1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Bring A Trailer Exclusive 1969 Chevrolet Z28 FIA Camaro
1969 Chevrolet "Team S-Car-Go" Z/28 FIA Camaro Bring A Trailer Exclusive
Type Z/28 Sport Coupe
12 = Camaro
4 = V8 Engine
7 = Camaro
9 = Year built (1969)
N = Were built (Norwood, Ohio)
594577 = Sequential VIN Number
ST69 = 1969 Model Year
12437 = Coupe
NOR = Norwood, Ohio Assembly Plant
232470 = Body Number
TR712 = Interior Trim Code “Custom Black”
76 = Exterior Color Code “Daytona Yellow”
02A = Assembly Date (First week February 1969)
X77 = Base car with Special Performance Equipment (Z28)
From the Cowl Tag information, this vehicle is a:
1969 Chevrolet Camaro Coupe assembled at the Norwood (Cincinnati, Ohio) and assembled by Fisher Body Company and assigned individual body No. 23247 and completed in the first week of February 1969.
During assembly, this Camaro was fitted with a “Black Custom / 712” interior and painted externally in “Daytona Yellow / 76.”
This Camaro was built with exterior trim code; “X77 - Base car with Special Performance Equipment (Z/28)”
January 31st, 1971 Daytona 24 Hours
Race No. 48 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 FIA Camaro V8 5000 cc
Entered by S-Car-Go-Racing (USA)
Driven by: Sheldon Dobkin (USA)/John Maynard (USA)/John Oliver (USA) DNF mechanical failure
March 20th, 1971 Sebring 12 Hours
Race No. 88 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 FIA Camaro V8 5000 cc
Entered by S-Car-Go-Racing (USA)
Driven by: John Oliver (USA)/John Maynard (USA)/Peter Flanagan (USA) DNF Rear end failure
The Trans Am Series produced famous racing greats, which made it a competitive racing series and one that was difficult for the average “Joe” to compete in with a considerable amount of success. In 1970, four Miami Region SCCA enthusiasts teamed up to battle these racing greats. The four individuals were auto parts salesman John Maynard, mechanic Pete Flanagan, office machine technician Ed O'Conner, and John Oliver who was pressured into donating his personal 1969 Camaro Z-28 as the team's race car.
Converting the Camaro into an effective FIA Group 2 race car took nearly a year and a considerable amount of financial resource. The car was given the required safety specifications, its street equipment removed, the 302ci engine tuned, fitted with a Franklin quick-change rear differential with sway away axles, Grand National Stock Car racing hubs, large front and rear sway bars, Koni shock absorbers, 25-gallon Firestone fuel cell, Corvette calipers and discs on all four corners, Corvette upper and lower A-arms, Chevrolet heavy duty pick-up truck ball joints and suspension linkages, a full roll cage, a duel fuel filler system set-up on both rear fenders to accommodate racing directions and pit road orientation, a full night running light set-up composed of 3 sets of Marchal spot lights, mini cooper marker lights for the doors and a blinking roof light.
The car was entered in the 1971 24-Hours of Daytona where it qualified well and soon earned itself international fame. The fame was not intentional, as it was involved in the first crash of the race. A contact incident came early in the 24-Hours of Daytona when the No. 3 Martini & Rossi Porsche spun in the path of the Oliver/May- nard/Dobkin Camaro in Turn 2 of the 3.81-mile circuit. Both cars continued but the Porsche had to stop for suspension repairs. Twenty-three hours later, the Team S-CAR-GO Z-28 Camaro was listed as 'not running' due to mechanical failure and listed as a mid-pack finisher.
In March, the friends entered the 12-Hours of Sebring. The car was repaired, painted in black livery, riding on new magnesium racing wheels, and wearing the number 88 the team began the endurance race with great expectations. However, their hopes were thwarted once again. Past the half-way mark the Camaro was up with the leaders in the Touring class until the state-of-the-art Franklin quick-change rear differential failed and forced a premature retirement. After 131 laps the mechanical failure resulted in a 35th-place overall finish. After the two valiant race outings the friends realized that a lack of sponsorship would prove a difficult obstacle to inter- national competition and they returned their Camaro to the ranks of Florida regional SCCA competition. The car was later sold to Roberto 'Cowboy' Gonzales who continued to use the Z-28 in Texas SCCA 'A' Sedan events for several years.
The car remained well cared for and carefully preserved after its active race career was over. In 1999 the car was purchased by a well-known Texas collector. After his purchase he treated this Z-28 to a thorough and authentic restoration back to its initial Daytona race livery and mechanical configuration. After several years in his collection, the car was offered for sale at the RM Monterey Sports Car Auction in 2007.The vehicle went to the United Kingdom and then was sold again in 2011 to famous Dentist / Racer Extraordinaire, “Doc” Johnson. Johnson spent the next three years restoring and preparing the car for historic racing and beginning in 2014, raced the car frequently and very effectively at Laguna Seca, Coronado, and Sears Point. In 2018, Johnson again restored the car but this time going to extreme measure to bring the car back to its exact configuration and specification as raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1971.