Cureton-1A rare option on the 1969 Camaro spelt muscle on a budget!

By Owner George Cureton #22309618, Bear, DE

Photography by Colin Date

3rd Place Winner, Delaware Valley Camaro Club, Prestige Invitational Class, 2014 Riverfront Camaro Show

I was introduced to fast cars with my first job at Al Rossi’s ESSO at age 15. Al raced a C Gas ’56 Pontiac powered by a Pontiac engine and regularly took me to the drag races. I was hooked and knew then that cars were going to be a huge part of my future. I began NHRA drag racing with an I/SA Chevy street piece and year after year continually improved my equipment. With the help and guidance of Alex Jarrell, I built a 1956 G/SA Chevy Sedan Delivery, bought a Bill “Grumpy” Jenkins motor, honed my driving skills and became an overnight successful drag racer. At the early age of 21, I won the 1967 NHRA Stock Eliminator World Championship in Tulsa, OK, driving the Sedan Delivery. The following year, I married Elaine, my wonderful wife of now 46 years. Racing was our life for over 20 years! Elaine, myself, and the racecar even honeymooned at the 1968 Tulsa World Finals. I had several cars through the years, all named Tokyo Rose. As we traveled throughout the country, we won numerous championships, national events and held many NHRA national records.

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