Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts, by TheBlock.com
Let’s face it; if you’re here today reading this, much like us, it’s more than likely you’re a Camaro fan. From casual to die-hard, first gens to fifth gens – we know that our BLOCK readers run the gamut of fandom. The BLOCK Crew, of course, is in the latter camp. We love them all: From the new Z/28 to the rare, hard-to-find classics and beyond. And, as such big fans, we’ve covered quite a few special Camaros here.
In the course of our travels, we’ve met some Camaro enthusiasts that simply blow us away. Folks that probably know more about this American icon than they do about certain family members. We are so serious! To that end, we wondered aloud, “is it possible to be completely encyclopedic when it comes to the world of Camaro?”
Our thoughts immediately shifted to good friend and esteemed Camaro collector and historian, George Lyons. He would definitely be our nominee. However, we realize most people don’t have direct access to someone of George’s vast knowledge and dedication.
So, we thought it would be fun to dig up some nuggets that you may or may not know about the Camaro. For these, we dove into one of our favorite books, The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967 (click to go to the Motor Books website), by David Newhardt.
You can check out the book here, but first, scroll down to see if you know the following Camaro trivia tidbits! And, be sure to let us know if you have some of your own in the comments section!
Did You Know?
1.) The first Camaros shared a chassis with the classic Chevy Nova.
2.) When the vehicle that became known as the Camaro was in development it was known within General Motors as “The Panther”.
3.) Total sales of the Camaro in 1969 reached 243,085. A stunning number for a car only on the market less than three years at that point.
4.) Late in the ’69 model year, the Camaro received a special powerplant: the historic, aluminum block ZL1 engine.
5.) The base 1970 Camaro cost $2,749.
6.) There was only one Z/28 built for the 1975 model year.
7.) In 1982, the all-new third gen Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500.
8.) When Chevrolet returned the Camaro SS model to the market in 1996, it had been “off the radar” for 24 years.
9.) More than five thousand welds went into the fifth gen 2010 Camaro SS.
10.) The modern-day iteration of the Camaro ZL1 engine trumps its original, historic predecessor by a whopping 125 horsepower!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP
KANSAS CITY, Mo., (October 1, 2014) – Comprised of the premier national Chevrolet, Ford and Mopar branded competitive automotive events, the Manufacturers Series welcomes Tucson’s Southwestern International Raceway (SWIR) as the latest host track to join the Series schedule in 2015. The 110-acre drag racing facility located at the Pima County Fairgrounds will feature a spectacular car show, lightning-fast drag racing, manufacturers’ midway and swap meet for each of the “Big Three” American brands.
“Southwest International Raceway is proud to join the Manufacturers Series and we are looking forward to bringing the historic and popular Chevrolet event back to the state of Arizona after a long three-year absence. We are also excited to bring the national Fun Ford and Mega Mopar events to the state for the first time, giving Blue Oval and Mopar fans in the Southwest a venue to race and show-off their favorite brand vehicles,” said Alan Miller, SWIR General Manager.
Southwestern Int’l Raceway joins sister-tracks Palm Beach (March 27 – 29) and Memphis Int’l Raceways (April 10 – 12) in kicking-off the season as the third stop on the Manufacturers Chevy Series tour in 2015, on May 1 – 3. In addition, SWIR will also host for the first time in Arizona, Fun Ford on Saturday, October 10, and Mega Mopar on Sunday, October 11, to round out their first season of Manufacturers Series events.
“The Manufacturers Chevy, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series have been successful events for our Memphis and Palm Beach facilities for years. With the acquisition of Southwestern International Raceway last year, we knew we wanted to add these events to the lineup of events in Tucson. We look forward to bringing all three Series events to the race fans in Arizona,” said Jason Rittenberry, President & CEO, IRG Sports + Entertainment.
Rockingham Dragway will usher in the 2015 Manufacturers Fun Ford season, May 2 -3, while Texas Motorplex will lead the way for Mega Mopar Series March 28. On October 17, Palm Beach Int’l Raceway will make history by hosting the first head-to-head Fun Ford vs. Mega Mopar showdown on October 17, giving fans a chance to cheer-on and represent their favorite brand in a family-friendly environment.
On May 16 – 17, Chevy fans will take over Texas Motorplex and Virginia Motorsports Park with a double-header event weekend, while Auto Club Famoso Raceway wraps up the 2015 season, November 7 – 8.
