1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro drag racing 1969 Chevrolet COPO Chevelle | FACTORY STOCK DRAG RACE

1969 Chevy Yenko Camaro vs 1969 Chevy Chevelle COPO – Factory Stock Drag Race
Our first car is a 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. The other a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO. Both cars feature a L72 427 V8. Yenko rated their car at 450 horsepower, but Chevrolet rated the COPO Chevelle at 425 horsepower. Both cars have the same transmission… a 3-speed TH400 automatic. The 1969 Chevelle and the 1969 Yenko Camaro also have the same rear gears, that being 4.33. The COPO Chevelle curb weight (driver NOT included) is 3635 pounds. The weight of the Yenko Camaro WITH driver is 3796 pounds. Yenko only produced 201 total Camaros in 1969, and only 30 of those were equipped with the automatic transmission. The 1969 COPO Chevelle was also rare with only 323 produced in 1969, while 96 had automatic transmissions. A Yenko Camaro was tested by Super Stock and Drag Illustrated in July of 1969; that car was on street tires, but did utilize a set of headers. It ran the 1/4 mile in 12.59 seconds @ 108.07 mph.
Remember, both cars participate in Factory Stock class through F.A.S.T drag racing. Make sure you visit their website. https://www.fastdrags.com.

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. Who do you think is gonna win this one? Leave your guesses before watching! And yes, sYc was known to some to stand for different things… Yenko Super Camaro, Yenko Super Car, Yenko Super Coupe. Bottom line, there's no need to pee your pants over it.

  2. Stinking impressive running these times with exhaust manifolds!
    Totally optimized with headers ect..look out!
    I still can’t get over the FAST cars series. The orange ZL-1 and black hemi cuda. Unbelievable cars!

  3. Man this makes me miss my 69 Chevelle and Camaro SSs, neither COPO or Yenko but I loved them both. Built 350 I both, Muncie in the velle 350 Turbo in the maro both with 3:73 posi. I actually looked just like old Mickey when you said the Chevelle had a powerglide lol, I almost popped a gasket! Good one dude. This was a good clip too, I would love to see them race more, it could go either way, and I love both so much I won’t be upset about anyone losing.

  4. Goodday C & Z,

    Doesn't get better than this a pair of COPO's.
    Even rare a Chevelle, if only the Chevelle was a Yenco 1 of 99, now that would be really awesome.

    That was a very quick, close race.
    Great race all round.

    Your number 1 Fan in Australia
    Louis Kats from Melbourne Australia ☺ 👍 ❤

  5. I was gonna forward this to a buddy but the commentary and all the crap cut in is so stupid I’m turning it off unfinished.

  6. I had a '69 firebird back in the day, had the overhead cam straight 6, Hurst three on the floor, speedo also went to 140, lol!
    I actually remember taking it past 130, although I'm pretty sure it took over a mile, also great MPG's!

  7. I truly miss going to 131 Dragway. I grew up in Plainwell just south of the track. Now I'm living in Charleston South Carolina. My uncle raced Earthquake a 76 Camaro small block 400ci. Big Mike was his name.

  8. Those cars were fun to drive. No electronics. You were in control and you could very well loose control or blow the engine. A lot of people did both.

  9. What's insane is a Copo Camaro direct from GM costing $7269 with the L88 upgraded to the ZL1 engine package,i didn't see a price for a L72 Copo Camaro listed, but the L72 was a $400+ upcharge over the base price engine.I don't know if it's added to the SS 396 option or the base Camaro period,from a bunch of sites i researched it wasnt listed. Was the Copo Camaro more than the Copo Chevelle with the L72 for $2690 ???!!! If so,That's crazy!!! I just don't get the price difference!!! A $4160 ZL 1 engine package above the car sticker price is astronomical!

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