If you missed the original coverage, CLICK HERE
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It was a great day and a great turnout for the Sunday Drive For Life. A car show in Franklin, North Carolina put on by Jacob Morgan as his senior project to benefit the Relay For Life. There was around 70 car in attendance and they were able to raise over $1700 for Relay For Life! Check out the photos below!
Thanks to all the people who helped out today from parking to food to music! Also a special thanks Jaxon’s Downtown and Wendy’s of Franklin for the awesome food! As well as everyone who donated door prizes, drinks and food!
Tony Stewart almost pulled off some of that summer magic of his last weekend in Daytona for me, but hey, I’ll take a 2nd place. That brings my over all average up to 11.6, maybe I’ll have a top ten average by the end of the year!
To see all my picks for the year, CLICK HERE
This week I’m going with Joey Logano. He’s won here before and has 4 top ten’s in 9 starts. The number 22 team is on an up swing and I think he can break into victory lane this weekend.
Last week I thought I had a very solid week considering the randomness of restrictor plate racing. Like I mentioned above, Tony Stewart finished 2nd. Kurt Busch finished 6th, Dale Jr. 8th. David Ragan came home a respectable 22nd. I also got a qualifying bonus for Kyle Busch.
This week my A driver is Jimmie Johnson, he’s on a such a role I can’t help but not pick him. My B team is Joey Logano and Kurt Busch. For my C driver I’m going with a bit of a respect move. I’m picking Morgan Shepard who Sunday will become the oldest person ever to race in Sprint Cup at the age of 72. On the bench I’ve got Brad Keselowski, Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, and Rickey Stenhouse Jr.
Well here is your chance! There are several for sale at Mecum Kissimmee and Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in the month of January! Check them out!
Spare engine? There is one of those up for auction too!
These next two aren’t exactly official NASCAR cars but they are close enough to include. Check them out.
(This is part one of a three part series)
With the announcement last week that former Nationwide Series director Joe Balash would become the new NASCAR International Competition Liaison NASCAR has made it clear that they will continue to market and race their cars and trucks outside of the United States. Further growing the sport we all love. I want to take a look at where NASCAR is and could be headed in the future with their international affairs but before I get into that I want to take a look back at where NASCAR has already been outside of the USA.
If you ask most casual fans when the first international NASCAR races were they would probably direct you to the three years of races in Japan, first at the Suzuki Circuit, then at the Twin Ring Motegi. But in fact NASCAR’s first international racing was done in the late 80’s in the land down under. The Goodyear Nascar 500 at the Thunderdome. The Thunderdome is a 1.1 mile race track on the grounds of the Cadler Park Raceway. The first race held there on February 28th 1988 and was won by Neil Bonnett. The field was a mix of NASCAR regulars and local stars. The NASCAR regulars included Bonnett, Bobby Allison, Dave Marcus, Hershel McGriff, Kyle Petty, and Micheal Waltrip. To see the complete finishing order CLICK HERE The race was a hit with those who ran it, in fact many of them came back that December to run in the Christmas 500. Morgan Shepard won that race with Sterling Marlin running second and Harry Gant 3rd. For the complete finishing order of that race CLICK HERE A third race was ran the following December, the NASCAR 400, it was won by Terry Labonte. CLICK HERE for the finishing order of that race.
I found some pretty cool video footage on youtube of the first race, check it out!
Here are the other parts to the race.
This video is from youtube user wildbeemer’s page. CLICK HERE to see more of his cool, rare NASCAR footage!
Although according to Wikipedia NASCAR racing continued in Australia until around 2000 under the authority of AUSCAR(Australian Stock Car Auto Racing) information on it is hard to find. A problem I will address in the second part of this three part series.
In 1996 NASCAR announced that it would bead to the Suzuka Circuit for a 100 mile non-points race that November. The first race featured NASCAR’s biggest names including eventual race winner Rusty Wallace, along with Dale Earnhardt Sr., Jeff Gordon, Terry Labonte, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, and more. For a complete run down from that race CLICK HERE. Nascar went back in 1998 but with less star power. Mike Skinner would win that race. CLICK HERE for the complete run down.