MANUFACTURERS CHEVY SERIES
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway March 27 – 29
Memphis Int’l Raceway April 10 – 12
Southwestern Int’l Raceway May 1 – 3
Texas Motorplex May 16 – 17
Virginia Motorsports Park May 15 – 17
US 131 Motorsports Park May 29 – 31
Maple Grove Raceway July 17 – 19
Bandimere Speedway August 14 – 15
Bristol Dragway September 18 – 20
Rockingham Dragway October 9 – 11
Gateway Motorsports Park October 9 – 11
Auto Club Famoso Raceway November 7 – 8
MANUFACTURERS FUN FORD SERIES
Rockingham Dragway May 2 – 3
Virginia Motorsports Park June 13 – 14
Bandimere Speedway June 14
US 131 Motorsports Park July 12
Gateway Motorsports Park July 24 – 25
Memphis Int’l Raceway August 28 – 29
Bristol Dragway August 29
Maple Grove Raceway September 13
Auto Club Famoso Raceway September 19 – 20
Southwestern Int’l Raceway October 10
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway October 17
Texas Motorplex November 7
MANUFACTURERS MEGA MOPAR SERIES
Texas Motorplex March 28
Rockingham Dragway April 4
US 131 Motorsports Park May 17
Maple Grove Raceway May 30
Bandimere Speedway May 31
Auto Club Famoso Raceway June 27 – 28
Memphis Int’l Raceway July 31 – August 1
Virginia Motorsports Park September 19
Southwestern Int’l Raceway October 11
Palm Beach Int’l Raceway October 17
Schedules are subject to change. Visit www.mfgseries.com for the most current list.
About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for the American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Manufacturers Chevy Show, Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for the most current event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com
Sara Griewing, Manufacturers Series Director
ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY 2014 EVENT RESULTS
|DRAG RACE RESULTS – SUNDAY|
|DriveDuracell.com BRACKET 1|
|WINNER: Hunter Patton, Highlands TX||Dragster|
|RUNNER UP: Taylor Blackwell, Highlands TX||1962 Corvette|
|WINNER: Tim “Coach” Ray, Houston TX||2002 Camaro Z-28|
|RUNNER UP: Matt Exner, Baytown TX||1969 Mercury|
|WINNER: Devin Belluomini, Santa Fe TX||1972 Chevy|
|RUNNER UP: Jonathan Womack, Houston TX||1976 Camaro|
|CAMAROGUYS GEN 5 CHALLENGE presented by S&W RACE CARS|
|WINNER: Daniel Lemonds, Houston tX|
|WINNER: Chuck Hoekstra, Houston TX||1989 Corvette|
|RUNNER UP: Ron Davis, Cypress TX||2010 Corvette|
|WINNER: Cliff Elliot, Aransas Pass TX||2011 Corvette|
|RUNNER UP: Art Tepper, Spring TX||2010 Corvette|
|EDITOR TOP 10 SHOW CARS|
|Patrick Grigsby||1972 Camaro|
|Joseph Ramirez||1992 Camaro Z-28|
|Ron Elliott||1955 Bel Air Gasser|
|Rudy Ortiz||1969 Chevelle SS396|
|Danny Andries||1960 Pickup|
|Ronny Boldt||1964 Chevelle|
|Raymond St. Julian||1966 Nova|
|Valentin J. Coronato||1987 Monte Carlo SS|
|Justin Smith||1967 Camaro|
|EDITOR TOP 10 RACE CARS|
|Sergio Almaguir Jr.||1969 Camaro|
|David Newlirk||1966 Corvette|
|Jonathan Womack||1976 Camaro|
|Scott & Myra Niemann||1969 Camaro|
|Mike &Susan Holmes||1957 Bel Air|
|Van Arnold||1967 Chevy Pickup|
|Diana Legg||2002 Camaro|
|Ray Dew||1970 Nova|
|Robert Reider||2002 Cavalier|
|Rodger Archuleta||1996 Impala SS|
|BIG CAR 1949 – 1989|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Mike Littleton, Austin TX||1966 Impala|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Danny Licatino, Baytown TX||1965 Impala|
|STREET OUTSTANDING: Alfred Martinez, Houston TX||1964 Chevelle|
|STREET WINNER: Loran Luthi, Abilene KS||1966 Chevelle SS|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Jorge Limon, Houston TX||1967 Malibu|
|CHEVELLE 1968 & NEWER|
|STOCK WINNER: Rudy Ortiz, Baytown TX||1969 Chevelle SS|
|STREET OUTSTANDING: John Swindell, Fresno TX||1970 Malibu|
|STREET WINNER: Anthony Aprile, Katy TX||1972 Chevelle|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Mark Scott, Pearland TX||1971 Chevelle|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Keith Gallagher, Houston TX||1932 Ford Roadster|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Keith Gallagher, Houston TX||1932 Ford Pickup|
|EARLY CHEVY 1930 – 1934|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Mike Long, Highbank TX||1934 Chevy Sedan|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Robert Reider, Pearland TX||1931 Chevy Coupe|
