1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Owned By Trans-Am Racer Tomy Drissi: Video9
One could say that American race car driver Tomy Drissi has a thing for the Chevrolet Camaro. Not only was a Camaro his first car, he also races a Camaro in the Trans-Am Series and owns one of the most sought-after Camaro model variants ever built: a first-generation Camaro Z/28.
Drissi recently paid a visit to Autopia Los Angeles to show the YouTube channel his fully restored, Le Mans Blue Camaro Z/28. Drissi’s Camaro Z/28 is a very well-equipped model that left the factory with the RS/SS package and is just about the best example of the breed in existence thanks to its period-correct restoration, numbers-matching 302 cubic-inch V8 and Muncie four-speed manual transmission.
Unlike many vehicles feature on Autopia L.A.’s channel, Drissi’s Camaro is bone-stock. He doesn’t need modifications to make him go faster, though. As a Trans-Am champion, former NASCAR road course ringer and ALMS podium finisher, Drissi drives his Camaro Z/28 like he stole it and is very confident doing so. A modern-day Trans Am car has over 800 horsepower, so the 300-or-so horsepower that GM’s 302 cubic inch V8 doles out is very tame by his standards.
It was actually a Camaro exactly like this that got Drissi hooked on the art of driving fast. He used to go out for spirited, early-morning drives in his old ’69 Camaro on LA’s Mulholland Drive before getting into vintage racing in the early 1990s. From there, he started vintage racing in a C2 Corvette, but found his aggressive driving style was better suited to purpose-built, modern-day machinery like the Camaro he currently races in the Trans Am Series.
Hear what Drissi has to say about his beloved 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 (and watch him thrash the living daylights out of it) in the video embedded just below.
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No RS/SS package on 69 Z28. RS but not SS.
There are very few cars that can be considered ‘iconic,’ but the ’69 Z28 is certainly ranked as one of them.
It’s interesting to note that there are probably three times as many of them around as Chevrolet actually built, IYKWIM.
Tom, I do know. I was burnt once.
Very Nice Car —Glad to see it’s not a Trailer Queen-like so many, The factory rating of 290 hp occurred at 5300 rpm, while actual peak for the high-revving 302 was closer to 360 hp (268 kW) (with the single four-barrel carb)
Best year for Camaro and a beautiful example!
Old school , carburetor , an no COMPUTERS!!! THE OWNER COULD WORK ON THEM ,ISNT THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT!?
I’m not sure if this is the only year there was a such thing as a Z28 SS was in 2002 thought it was kind of weird
I have the same car but Dusk blue. and I’ll NEVER sell it