All-American Icon: A Camaro We Met at Sebring


Written by David S. Wallens

From the March 2017 issue

Posted in Features

Several cars came over from Europe for HSR’s recent Sebring Classic 12-hour weekend, including this 1982 Camaro driven by Switzerland’s Alain Rüede. Did this Camaro originally race across the continent? No, it’s as American as it looks.

Like many IMSA GT cars of the ’80s and ’90s, it’s based on a tube-frame chassis-in this case, one built in Florida by Tommy Riggins. Wheel hubs are wide-fives, another all-American motorsports contribution. These hubs, a short-track staple for decades, economically combine strength, light weight and a giant wheel bearing.

During its professional career, this Camaro kept busy: 13 Daytona appearances plus eight at Sebring. Today Rüede campaigns the car out of Rüede Dream-Cars, his Swiss dealership that specializes in, yes, American classics.

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Reader comments:

Streetwiseguy UltimaDork
June 22, 2017 1:43 p.m.

How did I miss my Classic with that in it? I'm gonna search my house, because I would be all over that.

13 Daytona 24's? That is impressive. It also opens the question of what single car has the most Daytona race miles? I presume some 911 based thing...

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