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After 30 years of racing and restoring Corvettes and Camaros, Jim Glass Corvette Specialist Inc., Route 32, Kingston, N.Y., is like a living, breathing museum.
In one part of the shop, for example, is a showroom full of Corvettes, Camaros, and other special vehicles, some for sale, others belonging to Glass, including a 1967 Camaro that he raced with the Historic Trans-Am Group at the Governor’s Cup Race at Watkins Glen. That one features the “Jocko’s Racing Equipment” logo down the side. Chauncey T. Maggiacomo Jr., also known as Jocko, was a racer from Poughkeepsie and owned the go-to place for racing parts, Jocko’s Racing Equipment, before a fire put him out of business after 30 years. Jocko was a leading Sports Car Club of America racer, winning the 1976 SCCA Trans Am Series championship in an ex-Roger Penske / Mark Donohue AMC Javelin.
In the back shop are some special cars that Tim Adels, his experienced body man, is working on, including a 1967 stinger hood Corvette with an entirely new front end he replaced. Glass, meanwhile, is working on a 1957 original Corvette drag car driven by the late Jim Russel, well known on the West Coast for his drag racing skills. Glass works on the car when he can find the time and plans to leave intact the original patina, lettering, and stickers.
Already restored and displayed in the main shop showroom is a rare 1967 Camaro RS convertible with two-tone seats and hide-away headlights.
A hobby turned into a business for Glass some 30 years ago, and he’s still buying and restoring Corvettes and recently started working on early Camaros.
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