Fast Fun: Troy Bednarz’s Radical Twin-Turbo 50th Anniversary Camaro

Troy Bednarz is a mechanically inclined individual that has spent plenty of time taking all kinds of things apart and putting them back together. The ability to manipulate anything mechanical opened the door for Troy to tinker with cars, and that led to the exploration of the racing world.

Troy learned that while he did like working on cars, he didn’t want to do it for a living. The choice to just work on cars as a hobby allowed him to enjoy the racing side of things more. Troy is attracted to the challenge of building a car and trying to make it go as quick and fast as possible. There’s nothing Troy enjoys more than spending time with his friends at the track and trying to push his mechanical creations to their limit.

“My best friend Dave and I spent years bracket racing. We learned the faster we could go, the more we could toy with people and win. It got to the point where we were going really fast bracket racing and decided we wanted to just race heads-up and see what our cars could do. We started racing some local heads-up series and then started helping put on events,” Troy says

Not everyone can go out and buy the best car that’s packed with the newest technology to go heads-up racing. Troy spent years buying cars and using his mechanical abilities to make them faster on the budget he had.

“I’ve had several first-generation Camaros that were pretty fast; I had to sell one so I could buy the next one that had more chassis under it. The last Camaro I bought kind of burnt me out on buying cars and fixing them. This car had a lot of issues when I started tearing it apart, like rotted floor pans, and welds that weren’t finished. I decided it was time to have someone build a car for me from scratch that I knew would be safe and have good parts in it,” Troy explains

Troy had seen plenty of fifth-generation Camaros at the track, so he decided he wanted to be one of the first to build a new sixth-generation Camaro. A genuine 2017 50th Anniversary Camaro was found and taken to Sinned Customs so it could be transformed into a big tire beast. Troy had a change of heart during the build and decided he wanted the option to race the Camaro on small tires. So, the course was adjusted and the car was built so it could run on big slicks or radials.

“The car still has its VIN, steel roof, steel quarters, steel rockers, and OEM panels in as many places as possible. I wanted it to look like a normal car, like a really cool street car. All of the original lights still work on the car, too. We also moved from the big block Chevy that originally powered the car to a Pro Line HEMI. The big block was a great engine, but it was going to be a limiting factor at some point,” Troy states.

Sinned Customs did plenty of custom fabrication and chassis work on the Camaro to make it look perfect. A set of Penske shocks were used in the rear to help plant the power, while a set of Strange Engineering shocks help the front tires stay in contact with the racing surface. A Pro Mod TH400 from Rossler Transmissions and a torque converter from Neal Chance absorb all the Pro Line horsepower. A Holley Dominator ECU controls the engine.

Troy and his team have been working the bugs out of the Camaro and continue to make progress. The car has made laps in Pro 275 trim at Duck X Production events and even seen action at a “No Prep Kings” event, too.

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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