Blue first-generation Camaro’s are the hot-ticket right now, it would seem.
The crew at Jerry Bickel Race Cars in Moscow Mills, Missouri have rolled out a pair of new nitrous oxide-assisted 1969 Chevrolet Camaro’s in recent weeks — one for PDRA Pro Nitrous runner Randy Weatherford and another, just this week, for Northeast hitter Dean Marinis and car owner Harry Pappas.
Weatherford, currently sixth in the Pro Nitrous standings, took delivery of his new machine last month, featuring silver SS stripes down its top and a striking scheme along its flanks. The new car replaces a similarly-appearing, Bickel-built machine that he’s been campaigning over the last couple of seasons in the quickest and fastest nitrous doorslammer category in the sport.
Marinis, a longtime hitter in the X275 ranks who has been earning his stripes in a Pro Modified car in recent seasons, took delivery today of this striking ’69 Camaro, which he’ll press into duty in various events around the Northeast and East coast, along with selected NHRA Pro Mod Series national events. Marinis last competed with the NHRA at Englishtown last summer, driving a likewise bright-blue C7 Corvette built by Bickel back in 2015. Marinis’ new car is, interestingly, strikingly similar in appearance to the car that Weatherford has been racing to this point in the season.
These two machines are just a couple of the slew of Pro Modified cars that are being churned out by Bickel and his team these days, and the repeat customers certainly speak volumes about the craftsmanship and competitiveness of their machinery.