Harrel Lamkin might be the only person we can think of who would be proud to be the owner of an AMC Pacer. You know one of the weird little fishbowl AMCs that he’s connected to: his daughter Anna Beth’s 1976 Pacer X, the Plum Crazy Purple one that became famous on Power Tour about ten years ago. But that was the second car. This orange and black car is the one that Lamkin raced for a while in the 1990s before he sold it off. Powered by a Pontiac 455 and capable of tens in the quarter at it’s height, the car was sent on when someone offered up the magic number on a check.
This footage is from 2013, filmed at Great Lakes Dragaway in Wisconsin and we hope it’s still the same guy who bought it from Lamkin. Pacers are one of those cars that has a reputation to work past. From the humble concept of a rotary-powered economy car to the heavy, six-cylinder kind-of compact the market eventually got, most people view the AMC with the glass ass as a punchline, best remembered for a memorable scene in the movie “Wayne’s World” and that’s just about it. Watching this black and orange Pacer get after it at the track should convince you to think twice.