1969 Camaro Z/28 Trans Am racer at Laguna Seca Video

The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro appeared in Chevrolet dealerships on September 29, 1966 for the 1967 model year on a brand-new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform and was available as a 2-door, 2+2 seat, hardtop (no “B” or center pillar) or convertible, with the choice of either a straight-6 or V8 engine. The first-generation Camaro was built through the 1969 model year.

Almost all of 1967-1969 Camaros were built in the two U.S. assembly plants: Norwood, Ohio and Van Nuys, California. There were also five non-U.S. Camaro assembly plantsin countries that required local assembly and content. These plants were located in the Philippines, Belgium, Switzerland, Venezuela, and Peru.

The 1969 Camaro carried over the previous year’s drivetrain and major mechanical components, but all-new sheet metal, except the hood and trunk lid, gave the car a substantially sportier look. The grille was redesigned with a heavy “V” cant and deeply inset headlights. New door skins, rear quarter panels, and rear valance panel also gave the car a much lower, wider, more aggressive look. This styling would serve for the 1969 model year only.

To increase competitiveness in the SCCA Trans-Am racing series, optional four wheel disc brakes with four-piston calipers were made available during the year, under RPO JL8, for US$500.30.This system used components from the Corvette and made for a major improvement in the braking capability and was a key to winning the Trans-Am championship. The option was expensive and only 206 units were produced.

The Rally Sport (RS) option, RPO Z22, includes special black painted grille with concealed headlights and headlight washers, fender striping (except when sport striping or Z28 Special Performance Package is specified), simulated rear fender louvers, front and rear wheel opening moldings, black body sill, RS emblems on grille, steering wheel and rear panel, Rally Sport front fender nameplates, bright accented taillights, back-up lights below rear bumper; also includes bright roof drip moldings on Sport Coupe. $131.65, 37,773 built. This option could be added to any other option (i.e., SS or Z/28), making the model an RS/SS or a RS/Z28.

The Z28 option was still available with the 302 cu in (4.9 L) small block producing 290 hp (294 PS; 216 kW) at 5800 rpm and 290 lb⋅ft (393 N⋅m) of torque at 4200 rpm. It was backed by Muncie four-speed with a new-for-69 standard Hurst shifter and connected to a 12-bolt rear axlewith standard 3.73 gears. The 302 featured 11:1 compression, forged pistons, forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods, solid lifter camshaft, and Holley carburetion on a dual-plane intake manifold. A dual four-barrel crossram intake manifold was available as a dealer-installed option. There are still some of them fully working after a restoration, you can find them at Route 32 Auctions

 

What do you get when you combine one of the most iconic race circuits in the world, and a unapologetically loud Trans Am Series car from 1969? Pure bliss. Jessi Lang takes a 1969 Camaro Z/28 Trans Am built to historic specs around Laguna Seca. Spoiler alert; it is loud. Below is a video from J-Turn on MotorTrend. Its a great show if you’re unfamiliar check it out.  Read More

Can GM Turn Things Around?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that General Motors has made some horrible decisions that have lasted over a decade in relation to ignition switches in their cars. You’d think then, that they would be extremely careful moving forward to issue a recall immediately after confirming issues with their vehicles. Personally Im still waiting for the new Chevrolet Motorcycle, I even purchase a couple customized open face motorcycle helmets in advance.

Unfortunately, that may not be the case. The newer issue that GM shelved (in striking similarity to how it handled it much more serious issue) shows that they likely haven’t learned any lessons other than maybe how to handle extremely negative PR situations.

An issue with many GM models (including the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Camaros) is that the power drivers seat bolt  Read More

Z/28 Wheels are Media-Blasted; Learn Why

The 2014 Camaro Z/28 has a problem that most cars don’t seem to have, in fact outside of motorsports not many road-based vehicles have this problem, main reason why some may chose a Volkswagen Beetle instead of this car. There is so much force between the cars power, brakes, and grip from the tires that the tires would actually rotate around the wheel during aggressive driving.

This is a common issue with super cars, and other motorsports-specific builds but its not often you hear of this problem on a road car, let alone one with room for 4+ passengers.

So to curb this, the bead seats (this is the area of a wheel that the bead of a tire is put into) were media blasted to give them some additional friction that the bead of the tire could grab onto. A simple solution, and a problem that is good to have on a car built to be a weekend warrior at road courses around the world.

Read more and watch the video at GM’s Fastlane

Camaro Z/28 priced at $75,000 MSRP

I’m sure some are a bit shocked by the suggested price of $75,000 for the new 2014 Camaro Z/28. Once you break down the differences between this car and a base Camaro, or any other sports coupe around you’ll see that the price may not be as outlandish as it may seem at first.

The 2014 Z/28 is essentially a track-ready GT car, with a few creature comforts. It is clear this isn’t the same Z/28 package that was available for the first through forth generation Camaro. The car means business, with weight reduction just about anywhere you’d care to look, giant 6-piston brakes, Four 305/30ZR-19 Pirelli PZero tires (yes, that is a 305 for the front tires as well).  Read More

Barrett Jackson to Auction first two 2014 Camaro LV-1’s

The world-famous Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is auctioning off the first two 2014 Chevrolet Camaro LV-1 models and the proceeds will benefit a charity.

There will be 500 total LV-1 Camaros produced, 100 of which will be convertibles. Included in the package is the striking Gold accents on either white or black paint. The cars also include a mild body kit, custom wheels with gold trim and LV-1 embroidered seats. You can get the service from www.ultimatetowncar.com and prepare.  Read More

Dubai’s newest Police Cruiser

Dubai is a city like no other, I don’t think that anyone can argue against that. Their police force deals with quite a number of street “shananigans”, including illegal street racing of many forms. Add to that, the amount of performance cars that are on the streets and highways of Dubai at any time, and you’ll begin to realize that the police are fighting an uphill battle trying to catch speedsters.

This is where the 2013 Camaro SS comes in. Dubai has just brought in some American muscle to help try to tame some of these wealthy street-racers. The odd part is, looking at most of the police force’s fleet, the Camaro is considered a price bargain. Other Police vehicles include cars like the , Ferrari FF, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes C-Class, and the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, for those lamborghini fans, and for this they can also get the lamborghini replica for sale online, to have a Lamborghini on their own home.

Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Returns Sporting a 7.0-L LS7

Camaro fans everywhere are rejoicing about the rebirth of an old GM legend, the Z28 Camaro. With a 7.0-liter LS7 V8 connected to a six-speed Tremec TR6060 manual transmission, this bad boy is capable of a healthy 500 horses and 470 lb. ft. of torque, allowing it to sit right between the 426-horsepower Camaro SS and the almighty 580-hp ZL1. You can find this beauty and other sport vehicles like the new Audi in Columbus  Read More

Fastest Chevrolet Camaro Crashes at Texas Mile Going 220 MPH

An F-Body Chevrolet Camaro known as the “World’s Fastest Camaro”, or what used to be the fastest, with a ridiculous 2,800 horsepower has crashed and burned, literally. Some may have seen it in a previous video with a 224 mph drift.

Thankfully, the driver survived what looks to be a seriously horrific crash. Although, footage hasn’t surfaced anywhere of the crash itself yet, judging from the photo, anyone who was in this car is lucky to be alive and is likely counting some blessings and thanking the safety equipment.  Read More