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Chevy454 12-01-2004 07:49 PM

December '04 Feature Car
 
<body><p align="center"><font color="#009933 size=6">December 2004 Feature Car:</font></p><p align="center"><font color="#009933" size="5">Mike Guarise's 1968 Yenko Camaro</font></p><table width="100%" border="0"><tbody><tr><td align="middle" width="100%"><p align="center"><font color="#009933 size=3">Specs:</font></p></td></tr></tbody></table><table borderColor="#000000" height="150" width="100%" border="0"><tbody><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Engine (factory):</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">L-78 396ci/375hp</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Engine (Yenko):</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">L-72 427/425hp</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Transmission:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">M-21 4-speed</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Rear:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">4.10 posi</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Exterior color:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Rally Green</font></td></tr><tr><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Interior color:</font></td><td vAlign="top" align="center" width="50%" height="21"><font size="3" color="#009933">Standard Black</font></td></tr></tbody></table>
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<font color="green">"The car is Yenko # 8016, and, sold new at Jay Kline Chevy to Bob Krueger. In a letter, he explained how he went to the dealership in late '68, and, had a choice of two Rallye Green, and, two "light blue", Yenkos. After test rides, he chose this car, and proceeded to street race it extensively in the Minneapolis area. He claims he was "never beaten", and, the only car that came close was a '70 Hemi Cuda that he raced on I 35, all the way up to 130 MPH. He sold the car to his brother who removed the stripes, and, Yenko badges, but, left the SS 427 emblems that Bob had installed when the car was new. His brother installed dual Holleys on a tunnel ram, and, "Grumpy lump" style hood. At that point the car was raced only on the track. Some years later, mnyenko [Earl] on this site, discovered the car sitting outside a body shop, but, was unable to come to terms with the owner. Some five years later, after the stock market slumped in 1987, Earl was able to finally buy it for the same price that had been asked before. Later, Earl sold it to a buyer who sent the car to Gene Schmidt to be restored."

"The car was extremely solid, but, needed the usual drag car quarter replacement. For some strange reason, the paint supplier used the early '68 code of British Racing Green, and, the car was painted the wrong color. The car was completed, and, shipped to the owner in California, who enjoyed the car for a while, until he took it to a show, and, was informed by an "expert" that his car was "the wrong color". Well, the stuff hit the fan, and, eventually, he was refunded $6000. to get the car repainted correctly. Unfortunately, since the car looked great, even though it was incorrect, the owner never had it repainted."

"After two more short term owners, I was told about the car being available, but, it was slated to go to auction. I was able to buy it, and,had it home withing 48 hours of being told about it. The car has now been painted the correct Rallye Green, and, it is one of the strongest running cars I own."</font>

https://www.yenko.net/features/2004/MG1.jpg
https://www.yenko.net/features/2004/MG2.jpg

<font color="green">Left - wrong "British Racing Green", Right - correct "Rally Green"</font>
https://www.yenko.net/features/2004/MG3.jpg

YENKO DEUCE REGISTRY 12-01-2004 08:18 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Sweet!!!

JChlupsa 12-01-2004 08:20 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike Mahalo for bringing this 68 to SCR7. Being a person that is more of a 68 Camaro guy myself, I enjoyed seeing a car I had heard so much about finally in person. as for the color, Nice to see it back to what it should be but either one looked great on that car. Heres a little info you might like to print out about that subject as well.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v9...veJan21968.jpg

Mr70 12-01-2004 08:21 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Very Nice Mike! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/cool.gif
What are the Dates &amp; locations of those four Vintage pictures?

sYc 12-01-2004 08:23 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike, cool car... https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/worship.gif

As good as it looks in Rallye Green, I dig the British Green look. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

Belair62 12-01-2004 08:33 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Hey I really like the new Supercar Forum Rob...we can finally comment right here in it's own thread....sweet car Mike...I saw it in British and I saw it in Rallye....I like em both but the Rallye is striking on it. I really like the old drag decals on the quarter glass !!!

camarojoe 12-01-2004 08:35 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif This was one of my favorite "new cars" at SCR7...Until then I had never seen a rally green 68 Yenko Camaro, aside from some original photos I have that were taken in Canonsburg in 68. Did you happen to get a chance to see them? I was curious if it could possibly be the same car. If i get some time tonite i will try to post a couple here. Rally green is definitely a cool color...Does anyone know how many Yenkos were done in this color in 1968?
https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/flag.gif

DarrenX33 12-01-2004 09:07 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Can't go wrong with rally green. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...mlins/grin.gif Excellent car Mike! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/worship.gif

COPO 12-01-2004 09:56 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Great car and interesting history!

