While I was home on leave a couple weeks ago my buddy was talking how he had some work done (timing set and fuel pressure regulator replaced) on his 1989 GTA, L98 350 car that his dad bought new, has aftermarket exhaust and that's about it. He kept going on how fast it is now. Well, I had about enough of him going on and on about how fast it is, so I said I bet my 1967 Special 300 with a 3 speed manual on the column is faster. My 67 has 23k original miles, 1965 intake with Edelbrock 500 carb, Petronix Igniter 2 distributer and coil, 2.25" dual exhaust with Magnaflow mufflers and a thermal clutch fan. We both agreed to go from a 10mph roll, my 205/75/14 don't hook from a stop anyways, I waited for him to go first. The GTA jumped out about a car length and my Buick started reeling him in very quickly, by the time I hit 2nd and laid rubber doing so, shifted around 4,800-5,000 rpm to stay in the low torque Buick's are known for, I was past him and walking away. I knew I had some advantages on him, the 700R-4 is never good from a stop or low roll with the huge 1-2 shift rpm drop, also my special probably weighs 200-300 lbs less being his GTA is fully loaded, leather, power everything. He claimed his GTA has 3.42's, my Buick has 3.23's, what really helped me was the column shifter is in perfect order and tight so I can shift it correctly. He was amazed at what the Buick could do, He hasn't beaten a Buick of mine yet, A couple years ago he raced my 72 Skylark 350/4bbl car against his 1960 Ford F100 with a 292 and a stick.