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Congratulations MidlifeSS! You are the May Member/Car of the Month here at ModernCamaro.com

I want to thank everyone for your vote, also thanks to chapel and 83hokie for the nomination. You guys make people feel right at home and I appreciate that.

We all want to know a little more about you and your Camaro so I have a few questions for you...
Will you share with us what began your love for cars and/or the Camaro specifically?


Well my love for muscle cars started early, around ten years old. My uncles were gear heads one was a mopar guy,who had a pair of 440 super bees. The other was a Chevy guy, who had 67 camaro ss and a 70 1/2 z28. My father was not a car guy so my uncles were always working on his vehicle for him and I would crawl under car with them and try to help them work on them. They saw I was very mechanically inclined. I would always tear things apart to see if i could fix them at a young age. After a couple of years I could fix my fathers car most of the time, if not I would call my uncles and they would walk me through it. When I was 13 years old, I was 6'4 inches tall. A big kid for my age, I got my first car. It was a 68 coronet 440 super bee from a friends father who owned a junk yard for a $100.00, that I worked off with him pulling parts off cars. The front end was smashed up but fixable. I worked for him all summer and got the parts needed to get it back on the road. We lived on a private road and I learned how to drive on that road at the age of thirteen with the super bee. By the age 15 traded my coronet for a 68 galaxie 500 with a 390 interceptor that was totaled by a lady that was doing 65 in a 25 school zone and hit me head on with a beretta, thank god for a full frame car. I did not get a scratch. My next car was 71 cuda 440 that was a beast. Next was a 67 chevelle ss 396. Senior year I did a frame off resto on a 70 olds 442 with a 650 hp 455 HO just plain nasty. They put a picture of my car doing a john force burnout leaving school in the year book, that was my senior picture for the year book. I thought that was pretty cool. After high school I joined the army and gave my 442 to my mom to sell, to help her pay the bills. In the army I bought a 73 trans am sd 455 and had it shipped to Germany where I was stationed.Got a lot of looks on the autobahn, ended up selling it there to a friend when I was shipped back to the states in Seattle, where I bought a 76 trans am with a 455 in it. Married a German girl before I left Germany. Sold the ta when I got out of the service. I went back to vermont to start a family. I always said some day I'm going to own a 60s camaro and my chance came after a year out of the army. It was a 67 ss matching numbers with a built 327. It needed a full resto so I started on it, about six months later my wife was pregnant and we needed to buy a house, so my dream of owning and driving a camaro ss got put aside and I sold my camaro to buy a house. Never got it on the road. I probably missed some vehicles but you get the point.

Please share with us the story behind your 5th Gen Camaro?

20 years later I was taking my 2009 dodge ram in for some free services that I had at the dodge dealership. As I drove into the dealer ship there she was a red jewel beauty glimmering in the sun. I brought the truck to the service department. As I was waiting I just had to go and take a look. They got the keys for me and I took her for a ride. That was the first time in over 20 years that I had a permagrin so I had to have it. Traded my truck the next day, they gave me more than I owed on it and I got the car for 24,000 out the door no money down plus brand new tires and 1% financing. This was 2 years ago and over 80 mods later boy has she changed thanks to the camaro forums.

How did you discover ModernCamaro.com and what has kept you here?

When I bought my camaro I searched for some sites on gen 5 camaro's. Found two that looked interesting, one was c5 and the other was this forum. Did not seem to have much action here and popped in here or there, so I spent most of the time at c5. Got sick of all the bull going on there. Was never banned like a lot do that come here. I started staying away from c5 and got active here and I'm glad I did. You guys are great here and you make a person feel at home(like cheers)and I Hope this never changes.

And finally, do you have anything you'd like to add to the ModernCamaro.com members or anyone else reading this interview?

Thanks again for your votes and let's make this the camaro site everybody wants to Goto. So all you people lurking start posting this is a great place to be.:5go

 

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Congrats, great write up. Love the Camaro.
 

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Congrats ... great write-up and what a stable of cars you have owned!!! Glad to have you over on our side and hope more people follow your lead. And last, but by far not least, thanks for your service!!
 

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I would have loved to have simply been able to just drive one of those old school cars that you actually owned. Funny how lots of guys had those older cars and wait years and years to get a newer Camaro...I've been waiting years and years just to get one of those older cars, lol! Anyway, congrats on the win and thanks for a great read. I love the hood and the underhood color scheme on your car BTW. Congrats again buddy!!
 

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Congrats! Yes the "perma-grin" that got me also got you too and made me realize what I was looking for sooooo long ago.:lol:
 

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I would have loved to have simply been able to just drive one of those old school cars that you actually owned. Funny how lots of guys had those older cars and wait years and years to get a newer Camaro...I've been waiting years and years just to get one of those older cars, lol! Anyway, congrats on the win and thanks for a great read. I love the hood and the underhood color scheme on your car BTW. Congrats again buddy!!
Thanks chapel,I wish I could have been able to look into the future.I would have kept a lot of my cars and stored them,they were pretty cheep back then.A lot of the cars back then were straight line cars and were very under rated on hp number because of insurance,not great handling cars like now.Thats what I love about the new camaro ,best of both world.
 

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