In the '70s, I had a couple '69 Z/28s with screaming 302s; both had the LeMans blue/white stripes combo. Interestingly, the rear spoiler on my early-‘69 car stopped 1" short and left a gap before reaching the rear fenders’ peaks. OTOH, the late-'69 car’s spoiler went all the way out to the fender’s top ridge. Tachometers were different, too. The EARLY car’s tach went to 7000, and my late-69 car had an 8000 rpm tach…my later car also had the cowl induction hood.
You never street-raced a big-block out of the hole with a 302 twisting a 2.20 first gear in the M-21 gearbox that fed a 3.73 posi. The rev-throwing ritual before the street race was fun. The big blocks would throw an earth-shaking 5000 rpm rev. Me?..I’d slooooowly raise my revs to 5000, and THEN I’d finish with a toss to 7500, or so.
When the light went green, the big blocks would do an earth-counter-rotating launch, and I just sat there. I’d then slowly ease out the clutch and walk up to his rear bumper where I’d be at a perfect 3000 rpm; BUT, he’s still in first gear waaaay PAST his torque curve twisting 5000 already.
It was then child’s play to slap the clutch and gas pedals to the floor, and dump the clutch at the beginning of my Duntov 30-30’s peak. By the time the big-blocks figured out what just happened, I had already speed-shifted to 2nd…to let 'em admire my chamber-flow exhaust tips, of course! And THAT was how a tiny 302 could waste big blocks on the street.