July is shaping up to be a very busy month for old school hot rod builder and racer Roger Burman and it’s a good thing. The “Thrillbilly” himself thrives on competition. Whether it’s in the show car arena, on the motocross track, on the drag strip or out on the AutoCross course, Burman is and always has been driven to finish first.
Over the 4th of July weekend, he and his staff from Lakeside Rods and Rides will select the Goodguys Builder’s Choice awards at the 20th Heartland Nationals in Des Moines. The highly sought after polished aluminum headlights were designed and finished by Burman. They were milled from solid chunks of billet aluminum by J & B Microfinish of Pontiac, Illinois.
The following week things begin to really heat up as Burman will represent Gearstar Performance Transmissions in the 1st annual Goodguys Sponsor Shootout AutoCross, Sunday, July 10th at the Ohio Expo Center. He’ll be driving “Crusher,” an intimidating ’70 Camaro designed by DK Camaros he just finished building for Dave and Karen Leisinger. The last time Burman and the Leisinger’s teamed up on a Camaro they took home the Street Machine of the Year title with “Scar” – the killer orange’67.
Designed by DK Camaros, “Crusher” is a serious Muscle Machine. The first time Burman drove it around the cones came at this year’s Goodguys Colorado Nationals where it won the Street Machine class. A 700 horsepower LSR built by Warren Johnson Racing is backed by a billet aluminum Gearstar 400 transmission. The car rides on Detroit Speed suspension with BOZE Wheels and KDW rubber.
While we can’t be certain Burman and Gearstar will win the Sponsor Shootout, we know for a fact they will be fast and spectacular. The “Thrillbilly” wouldn’t have it any other way!