Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts

December 1, 2014 by  
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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!

MANUFACTURERS SERIES RELEASES 2015 SCHEDULE AND WELCOMES TUCSON, ARIZONA TO LINEUP

October 16, 2014 by  
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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.

 

2015 SCHEDULES

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

 

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Griewing, Manufacturers Series Director

sgriewing@forwardsportsmarketing.com

2014 ROYAL PURPLE RACEWAY RESULTS

October 15, 2014 by  
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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
BRACKET 2
WINNER: Tim “Coach” Ray, Houston TX 2002 Camaro Z-28
RUNNER UP: Matt Exner, Baytown TX 1969 Mercury
DOT
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
CORVETTE 1
WINNER: Chuck Hoekstra, Houston TX 1989 Corvette
RUNNER UP: Ron Davis, Cypress TX 2010 Corvette
CORVETTE 2
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
Hedrick Horton 1957
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
CLASS WINNERS
BIG CAR 1949 – 1989
MODIFIED OUTSTANDING: Mike Littleton, Austin TX 1966 Impala
MODIFIED WINNER: Danny Licatino, Baytown TX 1965 Impala
CHEVELLE 1964-1967
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
CONVERSION
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
OPEN
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
MONTE CARLO
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
PRO STREET
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
SUV
STOCK WINNER: Raymont Betsly, Channelview TX 2008 Trail Blazer
GOLD CLASS
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

 

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