Planned for years and assembled in 31 days, this street legal 1967
Pontiac GTO owned, built and driven by Cam Berlogar is entering its'
third year of bracket racing competition. Berlogars' award winning
experience in Pontiac GTO restoration from the early 90's was
fundamental in the construction of this car. International, National
and Local sponsors have provided parts, products and labor while this
car was being built and in the modifications made for each racing
season. This Pontiac was fondly dubbed "Rubber Check" once the initial
construction was completed in the ranch barn/shop of Indian Creek
Racing in rural Creston, CA.
This GTO was originally a regimental red, black interior, 335 HP 400 cid, 4 speed with very few options (tach & gauges, PS, PB) built in G.M.'s Fremont, CA plant. I found this car in mid 1995 in Nipomo, CA sitting behind an unlicensed body shop with no glass and a 396 big block Chevy sitting in the engine compartment. Amazingly enough, she ws uncut inside or out. I had her completely stripped via sandblasting and then she was shaped with a hammer and dolly. Only minimal bondo and putty was needed to create the show quality appearance. The body man (not a sponsor) failed to uphold his time frame commitment and left me with only 31 days to get this car on the track to meet the teams' commitment to our sponsors of June 2, 1996. A PPG urethane in the correct regimental red and factory correct painted black pinstripes provided the final finish. Original front and rear glass from an A/C GTO provides some relief from the heat at the track. All the chrome and stainless pieces have been either refinished or polished.
INTERIOR: This car features a full stock interior. We dropped unncessary weight by deleting the sound deadener, heater, radio, etc. The delete plates in the dash were utilized for vital engine status gauges. We strived to maintain the stock appearance with no hacking, cutting or chopping that is common in most race cars. A custom shifter mounting bracket for the Chrysler Hemi 4 speed was fabricated allowing for the factory Hurst competition plus shifter to be located in the stock location with no cutting of the floorboard.
ENGINE: The 400 is the correct motor with the correct "670" cylinder heads. We have maintained the stock engine configuration with the addition of a 650 cfm carburetor, intake manifold, camshaft, headers and cold air induction. There has been no headwork - not even gasket matching. This combination has been estimated to produce 410 HP. HPC has provided performance upgrades with an inorganic matrix HiPerCoat of the intake manifold and headers (internal & external), thermal barrier coating of the tops of the pistons and the floor of the intake manifold plenum and a dry film coating of the valve springs and piston skirts. The cold air induction is via a "Ram Air Box" provided by Air Inlet Systems in Ontario, Canada. The cooling system has been enhanced with a lighter and more efficient direct bolt-in aluminum radiator manufactured by Be Cool, Inc. This upgrade has shaved 17 1/2 pounds off the front end weight and created a more efficient heat transfer.
REAR END: The stock differential was upgraded to a Pontiac 12 bolt with a large pinion yoke which facilitated the use of a larger U joint. It houses a GM/Eaton positraction carrier with 4.56 gears. The axles are stock GM replacement 30 spline.
TRANSMISSION: We have utilized a Chrysler Hemi 4 speed for its ability to handle up to 800 HP and the severe loading of a heavy vehicle. This was a common conversion in GM drag cars in the 70's and 80's.
EXHAUST: Flowmaster has provided a complete 3" exhaust system with Delta Force mufflers.
TIRES: This powertrain is applied to the ground via 28x12.50/15 Mickey Thompson "ET Street" tires mounted on Rally II rims in one-off widths front and rear manufactured by Wheel Vintiques.
WEIGHT: This car weighs in at 3750 lbs. with the driver.
BEST ET: 12.53 seconds BEST MILE PER HOUR: 108.43 both statistics from the same run at the 1997 Sears Craftsman Division 7 ET Finals at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix, AZ.
THE MUFFLER SHOP - San Luis Obispo, CA
CHRISTOPHER MACHINE SHOP - Paso Robles, CA
FLOWMASTER - Santa Rosa, CA www.Flowmastermufflers.com
WHEEL VINTIQUES - Fresno, CA
GEM AUTO PARTS - Atascadero, CA
S&S AUTO ELECTRIC - San Luis Obispo, CA
BEAR'S SIGNS & GRAPHICS - Paso Robles, CA www.bearracing.com
HPC - Salt Lake City, UT www.hpcoatings.com
BIG O TIRES - Pleasanton, CA www.bigo.com
BETHEL'S GOAT FARM - San Jose, CA www.goatfarm.com
TERRELL'S TRANSMISSION SERVICE - San Miguel, CA
CENTRAL COAST POWDER COATING - San Luis Obispo, CA
AIR INLET SYSTEMS - Hamilton, Ontario - Canada www.ramairbox.com
RAINBOW MARINE/AUTO BODY & PAINT - Paso Robles, CA
CALIFORNIA DIFFERENTIAL - Fremont, CA
BE COOL, INC. - Essexville, MI
1997 SEASON: Rookie year finished 4th in Sears Craftsman ET Series - Sportsman category at Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield. Ranked top stick shift driver at the track.
1998 SEASON: Ran a double schedule of 26 weekends. Finished 15th in Sears Craftsman ET Series - Sportsman category at Famoso Raceway.
1999 SEASON: Will be competing in Pontiac Drag Days series run at Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, CA in the Trophy/Street category.
This car is known as the highest profile bracket car in Central California and is towed to all events on a color matched tandem axle tilt bed trailer with a specially ordered bolt pattern which enables us to run Pontiac Rally II rims on the trailer to match the race car. We are pleased with the performance of this Pontiac, especially when during a recent competition at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, the front tires lifted 6" off the ground at launch and another 3" at the second gear shift. My fondest racing memory was at the 1997 NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion VI where "Rubber Check" was asked to open the event with a solo pass down the quarter mile, display on Memory Lane and make additional exhibition passes during the weekend event.
The teams' goals are to continue to campaign this stock steel bodied '67 GTO with the correct engine and head combination - modified only in carb, intake, cam & headers, on street legal tires thru exhaust, and run in the 12.teens consistently and 12.0's on our better days.
A limited number of photo trading cards (baseball card size) from last year are available to interested parties -- send a SASE to Indian Creek Racing, P.O. Box 355, Creston, CA 93432