Detroit Speed has a shop in
Mooresville, NC just about a mile from JR Motorsports.
They build custom automotive restoration and performance
parts, as well as perform automotive restoration work.
It seems that Junior was passing by
one day and stopped to inquire about another Camaro
parked in front of the building. That one wasn’t for
sale – it belonged to Detroit Speed’s owner – but they
offered to build one for Dale Jr.
A 1972 Chevy Camaro was located, and the crew at Detroit
Speed went to work completely disassembling the car.
The body was media blasted and set atop a DSE Mini-tub
frame equipped with their in-house designed Quadra-Link
The original drivetrain was removed and replaced with a
GM LS92 crate engine that packs a punch but is reliable
and dependable enough for daily driving. Its 364 cubic
inches produce 440 horsepower.
The 1972 Camaro was popular on the drag strip and SCCA
road courses in its day, and it still is today – winning
many races. Besides that, it’s just a good looking car.
Junior’s car carries a Z28 emblem on the grille, but
there is no word on whether it is a true Z28, or a
clone. Chevrolet produced 2,575 Z28’s in 1972.
The Z28 can be identified by the VIN. The 5th digit is
an L if the car is a true Z28. In 1972 the car would
have rolled off a GM assembly line with 255 horsepower,
the new engine in this car nearly doubles that. A 780
CFM Holley carburetor was standard equipment when the
car was new – and the car is still carbureted today. If
anyone knows whether this car is a true Z28 please let
The orange and black paint scheme gives this Camaro a
If you are restoring a Camaro, or you just want to buy
one that is already built, just contact Detroit Speed &
Engineering. They specialize in taking old school cars
and fitting them with the best modern engineering.
Contact them at:
Detroit Speed & Engineering
185 McKenzie Road
Mooresville, NC 28115