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Wheel specialist Forgeline does pro touring Camaro build


Forgeline Motorsports has been known for its 25 years of producing wheels for the automotive aftermarket, but it recently has completed the build of a complete vehicle, a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro done to pro-touring specification.

Such a car might usually be headed for the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas, but in this case the car already has been purchased by a resident of the Middle East so the car will be showcased instead later in November at the inaugural collector car show in Riyadh, capital city of Saudi Arabia.

“We’ve been dreaming about building our own world-class, pro-touring machine for several years,” Forgeline president Dave Schardt is quoted in the company’s news release. “We’re a long-time supporter of this segment of the performance aftermarket and have been the wheel of choice for many of the builders and the cars that have made these pro touring events so popular. But now, this year, it’s our turn to participate.”

“A quick tour of the paddock at any pro-touring event is literally a rolling catalog of Forgeline’s expertise in fabricating custom wheels that can stand up to the rigors of autocross, speed/stop and timed lap competitions, all while looking like forged and machined aluminum works of art,” the company noted. “So it really should be no surprise that Forgeline Motorsports’ ’70 Camaro is constructed using components from top-of-the-line manufacturers.”

The build, dones ?? with Smitty’s Custom Automotive in Tiffin, Ohio, includes a hydroformed subframe, tubular upper and lower control arms and Quadralink rear suspension and adjustable anti-roll bar and floating rear axle assembly from Detroit Speed.

Electronic RideTech Instinct shocks provide the proper stance and RideTech’s TigerCage stiffens the chassis while protecting the driver and passenger, Foregline said. Inside the BFG Rival S tires mounted on 18-inch Foregline GX3R open-lug aluminum wheels are Extreme 6R disc brakes from Baer Brakes.

Power is provided by a Lingenfelter-turned LT4 engine linked to a Bowler Transmission-modified Tremec T56 transmission outfitted with ZR1 gears and a Centerforce DYAD extreme-duty clutch.

Other components in the build include Optima Yellow Top battery, Vintage Air, Recaro seats, California Custom Sounds audio, Carbon Kustoms carbon fiber hood and fenders, Ring Brothers hood hinges, and D7Z Customs front spoiler.

Trent’s Trick Upholstery, another Ohio company, handcrafted the custom interior that includes RacePak digital dash, datalogger and power-distribution module.

After several unexpected delays in the restoration process, the Forgeline ’70 pro touring Camaro has made its debut. Visit the Forgeline website and Facebook page for more information and updates.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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