There’s currently a race car on display in our Apple Store that’s powered by four 4600mAh nickel-metal hydride batteries rated at about 5 volts, which allows the car to reach speeds of more than 40 miles per hour. Doesn’t sound like much for a race car, does it?
Well, considering that the car is only about a foot long and is radio controlled, that’s pretty darn fast. Joey Damore, a salesman in our Apple boutique, is the “driver” and has been racing radio-controlled cars professionally for the last five years. These events are modeled after the vintage Trans-AM series races from the 1960s and ’70s, with only Chevrolet Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda, or Ford Mustang bodies from that era allowed. There are also strict guidelines for motors, batteries, tires, weight, and particular gear ratio, and each car goes through a strict inspection process before every run.
The Abt 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS is painted with the same shade of metallic blue with white striping option that Chevrolet offered on the Camaro in ’68, and it also features Abt’s official logo from the late 1960s. Joey recently competed in the Midwest Nationals and finished 5th out of 200 entries. On April 4 at the Vintage Trans-Am Nationals, he competed against 60 other racers in four main events and finished 3rd in two of them, 2nd in one, and 1st in the final race. At this pace, Joey just might end up in the Indy 500. —by Graham W.