Volume I, Issue 2, Page 67

The Z-11 accomplished its mission of passing as a normal ’63 with a 409. All that stock chrome trim helped. Look closely at the front bumper and see how they never were able to fit correctly, one tip-off that it’s a Z-11.

Hank did make his deadline and at the show he was wondering about his “mission” when he was approached by a man who started the conversation with, “I know someone who has a ’63 for sale. It’s supposed to be a rare model.” That car turned out to be the ‘Good Ole Mr. Wilson’ Z-11 owned by Jack May and driven by Larry Wilson. The car was a popular machine that was raced up and down the East coast.  And once you start looking, other facts about this particular Z-11 make it even rarer yet.

Here’s the other tip-off. How many drag cars had the words, ‘Aluminum - Don’t Touch’ on the tops of their fenders? And don’t forget the 427 that looks like a 409.
Looking bone stock, the Z-11s were Detroit’s answer to making a heavy Chevy go faster. Note the traditional fender engine emblem does not have a 409 badge.

One interesting bit of information is that the car was housed at the Sox Sinclair Service gas station in Burlington, North Carolina, which was owned by the father of drag racing legend, Ronnie Sox. During the Z’s racing life, “Mr. Four Speed” drove the car, built the engine and

did race prep. Sox had his own Z-11 Chevy, and raced it as the Sox and Martin car under NHRA rules. They decided to use Jack May’s car as a match racer, racing it for money. The car won most of its match races throughout the South and Larry set a new A/MP track record of 11.26 at 130 mph at Pocono Drag Lodge in Bear Creek, Pennsylvania in 1964.

Hank got to talk with most of the principals, including the late Ronnie Sox. Hank says Sox had spent the rest of his life looking for his own Z-11 that he raced at that same time, but never found it. Hank then spent countless hours restoring the Impala and credits his sons for a lot of help, particularly Jason who did all the paint. With the finishing touches of the period correct, including the hand lettering by Bock, all the former racers were glad the car had been found and restored to its original racing condition.

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