Here is some video footage from the two race.
1997, this is the complete race
In 1998 NASCAR gave up the Japanese road course for a more familiar oval. The Twin Ring Motegi, a 1.549 mile oval, would play host to the third race in Japan, the Coca-Cola 500. The oval would again bring the star power to Japan. Race winner Mike Skinner, along with Jeff Gordon, Jeremy Mayfield, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Burton, Bill Elliot, Sterling Marlin, Micheal Waltrip, Kenny Wallace, Darrell Waltrip all took place in the race. The race would also be the first time that Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Dale Earnhardt. Jr. raced on the same track. CLICK HERE for a complete field rundown.
Here is some video footage of the last four laps of the race, more footage can easily be found on youtube.
NASCAR would return in 1999 under the “Winston West” banner. The race was without any Cup regulars and would be the last trip to Japan. CLICK HERE for the results of that race.
After Japan NASCAR was pretty quiet on the foreign front. In 2006 the purchased the long running CASCAR series which runs in Canada renaming it the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. In 2006 they also started the NASCAR Toyota Series in Mexico. In early 2012 they announced they would sanction the Racecar Euro Series as a official “NASCAR Touring Series”. We will cover more on these three divisions and where NASCAR may be going in part two of this three part series next week! Stay tuned!
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This weeks Ebay find brings us back to RK Motors in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last time we featured a drag car, this time it will be a corner carver. This is an ultra rare “pre-production” 1967 Chevy Camaro Z28. One of Twenty-five. As usual this car is very well documented and very well restored as are all cars coming out of RK Motors. At just shy of 300,000 dollars this isn’t a cheap piece of history, but a very important one. Whether this one ends up in someone’s museum or on the track doing vintage racing, the new owner is sure to have a blast with it!
Here is the article from the ad!
For many Camaro enthusiasts the pinnacle of their favorite car’s 45 year legacy is its original mission to dominate SCCA’s fabled Trans Am series. Never have the worlds of automotive production and automotive motorsports been so closely linked; and the idea that an eager gearhead could walk into their local Chevy dealership, check the options sheet for a Z/28 Camaro, and build it into a race winning super car via factory supplied parts is better than fantasy! Unfortunately, Chevrolet’s official SCCA program was short lived, the purity of the original Camaro Z/28 was even shorter lived and, thanks to the high attrition rate of track cars, today’s enthusiasts usually take solace in aging photos and well-done replicas. But every once in a while the planets align and fortune smiles as an unassuming member of their fraternity stumbles upon a jewel like this fully documented Watkins Glen record holder. One of the first 25 pre-production Z-28s built specifically for tearing up America’s road courses, this old school Trans Am winner is a one-of-a-kind show car that was driven to fame by SCCA legend Gary Morgan. Today with an extensive race record, a storied history and major car show awards under its belt, this Camaro is the perfect investment for any collector who likes to win big and make history!
In March of 1964, Ford took young buyers by storm with the introduction of America’s first pony car. It wasn’t long before rival Chevrolet realized the breadth of Dearborn’s newest star and planned a suitable competitor codenamed ‘Panther’. Even with a rush to market, the leadership at GM knew the Panther project would take at least two years to fully develop; and subsequently, Ford would have a major head start defining what was quickly becoming the country’s hottest segment. So, Chevrolet brass decided the only way to truly establish the Panther as a better alternative to the Mustang would mean proving its superior performance ability. SCCA’s new-for-1966 Trans Am series seemed a logical test bed, and F-body engineers started lobbying the agency to continue its faltering sedan class to showcase the newly christened Camaro’s prowess. However, SCCA refused to commit to another season until GM assured full factory support, and Chevrolet’s Project Cheetah racing program was officially kicked into gear. By mid-1966, a simplified version of the Cheetah package was in the hands of both GM executives and car enthusiast publications. In early 1967 the first 25 RPO Z-28 Camaros, all bound for SCCA competition, were delivered to Chevrolet’s top dealers and a few well-known drivers. And in 1968 and 1969 Chevrolet won back to back Trans Am championships officially establishing the Camaro as a serious competitor to the once untouchable Mustang.
