Smokey Yunick’s Chevelle
If you haven’t heard about Smokey Yunick, you should, because he is one of the most colorful characters in American racing history. In fact, Yunick was a highly interesting engineer and race car builder. However, he was a grand cheater when it comes to racing propositions. And his attempt to trick NASCAR officials is the stuff of legends.
However, one of the best moments was when he presented his specially prepared Chevelle for 1967 season. He built the car according to NASCAR specifications and everything looked correct. But then somebody parked a stock 1967 Chevelle next to Smokey’s car and the officials noticed that Yunick’s racing car was considerably smaller.
In fact, he built a 7/8th scale replica of a standard car that looked exactly the same as the Chevelle. But, it was narrower, shorter and much lighter, which would give him an unfair advantage on the track. Needless to say, they banned the car, but the legend survived.