After a ten-year hiatus, Randy Lambert has big plans to return to his NMCA roots. Lambert previously ran with the group in the Super Street class from ’99-’07, and can’t wait to get back to his home away from home.
Based out of Warrenton, Virginia, Lambert made quite a name for himself on the drag racing scene in the early ‘00s fielding an F-body Camaro, but he recently purchased a new ’69 Camaro roller that he’s prepping to debut in NMCA Mickey Thompson Radial Wars in 2018.
“We’re hoping to have it ready for the first race of the year in Bradenton, but that’s not one-hundred percent sure yet,” noted Lambert, whose new-to-him double frame rail ride was originally built by B & B Race Cars in Tennessee. He picked up the roller in late November from fellow racer Thomas Luther, and the Camaro had done duty in the Modified Street category in its former life.
Working with his wife of 26 years, Jennifer, Lambert plans to redo the whole car from front to back. Henry Fryfogle at HFR Fabrication will be massaging the chassiswork and handling the fabrication efforts, while Wayne Keegan at Competitive Wiring will make sure all the electrical work is up to snuff.
For power, Lambert is planning to run a 540 ci, Alan Johnson-headed bullet from J & E Automotive Performance and Racing. Twin Precision turbochargers will supply a burst of boost, while a Bruno and four-speed Liberty transmission combo will be tasked with transferring that power out to the wheels – a set of Mickey Thompsons wrapped with matching radial rubber. “We’ll also be running a Hogan sheet metal intake, engine management will most likely be a Haltech Elite 2500 tuned by Patrick Barnhill, and we’ll be using FireCore ignition wires,” added Lambert.
Santhuff shocks, front and rear, are on order for the build, while Aerospace Components brakes will be trusted to haul Lambert and his Camaro safely to a stop once he’s done having some eighth-mile radial fun.
Lambert had a blast reconnecting with the NMCA family at the 2017 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has high hopes about coming back to race with the group in 2018. Mickey Thompson Radial Wars is known for its fierce competition and fiercely loyal friendships, and the husband and wife team are excited to make their mark as a part of it.