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MY FAVORITE FUNNY CAR: CAR SHOP INC CAMARO


DavidChampagne
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My favorite funny car is  the Car Shop Inc. 1967 Camaro out of Metarie, La. (New Orleans). It ran in the mid 7s at 190 mph (1967-1968). It had a unique body design with the fastback wings and built in front spoiler opening.

I used a Competition Resins body, Polar Lights chassis, and fingernail polish for the color. I added the fastback wings and holes in the front. I made the decals myself (in 2003). It is another model I had started then put aside. When I found the proper color I got all fired up about it. Still have to sort something for the headers.

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11 hours ago, afx said:

Wasn't aware of this car - nice build.

JC and Tony,

  The car was around for 2 or 3 years. I don't remember ever seeing it in a magazine, only at our local dragstrip...LaPlace Dragway. I think it traveled around the south a bit.

This was around the time "Candies and Hughes" teamed up and was making a name for themselves.

Thanks for all the kind words everybody. I am working on my second most favorite funny car now, "SW&C Darkhorse 2" Mustang.

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4 minutes ago, TransAmMike said:

That looks great David.  I'm also from south Louisiana and lived in Metairie several years. Were you around in the LaPlace Raceway era??

Hello Mike,

Yes I was. One year, my wife and I made every race. They raced on the first and third Sunday. Almost all the big names came. Tommy Ivo, Big John, SW&C, Don Gay.

Once, we sat at a table in a diner next to "Big Daddy".

Then, a track opened in Houma. Although it was closer and nicer, we preferred LaPlace.

My wife's cousin raced a 64 Impala SS in G/stock.

Great days gone by. Wish I had taken more pictures.

 

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35 minutes ago, DavidChampagne said:

Hello Mike,

Yes I was. One year, my wife and I made every race. They raced on the first and third Sunday. Almost all the big names came. Tommy Ivo, Big John, SW&C, Don Gay.

Once, we sat at a table in a diner next to "Big Daddy".

Then, a track opened in Houma. Although it was closer and nicer, we preferred LaPlace.

My wife's cousin raced a 64 Impala SS in G/stock.

Great days gone by. Wish I had taken more pictures.

I ran down that strip many times in my stock '57 Chevy Bel Air and later my '66 SS Chevelle (D/Stock) and helped with my friends cars. Great fun back in the day. I never went to Houma but did occasionally go to Gulfport, MS.

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On 3/20/2021 at 7:58 AM, Rocking Rodney Rat said:

Nice job on a subject most haven't heard about. Keep the flame alive! I like the looks of the mustang body seen in the background as well. -RRR

Thanks RRR and everybody else.

The Mustang body is for my SW&C Darkhorse 2. Speedcity Resins had them availible but no more. So, I am making my own long nose mustang. Have used 3 kits so far.

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