Posted by Tom Lynch
on October 2, 2019 at 10:09 am
The story of Paul Pickering’s 2000 Chevy Camaro SS — a low slung, distinctly American 2+2 packed with a rumbling V8 and a stick-shift tranny
— is a story of performance car ownership that’s a little different than most.
Typically, the father teaches the son how to spin the wrenches to make improvements on a project car they build together. For Paul, it was his son Kevin’s purchase of a 1999 Camaro SS that got his wheels rolling. In fact, Paul was so impressed with Kevin’s car that he decided to get one of his own. So in the spring of 2004, the search began.
Ultimately, Paul found a lightly used, Bright Rally Red 2000 Camaro SS. The car had been treated to a Lingenfelter Performance 383 stroker conversion good for about 500 horsepower — and a few extra points on your blood-pressure reading when you stab the throttle.
Paul and Kevin travelled to many
F-body events around the country testing the limits of the Camaros. From daily
driving and drag racing to car shows and open road racing, the duo did it all.
One of Paul and Kevin’s fondest memories is driving the red Camaro SS in the Silver State Classic Challenge in the mid-2000s. They finished first in 2007 with the closest average speed of 120.0009 miles per hour while blasting to speeds of more than 170 mph in the long Nevada straights.
During an event at Memphis International Raceway in 2016, a valve spring broke and severed the valve, which caused it to fall into the cylinder and damage the 383 stroker beyond repair. Paul replaced the fatally wounded 383 with a larger and more powerful 408 c.i.d. LS2 capable of low-11s in the quarter mile natural aspirated, and high-10s on the juice.
FAST SPECS: Paul Pickering’s 2000
Chevy Camaro SS
- Custom-built Tremec Magnum 6060 by Texas Drivetrain Performance
- Steel flywheel and twin disc clutch system
- McLeod master and self-bleeding slave cylinders with lines
Chassis, Steering, and Suspension
Wheels and Tires
- Chrome-plated Corvette Z06 wheels
- Street/Road Race Tires: Nitto NT01, 275/40ZR17 front and 275/35ZR18 rear
- Drag Race Tires: Mickey Thompson ET street drag radials, 315/30R18
Body and Paint
- Custom paint with painted-on 35th
anniversary Camaro SS stripes
- Rear wheel wells modified to fit larger tires for drag
- Carbon fiber hood with custom hood
- Front spoiler, billet grille insert,
and stainless steel trim by RK Sport and Specialized Stainless Inc.
- New-style headlight assemblies with
- Paint by Dean Werges at
Specialty Auto Body, Warrenton, Missouri
- Corbeau race seats custom matched to factory SS interior by Upholstery Unlimited
- 5-point racing harnesses
- Granatelli Motorsports 200 MPH gauge set
- Innovate air/fuel ratio gauge
- Custom nitrous and line lock control panel