The Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are two of America’s great muscle cars. Road Atlanta is one of America’s great race tracks. Put all three together and you’ve set the scene for an epic road race that would bring a patriotic tear to any American motorsports fan’s eye.
The good folks over at Historic Sportscar Racing on YouTube filmed this exact intra-family General Motors battle this past summer. Taken from a camera affixed to the interior of the Camaro, the video shows the two classic Chevys having a hard yet respectful battle on the 2.54-mile road course in Braselton, Georgia.
This dog fight is rather close, with the Corvette having the edge down the straights and the Camaro appearing faster through the corners and under braking. The Corvette eventually widens the gap over the Camaro after passing it down the straight between Turn 7 and Turn 10A, but then the Camaro manages to reel it in again – mainly through the final corner (Turn 12) and the first sector.
If you stick around long enough, you’ll see a rogue fourth-generation Pontiac Trans-Am race car of some sort appear on track. These cars were raced in SCCA and were also the body for the IROC series cars at the time, although this car doesn’t appear to be an IROC car. The two Chevys also blow past a 911 near the start of the video – a scene any GM fan can appreciate.
Check out this classic Camaro and Corvette battle in the video embedded above. If you like what you see, you might also want to check out the rest of Historic Sportscar Racing’s videos. They have filmed everything from IMSA champion Jordan Taylor wheeling a vintage Corvette at the Daytona Classic 24 Hours to legendary F1 designer Adrian Newey in a March 83G prototype – a car he helped design back in the 1980s.
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