Credit for this story and very cool video goes to “Big Red” 69 Camaro. I stumbled across it and just had to post it up. Enjoy!
In February 2014, Hot Rod Magazine invited the Big Red Camaro out to face off against Chevrolet’s new 2014 Z-28 Camaro. Big Red has never been one to back down from a challenge and to pit the Generation 1 Camaro against the new Generation 5 was too good an opportunity to pass up. The Big Red team braved one of the worst ice storms on record and made the trip out to the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama to attend the challenge. With the freezing temperatures came poor track conditions, and the new Z/28 had a huge advantage with all its modern traction control systems – Big Red had her work cut out for her. Unfortunately the less than ideal conditions held Big Red back from reaching her full potential in what would be a classic duel on a truly great road course, but she still managed to give her descendant one hell of a run for its money.
A big thanks to Hot Rod Magazine, Chevrolet and Barber Motorsports Park for the opportunity to come out and strut our stuff!
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The Big Red Camaro was originally built in 1987 by father and son team, Dan and RJ Gottlieb. The car began as an all stock 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and became a very highly modified muscle machine revered and well-known for its stunning performances in “flat out” open road racing. The original car was destroyed in an accident in the La Carrera Road Race in 1988, as the stock chassis was unable to handle the stresses of cornering the heavy car under the conditions and massive power output. “Big Red” was then rebuilt by the late, great race car builder Bill Osborne with the original stock ’69 body and a spaceframe tube chassis, as well as a 1,000 plus horse power engine built by Larry Mollicone. This is the car that went on to win accolades and trophies at both the La Carrera Classic and Silver State Classic Challenge throughout the late 80’s, catching the world’s attention, scoring features in numerous car magazines, and made a name for itself among muscle car and race enthusiasts. Big Red was retired in 1996 to a car museum, and revived for racing again in 2004. Big Red continues to live up to the title of “The Baddest ’69 Camaro ever.”