Something Wicked This Way Comes: Marc Meadors’ Camaro is Pure Hell

Drag Racing CarNicknames, sometimes they just don’t fit. But in the case of Marc Meador’s “Pure Hell,” just works! Ask his West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association competition; Meadors burned ’em up this season. He made the final round of all seven races he attended, winning three straight to capture the WCOPMA 2013 Championship.

Meadors’ recent success stems from plans formulated as the result of a near tragedy. In 2010, as he sat in the staging lanes at Sacramento Raceway, a dragster preparing to make a run flew into reverse, careening into Meadors’ Pro Mod. The resulting collision broke his 8-year-old son Grant’s leg and destroyed the Camaro’s body. Thankfully, Grant’s leg healed, Meadors found new purpose and a fresh body was fitted to the unscathed Tim McAmis chassis.

Though Meadors and team had always been competitive, this experience definitely ignited a fire within them. A paint job was required for the new body and Marc had just the idea. He went to long-time family friend, Drag Racing Hall of Fame member Rich Guasco, creator/owner of one of the most famous race cars in drag racing history, the Pure Hell AA/Fuel Altered roadster, inquiring about borrowing that famous nickname. Rich was more than happy to oblige.

Working from the ’32 Bantam roadster’s paint scheme, Justin Spencer of Competition Designs successfully reimagined it to fit the drastically different Camaro shape. His finished product is definitely a head-turner.

Meadors, the president and CEO of the wildly popular Goodguys Rod & Custom Association, didn’t stop with cosmetics. Being a very hands-on owner/driver,

he gathered the best parts available (see tech sheet) and built a stout new engine.

The performance mods include a screw blower and a Bruno’s/Lenco converter-equipped transmission. Bob Bunker of Bunker Race Cars updated the chassis. Bob’s a hero to West Coast Pro Mod racers, who fondly remember his Folsom Flash ’55 Chevy. Bob’s son Jason serves as the Pure Hell crew chief.

The team’s rejuvenated attitude and efforts have certainly paid off. In addition to this year’s WCMPA Championship, Meadors’ stout 5.75/252.66 stands as the nation’s sixth quickest Pro Mod performance. That figure was recorded as he won the quickest side-by-side Pro Mod race in history at NHRA’s Sonoma, California, national event. Pure Hell is also the first converter transmission-equipped car over 250 mph. He also captured the 2012 NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion Pro Mod crown.

Look for Meadors to continue to uphold the honor of his racer’s namesake as Pure Hell blazes through the competition in 2014!

Marc would like to thank his wife Jessann, children Grant and Grace, his parents Gary (founder of Good Guys) and mother Marilyn for their continuing encouragement and moral support. And especially his crew: Jason Bunker, Billy” Fereira, Danny Miller, Greg Lee and…

Goodguys Rod & Custom Assoc.
Red Line oil
Tim McAmis Race Cars
Neil Chance Torque Converters
Rear End Shop
Billet Specialties
Speedway Motors
Bunker Motorsports
Andy’s T Shirts
Fiber Optic Supply
Brad Anderson Enterprises
DMPE (Darren Mayer)
JRi Shocks
West Coast Outlaw Pro Mod Association

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Father ’n’ Son, the inspiration for Meadors’ Pro Mod, is one of the baddest rides in drag racing history, Rich Guasco’s infamous Pure Hell Fuel Altered.

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Runs like Pure Hell! These numbers, 5.75/252.66, make it the sixth strongest PM in the nation.

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Bob Bunker tweaked the Tim McAmis chassis. Engine work is done in-house by Marc Meadors.

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This is the view Meadors’ WCOPMA competition got of Pure Hell in 2013. He made the finals in seven races, winning three, to capture the championship.

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The stout driver’s compartment kept Meadors safe during the 2010 staging lane incident.

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Justin Spencer of Competition Designs reinterpreted the original Pure Hell paint scheme to blend with the classic Camaro shape.

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The men behind the machine (L to R): Billy Fereira, Greg Lee, Jason Bunker and Marc Meadors

Tech Info
Engine: BAE Hemi .500 short deck
Year: 2012
Cu. In. : 451
HP: 3,000
Torque: lots!
Built by: Marc Meadors
Crank: Bryant 3.750
Rods: MGP
Piston: J&E 4.375
Comp. 10.5 to 1
Oil pan: Moroso Dry Sump
Oil pump: System One Dry Sump
Cam: Comp Cams
Lifter: Jessel key way
Valves: Victory titanium
Valve springs: PAC
Rockers: Manton
Valve covers: Williams Sheet Metal
Gear drive: RCD
Cylinder heads: BAE 6
Intake: BAE magnesium
Injection: DMPE injector
Blower: PSI C rotor screw blower
Headers: KOOKS stainless zoomies
Ignition sys.: MSD Grid 44-amp mag
Ignition wires: MSD
Hoses/fittings: Aeroquip
Trans type: Lenco/Bruno Drive
Built by: Marc Meadors
Converter: Marty Chance NSX
Valve body: Bruno
Shifter: Tim McAmis
Driveshaft: Mark Williams
Rearend housing: McAmis floater
Axles: Strange
Case and gears: DMPE billet case, Toms 10-inch gears
Rear suspension type: Coil-over
Rear shocks: JRi
Front suspension type: Strange Strut
Front shocks: JRi Modified Strut
Steering system: Rack-and-pinion
Wheels front/rear: Billet Specialties
Wheel size front: 15 x 3.5
Wheel size rear: 16
Tire/size rear: 34.5x17x16
Front brakes: Strange Steel
Rear brakes: Strange Carbon
Chassis: Tim McAmis 25.1
Gauges: Racepak

Text by Pete Ward and Photos by Doug Adams and Jim White

 

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