Steve_Hoog 12-01-2004 10:18 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Very nice car and interesting history!!

https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif

DaJudge 12-01-2004 10:54 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Very nice https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif Love the vintage pics. There may be a mark in the one photo in the middle of the tail panel of the tow car but if I am not mistaken it looks like a Firebird is the Camaro's tow vehicle. I guess that is the only way a Pontiac would get to be in front of that Camaro.
https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ins/3gears.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

Kim_Howie 12-02-2004 12:35 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike, Very nice car, loved it at the Reunion. I was like a bird dog I went on point and stopped in my tracks when I saw it. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/worship.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

chads454Ls6 12-02-2004 01:57 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike,awesome car,color combo,Very cool! It was good to see you at vettefest and have a little grub on belair62-(bob).will you be are attending barrett-jackson?

SS427 12-02-2004 02:15 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
At least two of those photos were taken at Northstar Dragstrip sometime in the early '70's based on their surroundings. Can't be possitive about the other two and also appear to be Northstar. I am pretty sure they were NOT taken at Minnesota Dragways.

Stuart Adams 12-02-2004 02:32 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Sweet car indeed. Love the 68 Yenko's.

camarojoe 12-02-2004 03:07 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
OK, here's the car i was referencing in my earlier post. These are Yenko promo/demo shots taken in 1968. Until I saw sixtiesmuscle's car at SCR7, I had never seen or heard of another rally green 68 sYc besides the one in these photos... could it be the same car? https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/dunno.gif Sorry for the sub-par quality, I don't have a scanner and these are digital pics of original pics. Compare these with the current pics of the car...
https://www.yenko.net/attachments/108536-68syc1.jpg

camarojoe 12-02-2004 03:09 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
1 Attachment(s)
rear shot...note the lack of license plate. https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/naughty.gif
https://www.yenko.net/attachments/108537-68syc2.jpg

Chevy454 12-02-2004 03:19 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Sweet pics, Joe... https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...ns/worship.gif

sixtiesmuscle 12-02-2004 04:03 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Thanks to all for the generous comments, and, for any corrections on info I have received. The class winner stickers in the windows are still there, and, are from Minnesota Dragway. I really didn't know where the track pictures were taken, so, thanks Rick.

NCGuy68 12-02-2004 05:18 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
I've always been fond of the 68's. Although its often called a 'carry-over' from 1967, it has unique features only found in that year.

Thanks for sharing Mike https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

hvychev 12-02-2004 07:47 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Car is totally freakin awesome!! Mike I think that you made a wise move with the color change! I saw the car in person in BOTH colors and I like the Ralley Green! I also dig the vintage pics posted by both Mike and Joey! https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...iggthumpup.gif https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

mc25t190 12-02-2004 10:30 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike has the coolest, between the Nickey's and that 68 Rallye green, definitely some of the rarest, way to go Mike! Let's get Mikey to try it, wish i'd tried it.

bkhpah 12-02-2004 05:03 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
I saw this car for sale years ago at the Auto Palace in Pittsburgh. It was at that time the British green. I would say it looks cool either way....BKH https://www.yenko.net/ubbthreads/imag...lins/beers.gif

JoeC 12-02-2004 06:00 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
nice car and pictures
In Joe's original pictures it looks like the SS gas cap is painted over black to hide the SS?
then the front shot it has the SS emblem on grill?
This seems odd because other original pictures of 68s didn't have SS emblems.

camarojoe 12-02-2004 08:37 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
While most 68 Yenko cars had the grill SS emblems removed, and the gas cap SS blacked out, I don't think its that unusual for a few to have the SS's left in the grille as an oversight, much the way that several of the 69s didn't have the blue bowtie in the grill removed.

