Author Topic: North Carolina Motor Speedway 1968 Camaro RS/SS 396 Conv. Pace Car for NASCAR #1  (Read 2211 times)

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A white 1968 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible was used as the pace car for the Carolina 500 NASCAR Grand National event held at North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina on Sunday, June 16, 1968.  This was the make up day set aside because rain postponed the originally scheduled date of Sunday, March 10, 1968.  This Camaro used the wide red and black stripes on the sides like several of the Camaro pace cars at other NASCAR events held earlier in the season. 

Donnie Allison won the event in his 1968 Banjo Matthews Ford.

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1) www.legendsofnascar.com (Buddy Baker #3 Charger in foreground)
2) This picture of the Camaro leading the race cars on the pace lap of the Carolina 500 was used on the front cover for the 2nd NASCAR Grand National race held at the track later in the season.  That second race was called the American 500.
3) cropped version of #1
4) cropped version of #2
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I don't have a 1st Gen but I have 1971 Z28 RS 4-spd, 1997 Z28 Z4C 6-spd, 2000 SS Convertible, 2010 RS 6-spd

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You can see footage of the race here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHT8FrqeCzo  The only appearance of the Camaro pace car is captured in this photo from  0:14.
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A picture featuring several Dodge drivers was taken prior to event and in the background you can see another white 1968 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible pace car.
This is not the one that paced the race because it does not have the large red and black stripe running down the side.  It was probably another track's pace car that was at North Carolina Motor Speedway to promote that tracks upcoming NASCAR event and to be used as a back up pace car.  It came from Getty Images.  See it here: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/driver-buddy-baker-poses-with-the-1968-dodge-boys-before-news-photo/82921591

The caption of the photo states: "1968 Dodge Boys at Rockingham
ROCKINGHAM, NC - JUNE 16: Driver Buddy Baker poses with the 1968 Dodge Boys, before the Carolina 500 race on June 16, 1968 at the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, North Carolina." 

The second photo is a cropped version.
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Program cover from worthpoint.com
Scott
I don't have a 1st Gen but I have 1971 Z28 RS 4-spd, 1997 Z28 Z4C 6-spd, 2000 SS Convertible, 2010 RS 6-spd