CHRIS MCPHIE’S RE­COIL ’66 CHEV­ELLE

NZ Performance Car - - Event Sema -

Ring­broth­ers has been blow­ing peo­ple away each year with its builds, and 2014 was no dif­fer­ent with the over 5000 hours of top-qual­ity labour poured into this year’s project, known as Re­coil, a 1966 Chevy Chev­elle. The car stood head and shoul­ders above al­most ev­ery other ve­hi­cle at the show, in just about ev­ery as­pect. One of the first things you no­tice is the stance, as the car sits low on its big boots — 19x9.5-inch front and 20x13-inch rear cus­tom HRE wheels, wear­ing 275/30 and 345/30 tyres. That’s a lot of rub­ber, which on regular show cars is of­ten all for show, whereas on Re­coil ev­ery square inch is needed thanks to the fit­ment of a Whip­ple-blown 730kW (980hp) LS7 built by Weg­ner Mo­tor­sports. The in­te­rior is quite sparse, and car­bon fi­bre is used ex­ten­sively in this build. As well as look­ing in­cred­i­ble, the car­bon bumpers, bon­net, a sub­tle boot spoiler, in­ner guards in the en­gine bay, wing mir­rors, and other parts shave a lot of weight over what would nor­mally be heavy steel items. Most of the car­bon is clear coated to show off the char­ac­ter­is­tic weave of the fi­bres, ex­cept for the bon­net, which is mostly painted ex­cept for a cen­tral sec­tion of ex­posed car­bon. Any­where you looked there were de­tails galore, like the dry-sump tank that was in­te­grated so well into the en­gine bay that most peo­ple would prob­a­bly as­sume it was filler for the ra­di­a­tor. Where this car re­ally stood out though is in the in­te­rior, which is said to be in­spired by a fighter-jet cock­pit. It is very hard to break new ground with in­te­rior styling, and even harder to do it within an old car and still feel com­pletely in har­mony with the build, but Ring­broth­ers ab­so­lutely nailed it. Cus­tom from floor to ceil­ing, it looks more race car than show car, with alu­minium seats fea­tur­ing mul­ti­ple padded ar­eas and a lot of ex­posed metal, rather than be­ing fully cov­ered. The theme was car­ried through with min­i­mal trim­ming and no car­pets, to in­stead show­case the finely crafted sheet-metal work and bil­let com­po­nents ev­ery­where. A Ra­cepak dash com­pletes the mod­ern race feel, and to bring it back to re­al­ity as a func­tional street car, there is the full stereo and Vin­tage Air a/c sys­tem. Other neat parts in­clude the cus­tom tail lights, full cus­tom sheet-metal work in the boot, and the cus­tom-made steer­ing wheel.

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