Ordered by Heinrich Chevy-Land in Rochester, New York, and driven by Watkins Glen Walk of Fame inductee Gary Morgan, this 1967 Camaro is the 17th pre-production Z-28 built to kick off Chevrolet’s official SCCA Trans Am racing program. During its three years with Morgan at the wheel, the car set both 1967 and 1968 Watkins Glen speed records, collected 11 victories and two second place finishes, claimed an SCCA Area 11 A-Sedan championship, and was bestowed with 4th place honors in the Finger Lakes Region SCCA Northeast Division. As is often the case with successful motorsports campaigns, major publicity lead to major sponsorship and this historic F1 eventually headlined a trio of TV commercials which aired during both the 1968 presidential debate and the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Today, authenticated by both Gary Morgan and well-known Camaro authority Jerry MacNeish, it’s a 100% correct restoration of a racing icon that is believed to be the only complete, pre-production SCCA Z-28 ever publicly displayed.
After racing under various drivers and getting lost in the sands of time for almost 20 years, this one-of-a-kind Camaro was found wearing 95% of its original paint and one repaired quarter panel. The car’s new owner, initially looking for a clean Z/28 to restore as a semi-daily driver, recognized its “4P” branded cowl tag as something special and eventually executed a high quality frame-off restoration which accurately recreated a 1968-spec appearance. A smooth coat of correct GM code R Bolero Red lies between slightly flared fenders, Ermine White rally stripes and a full outfit of era-correct logos and decals. At the front of the car, a bright “Chevrolet Camaro” header emblem shines above a standard Camaro grille, aluminum headlight and parking light fillers, mesh valence inserts, and a 1968-spec D80 front spoiler. At the top of the car, a flat F1 Camaro hood rides below tight pins and like-new glass which is framed by spotless stainless trim, cleared by satin finish wipers and secured by small aluminum tabs. Form comes courtesy of painted drip rails and chrome “Camaro” fender emblems which have been strategically incorporated into large Gulf logos. Function is provided by bright trimmed vent windows, correct chrome mirrors and obligatory factory door handles. And at the back of the car, stainless trimmed back glass props full-length braces above a polished fuel filler, tight decklid pins, a 1968-spec trunk spoiler, pristine Camaro tail lights and an aluminum block off plate for the car’s factory fuel cap.
When GM planned the Camaro line they decided Chevrolet’s reliable small block 350 would be the perfect base engine. Unfortunately, SCCA’s Trans Am class imposed a 305 cubic inch displacement cap and Chevy’s engineers had to quickly create a suitable powerplant to coincide with the car’s launch. Their solution was to build a track-ready option package around a tweaked version of the brand’s tried and true Turbo-Fire 327. And the result is this 302 cubic inch mill which, in addition to being original to the car, is thought to be the last prototype 302 in existence and the only prototype 302 ever displayed to the public. Naturally, this legendary flag chaser is equipped with some of the best performance equipment GM ever developed; and throughout its three years of factory racing, ran the gamut of horsepower numbers from 290 for street use and insurance semantics to 400 at its inaugural race and somewhere north of 465 when equipped as it sits today. At the top of the block a rare cowl plenum induction system forces wind through two correct Holley list 4295 4-barrel carburetors and an early, 1968-spec Winter cross ram intake. At the sides of the block, correct double hump heads hang bright, stamped Chevrolet valve covers above an authentic set of Stahl headers. At the back of the block, a familiar points distributor sends power through fresh AC Delco Premium plug wires. And at the front of the block, new V-belts center a massive pulley fan between a deep shroud, a correct radiator, reproduction GM hoses and authentic tower clamps. Aesthetically, this F1 trophy winner’s fully restored bay is top notch in every way from its Gary Morgan autograph and correct Delco Moraine brake booster to its dual remote oil filters and track-ready coolant catch tank. And the engine’s vivid Chevy Orange paint contrasts beautifully against straight, satin black fenders and a super clean firewall.
