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Project American Heroes II Unveiling at the Joliet Super Chevy Show
As per the voting on the Project American Heroes website (www.projectamericanheroes.net), it's time to paint this Camaro red. Project American Heroes 2 will be auctioned off at the Palm Beach, Florida Barrett/Jackson Event in 2009 to some fortunate man or woman who, in all probability, has wanted a red 1969 Camaro for a very long time. All proceeds will go to the Armed Forces Foundation, the same organization with whom we partnered last year for the build of the 1957 Chevy convertible PAH 1. The success in working with the Armed Forces Foundation was a huge factor in desiring to do the sequel build for 2008.
All those who have contributed to the cause are excited to see the SS Camaro take shape, but even more anxiously awaiting to see the response of those bidding to make the purchase at Barrett/Jackson. Why? Because it's a RED '69 Camaro! Of course, not every Chevy guy will want to admit it, but most of us have had some fondness for the '69 Camaro. The iconic shape, the performance, the memories of a particular 1969 Camaro forever engraved in your mind have played over and over, making you long for one in your garage. Some of us have wanted one ever since they were first introduced in the fall of 1968.
At that time, magazines went crazy over the car. Chevy guys in 1969 were falling all over this new Camaro. Word on the street was that the subtle refinements made it better looking than the '67s and '68s, and the increased performance options only fueled its popularity. Projects were being built, legends were being forged. Remember Car and Driver's Project '69 Camaro "Blue Maxi" shepherded by Patrick Bedard? How about Joe Oldham's Baldwin Motion SS427 Camaro that appeared in the East Coast Hi-Performance Cars magazine, interestingly enough sporting a PAH 2-style Stinger hood? Even kids who weren't reading the magazines were discovering the '69 Camaro. Did you visit a Chevy dealer with your father, and find yourself in the backseat of a brand new RS/SS for the test drive of your life?
Red. Well done, voters. Well done, Route 66 Motorsports.