09/15/10 – StreetLegalTV.com – Author: Gordon McDonald

Those of you who think that the 1/8 mile run is for babies, need to think that through again. Breaking into the 4 second club when running the eighth mile track isn’t for the faint of heart. Cars that do blow through the 4 second barrier typically run mid-sevens on the long track.

When you’re dealing with eighth mile competition, your 60 foot time is hugely critical. There really is no big end for you to play catch up in. So when Al Marlow, of Clemens, MD, built up his ThirdGen drag radial Camaro, he knew that he had to maintain an OEM style suspension.

Competing in 10.5 outlaw and drag radial events, Al needed the best in competition bred replacement components, so he turned to Spohn Performance to update his 1991 Camaro RS. Now kitted out with a Spohn Torque Arm, LCAs, panhard bar, LCA relocation brackets, Top-Gun driveshaft and Pro-Series rear drag sway bar, Al doesn’t just say that it “feels better.” He’s got the numbers to prove it.

Before moving to Spohn components, Al’s best 60 ft time was 1.34. Now, he can pull 1.21 seconds and with this, he holds a few records at Maryland International Raceway. In the X275 Radial class, his results this year on the eight mile are recorded at 4.997 seconds for ET, and 145.19 mph trap speed. When Al runs the 1/4 mile, his results are nothing to cough at either. How does a 7.68 @ 185 mph sound, on drag radials? Sounds pretty stout to me, ably aided by that consistent 1.21 second 60 ft time.

Whether you drive an F-body, or G or A, or other GM performance cars, a Mustang or Viper, Spohn Performance can give you more of what you like the best in your ride – performance. Check out their website and see what they can do for you.