Karl Dunn's 1968 Camaro Wins the Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge
The Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge is the only subjective event in the OPTIMA® Faceoff, presented by Royal Purple and KN Filters, which may make folks wonder how one car can finish so high in one event and so low in another. The format for this year's LPE Design Challenge had the competitors themselves pick their favorite vehicles from the field, with the representatives from Lingenfelter making the final decisions on the five cars that received the most votes in the field. That's how Todd Rumpke's Corvette, which finished 40th overall in the voting at the 2011 OUSCI could end up with a top-five finish in this event.
When the scores were tallied up, Karl Dunn's beautiful 1968 Chevrolet Camaro finished in the top spot overall. Karl originally intended to run this car last year in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 OUSCI, but ended up making the field in his Parnelli Jones Edition Ford Mustang instead. Will Dunn end up getting an invite to the 2013 OUSCI in his Camaro? History has shown that many of the competitors in the OUSCI also ran in the Faceoff or other qualifying events, so the possibility certainly exists.
Second place was awarded to another 1968 Chevy Camaro, owned by Larry Woo, while Bob Bertelsen's incredible 1971 Brute Force Camaro finished third. While the top-five was comprised entirely of bowties, they weren't all Camaros. Todd Rumpke's 2006 ZO6 Corvette finished fourth in the judging, while Brad "JB" Granger from R U Faster Than a Redneck? finished fifth overall with his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro.
For all the complaining folks do with magazines about the inordinate amount of coverage they give Camaros, it's interesting to see what folks actually think when they're asked to vote. In the 2013 OUSCI field, Camaros were easily the dominant model, with more than two dozen in attendance, as well as several more of their Pontiac cousins. Perhaps the preference of those owners was reflected in the competitor voting? Whatever the case, these Camaros (and Rumpke's Corvette) are all outstanding examples of beautiful cars that are not only capable of bringing home car show trophies, but performing on the track. In fact, all of these competitors finished in the top-25 overall and everyone posted times in all the other events, except for Larry Woo, who wasn't able to log a time on the Ridetech autocross. Congratulations to all the competitors on well-deserved accolades!