F-bodies (that would be Camaros and Firebirds for those not hip to the nomenclature) are arguably one of the most iconic cars ever churned out by General Motors. It was Chevrolet’s answer to the Mustang and even though we are pretty biased we’re convinced it won the pony car wars. Give the car’s huge popularity it’s no wonder so many clubs and organizations are loyal to the nameplate. But, what was really needed was a venue for likeminded Camaro fanatics to come together. That was the idea behind the Classic Industries F-Body Nationals held this year in Memphis, TN. Yep, an entire event dedicated to all things F-Body. When we found out we just had to go check it out for ourselves.
The event had a little something for everyone. It was held at the Memphis International Raceway, so there was a great drag strip to try out. For those that like a few turns thrown in there was also a great CPP-sponsored autocross that was pretty challenging. For those looking to chill out a bit more there was a large car show with Camaros, Firebirds, and Trans Ams of all generations on display. There was also a large tent holding some pretty rare examples including VINs 001 and 031, some of the first Camaros ever produced.
To top it off they even gave a Camaro away. Yep, one lucky person at the event was handed the keys to a 1967 Camaro built by A&R Restorations in Emory Texas using top shelf parts for some great companies. We had a blast all weekend and given how well the show was ran, and going by some of the comments from the participants, we look forward to next year’s event being bigger and even better.
To find out more about this event, the sponsors that made it happen, and info on next year’s event be sure to visit www.fbodynationals.com .
Photos By Steven Rupp