Awesome: Check Out This Ram Air V Powered 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Former NASCAR Racer


Awesome: Check Out This Ram Air V Powered 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Former NASCAR Racer

A man named Roy Tyner is about to be your new racing hero. He was the guy that commissioned the construction of and then raced a 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR stock car. This thing was a freak in an era of wide open competition and that is saying something.

This was the only 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix NASCAR racer we know ever existed and ol Roy did it right. Power comes from a 428ci version of the famed (and insanely rare) Ram Air V tunnel port engine. The transmission was a three speed manual. The car was weirdly equipped with power windows in the rear. The stock switches look pretty odd mounted in the otherwise stripped out and roll cage enhanced gut of the car. There’s a little deck lid spoiler, those big wide steel wheels that were the hallmark of this era of competition, and the Native American chief logos on the door, representing Tyner’s heritage.

How did this car do? Well it ran 31 races in its life and exploded 10 Ram Air V engines. Keep in mind they only made a couple hundred of those, period. We’re guessing no one mangled more rare Pontiac stuff on a track than Tyner did. That’s not mocking the guy, those engines had heads that loved 7,500rpm and rods that didn’t. Not good math.

Our favorite part of this video is listening to the engine after it is fired up. The rolling anger of the big camshaft, the staccato pop of the high compression engine, the whole package is just freaking magic. This could be our new favorite stock car ever –

Press play below to see the story of this gnarly 1969 Grand Prix –


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6 thoughts on “Awesome: Check Out This Ram Air V Powered 1969 Pontiac Grand Prix Former NASCAR Racer

  1. Michael Proulx

    Bad to the bone, that is an awesome engine and sounds great, I hope they put some up to date connecting rods in it. I have drag raced Pontiacs all my life and the are torque monsters. Thank you for restoring this piece of history, a magnificent job.

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