Thursday, 06 September 2012 12:14
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Stormer and Stomper. Those were the names Don Yenko gave his two Camaro projects when he was planning special versions of Chevrolet’s new ponycar in 1966. The Stomper name didn’t really stick; Yenko later called those 427 big-block conversions Super Camaros, and the hobby now refers to them simply as Yenko Camaros.
But Yenko had more than just drag racing in mind for the Camaro. He was a road racer as well as a Chevrolet dealer, and he enjoyed a lot of success piloting a number of Corvettes in the ’50s and ’60s—until a certain Carroll Shelby turned Ford’s Mustang into a road-race star as the G.T. 350. Yenko’s Corvair Stinger was the first shot aimed at taking Ford down a notch. “I got tired of looking at the rear bumper of Mark Donohue’s Mustang,” Yenko once said. “I decided the only way I could stay loyal to Chevrolet—after all, they put the food on my table—was to build my own car.”
via Yenko Stormer Camaro – Muscle Car Review Magazine
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