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“Big” Mike Burkhart of Dallas Texas,  ran a well recognized line of Doran Chevrolet sponsored funny cars. Mike would compete in the 1969 AHRA tour with a new Don Hardy built 69 Camaro. Burkhart, one of the pioneers of the multi car team, hired an all star cast of  drivers throughout the late 60's to the mid 70's to include: David Ray, Mart Higgenbotham, Charlie Therwhanger, Raymond Beadle, Dale Emery, “Flash Gordon” Mineo and Richard Tharp.

The journey for  Steve would begin in 2002 when he purchased the original 69 Burkhart Camaro body  in Maine. The chassis was purchased from a alcohol funny car racer in Pennsylvania, and was modified to fit the 116” wheelbase Camaro.

 Along with Steve, a crew of family and friends would spend the next 5 years completing the chassis modifications and painting, body mounting,  aluminum tin work, plumbing, wiring, and the basic fiberglass work to the body.

 With the rough fiberglass work complete, the body was sent to the Canton High School Career Center for the body and paint work. James O'Connor, a long time friend of Steve's is the instructor and would take on this tough task. Over a 2 year span, these talented students would gain experience they will never forget. After the body work was complete, the students spent several weeks priming and blocking the body to make it arrow straight. A group of 5 high school seniors would spend their spring break applying the 3 candy colors, masking the different panel schemes, “lacing” the panels, and applying the clear coats. Up until this point these students had never spayed a candy, or even painted a complete car. One of the students, Brandon Patterson would become a valuable member of the team.

Now that the paint was complete Mike “Easy” Veazey would duplicate the original  pinstriping, and  classic gold leaf lettering.

Steve's cousin Tim would build the horsepower, a blown and injected 481 cubic inch big block Chevrolet. The power is applied through a Titan 3 disk clutch and a Lenco 3 speed transmission.

The project was completed in 2007 and the Camaro made it's debut at the NHRA Hot Rod Reunion. Later in the 2007 season, at the Goodguys Blue Suede Cruise, the Camaro was chosen as the “Best Engineered Car”. A true testament to the dedication and hard work performed by Steve, his family and friends.

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