By Danny Baggott @Dan_Baggie
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Videographer / director: Damion Jedlicka, Matthew Williams
Producer: Danny Baggottt, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
Jeff Bloch is known for creating wacky vehicles and he’s flipped a 1999 Chevrolet Camaro and fused it with a worn out Ford Festiva to produce an upside down racecar.
Jeff, 43, said: “This upside down Camaro racecar is the first of its kind in the world.
“This car is a 1999 Camaro convertible. We actually skinned the Camaro body right off the chassis, and then recreated it upside down on a steel framework and hung it over a 1999 Ford Festiva that I bought for 200 bucks.
“I bought the Camaro for just 900 bucks – it had a rotten top and a mildew interior. The little Festiva runs great!”
Jeff is known for driving fast, talking fast and running fast and so he has developed the nickname ‘Speedycop’ as he is also a policeman in the Washington DC State.
“People ask me why I wanted to build something like the upside down Camaro racer. I just like to build things that no one has ever built before, and I like to be very entertaining in the process,” he added.
“If you see one of these cars go around the track and you do a double-take, and you have to whip out your cellphone to take a picture as soon as you see it, I feel like I’ve done my job.”
The car has a horsepower of 60 and can reach around 90mph on a straight road.
Jeff said: “It’s not all that fast – it takes 12 seconds to get to 60pmh. But we debuted the Camaro at the New Jersey Motorsports Park and it finished mid pack out of 120 cars.
“That was fun! Hey, I beat the frigging Mercedes and the Miata with the hard top!
“It also got the grand prize which is called the Index of Effluency – which is for the car that comes out there and does its best despite being utterly ridiculous.”
After racing the car in numerous auto shows and showcasing it around the country, Jeff decided it was time to sell his unusual vehicle.
“I got around $7,000 for it which is about three times what it cost me to build,” he said.
“I do miss my upside down Camaro but my friends and I are hard at work on my next project – getting a Vietnam attack helicopter and making it a road racer amphibious vehicle.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun – stay tuned!”