Friday, July 13, 2018

the Z/28 on Mosteller's Garage in Chattanooga was a warning for 34 years to the local teens to not street race.

Sadly, a couple young guys were racing a truck, on July 7th 1978, and contact between them at high speed caused the car to flip up and out, and wrap all the way around a telephone pole, still embedded. The roof touches the floor, the hood and trunk lid touch each other.

the story on the 69:
Rivals at Central High went to go race.  A 56 Chevy truck that hadn't been beat and the other was this 69 Z/28 , with two boys 16 and 15 years old,  the driver lived in Hixson and the passenger lived near the lake off  Kings Point Rd

They started at Germantown headed East on South Terrace.

They were followed by a guy in a Road Runner, his story:
As we topped the hill, I backed out of it because of the traffic light ahead. The Camaro was slightly ahead and hit his brakes just as the truck was changing lanes. (the road is said to have a bump in it) The truck clipped the bumper of the Z-28 and it simply went into the air sideways. I estimate they were going around 90-95 mph because I was still doing 80 and slowing down.

The car slid on it's passenger side right into the pole instantly knocking out the power in the area. The sound was like a sonic boom. The truck slid just off the road onto the sidewalk.

The driver was hanging half out of the car and the passenger was bunched up in the floor, they were both removed and taken to East Ridge Hospital. Other than being bloody, they were intact and really did not look that bad.

The headlights were still on and the radio was playing and that made it kind of spooky.

The fire department pried open the trunk and tore into the back seat to see if anyone was in the back seat in spite of us telling them nobody else was in the car. The wrecker tried several times to pull the car off the pole with no luck. 

They cut it top and bottom.

The driver of the truck was brought up on charges of vehicular homicide. The police began a major crackdown on drag racing after this ending an era that had gone on since the 60's.

In those days Brainerd road was the place to be on Friday night. We would cruise all night, park in Jubilee parking lot and drink beer, do burn outs, head over to the drive in and check out the cars, go to the Cotton Patch... just had a lot of fun.

East Ridge Tn, South Terrace, intersection of Belvoir Rd and South Terrace and that was the 2nd pole before the on ramp to I-75.

One of the kid's mom said this:
As the mother of one of the boys, I can tell you what really happened. 

On July 8, 1978, several boys had gotten together in East Ridge and when it was time to go home, they all left and went down South Terrace.
 In the Camaro were 2 boys, the driver being 16 ( going to Hixson High) and the passenger being 15 (going to Tyner). They had gone to school together at Ooltewah in the past. 

The truck and the Camaro, got their bumpers tangled on South Terrace right at Bacon Trail. The Camaro spun and went airborne and hit the telephone pole top first and wrapped around it - tail lights to head lights. 

They got the boys out by 2 wreckers pulling the cars apart and they were taken to Erlanger ER. They were both dead at the scene. 

The car was taken to Mosteller's garage and placed in their lot. There were so many teens who knew them both that went to see the car that they pushed the fence down twice, so Mostellers put the car on top of the building to keep their fence in tact.

They just buried this car after the 34th anniversary of the crash, in 2012 buried the whole car.


  1. I've seen a lot of cars wrapped around telephone poles in my day but that one tops them all. Holy shit, they had to be cranking big time!

  2. Wow. That one beats the '67 R/T I got the Hemi out of. It supposedly took out a phone pole too, but nothing like this.

  3. The only thing I've seen come close to this is after a tornado.

  4. Thats not a Z/28. It has a Turbo 400 and Zs only came with 302s and sticks. Well it was 1978 and it might have had a BBC swap.

  5. The front fender plainly says Z/28. That's why it got labled as one.

    1. yup, 5th photo down, grill and fender has Z/28 badges