We saw many spectacular builds during the 2019 SEMA show. We certainly don’t want to sound numb to the beauty of the classic automobile, but we did start to become a bit weary toward the end of the week. Feet dragging, back aching, miles marched – all for the love of the game. It can take a toll on you.
That is until we turned a corner in Hot Rod Alley, no pun intended. At that point in the day, it took something really special to get us to lift our heads. The guys at Big Oak Garage did just that by building the ’73 Camaro in the Rocket Racing Wheels booth.
Of course, we had to stop by and talk to the madman behind such a kickass build, which gave us the pleasure of speaking with Will Posey, of Big Oak Garage, and he broke down the build.
“We built it for David Coker, who owns Rocket Racing Wheels, and this is actually the second version of the car. We had put something together for him before, and it did what he wanted it to, so he brought it back to us to showcase his new line of Attack Wheels.”
When it came back to Big Oak, the boys put in some serious wrench time on the refresh, adding a host of new parts to the build. “It’s got an Art Morrison IRS [independent rear suspension], and a Detroit Speed front subframe, so it’s kind of a mix between two companies, but man, it works really, really well!”
“We actually created a widebody on it. The front fenders have been widened 2-inches to run a 335 tire upfront. The rear quarters have also been widened 2-inches for 335s as well. So, its got equal track width all the way around. It’s a very predictable, squared-up car, that’s got plenty of stopping power and everything else.”
“It’s very responsive, it goes where you put it, and it does what it’s designed to do — which is go around corners fast, and it’ll definitely do that.”
We asked Will about the monster lurking under the lift-off hood. “The engine came from Blueprint Performance Engines, and it’s a 427ci LS3 with a FAST EFI intake and a Nick Williams throttle body. The transmission is a T56 Magnum that Bowler Transmissions went through. So, the setup performs well and makes plenty of horsepower and torque.”
If you’re ready to drool over some serious second-gen goodness like we did, check out the detailed photo gallery below.