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    Nov 2012
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    Behind the Wheel with Mike Cuthbertson powered by Optima Batteries

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    Written By Brandy Phillips
    Photos By Brandy Phillips and Mike Cuthbertson's Facebook Page

    When you see a beautifully built pro-touring vehicle, it is hard not to question the
    inspiration behind the build.

    When Mike Cuthbertson displayed his 1967 Chevelle at the 2014 SEMA Show in the
    TMI Products Booth, his vision for the build was strictly for show. Yet, when a second
    opportunity came about to go back to SEMA in 2015 for the TMI Booth, he would take
    a different approach on the new build.

    Rather than building a show car, his experience at Run To The Coast introduced him to
    the pro-touring scene. This got his wheels turning, not only wanting to build a beautiful
    car, but one that would handle and be competitive on the pro-touring race circuit.

    The first version of Mike Cuthbertson’s 1968 Camaro was finished in ten weeks for the
    2015 SEMA Show. Once SEMA was over, several other changes would take place in
    order to make the Camaro track ready.

    Within the past year, Cuthbertson has made several more changes to the Camaro after
    growing his knowledge on how to make his car handle and watching his competition
    grow. Cuthbertson knew that staying in the top half of the competition required the
    Camaro to undergo continuous changes, even to this day.

    Some changes were minor like adding a radio and sub so he would not lose out on
    Design and Engineering points in the optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series.
    Other changes required more work like upgrading to a Speedtech Extreme front
    subframe, adding several carbon fiber body panels including the hood and front
    fenders, in addition to wrapping the car Intense Blue (aka Smurf Blue) so everything
    would match.

    Some of these changes made the ’68 Camaro more competitive, which showed during
    the June 2017 NMCA West Hotchkis Autocross. Cuthbertson was awarded the Hotchkis
    Cup for the weekend, running the fastest and most consistent combine lap times from
    Saturday and Sunday. Victory at this event would prove that he is a force to be
    reckoned with and should not be ignored.

    When asked who he would like to thank for helping him over the past couple years.
    First and foremost was Larry Ashley from TMI Products. Ashley was the one who got
    Cuthbertson into the hobby and gave a normal hobbyist not just one, but two
    opportunities to build a car for SEMA.

    Furthermore, he wanted to thank his wife, Cheryl. It takes a special person to
    understand the time and money that goes into this sport and building a car.

    Cuthbertson also wanted to thank PCHRODS, Ron Sutton, Speedtech Performance,
    Wilwood, Trackspec Motorsports, and Centerforce for their ongoing support and great
    products. The time and parts from each of these companies have helped Cuthbertson
    maintain a competitive edge against the other racers.

    Cuthbertson is definitely one to watch out for in the upcoming months/ race seasons.
    Not only will he continue to get faster, but his plans include making more changes to
    the ’68 Camaro in order to keep it competitive both on and off the track.


    Engine: Stock LS2 with a CAM

    Horsepower / Torque: 425/408 wheel

    Transmission: Tremec Magnum T56

    Clutch: Centerforce


    12 Bolt C Clip Eliminator 3:73 Gears

    Wilwood 6 Piston Front, 4 piston rear

    Bundnik Tungsten 18X12 front and rear

    Tires: BFG Rival S 335 front and rear

    Body & Paint: Rear qtr panels stretched and widened 2.5" with mini-tubs done by
    Pinhead Fabrication, Front fenders Carbon 1.5" wider from JCG Restorations, Hood,
    trunk, spoiler, cowl carbon by Anvil. Wrapped in Gloss Intense Blue

    Interior: TMI Products Interior, with Cobra Carbon Fiber front race seats

    Gauges: Dakota Digital

    Harnesses / Roll Bar / Cage:
    Detroit Speed

    Other modifications:
    Speedtech Extreme front subframe and rear torque arm,
    Ride Tech triple adjustable coils overs with Ron Sutton valving

    Plans for upcoming new vehicle or changes to current vehicle:

    Cuthbertson has ideas for different vehicles almost on a daily basis. He still wants
    a new motor for additional horsepower in the Camaro, a full floater rear axle, as
    well as a few creature comforts such as AC for driving home from those HOT track
    days! Yep, that’s right folks, no trailer for Cuthbertson and he wouldn’t have it any
    other way.
    Brandy Morrow Phillips
    Site Contributor


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    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    St. George, UT
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    Congrats Michael and nice write up Brandy!

    -Ben, Creative Director at Speedtech Performance
    We sell some really cool parts, build cool cars, and do cool concept renderings too!
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