Words and photos by: Jonathan Salmi
Every year, Chevy and the Chicago Blackhawks team up to give away a heavily customized Camaro during the Chicago Auto Show. This year is of course no different, and the job of building the car once again fell to Gurnee, IL-based RWC Corporation. RWC is no stranger to jobs like this, having built several Blackhawks Camaros in the past. When the opportunity arose for me to stop into the shop and spend a few minutes shooting this car, I jumped at the chance.
The build began with giving the stock Camaro SS convertible a complete paint job and aero kit. Ron Tushner of RWC explained that the car came to them red from Chevrolet, but that their “arrest-me red” color had a bit too much orange tint. The car has been re-sprayed with a stunning custom Blackhawks pearl red by A&L Auto Body. The stripes you see aren’t vinyl. The black stripes and white outline were both painted on. The only vinyls on the car are Toews and Kane’s numbers, the #BlackhawksCamaro on each fender, and the Chicago Blackhawks lettering on the spoiler.
No detail has been overlooked. The Camaro badges on the front fenders have been replaced with custom “C and Tomahawks” billet pieces. Even the brake calipers have been painted to match the body and are branded with Blackhawks lettering. My personal favorite addition was the Magnaflow exhaust, which really wakes up the V8 rumble – and probably also the neighbors.
Tushner built the new upper and lower front grilles from scratch. The lower is made of three layers of ABS plastic and aluminum, all laser-cut in the shape of the Blackhawks logo. The Chicago Blackhawks lettering is cut into clear plastic and lit by hidden LEDs. The upper grille is a solid piece of billet aluminum cut with the same pattern.
Inside, the mods are no less extensive. The seats have been re-upholstered by Alea Leathers. LED inserts were added to the side bolsters in the process. The pedals are diamond billet with the Blackhawks logo on the brake. Particularly impressive is the shifter. The face actually depresses into the rest of the head in order to shift from park.
The three-piece wheels are 22” at all four corners, 9” wide in the front and 10.5” out back. The set is a one-off, custom built for this car by B-Forged. BMR Suspension provided the parts to drop the car 1.25” in the front and 1.5” in the rear.
If you are a resident of Illinois, Wisconsin, or Indiana and you’d like a chance to win this ride, head on over to http://www.chevydriveschicago.com/sweepstakes/blackhawks-camaro-giveaway.html to enter for free.
2017 Camaro SS, 6.2L LT1 V8, 8-speed automatic transmission
Blackhawks red paint with black stripes (A&L Auto Body); T6 splitter, S3 Aeronautical Deflector, Side Rocker, and SS rear deck spoiler (ACS Composites); custom front grilles and badging
BMR lowering kit
B-Forged 22” custom, style 791 Duo-Block
Custom seats with LED inserts by Alea leather, Blackhawks shifter knob, diamond billet pedals, Blackhawk headrest embroidery