Cleetus McFarland drives (and eventually buys) the legendary Camaro ‘Six Seconds’
Tom Bailey’s 1969 Camaro SS is the car that helped launch McFarland’s career, and there are hints that McFarland has just added it to his collection.
Legends and stars are born, and sometimes propelled to glory in the most unexpected ways by another legend. Cleetus McFarland – Garrett Mitchell in real life – is a YouTube star specializing in cars. Most recently, the 25-year-old celebrity came face to face with the car that catapulted him to YouTube stardom, Tom Bailey’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS twin-turbo, dubbed Six Second Camaro 1.0.
Legendary Camaro SS over 3000 HP
the Chevrolet Six Second 1.0 (there’s a Six Second 2.0) began his legend in 2013 when he won the Hot Rod Drag Week Championship that year. It was the first car to race in the 6 within five days of the event, and even set new records. Tom’s car appealing for the Six Second 1.0 is that it’s not a race car that is road legal, but a road legal car that can race.
Along with the Six Second 2.0, the Six Second 1.0 is a dreaded contender in drag events. Under its hood is a large-block Chevrolet V8 Brodix 615-ci engine worked by Steve Morris of Steve Morris Engines. Morris installed a Callies crank, Oliver Racing Parts connecting rods as well as Diamond pistons. The mill is supported by a pair of Precision 94mm turbochargers, a Holley EFI setup, and an Edelbrock plug.
Serendipity with Cleetus McFarland and Six Second 1.0
Cleetus was only 16 when he met Kyle Loftis, owner of 1320Video. Soon he worked with 1320Video, joining the team wherever they went. He takes over the management of 1320Video’s Instagram platform. But her first appearance – her debut – was captured in 2015 during Rocky Mountain Drag Week.
Wearing a ripped red Chevrolet shirt, Cleetus told Kyle to interview him in front of Tom’s 3,000 horsepower Six Second 1.0. He told Kyle to call him Dale McFarland, but the 1320Video boss called him Cleetus McFarland instead. Kyle then uploaded the video to YouTube. The next day, the video had almost a million views, catapulting Cleetus to stardom. He then decided to run the name, which remains until today.
Does Cleetus take the Six Second 1.0 at home?
Cleetus visiting Tom’s garage and driving the Six Second 1.0 raises all kinds of questions. A YouTube commentator wrote: “cleeter said he had a big ad coming up ….. i see a sticker for sale on the windshield ….. I’m calling him now. ol cleet is now version 1.0. Tom Bailey simply responded with a thoughtful face emoji.
It’s possible that Cleetus was very interested in the car that started it all for him, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he had already bought Six Second 1.0 from Tom.
Source: Tom Bailey on YouTube, Street Race Magazine, Speedhunters
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