STEVE’S STEP UP

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Steve Doughty has been cam­paign­ing his tough ’67 Ca­maro in His­toric Mus­cle Cars over the past year, but, want­ing to push the car a lit­tle harder, the step up into Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars was the best one to take.

“It was a con­scious de­ci­sion to go with His­toric [Mus­cle Cars] at first. The car was rel­a­tively straight­for­ward to build, and the en­durance car I had be­fore was a good donor with re­gard to the en­gine and run­ning gear. His­toric is a great bunch of guys, and it’s great fun,” Steve tells us. How­ever, af­ter rac­ing for a year, he be­gan to con­sider Cen­tral Mus­cle Cars, and the fact that it’s an ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion with a points sys­tem. In prepa­ra­tion for the step up, the Ca­maro was taken to Ken ‘Hoppy’ Hop­per at Ken Hop­per Car Con­struc­tion for a bit of a once-over in true Hoppy style. Step one re­quired re­moval of the ex­ist­ing small block Chev, which has been re­placed with a 358ci Nascar mo­tor. The me­chan­i­cal makeover hasn’t been too ex­ten­sive, though, with a Jerico four-speed dog­box and nine-inch diff al­ready in place.

How­ever, Steve did take the op­por­tu­nity to get the brake sys­tem beefed up, with the up­grade from 15inch wheels to 17s al­low­ing for far larger calipers and discs.

“Rac­ing in His­toric, it was an on­go­ing bat­tle to stop, as the brakes and tyres just weren’t that great,” Steve says.

Hav­ing be­ing tested and a few mi­nor non­com­pli­ant is­sues fixed, the Ca­maro is good to go and will have raced in round one by the time you read this.

“It’s a to­tally dif­fer­ent car!” Steve ex­plains. “It’s got a lot less torque, and much more power, so I’ve got to get used to it. We might need to play around with gear­ing, with the diff ra­tio, but it’s all good.”

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