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1972 Chevy C10 R Spectre SEMA Show Booth Truck is Nearly Complete and Track Tested

Brandy Phillips is used to racing her second generation Chevy Camaro and racing the PCH Rods 1972 Chevrolet C-10R pickup truck promises to be a whole new driving experience

Brandy Phillips is used to racing her second generation Chevy Camaro and racing the PCH Rods 1972 Chevrolet C-10R pickup truck promises to be a whole new driving experience

In a previous news release Spectre Performance announced that a 1972 Chevy C10 pickup, transformed into the C-10R, would debut at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada and be on display in the Spectre Performance SEMA Show booth. At that time the PCH Rods Chevy C-10R was in the early stages of assembly. With less than two weeks before its scheduled debut, the C-10R is around 95% complete and ready for some testing.

The Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine is set back 10” in the frame for better weight balance which also allows for a custom Spectre Performance cold air intake system with dual HPR air filters

The Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine is set back 10” in the frame for better weight balance which also allows for a custom Spectre Performance cold air intake system with dual HPR air filters

Rob and Brandy Phillips took their 1972 Chevy C10 to Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA for a quick shake down of a truck that hadn’t been driven prior to the test session. Brandy Phillips hopes to drive the C-10R at the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and showed obvious signs of being nervous as Rob buckled himself into the driver’s seat. Rob Phillips took his experience racing his 1969 Chevy C10 show truck into consideration when building the C-10R. His ideas culminated into a Chevy C10 with a heavily modified, and at the same time unproven, suspension set up.

The Phillips’ chose to experiment with new products on their Chevy C-10R, including a Detroit Speed and Engineering front suspension, and a custom rear suspension of Rob’s own design

The Phillips’ chose to experiment with new products on their Chevy C-10R, including a Detroit Speed and Engineering front suspension, and a custom rear suspension of Rob’s own design

With the push of a button the Chevrolet LS1 V8 engine roared to life and Rob finally drove the truck he’d spent the last two years working on. After a few low speed laps of the ¾-mile track, Rob pulled into the pits and told Brandy it was her turn to drive. Rob didn’t get the truck up to speed as he was trying to bed-in the new brakes, but he came out of that first session pleased with what he built. While the 1972 C-10R was an obvious improvement over Rob’s 1969 C10, the real test would be with Brandy behind the wheel. Brandy is used to racing her second generation Chevy Camaro and the C-10R promised to be a whole new driving experience.

The test session at Adams Motorsports Park gave the Phillips’ some insight as to how the suspension performs before the OUSCI event, and at the same time relieved any doubts they had

The test session at Adams Motorsports Park gave the Phillips’ some insight as to how the suspension performs before the OUSCI event, and at the same time relieved any doubts they had

At first Brandy was hesitant, but with each lap her confidence grew and she began to explore the truck’s limits. As she pushed the truck harder it was obvious to both Rob and Brandy that the front suspension needed some adjustments. Another quick pit stop, a few tweaks to the front coil over shocks, and Brandy was on the track once more. This time she began to push the truck to see what it was capable of. When Brandy pulled off the track a second time, she had a huge smile on her face. “This truck makes Rob’s C10 feel like a piece of crap!” exclaimed Brandy as she unbuckled her 5-point safety harness

The test session gave the Phillips’ some insight as to how they should adjust the suspension before the OUSCI event, and at the same time relieved any doubts they had about the truck. Rob and Brandy will continue toward completion of the truck as the 2014 SEMA Show will take place at the beginning of November. Be sure to stop by the Spectre Performance SEMA Show booth, number 22961, to see just how unique the C-10R is up close.

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