Linda and Mark Mountanos - Ukiah, CA
1967 Chevrolet Camaro #1 - Originally driven by Paul Van Valkenburg
In the Spring of 1969, Sam Contino, Chaffee College's Automotive Technology Instructor, along with the enthusiasm of his auto tech club students, invested money in a 1967 Camaro for conversion into a Trans Am car.
Thus, a course in Race Technology was created at the college. "In our recollection, the first road racing car ever completed by any school...really completed - from blueprinted, balanced, and magnafluxed engine down to the Watts-linked rear axle," said Paul Van Valkenburgh in Sports Car Graphic, December of 1969.