Thought I would post this here as it's Camaro related. I just heard from Ray Fairall's old racing partner, Willie Hornberger. I sent an e-mail to him and I am posting it here for all to read. There is a thread on the Class Racer web site which is dedicated to most who are involved with NHRA class racing. All on that site have been very supportive in my endeavors on selling Old Reliable and building my new Stock Eliminator race car, an original 1967 Z28 Camaro.
Hi, Don Lensch turned me on to your web site about "Own a piece Of History" article you did and the photos included.I'm overwelmed by your interest in Ray's car and the experiences Ray and I enjoyed racing this historic car. I understand that you planned to race this car again this year and would like to know when. Even though I retired from Westinghouse/Northrop Grumman and now live in the Villages, Florida. I want to be where ever you decide to race Ray's car again. Would you keep me informed about your restoration progress and coming out race?
Bill (Willie) Hornberger
The Villages, FL
Thanks so much for writing. I am so glad that you did as maybe you can fill in some of the blanks on the history that Ray cannot remember.
The whole situation with selling Old Reliable is the right thing to do. These famous race cars are at a premium and it's time to cash out. I've had 14 great seasons with the Strickler car and now it's time to have a car that I can run under my own identity. Ray's car is the perfect car for me. It's the first 1967 Z28 that I ever got to see in person. One of a handfull in the Baltimore area. And the fact that Ray and I became friends all those many years ago.......you included, so what would be the coolest stocker in the world to build? Has to be a 1967 Z28! Only 602 built, and you guys created a local legacy in the area. It's just a shame that it took so long to bring this car back to life. Stock Eliminator is the best fit for this car too. High winding small block 4-speed shifting at 8200 rpm. What can be better? No fiberglass, hood scoops, lexan windows, Dana rear ends, cut out wheel wells, and a full interior. A factory built race car that runs in the tens with headers and 9" tires. Does it get any better than this? in my opinion, no is does not. I fell in love with the Junior Stockers, Stockers and Z28s when I was 16 years old. And in my eyes, they are still the coolest race cars on the planet........the factory built race cars. My love affair for them still continues today and Stock Eliminator is the only class in all of motorsports that dictates a factory built car with no extensive modifications.
Ray's car will be a very competitive car in E and D Stock and it will also be a show piece to all Camaro lovers too. To date, there were only two known Tahoe turquoise 67 Z28s built with white deluxe interior, and the other one has not been located yet. Ray's car is the only one built this way that does exist, and it's a rally sport to boot. I know this because I run the national registry on the 1967 Z28 and have been doing so now for 20 years. Only 200 1967 Z28s are known to exist at this point in time. The time is right and you will be the first to know when and where the car debuts. It will look just as it did when it was delivered to A.D. Anderson back in June of 1967. How sweet it is.........
Thanks Willie and stay in touch!
All the best,