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Got Boost? Chris Von Ritter’s Twin Turbo 1967 Camaro Does!

Artists the world over stare at a blank canvas and then create what their minds can dream. While the results may vary, there is simply no right or wrong way. That blank canvas invites the artist to go wherever he or she wants.

Over the past 50-plus years, first-generation Camaros have been the blank canvas for thousands of automotive artists. Whatever the builder envisions – original restoration, pro street, pro-touring, full custom – can be accomplished, thanks to a generous aftermarket and a classic platform that can be tweaked in dozens of different directions.

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Chris Von Ritter’s twin turbo 1967 Camaro is a perfect mix of style and performance, a pro-touring-inspired car that is at home on the street or the AutoCross circuit. Starting with a beat-up Camaro that he found in 2014, the Hayward, California resident constructed a prime example of what an owner with a good idea and the skills to match can produce.

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After the ‘67 gathered dust for a few years, Chris began the build in earnest in 2018. He says the majority of work was done with the help of friends in his two-car garage. The body was modified to give the Camaro a road racer look. Lowered, it also features flush-mounted glass, a custom rear spoiler and front splitter, and a custom rear diffuser with center exhaust outlets. The 40-percent gloss PPG white paint was applied by Jamie Bridgeman at JBR Customs.

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A 376c.i. LS3 V8 built by M&M Cylinder Heads in Hayward features a Holley Hi-Ram induction system fed by twin Garrett GTX Turbos – a combination good for 1,200 horsepower! A Holley ignition system provides the spark, while custom headers from SS Motorsports feed exhaust gases through a Magnaflow system. A Centerforce clutch mates the Tremec T-56 Magnum manual transmission that moves the power to a 9-inch rearend from Dutchman.

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Chassis components from Speedtech Performance give the Camaro corner-carving agility, including a Speedtech Extreme front subframe and Extreme torque arm setup in the rear. KRC Power Steering provided the steering system, with Wilwood disc brakes handling stopping chores using Aero6 front calipers and Aero4 rears. BFGoodrich tires wrap U.S. Mags 18×10.5- and 18×12-inch wheels.

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The interior is anchored by a full chromoly roll cage protecting heated Recaro Sportster CS seats covered with black vinyl and grey suede courtesy of King Kovers Upholstery in Fremont. The Holley EFI digital dash features a touch screen with a keyless push start.

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Chris Von Ritter took his blank-canvass Camaro and built his vision of a mechanical masterpiece. The end product looks great and supports its appearance with incredible performance. Best of all, it was crafted mostly at home with friends, carrying on a longstanding hot-rodding tradition we all can appreciate.

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Photos by Mike Christensen

Dave Doucette is a long-time Goodguys member with a career in newspaper, magazine and website journalism. He was one of the founding editors of USA TODAY, editor of two daily newspapers and co-owner of a magazine publishing and trade show company. He owns and operates Real Auto Media. His first car was a 1947 Ford; he has owned Camaros, Firebirds, El Caminos and a 1956 Chevy that was entered in shows from California to Florida before being sold last year. He was one of the original Goodguys Rodders Reps and served as president of two classic Chevy clubs. Doucette grew up in South Florida, avidly following the racing exploits of local hero Ollie Olsen and, of course, Don Garlits. He remembers riding his bicycle to Briggs Cunningham’s West Palm Beach factory to peak through the fence at his Sebring and LeMans racers.

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