DarrenX33 12-02-2004 08:45 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Well wait a minute. Doesn't it have SS on the sides as well? Were all SS identifiers intended to be removed on 68s?

JChlupsa 12-02-2004 08:50 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
The more I look at that car the more i like it. Has to be the nicest 68 Yenko around bar none!!!!!!

and it RUNS!!!!

Denis 12-02-2004 09:00 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Cleaned up version of Joe's pics:

http://www.corvettes-musclecars.com/...et/68Yenko.jpg

... and the other vintage pics:

http://www.corvettes-musclecars.com/.../68Yenko-2.jpg

Chevy454 12-02-2004 09:06 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
"and, it is one of the strongest running cars I own.""

I agree, Jeff! That last line is my favorite of the entire write-up!! Pushin' is for FORDS!!!

sYc 12-02-2004 10:09 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Don picked some pretty neat colors for the '68s. This car in Rallye Green, the Teal Island Blue car that was at SCR1, owned by Kory Smith and restored by the SCW, https://www.yenko.net/reunion/yenkoks.jpg and Groto BLue, owned by Dave Christenholtz, a former feature car https://www.yenko.net/features/2001/July2001.htm

Belair62 12-02-2004 10:25 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
I just noticed the "nostrils" aren't opened up on the car in Joes pictures.

427TJ 12-02-2004 10:26 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Note that in the old drag photos the car does not have spoilers. Also, the car in the Yenko promotional photos doesn't have trim rings.

Chevy454 12-02-2004 10:44 PM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Good eyes fellas...

sYc 12-03-2004 12:16 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Always interesting to look at vintage Yenko photos and compare the differences. For some reason, which I think is neat, even though all were built using the same blue print, each car seems to be just a little different then the next one, even the '69s and '70s, which for the most part were factory built and produced in volume. My guess is, Don was smart enough to know that every car enthusiast wanted to have his or her car relect their own personality. Mike's car is a good example of this, where two owners, even though brothers, had different ideas in how the car should look.

Chevy454 12-03-2004 01:13 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
1 Attachment(s)
These just in from Mike...I'll let him fill ya in on the details...

https://www.yenko.net/attachments/108662-MG12.jpg

mnyenko 12-03-2004 01:39 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Joe,
The photo you have may very well be Mikes car. There were 5 RG 68 camaros in the first batch of twenty. Two went to Jay Kline in Minneapolis MN. A previous owner told me the photo with tow bar. Was taken going north on hwy 65 Central ave. On the way to Minnesota Dragways. I agree with Rick. The timing tower in the other photo looks like Twin Cities dragways. Earl

sixtiesmuscle 12-03-2004 01:47 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
These vintage pics that Rob posted are of a Corvette Bronze "demo" in Florida. The grill emblem is absent, the gas cap is blacked out, it has trim rings, but, it's hard to tell if the hood is opened up.

JoeC 12-03-2004 02:06 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
The car in the B&amp;W photos looks like it has no front spoiler and the back spoiler looks like it is a aftermaket unit. It looks like the same type of spoiler that is on one of the restored red 68 Yenko Camaros.
There was at least one 68 ralley green COPO Camaro sold as 396 non converted car.

JChlupsa 12-03-2004 02:13 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
Mike what times did it run back in those days at the track

camarojoe 12-03-2004 03:29 AM

Re: December '04 Feature Car
 
[ QUOTE ]
These vintage pics that Rob posted are of a Corvette Bronze "demo" in Florida. The grill emblem is absent, the gas cap is blacked out, it has trim rings, but, it's hard to tell if the hood is opened up.

[/ QUOTE ]

Mike, I have a set of promo photos of this bronze car as well. How do you know the pics were taken in Florida? I always figured they weren't taken in Canonsburg due to the palm trees seen in the background, but was no certain where the location actually was.


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