Always a hive of automotive activity, MotorEx 2012 was abuzz with the unveiling of KILLA-B, a deadly Chevrolet Camaro with a serious sting in its tail.
"The name we decided on was KILLA-B — Bumblebee's evil brother", explained owner Steve Nogas. Drawing obvious inspiration from the Transformers movies, this homicidal Camaro blurs the lines between Autobots and Decepticons. In the battle of good versus evil, never has it been this hard to pick a side.
"We chose a new Camaro because it hadn't been done before and we just wanted to build something different in the burnout scene - to take the car to the next level", Steve said. So, where his peers were running big blocks, 14-7-1 superchargers and 22-inch wheels, Steve's tyre-shredding smoke machine boasts a bad-ass 16-7-1 atop 632 very macho cubic inches and spins on massive 24s.
The 2010-model Chevrolet Camaro was purchased from Manheim Auctions in the good ol' US of A - in the city of Milwaukee, to be precise. Steve was fortunate to be assisted in the process by the team at Motor Cars International, who import, convert and supply American and European vehicles for the Australian market.
"The reason we converted the car to right-hand drive was I didn't want people to think that we just bought it from the USA", Steve clarified. The metamorphosis from worker bee to killer bee took about 18 months and although Steve never wanted to quit at any stage, he admits it was frustrating at times because it just wasn't happening fast enough. "My sons Josh and Ben, as well as my nephew Brad, were great", he said, "And my wife Anita has been supportive, but I'm glad she doesn't know how much I've spent on it".
It's been money well spent, according to the response from punters and pundits alike - "People think it is great and love the look that we went for". KILLA-B was officially unveiled to the performance-loving public at Meguiar's MotorEx 2012. "We were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Owen Webb to debut the car at MotorEx. The show sets a high standard for cars, so it was an honour. Set back-to-back with Gary Myers' new Mustang, we got to showcase where burnout cars are at", Steve enthused, "It was a great thrill to see the reactions - there was also a lot of great feedback from talking to people".
When it was decided that KILLA-B was going to be unleashed at MotorEx, Steve admits it was difficult to try and keep it a secret. So, not long before the show, he and his collaborators decided to change tack. You see, people that knew about the build were expecting a yellow Camaro with black stripes, so Steve flipped the script, changing the car to matte black with yellow gloss stripes. However, it wasn't a simple case of a new paintjob – "We wrapped the car to do something different". Owen Webb and MotorActive came to the party supplying the 3M Designer Wraps — black from the Matte Series, to be specific — while Matt Czemy at Vinyl Wraps & Graphics lent his expertise to the application.
Menacing in matte black, this automotive assassin strikes a stinging blow too, with an estimated 1750Hp and fuel economy of "80-100 litres per skid". Steve, comfortable in his masculinity, openly admitted, "As for a quarter-mile time, I won't be racing it – I'm too scared to drag it!" What he will be doing, however, is smoking it up: "We want to go to burnout comps all around the country".
Steve, along with his wife and two sons, operate the family business – Krystal Limousines. "We started seven years ago and had the first stretched Hummer in Australia", he said. At the time of writing, the business offered Hummer limos, Chrysler 300Cs (including a stretched version), a new E Class Mercedes limo, a 2006 convertible Mustang, a 2011 convertible Camaro and a 2007 Corvette Z06. They're all available to hire for weddings, formals, corporate events and more. For further info, have a sneaky peek here at: Krystal Limosines
Brembo discs and callipers; Chev (front) and Ford (rear) stud pattern; standard PBR brake master cylinder
Boyd Coddington Spectrum (22x8.5-inch front and 24x14-inch rear) wheels with Hankook Ventus 265/35/22 and Pirelli P Zero 405/25/24 tyres
Paint & Body
3M Designer Wraps 1080 Series (matte black)
Re-trimmed in buffalo hide leather and tailor-fitted black carpet; remoulded factory seats; custom leather-wrapped steering wheel; full roll cage (padded and hand-stitched leather); Racepak data logger; B&M Pro Bandit shifter; Simpson four-point harness
Joe and Rocco at Motor Cars International; Brett at BNR Engines; The Phantom Fabricators; Gordon McCammon at Hoppers Crossing Smash Repairs for the panel work; Carmine at Carafano Motor Trimmers; Matt at Vinyl Wraps & Graphics; Luke at Performance Auto Electric; John at Advanced Magnetos; Alan at Blitz Custom Exhaust; Chris and Dave at Pimp Daddy Suspension; MotorActive, Liqui-Moly, 3M and Meguiar's; Damien at Phat Droppers; Andrew at Werribee Brake and Clutch; Wayne at Diver Consolidated Industries; Craig at Street Car Fabrications; Tony at Ultra Performance Components; Special thanks to my wife Anita, Josh, Ben and Brad, and everyone who has contributed to the build of KILLA-B.
VIDEO: Summer Nuts! Steve in his NUCKINFUTS Gemini
Before his current weapon of choice, the KILLA-B Camaro, Steve pedalled a smokin' Gemini — appropriately named NUKINFUTS — that got him into a spot of bother at Summernats. In fact, he's the first person to ever receive a lifetime ban from the iconic car show (although that ban has since been reduced to one year). It's all rather ironic because Steve's a really cool dude and this was totally out of character for him. "Hmmm, the Summernats incident… Well, it would need lots of time to go through it all, but I got disqualified for something I didn't do and was told to go home", he explained, "I was not satisfied with the decision, so the YouTube video explains what then happened". Go on then, check it out – you know you want to!