Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

2020 PPG Street Machine of the Year Finalist – Gumer Alvero’s 1969 Camaro

Given the popularity of the 1969 Camaro, Troy Gudgel and the team at BBT Fabrications knew they had a challenge in making Gumer Alvero’s car distinctive. Starting with a convertible helped, as did fabricating a fabric-covered, lift-off aluminum top rather than a conventional folding assembly.

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

Troy and his crew treated the Camaro to scores of other metal mods, too, including widened rear quarters, deleted faux wheel vents, custom front and rear valences, a custom rear panel and taillights, one-off bumpers, and flush-fit glass. The team turned to Dutchboys for the brilliant blue BASF paint.

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year
Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year


The custom Camaro rides on a Roadster Shop chassis with a Chevrolet Performance LT4 mated to a Bowler Tremec T56 transmission. Baer brakes back the 18×9.5- and 19×12-inch Forgeline center-lock wheels mounted in Michelin tires.

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

The cockpit features a full complement of one-off machined parts, a custom-fabricated dash, and cool details throughout. Cato’s Custom Upholstery covered the soft parts in black leather with blue stitching, providing a blend of performance influence and class.

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

Debuted at the 2019 SEMA Show, Gumer’s Camaro not only has the great lines of a coupe with the unmatched cool of a convertible, it also has an enviable combination of performance and elegance that’s sure to set it apart from the sea of other ’69 Camaros.

Gumer Alvero 1969 Camaro, BBT Fab, BBT Fabrications, autocross camaro, street machine, pro touring, street machine of the year

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.