|EARLY CHEVY 1935 – 1940|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Joseph St. Juilan, Dayton TX||1938 Chevy Coupe|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Jerome Kelley, Houston TX||1939 Master Deluxe|
|EARLY CHEVY – NOSTALGIA ROD|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Tiger Hays, Bacliff TX||1934 Chevy Coupe|
|STREET WINNER: James Watkins, Brazoria TX||1963 Corvair|
|CAMARO 1967 – 1969|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Jerry Jackson, Richmond TX||1967 Camaro|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Justin Smith, Houston TX||1967 Camaro|
|CAMARO 1970 – 1981|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Patrick Grigsby, Baytown TX||1972 Camaro|
|CAMARO 1982 – 1992|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Joseph Ramirez, Angelton TX||1992 Camaro Z-28|
|MODIFIFED WINNER: Mark McCarthur, San Antonio TX||1986 Camaro IROC Z-28|
|CAMARO 2010 & NEWER|
|STOCK WINNER: Christine Cappel, Richmond TX||2011 Camaro|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Charles Eppler, Alvin TX||2010 Camaro SS|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Kristen Benavides, Baytown TX||2010 Camaro SS|
|CORVETTE 1953 – 1967|
|MODIFIED WINNER: David & Cassie Milan, Liberty TX||1965 Corvette|
|CORVETTE 1968 – 1996|
|STREET WINNER: Ronald Rutledge, Baytown TX||1976 Corvette|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Shane Smith, Zaralla TX||1973 Corvette|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Jerry Hawkins, Houston TX||1977 Corvette|
|CORVETTE 2005 & NEWER|
|STOCK WINNER: Mike Morino, Pearland TX||2013 Corvette Grand Sport|
|STREET WINNER: Valentin Coronato, Houston TX||1987 Monte Carlo SS|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Daniel Marks, Houston TX||1971 Monte Carlo|
|1955 – 1956 – 1957|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Hedrick Horton, Houston TX||1957 2-Door|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Sonny Bennett, Montgomery TX||1955 Bel Air|
|NOVA 1962 – 1967|
|STREET WINNER: Mike Kelley, Magnolia TX||1965 Nova SS|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Jeff Fish, Bayou Vista TX||1966 Nova SS|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Raymond St. Julian, Crosby TX||1966 Nova|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Fred Pacggos, Phare tX||1966 Chevelle|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Ronny Boldt, San Antonio TX||1964 Chevelle|
|TRUCK 1949 – 1972|
|STOCK WINNER: Sam Henry, Crosby TX||1971 C-30|
|STREET WINNER: Paul Marsh, Dayton TX||1971 C-10|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Juan Valdez, Houston TX||1969 C-10|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Kevin McElroy, Bacliff TX||1965 C-10|
|TRUCK 1973 – 1987|
|STREET WINNER: Mauricio Amezcuo, Houston TX||1982 C-10|
|MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Sherman Lewis / Billie Wilson, Batson TX||1981 Truck|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Joey Dupree, Sugarland TX||1977 Scottsdale|
|TRUCK 1988 & NEWER|
|STOCK WINNER: Vincent Lewis, Houston TX||2006 SSR|
|STOCK WINNER: Raymont Betsly, Channelview TX||2008 Trail Blazer|
|MODIFIED WINNER: Jim Lippert, Green KS||1967 Nova|
|ISCA AWARD: David & Cassie Milan, Liberty TX||1965 Corvette|
|BEST BIG CAR: Danny Licatino, Baytown TX||1965 Impala|
|BEST CAMARO: Patrick Grigsby, Baytown TX||1972 Camaro|
|BEST CHEVELLE: Jorge Limon, Houston TX||1967 Malibu|
|BEST CORVETTE: David & Cassie Milan, Liberty TX||1965 Corvette|
|BEST CONVERSION: Keith Gallagher, Houston TX||1932 Ford Pickup|
|BEST OPEN: James Watkins, Brazoria TX||1963 Corvair|
|BEST EARLY CHEVY: Jerome Kelly, Houston TX||1939 Master Deluxe|
|BEST 55-56-57: Sonny Bennett, Montgomery TX||1955 Bel Air|
|BEST MONTE CARLO: Daniel Marks, Houston TX||1971 Monte Carlo|
|BEST NOVA: Raymond St. Julian, Crosby TX||1966 Nova|
|BEST PRO STREET: Ronny Boldt, San Antonio TX||1964 Chevelle|
|BEST TRUCK: Joey Dupree, Sugarland TX||1977 Scottsdale|
|AWARD OF EXCELLENCE: Justin Smith, Houston TX||1967 Camaro|
|BEST OF SHOW: Jim Lippert, Green KS||1967 Nova|