Perry S. Wyatt, Jr., has put together a great story for his dad,
Perry Wyatt, Sr., who owned and tuned the Super Camaro funny car. He
kindly consented to share his story with Draglist.com readers. As it spans
40 years, we are running it in installments. Check out the links at the
bottom to navigate the entire story. Perry is looking for any info on his
dad's old funny car, the Super Camaro. If you know of any info or photos,
please drop him a line. bp
1980. Two years after I had set out to show Lora what a
"real" cool hot rod was, I am ready to drive the Camaro. We've
already graduated from high school, so I missed out on that. I buy
insurance and plates and we cruise around town.
But the real reason for this car was to go drag racing. I was 18 years
old and had never made a pass down the quarter mile, even though; I had
spent most of my life at the drag strip. It's time! We plan a trip to
1980. It's a Saturday in April and we spend all day preparing the car
to race at Milan for Sunday. We cleaned and polished and tuned and
adjusted. Lora was preparing chicken for us to take. My dad's buddy Ernie
had loaned us the use of his brand new pick-up. My buddy Ron had loaned me
the use of his open trailer. We were up very late getting ready to go.
We got up very early Sunday morning and headed for Milan. My brother
and Lora were with me. My dad and other friends and family followed. It
was great! I had spent so long thinking about that first trip down the
quarter mile, that I was sick to my stomach over it.
I made it to the starting line and got it staged, the light came down,
and I hammered it, ran it through the gears and it was over before I knew
it. What a blast! 14:57 @ 95 mph! I got beat in the first round, but had
the experience of my life!
Ok, now I need some slicks and what about a lower gear and better cam
1980. I get some slicks and we start going to Milan on a regular basis.
The car runs pretty consistent in the 14:20's and I start going some
rounds. We run into a streak where it rains out Sunday at Milan for three
weeks in a row (saw a lot of movies at the theater). Detroit Dragway is
having a 3-day event and we decide to go there.
Funny, having grown up at Detroit Dragway, this is the first time we
run the Camaro there! Car runs in the 14.20s. There are BB/FCs running as
well as dragsters and pro stock type cars, along with Art Arfons'
"Green Monster." Plus there's this 1970 Camaro called
"Showdown" that's driven by a guy that I went to high school
with, but had never met. Car runs in the high nines and he beats Carl
Holbrook Saturday in Super Pro!
Lora had taken a picture of his car, as it stood out to her. During the
course of the weekend he walked by us and asked if we were interested in
selling our Camaro. We told him no, but he said if we changed our mind to
let him know, he didn't live too far from me.
I made it to the semi-finals on Sunday and was paid some money it was
1980. The Northern Nationals at Milan. We go on Saturday. The place is
packed. Raymond Beadle and Kenny Bernstein along with several others are
there. Joe Natt goes out with Lora and me. There is a guy there running a
tune up machine and his son's are racing a 1965 Impala, they're called
The dad will put anyone's car on the scope for free and help you dial
it in. So I wait my turn and get it on the machine, he's says everything
looks pretty good, but I should change the jets and readjust the carb.
Plus get some colder plugs. So I find some guys that have some jets and
swap them out, plus I get a set of cooler plugs and install them.
I go back over and he sets everything up on the machine and says it
should work good, why don't I go try it. I take the car up to run and it
goes 13:98. I'm smiling ear to ear, it had only run in the 14:20's and
maybe one high teen, but now it had improved two tenths. I got back to the
pit and ran over and thanked him.
Came back on Sunday and the event rained out, we hung out in Raymond
Beadles trailer while it rained, then when they said it would be post
postponed, Joe went over and got our money back on all of our tickets.
What a great weekend, I made passes all day Saturday, got my car into the
thirteen's and then got my money back.
We cruised in the Camaro until I put it up for the winter, what a great
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Perry S. Wyatt, Jr.