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|1966 Yenko Stinger (YS-071)|
I bought this exceptional car from a gentleman in Chicago in November 2003. It is YS-071 which puts it in the original 100 white cars that Don Yenko produced to qualify for Sports Car Club of America D Production racing.
The Yenko Stinger had a highly successful outing in SCCA D Production racing in 1966. With drivers like Dr. Dick Thompson and Jerry Thompson at the wheel, these Corvair-based sports cars set lap records throughout the East and Mid-West. Dick Thompson took on the famous Group 44 Triumph Racing Team and, after a tough battle, came out on top of the quick Bob Tullius to win the Northeast Division. Jerry Thompson triumphed in the Central Division.
In 1967, Jerry Thompson set the high water mark in Yenko Stinger racing when he took first place in D Production at the Daytona American Road Race of Champions (AARC) in November 1967. The ARRC was the SCCA's super bowl where regional champions raced for the top trophy.
I have included pictures of my Yenko Stinger below including one of my Stinger alongside Candace's Porsche 911S and another of the Stinger on display in Los Gatos, California. Additionally, I have included a scan of the certification of the Chevrolet Central Production Office (COPO) orders for this vehicle. Also included are scans of the first few pages of the Yenko Stinger Tech Manual which provide interesting racing results and details on the Yenko Stinger as well as pokes at Ralph Nader's opinions. Finally, after the picture links, I have added some facts from the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) lap record history to provide an idea of the racing performance of the 1966 Stinger against other sports cars of the same era.
|The Yenko Stinger - how fast was it?|
When Don Yenko initiated the Yenko Stinger project, he had hoped for an SCCA E Production classification. When the SCCA approval telegram came, Yenko was elated that the SCCA had accepted his 100 car production, but he was also worried because D Production was owned by the Triumph TR4, which had won class D for four years in a row. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Yenko went to work on a more powerful engine, and the rest is history. The Yenko Stinger was a hot competitor in D Production as you can see from reading the Tech Manual pages.
I found an interesting insight into the Yenko Stinger's 1966 racing capabilities on a web site that lists the lap records at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). I have included some examples below. These lap times provide an insight into the relative performance of various sports cars driven by some very good drivers. A quick glance at the table shows that the SCCA made a good decision in matching the new Yenko Stinger against the reigning champion TR4 in D Production. The CP production Porsches are 4-cam flat-four Carreras. The EP production Porsches are push rod flat-four 356s.
|AP||Ed Lowther||Cobra||Apr 1967||02:14.4|
|AP||Mark Donohue||Cobra||Apr 1964||02:21.3|
|BP||Don Yenko||Corvette||May 1966||02:22.1|
|BP||Don Yenko||Corvette||Apr 1964||02:29.2|
|CP||Bruce Jennings||Porsche||May 1966||02:24.0|
|CP||Bruce Jennings||Porsche||Oct 1963||02:33.2|
|DP||Bob Tullius||TR4A||Sep 1968||02:26.4|
|DP||Dick Thompson||Yenko Stinger||??? 1966||02:26.9|
|DP||Bob Tullius||TR4||Oct 1964||02:33.0|
|EP||Peter van der Vate||Alfa Duetto||Sep 1968||02:28.5|
|EP||George Frey||Porsche||Apr 1966||02:30.8|
VIR Stinger Race Photos (1966) I came across three old photos of Dr. Dick Thompson's #43 Yenko Stinger at the 1966 VIR National Race. I have also included a few links for Bob Tullius's #44 TR4, which raced against the Stinger. Here are the links: