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Old 11-09-2017, 05:59 PM   #1
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Pictured is the first 3rd Gen race car in the world. This car won lots of money in NHRA competition eliminator. 5 speed 281 cubic inches went 8.44 at over 160mph in 1982.......won national events and lots of money. Fastest comp car in the country back in the day....was stopped by Don Prudhome in the pits as I was driving around and asked "what kind of car was this" as he looked it over...
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:37 PM   #2
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That car is so bodacious, just look at what it did to the hair of that poor fella standing in front of it!
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:39 PM   #3
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That car is so bodacious, just look at what it did to the hair of that poor fella standing in front of it!
Young Cajun boy from Lousiana who loved his Afro back in the day!
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:05 PM   #4
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All Comp Eliminator cars are stupid fast. It's just cubic dollars racing.

Local racer Jirka Kaplan was racing in AA/AM a few years ago plus in a few other classes as he changed his displacement. Basically he was running a top fuel small block in an altered and obliterated the class records. He was the first Comp car into the 5 second range.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:25 PM   #5
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All Comp Eliminator cars are stupid fast. It's just cubic dollars racing.

Local racer Jirka Kaplan was racing in AA/AM a few years ago plus in a few other classes as he changed his displacement. Basically he was running a top fuel small block in an altered and obliterated the class records. He was the first Comp car into the 5 second range.
That was not true at all in 1982. Most of our fast engines were built in our home garage. There was no Dyno.....we went to the track 3 days a week to test test test. We made ourselves fast. We did not have cubic money in 1982. I had a job and went to work everyday. We were the last bunch of homemade hardcore racers
Today its different .I quit because the fun was gone and there is too much money thrown at those cars by guys that buy speed...But not that 82 Camaro. I used a clutch every time I made a shift at 9500 with stock chevy components.......
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Post some more race photos/story's of your pride and joy.
Where is the car now?
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:23 AM   #7
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That guy's hair probably got blown off.

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Amazing for a motor that size. And that tranny. We need more detials??
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I remember your camaro, those were better times back then.
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There are too many stories to list but anywhere we went we qualified very well with stock engine parts that we twisted to 10,000 rpm on a regular basis......stock chevy crank and block and trw pistons. We ran stock crane roller gold rockers on studs with iron chevy turbo heads. 1.550 springs and a roller cam of course. A cast tunnel ram with two holly 660's.most everybody ran the same stuff. We just had a very good car ahead of its time with a 4 link suspension that had the right instant center built into and figured out the right weight distribution. Plenty of weight on the nose. It was a single rag disc and a doug nash 5 speed with some 102" rollout slicks. We ran Mickey Thompson tires even back then.....they were in the early years of slicks. We did not even have a shift light and shifted by the seat of the pants and no two step rev limiter either. This was drag racing at its best. Why we even had a movie star following Heather Thomas from the "Fall Guy" TV series!
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Im looking for a nice stock Third Gen to purchase with a 5 speed as a driver if you run across any that has a decent price.Im going to slow myself down now....
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By the way one of the biggest issues for a us was coming up with the rear lexan window that had all those curves in them. Nobody had made a window like that back then and we never did get it just perfect.
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Also I sold the car and I know it was sold again.have no idea where the car landed but I built what I thought was a better car after that and it would not even get close to that car with the same engine etc. I slowed down after that and never could even qualify most of the time. Shows you how the right combination is needed in a competitive class or you wont run. Pro Stockers have found this out too. They will build a new car and end up going back to their previous year car because the new one was slower......
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Thank you John for taking the time to come on here with the pictures and some background from 1982 racing. Are you sure you want to find another car and "slow down"? That doesn't usually work to well. Once racing is in your blood, it seems to stay there.
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Oh its there alright but enough is enough. I will probably end up with a mod of some sorts..
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Very Cool John , thanks for sharing the history.
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Pictured is the first 3rd Gen race car in the world. This car won lots of money in NHRA competition eliminator. 5 speed 281 cubic inches went 8.44 at over 160mph in 1982.......won national events and lots of money. Fastest comp car in the country back in the day....was stopped by Don Prudhome in the pits as I was driving around and asked "what kind of car was this" as he looked it over...
Great photos and story. Thanks for sharing.

I love the graphics in that first photo!
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Thank you John for taking the time to come on here with the pictures and some background from 1982 racing. Are you sure you want to find another car and "slow down"? That doesn't usually work to well. Once racing is in your blood, it seems to stay there.

Your welcome red Rock.figured you guys might get a kick out that car and story.

Maybe somebody could help me find the following car

Low mile ulta clean NO Tops/NoTpi plain jane camaro 305 TBI auto or stick but real clean. AC a must and no Verts
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