Before this purchase I had attempted to buy several other Corvairs for a track car but they didn’t pan out for one reason or another.
After viewing the sellers’ photos of this car I was not real sure it was a good deal but all the high-performance parts that came with it made it worth the money. The total of the parts alone was worth the price plus, it was a rust free car and I was in need of another Corvair project since I sold my 69 Vert to help finance it.
1965 Corvair Monza
Yenko Stinger Clone
Built- Los Angles CA
Factory Air (Dealer Installed)
Original Registered Sept. 1965, Arizona
Original List Price- $2297.00
Current Owner: Rick Norris
Purchased Sep.7, 2005
When I first began this project I didn’t have any goal or future time limit for completion. Originally I was going to have a multipurpose car that I could use for street, autocross and track events. After trying that I was not satisfied and quickly realized it would not be very good at any one of those so, with the events at hand I decided it would be a true full-fledged race car like I always wanted to build.
Another factor that greatly influenced my decision to go racing was the fact I was at a time in my life where I had better do it now or never. With encouragement from some old racers and other friends the decision was made and carried through with the completion of an SCCA driver’s school and a signed ticket to compete.
My original plan was to build a Yenko Stinger clone.
I was inspired to do a tribute car by several other Corvairs I’d seen dressed up to resemble famous racers. My idea was to make it a tribute car honoring the Roger Penske owned, Mark Donohue driven 1967 Camaro Z-28 Trans-Am race car painted in the Sunoco blue and yellow colors. Mark was one of my favorite race car drivers.
1967 was the first year in Trans Am for both of them. They weren’t too successful at first but, they dominated the series the rest of the time. I always liked the bold Z-28 racing stripes too.
Since I had a pretty good start on a race car it was not too difficult to continue.
After reading and re-reading the SCCA GCR or General Competition Rules book, work was begun to get the car legal to race SCCA or Vintage.
2015 October–Ready for the track.