April 16, 2013
For its THIS CAR MATTERS movement, the Historic Vehicle Association is asking people to share their stories about special vehicles — ones that helped to shape their lives and communities, and our history and heritage. Check out the videos below, and if you haven’t yet shared your story, head on over to the THIS CAR MATTERS page on our website to find out how you can participate.
Unfair Advantage Camaro—Bill Bryan
1968 ex-Sunoco Penske Team Trans-Am Camaro
Bill Bryan's Sunoco Camaro doesn't like to go slow—it was creatively engineered to defend the Trans-Am championship against Ford and Chrysler and is one of four Sunoco Camaros known to exist today.
Time Capsule Rambler—Reggie Nash
1909 Rambler Model 44
Reggie Nash found this remarkably well-preserved Rambler ten years ago with only 11,000 miles on it, and he has kept it in beautiful original condition.
Old-School Restoration—Joe Alackness
1915 Chalmers Model 32B
Joe Alackness's rare Chalmers from the collection of Barney Pollard has a very unusual engine that was built to race: a six-cylinder with an overhead valve and cam.
I really enjoyed these 3 videos, except they were too short! The Chalmers car is really significant to me as I have been helped in the research for a new book, "The Village of Fairview and the Detroit Driving Club". This was where Henry Ford beat Winton in 1901, where Barney Oldfield learned to drive race cars, and where Chalmers used the DDC as the first automotive test track. The Chalmers plant was a short distance away from the DDC, it was a great secure site, 1 mile graded & banked clay track, with a lovely clubhouse and powerhouse. If you didn't know, the 1905 Thomas car plant became Thomas-Detroit, then Chalmers, then Maxwell, then Chrysler. The Rambler really needs to be even better documented and shown. Same thing with the Penske Camaro, as that history is well know at all.
Tucson, Az 85710
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Just a note: On the Camaro video at the 22 second mark, that's a '67 not a '68 like they keep saying the car is.
To piggy-back onto Zeke's comment about the '68 Camaro. Each time they did a flashback it was of a '67 Camaro. The '67 is easily distinguishable from the '68... the '67 has round parking lights in the grille whereas the '68 has rectangular; and the '67 has wing windows, the '68 does not.
Actually Ron, the only time they messed up with the '67 is at the 22 second mark, the rest of the flashbacks were of the '68. The flashback in color has rectangular parking lights, and later on in the black and white shots, I think you are seeing the roll cage, not a vent window.
Dr Bruce Woolsey
I have just finished restoring a 1950 five window pick-up and I also have a 1968 Camaro. My Camaro has been in the family since the early1980's.