Author Topic: Virginia Inter Raceway: 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 Conv Pace Car SCCA Nationals 1969  (Read 1278 times)

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A 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible was used as the pace car for the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Nationals held at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia September 27-28, 1969.  As a result of the multiple different classes of racecars at an event like this, the Camaro would have paced seven different races on Sunday, September 28, 1969. 

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Here you can see the Camaro on the pace lap in front of the field of Formula Vee racecars prior to the start of the 15 lap race #3.  Perhaps it is an optical illusion due to the extreme body roll, but to me it looks like the "SS" emblem in the grill is not mounted straight.

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Here you can see the Camaro out in front of the Formula ABC and Formula Ford group on the pace lap for race #4.  This 15 lap event was described in the schedule as the "Feature Race."

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https://www.virhistory.com/vir/69-sept/scca.htm
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This image shows the Camaro on the pace lap for race #7, A & B Sports Racing and A & B Production.

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Front and back covers of the souvenir event program and the poster for the event.

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https://www.virhistory.com/vir/69-sept/scca.htm
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Camaro racecar that participated in race #7, A & B production.

Ed Lloyd photos: https://www.virhistory.com/vir/69-sept/scca.htm
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More Camaro racecars that participated in race #7 in A & B production.

Ed Lloyd photos: https://www.virhistory.com/vir/69-sept/scca.htm
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The schedule of events for Friday, September 26, 1969 lists "Tamson's Chevrolet" in Danville, Virginia as the registration and inspection site for the racecars and drivers.  This is probably also the dealer that supplied the 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible to the track for use as a pace car. 

Interestingly, the #18 1969 Camaro ZL1 was sold new by Tamson Chevrolet on July 15, 1969.

 https://www.virhistory.com/vir/69-sept/scca.htm
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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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