Rendering Courtesy of Larry Jeffers Race Cars
Photo Courtesy of NMCA/Fastest Street Car
It’s no secret that “Big Daddy” DeWayne Mills is one of the most revered and respected radial tire racers on the planet. While many have watched the man win practically everything, and wished they could be like him, now, thanks to Larry Jeffers Race Cars, that’s a slightly more obtainable possibility.
“I had a Larry Jeffers build a carbon fiber, lightweight body just like my car, but I don’t know where it’s going and I decided to hold off on it for the moment,” explained Mills, whose Pro Line Racing-powered, twin turbocharged ’68 Camaro, known as “the Golden Gorilla”, has been the envy of many for years. Mills opted to keep the car in its current steel-bodied configuration for the time being, but noted he may choose to go another route a year or two down the road.
“I didn’t want to hurry and thrash and get a car built for February of next year and then come to Lights Out [at South Georgia Motorsports Park] and look like an idiot. I did a good job of that last year when I changed from the PLR 481X to the Hemi,” he added, laughing. The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” method has worked for Mills, who recently ran a blazingly-quick 3.74-second pass and captured the Radial vs the World win at Donald “Duck” Long’s “No Mercy 8” race at SGMP in October, 2017.
Instead, with Mills’ consent, LJRC is making the “Golden Gorilla Edition” body available for purchase so that anyone else with the right amount of cash can get to work building their very own version of the famous ride.
The one and only original “Golden Gorilla” is currently at Jeffers’ shop, too, and it’s likely that it’s receiving a host of classified upgrades. Mills asserted that it’s mostly minor things on the docket, such as redoing the interior, repainting the cage, and “giving the ol’ girl a new dress for her next dance” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t isn’t any secret squirrel activity going on behind the scenes. “We finally got the car working right and then the year was up, so it doesn’t make sense to change much,” asserted the cancer survivor from Sand Springs, Oklahoma. “Sure, we’ll move some stuff around here and there, weight and whatnot, but we’re honestly kind of boring right now!”
Once Jeffers and team finish up the requisite off-season work, Mills has big plans – he’ll come out swinging at the start of the 2018 season in February at “Lights Out 9” and will surely have plenty of muscle ready to help him capture another big milestone moment. While there very may well be a clone on the property with one of the new “Golden Gorilla” LJRC carbon bodies, Mills’ success can be imitated but will never be duplicated.