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Old 03-30-2019, 02:48 AM
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I love the SS & DI road test of the Gold ‘69. Running 11.90’s in a close-to-stock street car back then was really honkin’ on! Not much out there was gonna hang with that!
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Mark, i have a friend who was an original owner and raced a 69 l78 Nova back then. Same configuration but he did recurve the distributor and jetted the carb. Car ran consistant 11.70's in that trim. There were a few at the time in the area that ran like that.
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Here's a few paragraphs from Super Chevy by Ro McGonegal who penned the original July '69 SS& DI article after his 04/19/69 test day w/ Hedrick and the White Striped/Gold L72 Yenko subject car.
Last is an 04/27/69 newspaper ad w/ the car for sale @ Yenko's dealership just 8 days later touting the SS&DI results.

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Very doable. Mike, a friend of mine, has owned his COPO since the early 70's. At that time it already had 5.13's installed, headers, and traction bars, but was still primarily used on the street.

Fast forward to about 1985-ish, the car only has 20k miles on it, still original drivetrain, Mike still runs the 2" hooker super comps on it and slapper bars. He bolted on a pair of 28x9 slicks, opened the headers, and off to Edgewater. Other than headers, distributor and carb tweaks, the long block was bone stock.

The car went 12.20 at 114 mph and it was already laying over at the 1,000 foot mark. He stayed in it through the traps. Don't remember the rpm but it was done making power long before the stripe.

Around 1995-ish he decided to install 4.56's. The rest of the car still remains the same, however since then he's had no interest in racing the car anymore. I have no doubt the car would be good for some 12.0's or better.

The car has been briefly mentioned on this site before as one of the prettiest 10-10 COPO's around the Cinci area. Mike still owns the car today.
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that was a great article

Yenko had a press release on the car describing the drag test

That Y Camaro had an interesting 427 emblem installation. They put the Yenko 427 emblems on the front fenders instead of on the hood and on the back Yenko installed the Corvette individual 427 numbers onto the blue Chevy bow tie.

I know of a Yenko Chevelle that also had Corvette individual 427 numbers on back and the Yenko 427 emblems on the fenders.
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pretty cool story and cars..thought I knew of most of the 68/69 Chevelles around the area back in the 80's. beautiful but I don't recall ever seeing the black Chevelle SS...? must not have been out much.
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Awesome picture Joe and thanks for sharing it also pointing out the badging details.
Here's a few more Ro McGonegal articles that may as well land here too, the first about an L72 car Ro bought for himself a few months after the Gold Yenko SS&DI article, the next two both later year remembrances about an earlier Track day @ KC Raceway w/ ZL1 cars from Harrell's shop.
Credit to CarCraft/HotRod/ChevyHiPerformance/SuperChevy/The NY Times/SS&DI and Ro McGonegal himself who also took the pics that day, wow if it's Shay Nichol's ZL1 w/ 50 miles on it also cool hood on the #1 Harrell car back then + W31 style Scoops and more!

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