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OPTIMA Invitational

Posted: Nov 02, 2012

OUSCI Preview- Rob MacGregor's "Hellboy" 1970 Chevrolet C10

RobMacGregorHellboyC10RedChevy.JPGWe don't know if we were the first to identify the parallel between first gen Camaros and C10 pickups from the same era, but we certainly agree with the sentiment that these trucks are the new First Gen Camaros. Everyone is building them and the end results are impressive. Chris Smith, Brad Coomer and Phil Gerber will all be competing in C10s from a similar era, as well as Curt Hill, who is competing in a '72 Chevy Blazer.

The 2012 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple and KN could also serve as an epic C10 showdown. If that happens, Rob MacGregor's 1970 Chevrolet C10 could be a serious contender. Regardless of whether it is competition amongst the C10s in the field or the entire field at large, MacGregor's truck has to be considered a strong contender.

Rob's stroked LS1 only produces 405 horsepower to the wheels, which may not sound like a lot, until you consider the fact that his truck only weighs in at 3,100 pounds. Why is it so lightweight? Because the truck rides on a tube-frame chassis, specially built for this application. It also has two inches chopped off the roofline for a few pounds worth of additional weight savings. That's good for quarter mile times of 12.86 seconds.

Street Trucks Magazine wrote a great article on this truck, so we won't bore you with the details. If you'd like to get a whole lot more information on it, you can check out their story. However, we will tell you that Rob has previous experience in the OUSCI, competing in an F100 back in 2010. He knows the event and with the exception of the modified format of the Wilwood Speed Stop Challenge, has had plenty of competition experience.

With that base of knowledge, we trust Rob's assessment of his chances. He likes his chances in the Detroit Speed Engineering/JRI Shocks Road Rally, especially with his wife handling navigation duties. Rob is a little less optimistic about the Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge, because he knows many of the other cars in the field and doesn't feel he has the high-dollar features to be a top contender, but our judges may appreciate his craftsmanship.

Even though MacGregor lacks ABS, he does indicate he can go from 60-0 in 85 feet. Rob is very confident about his chances in the RideTech autocross and predicts a top-10 finish. Considering he won the road course at Run to the Coast two weeks ago, he thinks he'll also hold his own in the BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge. The truck's best lap at AMP in Riverside was 44.6 seconds, which is just a few ticks off the track record of 43.783, set by a Miata on slicks.

If you'd like to see more of Rob MacGregor's handiwork, be sure to check out No Limit Engineering.

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