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1969 Camaro Pro Street Wins Best of Show Award

In 1996 Brad Gray of Rockwell, NC, hauled home a 1969 Camaro Pro Street that was a mess. It took him a trailer and two full truckloads of parts and pieces to get it all back to his house. Thirteen years and countless hours spent working in his garage later, Gray used that same car to haul away the prestigious Food Lion AutoFair Best of Show Award Sept. 13 as the four-day automotive extravaganza concluded at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC.
    
"I bought it from a guy down in South Carolina," Gray explained after accepting the award. "I brought the car home on a trailer and had two pickup truck loads, too. It's been a long and hard process restoring this car."
    
Gray logged many hours restoring the car. He painted the car red eight years ago and had the interior redone in tan and red to match. In addition to the aesthetic touches, he added a souped-up 468 cubic-inch big block engine with a 1471 Littlefield supercharger and twin 67-millimeter turbos. With that power, wheelie bar and a parachute, the 1969 Camaro is ready to make a pass down the drag strip.
    
"It's a Pro Street car with a full cage," Gray said. "The car has a lot of drag racing history. It was actually put on the strip back in 1972, so it's been racing all its life."
    
"When I got it, I put it on the street and drove it for a few years as I progressed with it and then turned it into a full-time fun show car."

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