Video: Inside Drag Week Winner Tom Bailey’s ‘Sick Seconds’ Camaro

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We wrote about Tom Bailey’s awesome Hot Rod Drag Week record-setting 1969 Camaro on Tuesday, but we’re back today with a full video walk-through produced by none other than Bailey’s co-pilot and engine builder, the legendary Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines

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Project Sick Seconds has a full complement of some of the most killer gear in the marketplace – one of Morris’ Brodix-blocked, Brodix-headed 615-cube engines featuring a Callies crankshaft, Oliver billet steel connecting rods, a custom SME camshaft, and a full complement of Jesel valvetrain pieces to go with an Edelbrock intake manifold. 

One of Rossler‘s TH210 transmissions receives the power through a ProTorque torque converter, then sends it through a Gear Vendors overdrive unit to keep the revs down on the highway – which is critical in a Drag Week application.

There are a pair of Precision 94mm Pro Mod turbochargers feeding one of Chiseled Performance‘s IC4000 intercoolers, and the whole works is run through a Holley Dominator EFI system. Ignition components are from MSD – a simple Digital 7 box and HVCII coil.

After the dragstrip runs, the car is converted from race to street mode by removing the grill cover, unbelting the Waterman fuel pump, bypassing the race fuel cell, and the Hoosier Quick Time Pro tires are aired up to a higher pressure. There is a separate 15-gallon fuel cell in the trunk that feeds an Aeromotive A1000 fuel pump for street duty – an innovative use of dual fuel systems that is critical to the car’s longevity.

morris1If you can believe it, Morris states that the record passes were run between 23 and 25 pounds of boost, which is much lower than you might expect from a vehicle capable of achieving a performance like this – a five-day quarter-mile average of 6.836 seconds  – while driving over 1,200 miles, with no support vehicle other than what he could carry in the small travel trailer towed behind the Camaro.

It’s an incredible feat, one we’re not sure will be repeated anytime soon, but as bragging rights are the main motivation behind competing at Drag Week, it’s possible someone else will step up for next season. Maybe even Bailey will try to card a quicker average? Check out the video for an in-depth review of America’s quickest and fastest real street car!

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Jason Reiss

Jason draws on over 15 years of experience in the automotive publishing industry, and collaborates with many of the industry's movers and shakers to create compelling technical articles and high-quality race coverage.
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