The strangest sight at this particular track day, hosted by the Alfa Romeo Owners of Southern California, at Willow Springs International Raceway, is a factory-fresh Chevrolet Camaro 1LE. Not because it’s parked in front of a bevy of lovely, race-prepped, 50-year-old Alfa GTAs. Not because it’s powered by a V-6, that longtime staple of rental-car fleets, rather than a small-block V-8. Not even because it’s a radioactive shade of green—Krypton, in GM parlance—vivid enough to be spotted from the International Space Station.
No, what’s most bizarre about the 1LE V-6 is that it’s actually designed to be here. It’s a throwback to the dual-purpose MGs and Austin-Healeys that were driven on race circuits on Sunday and then to work on Monday. An affordable, livable sports car that’s equally good on road and track.
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