A popular phrase bantered about is “it’s the thought that counts,” but when you think about it, that tidbit of wisdom falls a bit short. All the good thoughts in the world are fairly useless unless the thinker makes those ideas a reality. Where would we be if Edison just “thought” about his inventions instead of rolling up his sleeves and making a little history?
Having seen many loved ones stricken with breast cancer, Andrew Herold decided to do more than just opine the problem, he decided to try and make a difference. What evolved was a plan to build a sweet Camaro, auction it off at the Mecum Auction in Dallas on September 6-8, and donate a stack of cash to the Save The Ta-Tas Foundation (savethetatas.com).
The perfect donor for this noble cause turned out to be right under Andy’s nose: a family owned ’72 that had been passed along for over three decades. Back in 1977, Jerry Fernandez Sr., bought his son Jerry Jr. the ’72 along with a rather beat-down ’68. Now, the second-gen had a rather sad, and completely cracked, red and black lacquer paintjob, so Jerry’s dad was able to score a sweet deal on the pair of F-bodies. “Back in those days, you could pick up a Camaro for around $500,” recalled Jerry Sr. The ’72 had a three-speed paired up with an anemic 307 V-8. Eventually, the ’68 was traded off for a new Midnight Black paintjob, which in hindsight might not have been the best decision.
Eventually, Jerry Jr. got married while in college and, in the quest to find extra income, the ’72 was almost sold off. With an expectant wife who was trying to finish nursing school, Jerry came up with an idea to keep the Camaro and bring in some extra cash by delivering newspapers. To make the gig easier to pull off, the manual trans was ditched in favor of an automatic. As his family grew, the Camaro became less practical and was eventually left to languish in the garage. But once his son Bobby hit high school, the Camaro was back in action. As Jerry’s cousin Andrew Herold told us, “Bobby drove the car for a few years and really liked that it was passed down from his dad. He didn’t know much about mechanics, so he often relied on me to keep it running as good as it looked.” As you can imagine, the Camaro was driven hard by the high school teen and, after blowing up his fourth engine, the Camaro was once again retired to the garage where it sat until Andrew came up with the idea of this build.
Keep in mind Andrew isn’t some rich cat looking for a tax write-off. He’s just a working-Joe family man like the rest of us. Given this economic reality, he knew that the only way this car could get built would be by getting companies to donate to the cause. His first call was to his friend Eric Rammalaere at Victory Racing Engines (VRE) in Detroit. When Eric heard the plan was to raise funds to help fight breast cancer, he jumped on board and offered up his shop for the build. With the ball now rolling, a call was placed to RJ of Eye Kandy Designs, who sketched up a rendering of what the final Camaro, now dubbed the Passionately Pink Camaro (PPC), would look like. Armed with a plan, Andy started reaching out to various parts vendors for support. It wasn’t long before over 70 companies were on board for the project.