Big Red History 1991

By 1991, Big Red’s star power was beyond doubt. In May, Dan and RJ brought it out again for the Nevada Open Road Challenge — the spring installment of the Silver State Classic. For RJ, the race was a no brainer, since it’s exactly the same race as the SSCC his father Dan had helped to start. By now the story was more than just some fearless kid in a Camaro, but the Camaro itself. It was a monster of a car, but a strangely accessible one that drew spectators away from the Ferraris and Corvettes in the pre-race car show. Fans, however, didn’t come out that mild spring day to see Big Red shine in the sun at a car show. While the day before had been windy and even had a little late snow, on race day it was dry and clear. RJ uneventfully pushed that 800-horsepower engine to a top speed of 208 mph, with an average speed of 189.25 mph for the 92-mile race. Even though the road was rougher this year and speeds were down from previous attempts, it was a relatively smooth ride, and fast enough for RJ to again take home the firstplace trophy in the unlimited class. That September, All Chevy ran a three-page spread on Big Red, and two months later she was featured in Turbo & Hi-Tech Performance magazine.

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By 1991, Big Red’s star power was beyond doubt. In May, Dan and RJ brought it out again for the Nevada Open Road Challenge the spring installment of the Silver State Classic. For RJ, the race was a no brainer, since it’s exactly the same race as the SSCC his father Dan had helped to start. By now the story was more than just some fearless kid in a Camaro, but the Camaro itself. It was a monster of a car, but a strangely accessible one that drew spectators away from the Ferraris and Corvettes in the pre-race car show. Fans, however, didn’t come out that mild spring day to see Big Red shine in the sun at a car show. While the day before had been windy and even had a little late snow, on race day it was dry and clear. 

RJ uneventfully pushed that 800-horsepower engine to a top speed of 208 mph, with an average speed of 189.25 mph for the 92-mile race. Even though the road was rougher this year and speeds were down from previous attempts, it was a relatively smooth ride, and fast enough for RJ to again take home the firstplace trophy in the unlimited class. That September, All Chevy ran a three-page spread on Big Red, and two months later she was featured in Turbo & Hi-Tech Performance magazine.

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