LIMA —“It takes a lot to get this crowd started. That’s why Camaro SS sets the pace,” is how the sales brochure read for the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z11 RS/SS. For two out of the previous three year’s the Camaro had been chosen to pace this race, “Check one out and you’ll know why,” the brochure stated. To help the ‘69 Camaro stand out on the large expanse of track, the 1969 pace cars were designed to be visible: Dover White RS/SS convertibles with Hugger Orange Z28 style stripes and orange houndstooth cloth seats. All were equipped with the recently released cowl hood. Not bad for a model that was originally produced in 1967. The Chevy Camaro was an immediate hit. Production topped 220,000 cars the first year, followed by 235,115 for 1968 models and finally 243,100 for the 1969 model year. Of course it was competing with Ford’s highly successful Mustang.
Vicky Allen, of Lima, brought her 1969 Chevy Camaro RS/SS Pace Car to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. She has owned it for eight years. Her husband purchased it for her for her birthday! Yes, that’s him, Gary Allen, who owns the 1965 Chevy Corvette. How neat would it be to own two iconic, sweet cars, like the Allen’s!