1969 Corvette 427 L88 vs 1969 Camaro 427 ZL1 | Factor Stock Drag Race

1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 drag racing 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88. Factory Stock Drag Racing. Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race.
First car is a 1969 Chevy Corvette, the other a 1969 Chevy Camaro. The 1969 Camaro has a 427 V8 ZL1 engine rated 430 horsepower. The Corvette has a L88 V8 engine also rated 430 horsepower. The ZL1 Camaro has a TH400 3-speed automatic transmission. The 1969 Corvette L88 has the same transmission. Rearing gearing in the L88 Corvette is 4.56. The ZL1 Camaro came standard with 4.10 rear gears. The weight of the 1969 L88 Corvette including driver is 3454 pounds. The curb weight (without driver) of the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is 3300 pounds. Original testing of a 1969 Camaro ZL1 by Hi Performance Cars Magazine in 8/1969 showed a quarter mile time of 13.16 seconds @ 110 mph. However, with open headers and 6 1/2 inch slicks the same car ran 11.64 seconds @ 122 mph when tested by Super Stock magazine in May of 1969. Hot Rod tested a L88 Corvette in April of 1969 and with 3.36 rear gears it ran 13.56 seconds @ 111.10 mph.
Remember, both cars participate in Factory Stock class through F.A.S.T drag racing. Make sure you visit their website.

Here are the Factory Stock rules:

For 1955 to 1979 muscle cars built in United States and Canadian assembly plants with a minimum warranty of 12 months and 12,000 miles.

Automatic Transmissions: The transmission and torque converter must be correct for the year, make, and horsepower claimed. Shift improver kits are allowed. After-market shifters are not allowed. No manual valve bodies. No lightweight internal components allowed. 
Manual Transmissions: The transmission must be correct for the year, make, and horsepower claimed. 3-speeds may be upgraded to the correct 4-speed if originally available.

Rear Axles: 
The rear axle must be of the same manufacturer as the car. Any gear ratio is allowed. Driveshaft safety loops are mandatory on all cars 13.99 and faster! 

Must be factory correct for the year, model, and horsepower claimed. Dealer installed engines and dealer performed engine modifications are not allowed. Casting numbers must be correct for the year and horsepower claimed including intake manifold, heads, and exhaust manifolds. Modifications are prohibited. Blocks do not have to be “numbers-matching,” but they must be the correct displacement. Overbores up to .070″ are allowed. Stock cranks only. NO strokers! Random P&G checks are possible. Compression may be increased to the greater of NHRA allowable stock blue print or 1.5 over advertised compression. NHRA

Electrical System:
The battery must be retained in the original location and securely fastened down with the original style hold down. The charging system must be fully operational at all times.

Fuel System and Carburetor: 
The carburetor must be correct for the year, make, and horsepower claimed. Jetting and metering changes are permitted. THE CHOKE ASSEMBLY MUST BE IN PLACE AND FUNCTIONAL!

Valve Train:
The complete valve train must be factory stock for the year, make, and horsepower claimed. Rocker arm ratio must be correct for the year and horsepower claimed. Roller tip rockers allowed as long as correct ratio is used.

The camshaft must be correct for the model, year, and horsepower claimed for duration, lift, and type of lifter (hydraulic or solid). No roller cams allowed.

Cast iron exhaust manifolds are mandatory and must be correct for the year, model, and horsepower claimed. NO internal modifications to the exhaust manifolds are allowed. Under no circumstances will headers be allowed, including those cars that came with headers delivered in the trunk. The exhaust system may be upgraded to a maximum of 2.5-inch head and tail pipes.

Ignition System:
 The ignition system must be stock, including the distributor, cap, coil, and wires. Points may be replaced with any electronic conversion that fits under the stock distributor cap.

Front Suspension: Stock springs and shocks must be retained. Drag springs and shocks that allow excessive lift during launches are NOT allowed.
Rear Suspension: Traction devices are limited to hop-stop bars for the upper control arms on coil-spring cars. Pinion snubbers and clamping of springs are allowed on leaf-spring cars.

Tires & Wheels: 
Reproduction tires or radial tires only. No soft compound tires of any kind allowed. Retread tires are not allowed. Use of traction compounds or rubber-softening chemicals on tires are strictly prohibited.

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  1. When it comes to pure balls out fun there is no replacement for displacement. These cars were blissful brutality the likes of which we will never see again

  2. GM, Ford and Chrysler all gave false numbers on HP strictly for insurance purposes. A little tweak here and there, the 500hp threshold was easily attainable.

  3. F.A.S.T cars, Factory Appearing Stock Tire. These are basically NHRA Super Stock cars on doctored bias ply tires. Nothing stock about these cars. If you took both these cars off the showroom floor straight to the strip they MIGHT run 13's on a GOOD day…most likely low 14's. A Stock six speed V6 Honda Accord runs high 13's for reference.

  4. I remember back in the 90's you could still buy brand new L88`s from the Chevrolet parts counter for around 5k. I thought that was a fortune back then but I was a broke teenager. I still have the GM performance parts catalog.

  5. This year Camaro was lame looking 67 and 68 were nicer looking and more aggressive-looking car the Corvette on the other hand this is one of my favorite year for the Corvette when they went to the plastic bumpers they ruin them my thoughts were the Corvette would win Corvette is definitely a lot more aerodynamic than that Camaro

  6. It's funny the ZL-1 was supposed to be for the Corvette only (Only 2 were ordered) but because of the COPO system they mainly ended up in Camaros. Most of them ended up being sold at the parts counter. The aluminum block shaved about a hundred pounds off the front end weight which is a big help with understeer.

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