OPTIMA® Faceoff Preview- Bob Bertelsen's Camaro


The owners of Pro-Touring cars can sometimes have a reputation of being check-writers and not wrench-turners. While that may be true in some instances, we don't see too many of those folks at our events. Bob Bertelsen and his 1971 Chevrolet Camaro are certainly proof of that! Bob built this F-body in his garage at home and did all the metal modifications himself, including adding a 2010-style roof, door handles from a 2011 Dodge Charger, adding brake ducts on all four wheels, custom-fabricated hood and fender heat extractors, rolled rockers, a custom tail panel, fuel fill, front bumpers and spoiler, as well as a custom rear spoiler and flush mounted glass. "Impressive" doesn't begin to describe the finished product.

Bertelsen's Camaro isn't just a polish shine show queen with no guts under the hood. Bob's F-body runs on a Mast Motorsports LS7, that produces 657 horsepower and runs through a Bowler-prepped T56 transmission, backed by a Spec Stage 3 Plus clutch. The suspension is all from the Detroit Speed Engineering catalog and surrounds a Moser rear end. Baer 6S 14-inch rotors are tucked in behind 18-inch Forgeline wheels and Falken rubber.

As a refresher for those who don't remember how Bob did at the 2012 OPTIMA┬« Ultimate Street Car Invitational, he did pretty well. His craftsmanship and execution blew away the judges, who awarded him third place overall in the Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge. He backed that up with top-20 finishes in both the Ridetech Autocross and Wilwood Brakes Speed/Stop Challenge, as well as a top-25 finish in the BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge.

Overall, Bertelsen came out of the 2012 OUSCI with a 14th-place finish in a field stacked with some very high-end cars and very capable drivers. In 2013 Bob, picked up right where he left off in 2012, notching a second-place finish in the autocross and winning the Speed/Stop at the Heidt's Performance Car Challenge and finishing third overall at the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge. We're looking forward to having Bob at the OPTIMA Faceoff, presented by Royal Purple and KN Filters and can't wait to see how he does against his fellow competitors. If you'd like to take in all the action, admission is free with your ticket stub from the Road America NASCAR Nationwide race. Otherwise, pick up a ticket in advance from Road America for just ten bucks!