Generation: C2
Year: 1966
VIN: 194376S116425
Race Numbers: 5,7,11,14,51,15
Ownership: 1st Pedro Rodriguez/Luigi Chinetti (NART), 2st Harold C. Whims Chapelhill NC 3nd Vin Williams NC 4th Vernon Robbins Winston Salem, NC 4rd Mike Robbins Lewisville NC 5th J.C. Hill/ Creed F. Smith III-Co-owners, Hickory, NC 6th Sam Henderson Simpsonville,SC 7th Ken Smith Spartanbrg SC 8th James Stansbury Richmond Virgina 9th LiLo Beuzieran Tuluca Lake, CA 10th Robert Auxier Glendale Arizona 11th Scott Freese Omaha, NE
Sponsors: Pure Oil/ Union 76, Yenko Chevrolet, and individual owners
Drivers: Pedro Rodriguez, Harold C Whims, Don Yenko, John Finger, Vin Williams, Mike Robbins, J.C Hill, Creed Smith, Sam Henderson, Ken Smith, James Stansbury,
Status: Show circuit

Original Color: Red
Tires/Wheels: 15X7 American racing, Firestone
Engine: 427 Development L-88
Driveline: Rare one of only 66 N-03 big 36 gallon gas tank,M-22 rock crusher trans,J-56 special H.D brakes,F-41 H.D.Suspension,Radio and Heater Delete. Factory installed Special1966 cold air box (cowl) hood.
Interior: Black
Condition: Restored to original RACE condition 1967
Unique Characteristics: The car has great racing history at : Daytona, Talladaga, Road Atlanta, Chimney Rock Hill Climb, Savannah International Raceway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wash DC. Summit Point ,Watkins Glen ,Pocono International Raceway, Roebling Road Raceway ,Virginia International Raceway. And the search continues for more.
Modifications: Full Cage, Fuel Cell, Large Flares added over the years
Notes/Race History: Purpose built by GM for Pedro Rodriguez and the North American Racing Team (NART) to race at the 1966 Sebring 12 Hours race. Pedro, at the time, would normally have raced a Ferrari, however, one was not available when this car was ordered. Pedro did end up racing a Ferrari in the race with Mario Andretti, when a Ferrari became available at the last minute. This car was delivered new to MacGrotty Chevrolet in Flushing, NY, to be placed on the Ferrari transport of the North American Racing Team (NART), to hitch a ride to Sebring. Luigi Chinetti, distributor for Ferrari North America, and Pedro were partners. After Sebring Pedro requested Don Yenko assist him in selling this car, as he had no need for it. Don reached out to close friend and fellow Sebring race driver, Harold Whims. Harold, Don and Dave Morgan raced Harolds first 1966 Corvette, the White #8, finishing second in GT class. During tire testing following Sebring, Harold totaled the #8 car, which burnt to the ground. In the hospital, recovering from his injuries, he received a call from Don checking on his condition. After assurances Harold would be ok, Don asked,.... do you want another race car? Don then told Harold about the Rodriguez car, now available, and that he needed an answer soon on this special car. Harold called Don the following day telling him he would take the car. Upon release from the hospital, Harold flew to New York and picked up the car. Prior to racing the car in 1966, Harold Whims received another call from Don Yenko indicating a newly designed Cold Air Box Hood was coming available for the 1967 model year and that it allowed more cold air to the motor than the 1966 Cold Air Box Hood produced and on the car as delivered from the factory. Harold purchased the 1967 hood from Don and replaced the factory delivered 1966 Cold Air Box Hood. Pure Oil/Union 76 sponsored the car for Harold by building him a service station, purchasing a truck and trailer for transport and providing various fluids. This car is known as one of the FOUR KINGS…purpose built by GM to win races, as told by Dick Guldstrand. The car has race history from new to 1987, when it was retired and parked. In 2007 it was purchased by a California racer intent on doing a complete restoration. In 2008, still sitting unrestored, the owner decided to sell the car, which he did, to Robert Auxier of Phoenix, AZ. A significant business opportunity became available to Bob in 2010 and the car was then sold to the current owner, Scott E. Freese. It is now fully restored to the configuration as built by GM and raced by Harold Whims. Restoration of the car took two years in addition to thousands of hours of research by Scott. UPDATE 8-25-14. CAR APPEARED AT THE CARLISLE RACE CAR REUNION WITH SCOTT FREESE AND HAROLD WHIMMS. A GREAT REUNION. Restoration of the car was assisted by some very important photos, provided by Harold from his personal collection. Special thanks to Harold Whims, Scuderia Hermanos Rodriguez, A.C. Secretary General Carlos Eduardo Jalife-Villalon, Dick Guldstrand, Jim Gessner, Dr. Pete J. Gimenez, Kevin Mackay, Harry Larson, Scott Crum and many others. UPDATE 7-12-16 APPEARED at the 2016 BLOOMINGTON GOLD 1966 Collection in INDY June 23-25, 2016. Original owner Harold Whimms was on hand with owner Scott Freese sharing the original history of the car,
Registry ID Number: 596

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