Race Car Re-birth: The Castrol / SCA Chevrolet Camaro
Race Car Re-birth: The Castrol / SCA Chevrolet Camaro
Help us to restore the famous Castrol/SCA Camaro of Frank Gardner, Stuart Graham and Rob Slotemaker.
Help us to restore the famous Castrol/SCA Camaro of Frank Gardner, Stuart Graham and Rob Slotemaker. Read more
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The old Castrol / SCA Chevrolet Camaro racing car in this story has a long and illustrious history. Frank Gardner (1930-2009), the legendary Australian F1 and touring car driver, won five races in a row with this Chevrolet Camaro in the British Saloon Car Championship in 1973. With a weight of 1.350 kilo and a staggering 550 horsepower from a 6.2-liter Alloy Chevy engine, the car was a roaring and a hard to tame beast.
The car found its way to the Netherlands when our national pride and antiskid specialist Rob Slotemaker bought it to take part in European races. Unfortunately, Rob died in 1979 when he crashed his other Chevrolet Camaro on his beloved Circuit Park Zandvoort.
After his untimely death, his relatives found a note with Rob’s testament in the office of his Antiskid School. If he were to pass away, the Camaro Group 5 should pass to his close friend Bert Moritz, a famous Dutch racing driver, specializing in tuning and driving big American racecars.
Now, about 33 years later, the Camaro is crumbling away in a storage building behind the Moritz family’s company, Moritz Tuning in Amsterdam.
John’s son, Patrick Moritz, has investigated the Camaro’s history. During his research, he found that in his day, Frank Gardner raced the Camaro Group 5 circuit under a different name: Castrol/SCA Chevrolet Camaro. He also found Gardner’s books ‘Castrol Racing Drivers Manual’ and ‘Drive to Survive’. Patrick also discovered a Castrol film called “Racecraft”, which featured Frank’s victories of the car.
The Moritz family’s biggest wish is to restore this old racing car to its former glory. However, the old car is in bad shape and needs a full rebuild to bring this famous car back to the spotlight for which it once shone. Of course we will bring back the car so it is quick and reliable once more. The costs of this project are enormous and money is limited.
What to do?
Should the Moritz family let the car wither away or should they take on this challenge and collect money to restore the car? The family and fans all over the world want to attempt to restore this piece of history. With the ‘Racing Car Re-birth’ project started, we want to reach the goal of completion for which we can all celebrate together.
After its restoration, look for the car in action while touring famous circuits in several countries.
During the time of restoration and appearances on the track, a major broadcaster has already signed up for 6 one half hour shows depicting its revival to track time.
If you are a Motorsport enthusiast, watch this project bring back time to an era gone by.
The main storyline is about the restoration of the car but we will also dig into the lives of Frank Gardner and Rob Slotemaker as well as Stuart Graham and Bert Moritz. We will interview lots of people that were somehow connected to the car or the drivers who drove it. This, combined with the motorsport of today, the show most go on for the Moritz family, Patrick will be taking over the business and we will follow the Moritz Racing team with him at the helm. When the car is finished and tested, the tour around the world will begin. Our goal is to visit many shows, race the trophy car and organize incentives for the fans.
We thank all Kickstarter fans that have pledged towards our project and we want to remind you all that the more money we raise the more we can do for the program and for the fans all over the world. We would be able to produce more episodes and allow us to visit more countries to meet our fans. We have compiles a number of rewards as a way of thanking you for your donation. Below you will find a quick overview of these rewards.
About the car
The car was originally build as commissioned by Adrian Chambers from SCA along with the help of Mark Lesueur and Norman Lockwood. The stock 1970 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 was transformed into a FIA Group 2 car. The rear axle was transformed into a four link suspension and modified with a "Watt's Linkage". The front suspension was modified to improve the roll-center and reduce the caster. To increase the stopping power the brake calipers were changed to a 8 piston version with 4 brake-pads from AP. To increase the grip the car was installed with a Lola central wheel-nut system combined with very big Lola F5000 wheels. Last but not least an 550HP 427 alloy big block V8 was used to power the car. Later on Rob Slotemaker changed the car to compete in the Dutch FIA Group 5 Series.
Below is an overview of the different versions of the car.
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Risks and challenges
With this target budget we reduced the risks so we can be able to fulfill the requirements for the completion of the project. The main parts are widely available. The parts that are not easily located can be fabricated by reverse engineering. We are maintaining the budget to do the car based on the best effort to estimate cost of goods, personnel, overhead and time frame to complete the project. The only uncertainty is the exact date on which the car will be finished. This is due mainly to be able to predict lead-times of parts and labor. With a little help of Mother Nature we see no obstacles that we cannot overcome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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