Welcome to the BTE Racing Car of the Week series, where we feature our customers and fans, and the cars (and trucks) they love to race. Today, it’s all about Doug Strickland in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and his ’67 Camaro.
When and where was your first race?
I have been racing for about 20 years, I started when I was 15. My first race was at Argentia, Newfoundland, which was an old military airstrip, about 20 years ago in a pro street Buick Somerset that my dad built. It was my very first 1/4 mile pass, and the car went 10.90.
What model/year do you race now?
My current car is a pro street ’67 Camaro that I have been constantly upgrading from 2008, when I originally bought the shell of the car in South Carolina.
Does your car have a nickname?
I don't have a nickname on my car other than “money pit.” That's what my wife calls it!
What's under the hood?
The car is powered by a Steve Morris Engines 406SBC which was just upgraded to EFI. The new setup was dynoed at 1319ft/lbs of torque @ 6800 rpm, 1787hp @ 7400 rpm. The car has gone 8.5 at 167 in street trim with the old set up which was about 1200hp. I have never run the car with a full slick and open headers. With the new setup and some chassis work I'm shooting for a mid to high 7 in street trim. Yes, the car is street driven.
Someone you look up to in racing?
In racing, I always have looked up to to John Force because he is a “live life on the edge” drag racer who isn't afraid to push his cars. He has his family involved, as do I, so we can all stay close.
If money were no object, what would you drive?
I’d drive a skinny kid chassis 1st generation Camaro converted to a street/strip car.
What is your pre-race ritual (if you have one)?
Staying calm and pray that the car stays in the groove, which doesn't always happen.