A 1969 Custom Camaro called Infused was chosen to compete in the Great 8 today for the Ridler Award competition. The owner is Alan Reed from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He calls the car “Infused” as opposed to injected. It was designed and built by Hot Rod Joe’s Rod & Custom shop in Lafayette, Louisiana. The front and rear valances are all custom fabricated sheet metal facia with altered body lines and shaved dip rails, custom window trim and flush mounted glass. Underneath is a Heidt’s Pro G front with Wilwood 13″ 6-piston brakes, Heidt’s 4-link with 9″ Ford differential and Wilwood 12″ 4-piston brakes in back. It is powered by a GM SL3 motor with a Magnusson Heartbeat Supercharger. Inside was done by Pro Auto Interiors of Knoxville, Tennesee. Then they added a Pioneer touchscreen, DVD and backup camera, touch start and push button E-brake.
This 1969 Custom Camaro called Infused is competing in the Full Hardtop category. It is only recently that cars in these muscle car oriented street machine categories have been considered for the Ridler Award competition. It is refreshing to see that Autorama is changing with the times. While just a few years ago the competition was dominated by 1930’s classic street rods, today there are more different types of cars being considered for America’s top rod and custom award.