Model Shoots are that time of the month to take a pretty girl in a nice car and drive around southern California. Though this day was not one to have a ’68 Camaro – it was HOT. Construction traffic mixed with rush hour traffic almost caused a dangerous situation in the way of make-up. Luckily, a day unscathed in the powerTV model shoot books.
The Girl: Audrey Carmel
Hometown: Palm Desert, Ca
The Car: ’68 Camaro
Owner: Greg Curtis
Let’s talk about… Audrey Carmel
Name: Audrey Carmel
Hometown: Palm Desert, CA
Hair/Eye Color: Red/Green
Occupation: Model, Go-Go Dancer
Something you didn’t know about Audrey:
Likes/Dislikes: Believe it or not I like doing Yoga, but I HATE going to the gym. But generally I do what I like to do, which is dancing, performing, and modeling – I’m pretty lucky.
Describe Yourself in Three Words: Outgoing, Punctual, and if there is a word for being able to fit yourself in someone else’s shoes and understanding every situation – I don’t know if that’s open minded, but that’s me.
Current/Dream Car: My current car is an Audi TT convertible. She is my baby! I’ve wanted her for a long time and finally I made the big bucks and I was able to get her.
Describe your weekends: It’s generally pretty crazy. Besides doing go-go dancing, I have to do all my hair and make up. If you would believe it, I’m not naturally tan, so I have to spray tan. There is a lot of prep that goes into it. It’s just crazy, I’m all over the place – there has been much sleeping.
Talents: I can sing. I studied for local performance for about nine years from northern California all the way to the south. That was my focus and I didn’t go to a traditional type college.
Something you didn’t know about Greg’s ’68 Camaro:
This ’69 Camaro that is owned by Greg Curtis *was found in warehouse in Riverside about 7 years ago. This car had been restored as a Z28 clone before they bought it. The engine was blown, but the rest of the car was in the same condition as you see it today. Greg’s wife has been driving this car as her daily driver for 6 years, totaling about 12,000 miles. They paid $8,000 for the car and put about another 7,000 in it.
The engine is a 350 bored .030 over to make the current cubic inch of 355. The engine has a stock forged steel crank shaft with Eagle H beam rods and JE flat top pistons. This gave the 355 a total compression of 9.5:1 with the Edelbrock* RPM aluminum heads. The camshaft is a Comp Cams hydraulic flat tappet cam with .480 lift. Remaining valvetrain components consisted of Comp Cams roller rockers, lifters, and push rods.
The engine is toped off with Edelbrock’s RPM intake manifold and a Holley 650 double pumper. The exhaust is Hooker Super Comp*headers with 1 5/8 primary tubes to a 3 inch collector, though reduced to 2.5 inches through the exhaust pipes to two*Flowmaster mufflers dumped at the rear axle. The engine was assembled at Rancho Performance in Temecula, CA and dynoed 405 horsepower at 5,800 RPM, to the crank.
The transmission is a Turbo 350 with a shift kit and has a TCI 2500 stall converter. This gives the Camaro the ability to launch well and works good on the street without overheating the transmission.The rear end is the original 10 bolt with a 2.70 gear; the Camaro can cruise at 80 mph at 2700 RPMs. Though Greg does plan to install a 12 bolt with a 3.08 gear in the near future.
Believe it or not, this Camaro also has A/C. The front drive system is a March unit with billet aluminum pulleys and brackets. To keep the small block running cool with the A/C during the summer heat, Greg installed an aluminum radiator with 2 cooling fans. This keeps the Camaro at 180 degrees on a 110 degree day.
The interior is all original except for the carbon fiber dash and all Auto Meter gauges. The wheels are Weld Rod Lights and are fitted with BFG 235/60/15 in the front and 295/50/15 in the rear.