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"GM High Tech", March 1, 2013




Almost no other GM model pulls off the aggressive look quite like the fourth-gen Trans Am, and when you modify one like Nathan Turjillo from Las Vegas has, well; you end up with a real showstopper. Starting with the exterior, Nathan took his ’99 Trans Am to the next level with a VFN WS6 hood, a Wings West front lip, and shaved side moldings, which all work with the Eibach Pro-Kit springs to give this Trans Am a menacing look from any angle. And that look is backed up by quite a bit of power, thanks to a Texas Speed Magic Stick 3 camshaft, Hooker long-tube headers, and a full cat-back exhaust system. A Monster Stage 1 clutch sends power to the 17x9-inch Z06 wheels, which quickly turn rubber into smoke out in the Vegas desert.


They never made a fourth-gen Camaro in this color, but looking at it on Brian Wilhelm’s SLP-built ’00 SS really makes you wonder why not. It’s called Velocity Yellow and Brian lifted the hue from a new Corvette, splashing it over his SS along with a slick black Manta stripe, blacked out “Berger panel,” and a smoothed over center mount exhaust valance. The result is truly eye catching and in Weston, Wisconsin, we’re sure it’s the talk of the town. For power, Brian has kept things simple; adding an LS6 intake, a ported throttle body, and a set of Kooks long-tube headers connected to an off-road Y-pipe and a Spintech muffler. Great sounds, modest power, and a one-of-a-kind paint job.... Yeah, we can dig it.


Barron Magee of West Monroe, Louisiana may not own a real GNX, but when he lays into the throttle of his nasty ’86 Grand National, it doesn’t bother him one bit. Under the hood, Brandon has worked his GN way past X specs, with a Precision TE44 turbocharger pushing boost through a GNX/TTA intercooler into the bolt-on equipped 6-banger. RJC Racing supplied the piping to and fro, with a 3-inch downpipe expelling spent gasses out the exhaust. Outside, Barron runs a set of OEM GNX fender flares front and rear, that allow him to sport the massive 18x8 and 18x10-inch Boze forged wheels hung over a big set of Baer brakes. But the mods don’t stop there, Barron has also worked over his interior, with custom gauges in a GNX cluster, a AVIC Z3 touchscreen head unit, and black anodized trim to tie the theme all together.


Kris Collins planned to keep his ’02 Collector Edition Trans Am stock, but we’re betting you already know how well that worked out. After 4 years of holding out, Kris finally cracked under the pressure from his friend, Ron Hurt, and decided that if he was going to do anything, he was going to do it right. What you see before you now sports a Texas Speed 228R camshaft, a set of LS6 heads, long-tube headers, an SLP Loudmouth exhaust, and an SLP lid, along with a couple other minor bolt-ons. That combo is good for 435-rwhp on the dyno, and we’re sure it takes all of the sticky stuck in those Toyo Proxes TQ drag radials to keep this 13,000-mile CETA glued to the Pennsylvania road. And Kris better plan on keeping it shiny side up, this is one CETA for the ages.

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