WHEELS & TIRES
A cool-looking set of mag wheels was on everyone’s wish list on day two. While the 14-inch Rally wheels and Firestone Super Sports redline Wide Ovals were correct for the Camaro, they were . . . well, stock. I chose a set of 15-inch Cragar S/S mags because that’s what I had on my first Camaro. They looked great then, and they still look great today. Besides, they’re what Bill Jenkins ran on his Camaro, and to say that he was a big influence on those of us in the Bowtie brigade would be an understatement.
As for tires, safety is paramount. While 50-year-old Goodyear Blue Streaks look really cool (and yes, I had a set of those back in the day for quarter-mile runs), they are way too antiquated by today’s standards. Besides, DOT street-legal tires with tread are far more practical on public roads.
Up front is a pair of BFGoodrich Silvertown tires by Coker. The rear meats are a set of Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro tires with a period-style square-shouldered appearance. Plus they are wrinkle walls, making them ideal for some quarter-mile action. Yes, Mickey Thompson Sportsman Pro and BFGoodrich Silvertown are bias-ply tires. Modern radial tires ride smoother, but if you want “the look,” bias-plies are the way to go.
“They’re what Bill Jenkins ran on his Camaro”