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General Discussion / Re: Larry Shinoda's Birthday
« Last post by Jon Mello on Today at 02:55:00 AM »
A friend of mine and I got to meet and talk with Larry Shinoda at a big fancy dinner put on by Chevrolet when they were the featured marque for the 1987 Monterey Historic Races. He was by himself but was very gracious and spent a good amount of time talking with us. He was humble but also very proud of the work that he had done, and rightfully so. We really enjoyed our visit with him.
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Also in attendance at Darlington Raceway was the Charlotte Motor Speedway 1968 Camaro RS/SS convertible pace car that would be used at the 1968 World 600 in just a few short weeks.  It must have been at Darlington in a backup/promotional role.

This Camaro clearly has "CHARLOTTE" & "WORLD 600" written on the passenger side door and "MOTOR SPEEDWAY" written on passenger side front fender.

In the footage shown in the Glory Days television show the Charlotte pace car is shown driving into pit lane right behind a interview being conducted after the conclusion of the race.
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Souvenir program cover and ticket stub pictures are from worthpoint.com
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A white 1968 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible was used as the pace car for the Rebel 400 NASCAR Grand National event held at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina on Saturday, May 11, 1968.  David Pearson won the race in his 1968 Holman-Moody Ford Torino.

While it is too hard to tell definitively, it looks like it probably says "CAMARO" & "OFFICIAL PACE CAR" on the door and possibly "DARLINGTON RACEWAY" on the front fender.  If it's like several of the other NASCAR Camaro pace cars then it might say "REBEL 400" and/or "MAY 11th" on the rear quarter panels.

I took pictures of the Camaro pace car while watching the television show Glory Road on NBC Sports Network.  This show featured vintage footage of the race.

The first two pictures show the car sitting at the end of pit lane waiting to go into action during a caution period.
The last two pictures show the Camaro going back to it's end of pit lane position after the conclusion of a caution period.  Notice that the drivers side brake light bulb seems to be not working.   
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Originality / Re: Valve stems for Rally Wheels
« Last post by Mike S on Today at 01:01:52 AM »
Let me know. I'll be going to LIC soon to get some items and I can pick them up so you don't have to by a minimum.
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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Comments on this Z-11 on Ebay
« Last post by dannystarr on Today at 12:59:41 AM »
Keep in mind this is only Jerry's 31st inspection as a business. He is in the thousands now. He was at 1200 4 or 5 years ago. This inspection was MANY years ago, and a lot of change could/might have taken place in that time.. I would have it re-inspected if I was going to buy it.  Just say'in.
Danny
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General Discussion / Larry Shinoda's Birthday
« Last post by crossboss on Today at 12:29:47 AM »
Boys,
The legendary automotive designer, Larry Shinoda was born today on March 25, 1930. RIP, Larry.
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Originality / Re: Valve stems for Rally Wheels
« Last post by Edgemontvillage on Today at 12:21:00 AM »
Thanks Mike, LI Corvette seems to be a good source if it turns out the TR418s are the ones to buy.
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Decoding/Numbers / Re: Comments on this Z-11 on Ebay
« Last post by z28z11 on Today at 12:08:08 AM »
Tag appears genuine and untouched. Good driver quality, as long as drive train matches itís not too out of whack in price. Maybe first week of Pace Car production with an 02D build -

Regards,
Steve
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