Drag racing in its truest form is the pursuit of having the quickest and fastest car on the property on any given race day. And in the NHRA Stock Eliminator ranks, where the class, car, and engine combinations are virtually endless, it marks one of the toughest places in all of drag racing to be the best. To run at the front of the Stock class you better have a hot rod than can run under its index and be dead-on consistent. One of the ultimate honors is to set and own the record in your Stock class, and recently the Husky Liners/Patterson Racing COPO Camaro piloted by Todd Patterson reset the CC/SA record.
Veteran sportsman drag racer and former NHRA champion Todd Patterson and his team took their COPO Camaro and drove it right into the NHRA record books with a new CC/SA record. Using a Patterson Racing-built 427 equipped with a Holley EFI system and Holley Hi-Ram intake, Todd laid down a 9.25 at 142 mph at the NHRA National Open in Great Bend, Kan., and impressive -1.35 under the class index. The team is still currently working with the car getting quicker each time the car makes a hit. With more work this new CC/SA record might become the old record, but still be in the hands of Todd Patterson.
The COPO (Central Office Purchase Order) Camaro came was first introduced in the 1969 model year when Don Yenko and other dealers started special ordering the F-body monsters. These cars were ordered for the sole purpose of crushing the competition at the track and on the street. If you checked all the right boxes the big dog of COPO Camaros could be ordered, the all aluminum ZL1 427.
In 2012 GM brought the COPO Camaro back as a made at the factory race car. The car was race ready the day you picked it up and could be purchased with supercharged 5.3L or a naturally aspirated 427. The car came with no VIN and was created for drag strip dominance.