The mid 1970s were not very kind to the muscle car. Federal regulations leveled during the early part of the decade brought sweeping design changes in, which resulted in everything from hideous five-mph bumpers to dramatic drops in performance. Compounding problems for muscle car proponents were skyrocketing insurance rates and gas prices that helped usher in what many consider to the “Malaise Era” of automobiles.
The second generation Camaro was certainly not immune to these issues, and by 1975 the burliest V8 under the hood of Chevy’s pony car offered an anemic 155 horsepower. And considering this clip comes to us from Sweden, which is a long way from Detroit, we’d imagine there’s not an over-abundance of muscle cars (and performance parts) on the market over there. So we can offer some sympathy for this incident as it unfolded.
What starts as an innocuous thumbs up inevitably leads to a brake stand burnout, as you might expect from an old Camaro in front of an audience. Unfortunately, since a modern minivan would give this car a run for its money on the drag strip, it takes a little coaxing to get the wheels to actually spin. Eventually we get some tire smoke and a fairly undramatic burnout appears to be at its end. But it’s not.
It’s unclear if this is a result of sheer laziness or some sort of brake failure, but somehow this stunt – which never exceeds 5 mph or so – sends our driver into the path of a light pole where he gets his bell rung in comedic fashion. But even the light pole is so unimpressed by the entire debacle it can’t be bothered to completely fall over.