system.” The halo taillights are also homemade.
“I wanted halo headlights, but no one made them for the Camaro,” Rich says. “I used a halo conversion kit from Don Congdon at Xtreme LEDs Online to make my own. I baked the stock lights for about two hours to melt the seals, then added the halos to them.” But before resealing the bulbs, Rich wanted to make sure folks knew he had opened the bulbs and did it himself. “I painted over the blue spots with the colors and pinstriping from the body. No one makes headlights like these!”
At our Super Summit show in 2012, Rich and several other early birds parked near the steak sandwich stand before it opened. Later, when show officials realized the smoke of the grill was threatening to settle on some top-quality cars, they swung into action and cleared special parking spaces for the affected cars, and Rich ended up with a choice VIP parking spot!