Every year, companies from across the automotive aftermarket industry meet in Las Vegas for SEMA, a massive trade show and conference. Every year, the event features the latest and greatest products, accessories, and show cars on display. Every year, the vehicles get more wild and more creative. The recently-concluded 2013 conference was no exception.
News Desk, on Mar 25, 2013 9:57:29 AM
For enthusiasts, a car's story can be more important than the car itself. Whether it’s spending memorable moments in the garage with dad, date nights and cruise-ins with that special someone, or highly-embellished tales of well-earned race victories, a car with a unique history becomes much more than mere transportation, it becomes the main character in its own story. The latest addition to the Classic Industries collection, a unique 1969 Camaro built by one of the greatest legends in drag racing, is a character with its own unique history. The story begins with John Penso, part of the Flying Dutchman funny car crew and close friend of drag racing legend “Mr. Chevrolet” Dick Harrell. When Penso wanted a fast car for the street, but couldn’t find anything fast enough, he knew Harrell was the man to see. Penso made arrangements to fly to the Dick Harrell Performance Center in Kansas City, Missouri and drive a 427-powered 1969 Camaro back to his home in California.