Speaking of Smokey...
Here's my "Smokey Yunick" collection.
I recognize the Camaro and Mustang, of course, but......
What the hell is that belly-tanker-side-car-Indy-looking thing?
All of them gleaming and impressive in that black and gold color scheme !
@chris That is one of Smokey's indy cars, he got the idea from seeing Germain planes in WWII, It is called the capsule car with the driver sitting in the capsule on the left side of the car. Personally I think this was a death trap in a crash and lucky it was not crashed. George Hurst provided the funding to build the car and has Hurst lettered on the capsule "HURST floor shift special". This car is on display at the Indy museum. Bobby Johns was the driver and he spun the car in qualifying and the car failed to make the 1964 Indy 500.
These are hard to find and have been sold out for years in their 1/18 scale version.
Smokey Yunick also ran the first indy car with a wing in 1962, Bruce Crower, yes the Bruce Crower cams fame, helped Smokey with the wing, but while the wing increased corner speeds allowing the 1962 Watson Rooster to travel 146 MPH in the corners the car had to much drag from the wing that it would only do 146 MPH down the straights. Smokey was afraid the drag down the straits would be too much strain on the Offy to last the 500 miles so the wing was removed for the race.
You can still find the 1/18 scale Winged Watson Roadster if you are interested in it.
Here are more Smokey Yunick cars.
This is a 1967 Camaro that Smokey got, it was a Trans Am car but Smokey took it to Bonneville and set over 300 official records, Smokey says they broke over 500 records because they kept breaking their own records with it, they ran a small block and and big block in it to set different records. Before they went to Bonneville they stopped off at Riverside International Raceway and had Lloyd Ruby run a hand full of laps. Bud Moore was there testing his Trans Am cars and he told Smokey the Camaro would never pass tech inspection. Lloyd Ruby took the car out on the track and ran I think it was three laps and all the laps he was faster than the pole speed from the last race and each lap Ruby ran was faster than the last one. Ruby brought the car back into the pits and got out and left the track. Smokey loaded up the Camaro and continued on to Bonneville.
This is the 1957 Chevy Smokey Yunick owned and Paul Goldsmith drove.
This is one of two 1969 BOSS 302 Mustangs Smokey Yunick had both were set up for Trans Am racing. Ford president Bunkie Knudsen wanted Smokey to run one of the cars at Talladega in the first race held there, Smokey was not happy because he had to rework the car to pass NASCAR tech inspection but he did it, this was the period when Smokey was working for Ford again. Smokey told them the engines valve train would not last the race and he was right as the car dominated the race leading 54 of the 56 laps before a push rod went through a rocker arm with two laps to go ending the race for the car. Bunky Blackburn was the driver.
This is the 1968 Camaro and is a Trans Am car, the car never won a race while Smokey campaigned it but it was pushed to the limit development wise, this car today is owned by Vic Edelbrock and has been restored. This car did win races after Smokey sold it to another owner.
Thanks for all that Smokey-history John. I've never seen that "Hurst floor shift special" before; it's wild and deadly looking. 😬 😬 😬 As I noted on your other Smokey-post...
That '57 is nice looking but I passed because it's really (at least by all accounts ) a replica of any one of the several 1:1 "tribute cars" painted up like Smokey's 1957 Chevy. The 1957 black/gold Chevy that Smokey's actually raced at Daytona was a hardtop, not a 2-dr sedan.
@john3976 - Wow! You've provided a ton of Smokey historical information I never knew before! Good stuff, for sure!