DAN LAFFERTY IS CERTIFIABLY SUCCESSFUL
His T/S Camaro is a Prime Example
HIS T/S CAMARO IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT TAKES TO ACHIEVE
SUCCESS IS MEASURED BY VARIOUS METRICS, LIKE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENT. TO SOME, IT’S BASIC BLACK AND WHITE: EITHER YOU ARE, OR YOU’RE
If you stand back and look at Dan Lafferty, you will see a man who fits all of these metrics.
Lafferty is a successful businessman who owns Lafferty Drilling and Blasting, a heavy construction contractor specializing in drilling and blasting, along with other rock excavation methods, based in Wendell, Idaho. He has built a reputation for taking on and completing the toughest projects, there is no mountain too big to move or go through for Lafferty Drilling and Blasting.
This business success has transferred to other aspects of his life. With the support of wife, Brenda, and their children, Gunnar and Olyssa, Lafferty has been able to find success away from the rigors of work, most specifically in the sport of drag racing.
Although possessing the resources to field either a Comp Eliminator or even a Nostalgia Nitro, Lafferty prefers the competition of high-end bracket racing. That’s why he’s jumped headlong into the top echelons of this type of competition, including Top Sportsman and Top Dragster. Lafferty began racing in a Super Pro Dragster more than two decades ago, before moving to Top Dragster. Lafferty has numerous wins in the long, skinny cars, so when fellow racers see his immaculate hauler show up at the racetrack, it means trouble for them.
When Lafferty made the decision to get serious about Top Sportsman racing, he sought out a very successful car builder to take care of his new car needs. He tasked Jerry Bickel Race Cars with the project. Absolutely no expense was spared in the construction.
A sleek Tim McAmis carbon fiber 1969 Camaro body is draped over Bickel’s 111/110-inch wheelbase chrome-moly chassis. Carbon fiber and titanium are used extensively throughout the build. Jeff Hoskins applied the 6-footdeep black paint and white Z/28 stripes to the car. Weld Wheels and Hoosier tires on all four corners complete the visual package. Lamb brakes and Simpson chutes help in the all-important stopping process.
The car’s interior is designed with functionality in mind. Carbon fiber is used for the dash and interior “tin” for weight savings and strength. ISP head pads and seat liner keep Lafferty safe, along with Simpson Race Products belts.
Lafferty believes in racing hard and keeping his equipment clean and tight. For instance, the placement of the dual dial-in boards located in the rear window make them easy to see no matter where he’s competing, plus it keeps them out of the way. His attention to detail is also reflected in the use of fully functional taillights, which are original 1969 Camaro units.
When it came to motivation, Lafferty again spared no expense, Sunset Performance Engines LLC built the engine, starting with Brodix 5-inch bore-spaced block and cast cylinder heads. The block has a 4.750-inch bore and stroke, and 10.200-inch deck height housing a Callies billet crankshaft and connecting rods attached to CP pistons. COMP Cams provides the bump stick, while the valvetrain is comprised of Manton, T&D and Trick Titanium components.
A Hogan sheet metal manifold and BRE 2.800 carb deliver the fuel. Even though it’s polished and gleams like a diamond, this motor is all business. Horsepower rated in the four digits is more than enough to get the Camaro solidly into the six-second zone. An M&M t-400 transmission equipped with a Coan bolt-together billet 10-inch converter handles the power, transferring it to Mark Williams rear gears.
The new racer is designed for ease of maintenance because Lafferty usually does not travel with a crew, relying upon himself to handle race-day duties. However, he’s not an island unto himself and gets help from his close friend and fellow Top Dragster racer Blu Hayball, a much-respected racer in his own right. The two regularly travel together and pit next to one another.
It did not take long for Lafferty and his new ride to get acquainted. The first outing for the new car was the NHRA Division Six race in Oregon. Lafferty wasn’t just number one qualifier in Top Sportsman, he also scored the event win. Since the car’s debut, Lafferty has shown very well at several major regional events, including Division Seven races in Utah and Las Vegas and an independent race in Idaho.
Lafferty’s Camaro exemplifies the concept of “beauty and the beast.” It’s appearance and performance are awe inspiring.
//Lafferty’s Camaro exemplifies the concept of ‘beauty and the beast.’ It’s appearance and performance are awe inspiring.
/ Lafferty has every right to smile. His new T/S Camaro has been a winner right out of the gate. / The very swoopy Tim McAmis carbon fiber 1969 Camaro doesn’t suffer from the dreaded “droop snoot” syndrome that affects so many current T/S and P/M early Camaro bodies.
/ Jerry Bickel’s creations are noted for their well-executed construction. The front of Lafferty’s Camaro is a prime example of Bickel craftsmanship.
/ Bickel and Lafferty eschewed aluminum in favor of carbon fiber when fabricating the cockpit. The results are strong, clean, aesthetically pleasing and flyweight light.
/ Sunset Performance Engines continues to be Lafferty’s go-to source for power. The big motor easily pushes the Camaro into the sixes.
/ The hallmark of Lafferty’s race cars is performance, but not at the expense of beauty. The paint, detail, fit and finish of his latest ride bears this out.