Naturally Aspirated Big Block 1969 Camaro Hits The Strip, Takes On All Comers

This video is about as close to “old school” drag racing as possible. A jet black 1969 Chevy Camaro with a big-block naturally aspirated engine burning gasoline. Sure, it’s racing gas, but there are no turbos, superchargers, or methanol. Is it almost? Yes, it is.

1969 Big Block Chevy Camaro Drag Car

Watch this naturally aspirated 632 cubic-inch big-block 1969 Chevy Camaro take on all challengers in this Drag Racing, and Car Stuff YouTube video from the Midwest Drags in 2021. During the Camaro’s first solo run, the car completes the quarter-mile in 9.375 seconds at 147.44 mph. The vehicle launches cleanly from the line and makes big horsepower on the big end to finish the run with impressive speed.

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In race two, the Camaro gives the opponent, an early 1970s yellow Chevy Nova, a substantial head start. Midway through the race, the Camaro runs down the Nova and finishes with a time of 9.102 seconds at 149.05 mph. The Nova’s time isn’t visible in the video but based on their relative track position, the Camaro wins by several car lengths.

Dodge Versus Chevy

The Camaro has its proverbial hands full in race number three against a Dodge Shadow with plenty of horsepower. The Camaro gets the hit in this race and runs a 9.25-second ET compared to the Shadow’s 10.94 for the win.

Moving on to race number four against a white Dodge Challenger, the big-block Camaro gives away the hit again. The Challenger is fast but not fast enough as it turns an 11.42-second ET at 122.29 mph to the Camaro’s 9.03 seconds at 145.74 mph. Even with the head start, the Challenger finishes a few car lengths behind.

The Final Race

Race number six has the Camaro starting nearly equal to another Nova, but this one is red. The Nova gets a slight advantage at the starting line, but the big bore Camaro closes the distance quickly. At the finish, the Camaro wins with an 8.87 second ET at 152.19 mph compared to the red Nova’s 10.58 second ET at 127.79 mph.


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The video’s final run is another solo pass for the Camaro. It begins with the Camaro doing a massive burnout with smoke surrounding the car. Again, the Camaro leaves the line smooth and powers down the strip. As the Camaro goes through the traps at the end of the strip, the lights flash another sub 9-second ET, albeit a touch slower than the time posted against the red Nova in the last race at 8.89 seconds and 151.6 mph.


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