In addition to a cowl plenum fed small block V8 and ill-fated Z-22 Rally Sport appearance enhancements, the initial proposal for RPO Z-28 included Chevrolet’s optional F41 suspension, familiar J52 front disc brakes, heavy duty J65 metallic rear drum linings, a close ratio Muncie 4-speed with an 11 inch clutch from the division’s 396 cars, and 15 inch Corvette wheels with wider 7.75 tires. And while the bottom of this racer has been modified to better fulfill its team’s mission of dominating the Glen, it still closely resembles an F1 Camaro with factory fresh underpinnings. The hot small block’s power flows through a tough M22 Muncie 4-speed transmission to a correct 12 bolt Posi-traction rear end. Turns come courtesy of a track tuned double A-arm front and rear leaf suspension which combines large diameter power disc brakes with a thick front sway bar, upfitted traction bars, an upfitted panhard bar and tight manual steering to provide stellar driving dynamics. And a thrill inducing soundtrack roars through mandrel bent side pipes that are bolted directly to the car’s authentic Stahl headers. All this expertly restored muscle rolls on an era correct set of 15 inch Torq Thrust D magnesium wheels which are fitted with 6.00-15 front and 7.00-15 rear 1968-spec Goodyear tires. And since no wholesale replacement of the floors was needed, they were appropriately restored, finished in a smooth coat of GM satin black paint and accented with both stainless hardware and braided hoses.
By now, you’ve undoubtedly looked at the pictures of this Z-28’s sparse and well-used interior and put to rest any creeping thoughts that it isn’t a pure-bred race car. A complete roll cage wraps around a tight fitting race bucket which is equipped with both a four point RJS racing harness and a rare bowtie headrest. To the right of that bucket, you’ll notice a small fire extinguisher, an oil accumulator for the wet sump oil system and a tough and durable Hurst T-handle shifter. At the front of the car, a correct heater and radio delete dash hangs a second Gary Morgan autograph between simple aluminum filler panels. At the sides of the car, restoration-fresh door panels and window hardware serve as the only blatant aesthetic modification from the Watkins Glen glory days. In front of the driver, a Kirkey-padded steering wheel spins around a simple instrument panel which centers an Auto Meter tachometer between a full set of Stewart Warner accessory gauges, a full set of chrome accessory switches and an Auto Meter Pro-Lite. And behind the cockpit, the car’s would-be trunk houses a fresh stainless fuel cell, a high performance Holley electronic fuel pump and a new battery.
Naturally this killer Camaro, which is sold on a bill of sale held here at RK Motors Charlotte, comes with a stack documentation that includes: a binder full of historic clippings, vintage photos and official judging sheets, letters of authentication from both Gary Morgan and Jerry MacNeish, modern photos of Gary Morgan signing the car’s dash and air cleaner, a copy of Gary Morgan’s official race record, a list of previous owners, copies of both the car’s feature in Super Chevy and Chevy High Performance, and three DVDs of vintage race footage.
As a rare and significant piece of automotive history, this storied SCCA racer has racked up many awards including:
The Illinois Camaro Club 1992 Best of Show
The U.S. Camaro Club Gold Award of Excellence (979 out of 1000 points)
From its iconic body to its exceptionally rare engine, this 1967 Camaro Z-28 is a highly accurate piece of Americana that’s ready to hit the show field and continue its winning streak. With a storied past, a prominent SCCA record and a high quality restoration, it combines immeasurable historical significance with unbeatable value. If you’re a diehard Chevrolet enthusiast who’s been waiting for the ultimate show piece, here’s the opportunity of a lifetime!