Steve Keefer of East Bay Muscle Cars (Brentwood, CA) has been busy lately. The man who rocked the Mustang world four years ago with his head-turning ’70 Mach 1 Pro Touring beast has done it again, this time turning his attention to a 1st-gen Camaro. The results speak for themselves, as Keefer and his team will haul their new baby, a spectacular two-tone gray/silver ’69 to the Goodguys 15th PPG Nationals next week at the Ohio Expo Center to play on the big stage with the nation’s finest street machines.
The heartbeat of the new car is a Mast Motorsports prepped 6.8 liter LS3 which pumps out a gaudy 630bhp with 560 ft lbs of torque. The angry noise from under the hood is accentuated by a throaty 3-inch exhaust hand made by East Bay Muscle Cars.
When it comes time to put it through its paces on the Goodguy AutoCross course (a requirement for all cars gunning for the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year award), Keefer can feel confident in the car’s underpinnings which feature a modified Art Morrison Max-G full perimeter frame and Strange Engineering coilover shocks. It will stop on a dime courtesy of 14” Baer brakes with drilled and slotted rotors and handsome black 6 piston calipers. The 3-piece Forgeline GA-3 wheels with titanium centers and brushed nickel hoops are simply spectacular.
When you see the car up close in Columbus, make sure you take the time to check out the vast exterior and interior mods which include tapered and extended rear quarter and rocker panels, extended doors as well as widened A pillars among countless other subtleties. The modified Cadillac CTS center console is a work of art!
You can see Keefer’s Camaro and all of the contestants for the Goodguys 2012 Optima Batteries Street Machine of the Year in action on the Goodguys AutoCross course Friday, July 6th as well as in the Builder’s Choice area Friday and Saturday. The winner will be crowned Saturday evening July 7th during the special Street Machine of the Year and Street Rod of the Year awards ceremony.
This year’s competition is going to be stout! For more on the Goodguys Terrific 12 awards, click here