“Cars tend to make fantastic subjects for photographers to take pictures of, so it’s no wonder that so many photographers are car guys as well. Eric McClellan, from Hugo, Minnesota is one such photographer/car guy, who owns a spectacular example of a Pro-Touring ’68 Camaro that keeps him, and his camera, quite busy.
In fact, the Camaro even gets its project name, “Blue Hour” from photography. In photography it’s all about the lighting, and McClellan tells us that there is a time of day, right after the “Golden Hour”, when the light has a bluish tint – the “Blue Hour.” It’s not a typical project name, but that’s really the point.
The car’s modification list is actually a dream-team of high end Pro-Touring components, found together all in one place to create a home-built supercar. Blue Hour rides on a Speedtech front subframe outfitted with tall AFX spindles, and a Speedtech rear torque arm set up with coil overs. The car has been mini-tubed to accommodate the 18×12 Forgeline GX3 rear wheels, wrapped in some sticky 335/30/18 BFGoodrich KDW2, and one of the cool benefits of the Speedtech front subframe is that you can fit 18×9 wheels and 275mm wide tires in the front. Those big Forgelines bolt over mondo 14″ rotors and 6 piston calipers from Baer in both the front and rear.
Forgeline, Stack, Rick’s Stainless, MAST, Holley, Speed Tech, Baer – Project Blue Hour truly is a ‘who’s who’ representation of some of the best the Pro-Touring aftermarket has to offer, and proof that good things come to those who wait.
Blue Hour gets its power from a 416 cubic inch MAST Motorsports LS3, that dyno’d at just over 600 horsepower at the crank. The big inch LS breathes through Holley’s 300-116 Hi-Ram Intake Manifold, while Earl’s braided fuel lines and AN fittings keep the petrol flowing from a Rick’s Stainless Tanks aluminum gas tank with a VaporWorx system. The LS3 spins a light weight Ram aluminum flywheel and dual friction clutch inside a Quicktime bellhousing mounted to a T56 transmission from Rockland Standard Gear.
All that high tech EFI gadgetry is powered by an Optima Red Top Battery and an American Autowire 18 circuit wiring kit, while a Stack 8130 Race Dash clusterhelps McClellan keep sharp eye on what’s going on under the hood.”
Article courtesy LSX TV, May 2012