1971 Chevrolet Camaro ‘The ProfeSSor’

When I go to SEMA, I expect to see hot rods that are above and beyond what the average joe is building in his garage. SEMA is sort of like the World Series of Hot Rodding, where the best in the business put their projects on display for all to see. These are guys at the top of their game, building the wildest cars that anyone can dream up.

This car is a perfect example of an “all-star build.” This 1971 Chevrolet Camaro is nicknamed “The ProfeSSor” and was created as a tribute to legendary drag racer Warren Johnson’s pro stock Camaro. The car was done by Lakeside Rods and Rides of Rockwell City, Iowa, with design from Eric Brockmeyer Designs. Dan Weber did the interior and Gemini Technologies did all of the carbon fiber work. The owner of the car is Dave Leisinger of DK Camaros.

Basically, the team set out to build a modern interpretation of a pro stock car. What they created is one of the wildest second-gens I’ve ever seen!

While it looks great on the show floor at SEMA, this car isn’t a trailer queen. The guys entered it in the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year autocross competition, where it clocked the 4th fastest lap out of 13 cars. That’s not bad at all!

Take a look at the photos and build list and I think you’ll agree that “The ProfeSSor” is one wild ride!

Engine and Driveline
500ci Warren Johnson LSR V8 engine, 800+ RWHP
Gearstar 4L85E transmission
Morrison 9-inch rear end w/4.11 gears
Detroit Truetrac limited-slip differential
Custom headers
Flowmaster exhaust

Suspension, Brake, and Wheels
Art Morrison chassis
Corvette C6 front suspension w/Penske Coilovers
Morrison three-link system with custom Watt’s link
ARB splined front and rear sway bars
Baer 14-inch discs with 6-piston calipers, front and rear
Boze Lateral-G wheels: 18×8 front, 20×12 rear
Nitto tires: 245/30R18 front; 335/30R20 rear

Dakota Digital instruments
Custom steel dash and center console
Black leather seats
Hidden rollbar

Body and Exterior
PPG Porsche Silver paint
Carbon fiber hood, front spoiler, trunk lid, and taillight panel
Hood narrowed 8″
Single piece front clip
Front windshield laid back 3″
Rear deck raised 2″
Rear fenders flared 1.5″
Roof chopped 1″