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Surviving a 140mph Crash in a 1969 Camaro: Dave Wallace | Episode 9

10/6/2020

A lesson in safety.

When Dave Wallace set out to build a 200mph, 1969 Camaro, he made safety the first priority.

What happened at last year’s Big Blue Mile made everyone glad he did.

After hitting 198 miles-per-hour mark without any aggressive shifting, Dave let the car cool down. He knew he could easily hit 200mph on the next run and went over his mental checklist on how to hit it.

Then, the last thing anyone wants happened on run #2.

Either the rearend failed, or Dave missed a shift. Whatever happened, it happened at 140mph. Dave’s 1969 Camaro, rolled (and bounced) nine times before coming to a halt in the Nebraska grass.

Then, Dave climbed out of the car and went to work on Monday.

Dave’s story is a testament to safety, and the care he and his team poured into his car. Every beautifully executed weld, every extra step – it all added up to protecting Dave while rolling at 140mph.

In episode 9 of What Moves You, we talk to Dave Wallace about his amazing 1969 Camaro racecar, how to stay safe when the worst happens, and what he’s doing to bring the car back to the track.

Photos and Videos:
Before...in line for tech at an SCCA event.
And after.
It looks pretty gnarly, and none of the '69 Camaro bits survived, but it's being rebuilt.
Here's the car currently, being rebuilt in Dave's home shop. Look for the new and improves version back on the track next year!

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