OPTIMA® Faceoff Preview- Terry Neuville's 1968 Camaro


If Terry Neuville's name sounds familiar, it is because he had some fun with us out in the desert at the 2011 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. In his rookie effort, Terry notched top-20 finishes in both the autocross and hot lap challenge, finishing an impressive 13th place overall. Terry's ride is a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, that amazingly enough, was his first car from high school.

Terry purchased the F-body at the end of the disco era for $400 and added 125,000 miles and four paint jobs as his daily driver until 1990, when he finally had a proper paint job sprayed on it. Once that happened, the Camaro was transitioned into a crusing machine, covering five Hot Rod Power Tour long hauls and occasional trips down the quarter mile.

In 2008, he decied to completely re-build the car, with the goal of making it something he could drive anywhere, race (autocross, road race, drag race), take to car shows and drive back home with the comfort like a new car. He thinks he came pretty close to hitting his goal and we can't disagree. The entire transformation took about 14 months, six of which were spent in paint jail and the rest in Terry's two-car garage at home, where he handled the wrenching.

The first autocross event he ever attended was the 2009 Run Through The Hills event, one month after the car was completed. Terry was pretty much hooked from that point forward and the next year, he signed up for the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge, which marked his first competitive experience on a road course, where he finished 10th overall and once again ran the RTTH event.

He now makes an effort to hit both Goodguys events in the Dallas area (he finished first one year), has finished as high as sixth at the Run To Music City, fifth at Holley's LS Fest, tied for second at the 2011 RTTH and second at the Chevy High Performance Top Ride Shootout. In total, Terry has logged another 36,000 miles since re-building his ride. The list of modifications is so long, we usually let him do the talking, so here you go-

The car has a 2005 LQ4 6.0 engine with a 4L65E trans putting out 410 RWHP and weights 3605lbs.

Upgrades include:

OPTIMA Red Top Battery

Stock LQ4 w/L92 heads and LS3 intake

Futral F13 cam

Tuned by Futral Motorsports

AutoKraft oil pan

Speartech engine wiring harness

Gearstar 4L65E w/ 3000rpm Yank stall converter

Hooker coated headers

Magnaflow 2.5 exhaust w/ xpipe

12 bolt rearend w/ 3.73 gears from Detroit Speed

KN air filter

Detroit Speed Quadralink

Detroit Speed subframe connectors

Global West upper and lower front control arms

Ridetech thriple adjustable coilover shocks

Hotchkis front sway bar

Baer 6P 14" cross drilled and slotted rotors all four corners

SSBC master cyl

Forgeline SP3P 18" wheels 18/8.5 front 18/11.5 rear

BFG/KDW 245/40/18 front 335/30/18 rear

American Autowire Classic update wiring harness

Detroit Speed electric RS headlight kit

Detroit Speed Selecta wiper kit

Detroit Speed 600 steering gear

Detroit Speed deep rear tubs

Detroit Speed core support closeout cover

Becool radiator

Rock Valley stainless gas tank and pump

Vintage Air GEN IV A/C

JVC double din radio w/ DVD, GPS nav, reverse camera and 10" sub w/Alpine amp

Cruise control

Gentex rearview mirror w/ auto dimming, temp display and three button garage door remote

Ididit tilt steering


Power door locks

Power windows

Marquez door panels

Car alarm with remote start

HID head lights

Kesler Billet tail lights

Kesler Billet hood hinges

Kesler Billet trunk hinges

Autometer Ultra Light gauges

House of Kolor Candy Apple Red over silver w/ghost strips

The 2013 OPTIMA Faceoff field is now full, but if you'd like to come check out Terry's ride and all the other impressive cars in the field, buy your tickets today.