Author Topic: 1967 Camaro Coupe used as Pace Car at Columbus Motor Speedway, Ohio in 1967  (Read 1785 times)

SMKZ28

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A 1967 Camaro coupe with Mag style wheel covers and white wall tires was used as the pace car for the Columbus Motor Speedway back in 1967. Opened in 1945 as a dirt track for motorcycle racing, by 1957 Columbus Motor Speedway was a 1/3 mile paved asphalt oval and figure 8 racing track used mostly for stock car racing.  Closed and demolished in 2016, the track was located south of Columbus, Ohio within the town limits of Obetz.
 
Notice in the picture that the pace car was “sponsored by Bobb Chevrolet.”  I’m not sure who “Ron Perry” was but Bobb Chevrolet was located on the south side of Columbus at 621 Parsons Avenue.  The Camaro was lettered by the Columbus Sign Company which still exists and has been in business since 1911.
 
While the words on the front fender of the Camaro read, “RACING SUNDAY NITE” and an advertisement mentions “LATE MODELS AND HOBBY STOCKS SUNDAY NIGHTS,” the most prominent racing events to take place at the track during the 1967 racing season were the two Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) stock car races held on Saturday, July 22, 1967 and Saturday, September 23, 1967.  While I’m not sure how long the track used the 1967 Camaro coupe as their pace car, it was more than likely used to pace these two races.
 
1st/2nd pictures: Cropped and original versions found here: https://columbussign.com/1960sVehicleSigns_CSC.html

3rd picture: Ad from 1960’s for Columbus Motor Speedway: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143389739130593/photos/

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Here is a picture of Bobb Chevrolet in the early 1960's.  If anyone has more information on this dealerships sponsorship of the Camaro pace car please share.

I found it here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Southside-Columbus-Alumni-214705418547475/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1919686211382712

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Ron Perry was a salesman there. On facebook there was about Bobb Chevrolet in which he commented, "I sold new cars there from 1967 to 1970. It was a great place to work"

My L78 Car was sold new at Bobb Chevrolet and I've attempted to contact Ronald with no success. (He won't return my calls) He currently lives in Tennessee and appears to be doing well.
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Ron Perry was a salesman there. On facebook there was about Bobb Chevrolet in which he commented, "I sold new cars there from 1967 to 1970. It was a great place to work"

My L78 Car was sold new at Bobb Chevrolet and I've attempted to contact Ronald with no success. (He won't return my calls) He currently lives in Tennessee and appears to be doing well.

Thanks for the information!