Taking the Turbo Trip!
The phenom of turbo-charged cars continues to revolutionize Pro Mod class racing and that movement now includes a number of new Canadian racers who have emerged this season….
Paul Glandon, who is from Stoney Plain Alberta, is just one of the newest names to jump on that band wagon, joining the fold just recently.
During the IHRA’s Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals earlier this month at Edmonton, Paul debuted a truly incredible new ’69 Camaro which was handcrafted in Canada expertly by Ryan Hinirchsen and his staff (RH Race Cars Kelowna BC).
For Glandon, who specializes in high-end and speciality concrete floor installations as his business, his race car matches that notion too – high end. After campaigning a nitrous-injected Chevy Cobalt for two seasons – Paul made the decision to upgrade his program based on both circumstance and desire and this Camaro is the end result.
“I actually hit the wall with my Cobalt during the 2010 season,” he revealed. “Then I got Ryan to make the repairs and he did such an excellent job on that I knew that if I ever was going to build a new car – he would be my choice. Over time I also knew I had taken my Cobalt to it’s limits – but I still wanted to go faster. Then I sold that car to a racer in Quebec. I had always wanted to go Pro Mod class racing and Ryan and I got talking about that and ended up charting a course for this car. From concept to reality it was about 1 year in the making. There is in fact about 250 extra hours in the cars construction. Ryan is an artist and he and staff (Tyson & Tony) did an amazing job. Simply put – this race car is pristine.”
And Glandon for sure did not scrimp by any degree with the cars engine program either. Nestled between the frame rails is a state of the art Pro-Line Racing 481X motor outfitted with twin 88 mm turbochargers – a combination that is widely regarded within Pro Mod class racing as the most powerful and reliable currently available.
Paul took delivery of his race car just one week prior to the IHRA event at Edmonton and in fact rolled the tires for the very first time during that race.
“The plan now is for some more baby steps first,” Paul continued. “By year end I’d like to make three or four more appearances in the car and gear things up properly for 2015.”
Race fans can expect to see the car back in action at the highly anticipated JB’s Power Centre Rocky Mountain Shootout event over the coming Labour Day weekend at Castrol Raceway and to also be at Mission Raceway’s “Doorwarz” event. In addition, Paul has set aim on attending the marquee PSCA Street Car Super Nationals event at Las Vegas in November.
Posting and Photos by: Bruce Biegler
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