Third generation muscle car enthusiast Jack Line is 13 years old, but he’s already had hold of his first project car for over a year. This winter, we’re going to walk you through his journey. Welcome to Jack Line: The Camaro Project.
Let’s get this series started by introducing our leading man.
NHRA Pro Stock fans might recognize Jack from the racetrack. His dad is three-time Pro Stock champ Jason Line. Jack can often be found in the Summit Racing pits or working on Bo Butner’s KB Racing-powered Jim Butner Auto Group Chevy Chevrolet Camaro.
Q&A with Jack Line
First memory at the racetrack?
Probably my dad winning the championship in 2016. I was in the pits listening to the radio. I was shocked. Well, not really, but a little bit. It was fun. I was excited.
When did you start working with the team?
I didn’t actually want to be out here working, but I went with my dad to Houston in 2017, just me and him, and he made me work on Bo’s car. I liked it, though. It’s just fun, and I like racecars.
What do you do on Bo’s team?
I pack the parachutes, and I’ve built the transmission before and helped with the engine a little. I help with the clutch sometimes. Basically, I do anything they ask me to do.
What’s your favorite thing about being at the racetrack?
The cars. It’s fun working on them. That’s the best part. I ask my dad a lot of questions because I want to know every little detail. I like to ask questions. I’m very curious.
What do you do in your free time?
At home I weld a lot. That’s fun. I work on my car, and sometimes I go to the shop.
You have a ’68 Camaro at home, but is it really yours?
Yes. My dad and I found it, and I paid him $50 a week that I earned doing things like welding paper towel holders or cleaning the cars, helping Bo.
How’s the progress coming on your Camaro?
Progress is slow on my car, but I just got parts from Summit Racing not that long ago. It’s a ’68 Camaro with a 230 straight six cylinder. That’s what was in it when we got it, but we’ll probably switch it out. It’ll be a street car first, then maybe a racecar, but I’ll probably race a different car.
Stock or Pro Stock?
I really like them both the same. Maybe Pro Stock a little better.