STRAIGHT LINE SPOT­LIGHT

Chevy High Performance - - Contents - TEXT & PHOTOS: Bruce Biegler

The bad­dest drag rac­ing Chevys

Rick Mat­ti­oli has had a very long re­la­tion­ship with his Ca­maro. The racer of this Mid­dle­sex, New Jer­sey-based car ac­quired his 1967 model way back in 1980 and drove it to his high school grad­u­a­tion that year. Af­ter some rather hum­ble be­gin­nings rac­ing at his then home track (English­town, New Jer­sey), Rick’s Ca­maro has re­mained in com­pe­ti­tion ever since. Fast for­ward to the cur­rent day, Rick’s im­pres­sively main­tained car is a ver­sa­tile piece ac­tive in both Su­per Pro bracket rac­ing and NHRA’s Su­per Street 10.90 in­dex class. It is pow­ered by a 427ci big-block built by Ron Ross and Steve VanCraeynest. With that en­gine and with­out a throt­tle stop, Rick’s Ca­maro has a ca­reer best run of 9.12 at 146.22 mph. Mat­ti­oli re­ceives valued sup­port for his on­go­ing rac­ing ven­tures from pri­mary spon­sor Liftec Fork­lifts, as well as from Todd at ProLine Body & Chas­sis, Dean at Nick­er­son Per­for­mance, and Jeff Stricker at Road Run­ner Race Fu­els. Spe­cial thanks go to crew chief Steve VanCraeynest, Glenn Rutkoski, Dan Rutkoski, Bob Mi­lardo, and his fi­ancée, Cyn­thia, for their un­re­lent­ing un­der­stand­ing and sup­port.

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