Chevrolet first offered a 1LE option package for the 1988 model year, a time when Terence Trent D’Arby was popular on the radio, a furry puppet named Alf was a beloved TV star, and Eddie Murphy was still funny. Inspired by Chevrolet’s involvement in Pro-Am road racing, the 1LE Package was intended for Camaro buyers who raced their cars in SCCA Showroom Stock competition, and it added a number of performance upgrades to IROC-Z models headed for the track.
Now, 25 years later, the 1LE option package returns, offered on the Camaro SS and providing transmission, suspension, and styling enhancements aimed at making the car race-ready for SCCA Touring Car competition. I grabbed the keys to a Summit White example and proceeded to, umm, cart my kids around in it.
Really, I wish the following pages regaled readers with tales of burnt rubber and triple-digit speed, but they don’t. Sorry.