The 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle convertible, known as the “Buck Kinney Special”, was the second Chevelle convertible built by John Hoffman Machine in Stoney Plains Field, New Jersey. The first one was the 1970 Chevelle convertible owned by Ray Allen who dominated the SS/EA class in NHRA in those days. Ray’s car was one of the feature cars in the Barrett-Jackson sale in January 2006.
With the success of Ray Allen’s car, John Hoffman wanted to try a low horsepower 402 ci v8 that was now available in the 1972 model Chevelle so he purchased a new convertible from the GM dealer in Newark, New Jersey. This car was never used on the street but rather was made into a race car from day 1. John once again enlisted Ralph Truppi of Truppi-Kling Competition, to build an engine to run in SS/MA. On the first run, the car ran a full second under the allowable index. John then experimented with an LS6 in SS/KA and set the record in the fall of 1971 at Englishtown NJ.
Buck Kinney purchased the orange Chevelle from Hoffman Machine in 1975 and John continued to sponsor it for several years. Buck also experimented with an LS6 motor but found more success with the 402 ci. He put his magic to the engine and set the NHRA record in the spring of 1977. He continued to dominate the SS/JA class and was never beaten in a class runoff. Due to weight/horsepower ratios, Buck ran the car as a 1971, setting records on five occasions, taking the Division 6 Title and running hundreds of local events. In 2000, Buck Kinney became the first Canadian to be inducted into the NHRA Hall of Fame.
Buck sold the car to Wayne Darby in 2000 and Wayne continued to campaign the car up and down the west coast for 6 years. He was runner-up to the finals on several occasions but alas...no Wally's...yet.
On a fresh engine in Sept. 2006, Buck took one final test run.
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My wife and I met Rich when we travelled to Vancouver to look at a car. Rich is a busy guy and although he had a lot going on the day we were there, and was juggling multiple demands, he still managed to give us his full attention. He was very patient and we appreciated that he was so generous with his time. Even though Rich deals with clients who are much more prominent than ourselves, he made us feel important and he genuinely wanted us to be happy with our decision/purchase.
When it comes to classic vehicles, Rich is extremely knowledgeable. In fact, it was his knowledge combined with his down to earth personality, patience, and integrity and that my wife and I will remember. We extend our thanks to Rich for helping us with an important purchase and we recommend him to others without hesitation. We bought a '56 Chev – we love the car and will have many years of enjoyment from it! Thanks so much Rich!
Bill & Ginette Martin
Sherwood Park, AB
Wayne & Rich,
Being a car collector for over 40 years and buying & selling countless cars, times have changed, the internet is a blessing and a curse. The past couple of years when it came time to find a new home for one of my prize possessions to make room for new acquisitions, the stress and frustration became too much.
Then I found Darby Motorsports. I called Wayne and explained I was done with tire kickers, dreamers, test pilots and car solicitors. Wayne explained my options. When I told him I would like to sell out right, Rich flew to Calgary, inspected and assessed my classic car. Less than 2 weeks later, the agreed upon funds were transferred to my bank account and Rich came and took possession of the car.
This was by far the smoothest, easiest car sale I have done in years !
Thanks to both Wayne & Rich for a stress free experience.
I contacted Rich Woods at Darby Motorsports for appraisals on 2 of my classic cars for insurance purposes.Rich came to my house,and photographed my cars.I supplied the information on both vehicles.
Within days Rich supplied me with 2 very nice highly detailed car appraisals!
The appraisals are very professional and the end dollar figure was very market fair!
As a professional realtor I truly appreciated the quality and timeline of my appraisals.
I would highly recommend Darby Motorsports for your auto appraisals needs.
“Recently I was in a position where I needed to sell my vehicle very quickly. I reached out to Rich and Wayne at Darby Motorsports and they made the transaction stress free for me. They were very professional, explained my options and went above and beyond to get the sale completed as fast as possible. Within 48 hours of contacting them I had a certified cheque in hand! I would highly recommend Darby Motorsports to anyone I know; thanks again to everyone there who made this quick sale possible