It is known as The Lightweight. The reality is that this blue and yellow bomb is a heavyweight in the history of North American road racing. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure many visitors to the show just saw a cool old racecar. I saw the Belle of the ball!
This 1967 Chevrolet Camaro is the 14th Z28 ever built and was originally transformed into a race car in the service department of Gorries Chev in the east end of Toronto for team owner Terry Godsall. One of CanadaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top drivers of the day, Craig Fisher, campaigned the car in the Trans Am portion of the Ã¢â‚¬â„¢67 Daytona 24 hour endurance race. Fisher finished 2nd in the Trans Am race, scoring the first series points for the Camaro. The 13th production unit was being raced by the Roger Penske and Mark Donohue duo.
After the destruction of the 13 car, Fisher joined Penske and he and Donohue co-drive the 14, but not before Penske & Donohue worked their magic on it. The car was acid dipped and received a Traco V-8 and was painted in the blue & yellow Penske Sunoco colors. Between Fisher and Donohue, the car won 2 of the final four races. In the final race, the car lapped the entire field. During post race tech, it was discovered that the car weighed 250 lbs. less than the 2,800 lb. minimum. Somehow, silver-tongued Penske talked his way out of any penalties and kept the win.