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Published December 15, 2017 by hedmanperformancegroup

ryker1aBeing a car guy in Southern California provides many opportunities for outdoor activities, and Huntington Beach racer, Chad Ryker, makes the most of the near-perfect weather.

With his Hedman-equipped Camaro, Chad autocrosses as much as he can.  –In the SCCA, Optima’s Ultimate Street Car Series, NMCA West, or just practice days to improve his driving skills or dial in the car’s setup. In fact, he raced in 25 events in 2016, and 22 events this year. Taking into consideration that there were multi-day events, Chad, spent more than a full month racing each year! How awesome is that?


Chad, who became a proud new papa late this year, attended his first track day back in 2009. This year, he brought his wife and one-week old daughter to an NMCA Autocross event at Auto Club Speedway. His family only attends a handful of events during the year, so he was excited to have his wife and newborn join him at the track during one of the events.

Chad’s ’68 Camaro is loaded. Long Tube Hedman Husler LS Swap Headers support a transplanted 427 cubic inch GM LS3 built by Mast Motorsports. A Tremec T-56 transmission, TCI Engineering suspension and Ride Tech coil overs smoothly plant the red Pro-Touring Chevy on the ground. Traction is provided by a set of Falken Tires, and stopping the beast is handled by Wilwood disc brakes all around.

“…it’s all about the social setting where we go to have fun with friends in a super-safe environment”


Chad says of his racing career, “Being a champion takes lots of seat time especially as I didn’t start with any natural talent. I’ve taken advantage of every practice day to become a better driver, and I try to focus more on me as a driver than making lots of changes to the car.” He added, “I want to be as competitive as the next person, but it’s all about the social setting where we go to have fun with friends in a super-safe environment.”


This has been a busy year for Chad and his Camaro. They were part of the 2017 SEMA Alley Optima Cup display (at the 2017 SEMA Show), before competing in the Optima Challenge at The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and finishing the 2017 season fourth in the GTV class.  In addition to an NMCA West Championship (which we’ll cover shortly) and solid USCA finish this season, Chad also won the SCCA CAM Challenge West in San Diego, and the SCCA Pro Solo at California Speedway in Fontana, CA.

ryker1A HUGE congratulations to, Chad, as he is the “freshly minted” 2017 NMCA West Classic Muscle Class Season Champion. In addition to winning the final event of the 2017 season, he also took home the highly-contested Hotchkis Cup for the crowded, NMCA West’s Classic Muscle Class. The Hotchkis Cup is a season long battle, and it is awarded to the driver with the quickest combined lap times after all laps from all of the events are tabulated.  There are four, 2-day events in the season, and competitors come from as far away as Colorado and Utah to win some hardware. With the recent change in the NMCA West Series’ format for 2018 season, however, the series, which previously included full weekend events that included 1/4 mile drag racing and autocross simultaneous, will focus solely on autocross beginning with the 2018 season. While not confirmed, rumors have been circulating that the series may expand to include more than four events in 2018. With sellout car (and truck) counts of at least 70 vehicles each event, this will certainly make a lot of autocross racers happy –If rumors turn out to be true.

The kicker to this whole story is, Chad drives his Camaro to all of the events. His Camaro is no trailer queen. Whether he’s running Las Vegas, Fontana, San Diego, Camarillo or other event, Chad drives the car there and back.

With the 2017 racing season in the books, Chad is taking a little time off to enjoy the holidays, then it is back to honing his skills and prepping his ride for the 2018 season. Good luck, Chad! For a taste of Chad’s passion for classic muscle, racing, and a complete rundown of his Camaro, visit his  e-zine autoxandtrack.com


The Hedman Performance Group Captures the Attention of SEMA Show-Goers

Published December 22, 2016 by Kahn Media


The Hedman Performance Group had a busy booth this year at the 2016 SEMA Show. Aside from the displays filled with awesome new parts, one of the biggest reasons for the popularity was the unveiling of the PCHRODS “50/50” Camaro built by Rob Phillips. We also debuted lots of new parts that help make your ride faster and perform better. Von Hot Rod joined in the fun as well this year, greeting fans and pinstriping items for them as well as helping with the giveaway of his two custom-built Hedman Hedders lamps. Read the rest of this entry →

Chopit Kustoms Beatnik Bubbletop Headed to Auction

Published June 24, 2015 by Kahn Media


Hot rodding is all about expressing your creativity and passion.  Some people like to create vehicles with wild powertrains that attempt to increase the rotational speed of the earth every time they hit the gas, while some take a more artistic approach and use a car as a rolling canvas to create things never before seen.  Famous car customizer Geroge Barris was one of the first to create these wildly modified and styled vehicles back in the 1950s and ’60s.  Today, Gary “Chopit” Fioto of Chopit Kustoms is keeping this tradition alive with his wild, one-off creations like the Beatnik Bubbletop. Read the rest of this entry →

Hedman Hedders Joins the Hotchkis Cup Autocross Series

Published June 1, 2015 by Kahn Media


Hedman Hedders is bringing its 60 years of All American Horsepower to the remaining eight events of the 2015 Hotchkis Autocross Series presented by Nitto Tire.

Racing season has just begun and the first two Hotchkis Autocross events have already been tremendous successes.  Each weekend the autocross course has been packed with drivers eager to show off their rides and their skills behind the wheel.  Some of the biggest names in the automotive aftermarket have already partnered with Hotchkis on the series, and now, with some of the biggest events of the year still to come, Hedman Hedders has signed on as the event series’ newest sponsor. Read the rest of this entry →

How To Select The Right Set Of Headers

Published May 25, 2015 by Kahn Media

      Choosing the right set of headers can be a daunting task, and there are a number of things that need to be considered when choosing your headers, to make sure they are compatible with your engine/chassis set up, and meet your power goal.  Is the vehicle going to be used on the street or for racing?  Is the engine the factory engine for the vehicle?  Are the heads of a factory configuration or are they aftermarket?  Luckily, Hedman’s National Sales Manager Lee Robinson spent time with Summit Racing to make a video that teaches you what you should know to confidently order a set of headers that will fit right– the first time.

      After watching the video, click the link below the video window to open a complete list of important things to consider, when choosing your next set of headers.


Hedman Husler Hedders Dominates the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Season Opener

Published May 25, 2015 by Kahn Media


Nostalgia drag racing has been rapidly growing in popularity over the past several years thanks to its crowd-pleasing, tire-shredding, nitro-burning dragsters.  Started by the preeminent sanctioning body in drag racing, the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series is all about keeping the history of the sport alive and introducing a new generation of fans.  The 2015 season opener at Firebird Raceway in Boise, Idaho was full of close racing that came down to a battle between two Hedman Husler-equipped vehicles – War Horse and Teachers Pet. Read the rest of this entry →

The BIGFEET Are Coming

Published March 31, 2015 by Kahn Media


Hedman Husler Hedders has been a proud supporter of the BIGFOOT Monster Truck program since it first started 40 years ago and now fans are going to have the opportunity to see all 12 BIGFOOT 4X4 Monster Trucks together in one place.  From April 18th-19th, 2015, these mighty vehicles will be on display at the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, just a stones through from where the headers for their massive V8 engines are built.  This gathering is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary monster truck and BIGFOOT owner Bob Chandler is excited to be able to showcase all 12 trucks in one location. Read the rest of this entry →