Steve Hopes – 1968 Camaro SINISTR
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The centre point of Steve Hopes’s ’68 Camaro is undoubtedly the Nelson Racing Engines 1500hp mill under the hood. However this incredible HOK Dark Bronze Camaro is so much more than just a big engine. This elite-level machine sports sensational detail and a high degree of engineering throughout. Being built to go around corners, SINISTR now sports a full SRG-Force chassis underneath that’s equipped with modern suspension architecture along with power rack ‘n’ pinion steering, torque-arm rear, watt’s linkage and adjustable coil-overs all ‘round.
To clean things up, the extended sills wrap smoothly under and across the chassis rails. Grabbing the pavement is fat 345/25/20-inch rear boots and 215/40/18 fronts filled with monstrous Wilwood brakes. On the inside, the custom dash flows into a full-length console, which flows into the rear parcel tray, which flows into the doors and back up to the dash. It’s full wrap around without looking like a full wrap around. Except for the fibreglass, all this is done in steel – not bad for a bloke who makes his living as a builder. Steve did everything himself bar the paint, electrical and interior stitch work.
“I started out just putting in a big-block,” says Steve. “I then started to cut the floor for the chassis and big wheels and one thing led to another.” It might look like a stock Camaro with big wheels, however Steve spend most of the five-year build on the underside. There’s also a host of little modifications that only Camaro people will notice. Oh and that engine; the brutal 406-cube brute uses Dart wide-pan block, Callies crank, JE forged pistons, solid roller cam, Brodix CNC-ported heads, all topped with NRE’s billet Alien intake and a pair of their symmetrical turbos.