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May 27, 2009


By Rob Einaudi


On Monday I ended up behind this cool Camaro in the ferry line coming back from Vashon Island. We just missed the previous boat and had an hour to kill, so I went over and talked to the owner. Turned out to be Jay Rowlands, actor/director/producer of the upcoming feature film Clutch. Jay and I had corresponded a bit about his film via e-mail a year ago, but had never met in person. Look for clips from Clutch to show up on StreetFire in the next few months as Jay finishes up the final editing.

Jay picked up this Daytona Yellow Camaro last year. It was originally 4-speed L34 SS 396 big block car, though the original drivetrain is long gone. It’s currently motivated by a LT-1 style 350 and was serving duty as a dedicated drag car until Jay put it back on the street, with new exhaust and street tires. The Flowmaster 40s with 3 inch tubes and an X-pipe sound great. So good, in fact, that Jay has been using the car for some sound editing on the movie. The license plate was my favorite part of the car, though. Jay said that he’s had that plate on various cars over the years. Stoked!






Four-Links – Checkers, Cityrama, Clutch, collection (of Nissans) « Memphis Auto
Jun 16, 2009 at 9:23 am

[...] * Looking like a homebrew version of the Fast and the Furious with more muscle cars, Clutch the movie (as opposed to Clutch the band, from which the movie producers seem to have nabbed their logo) seems to be in post production and headed for a release this summer. We’ll try to get our hands on a copy to see if it’s any good. (via) [...]

May 28, 2009 at 7:00 am

The split bumper Camaro always made it look like the car was ready to eat anything in front of it. But when Chevy put the look on the Vega, they killed the Cammy’s distinctiveness. (Then the Government really botched it with the massive bumpers of ’74 and beyond, but that’s another story.)

This one is cool because it’s obviously a driver/racer and not some prissy toy (see “rock chip Elise” blog…)

May 27, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Sweet car. Split bummer second gens are bad ass cars. THey look great too. Nothing quite like american muscle!!!!

May 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

Looks beautiful. I remember when I first saw mine. I thought the same thing.

May 27, 2009 at 10:29 am

awesome lookin car would like it even more if it was murdered out

May 27, 2009 at 7:16 am

I just got a 1980 Camaro that my dad an I are most likely going to convert to a 1970s body style. Very sweet looking cars!

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