Saved from neglect, the first Chevrolet Camaro will be shown in a lit exhibitduring Woodward Dream Cruise thanks to the Historic Vehicle Association's (HVA) National Historic Vehicle Register programin partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) to be archived in Library of Congress. You read that right, the General's first pony car is knocking fenders with the likes ofPresident Taft's 1909 White Steam Car and President Reagan's 1962 Willys Jeep CJ-6! Until then, you can find the Camaro no. 1 at the famous intersection of Woodward and Maple Avenue.
Built in 1966, this 230 ci straight-six, three-on-the-tree 1967 Camaro was one of 52 pilot prototype versions--essentially the same thing as today's pre-production models."This first Chevrolet Camaro launched one of the greatest rivalries in automotive history with the Ford Mustang," said Mark Gessler, President of the HVA. "That rivalry is still alive and well fifty years later and we are here at the Woodward Dream Cruise with a public exhibition to celebrate where it all began."
The first Camaro was unearthed by 18-year-old Logan Lawson of Hutchinson, Kansas. While surfing online message boards in 2011, he came upon a thread about the first Camaro, and began chasing it down. Him and his father eventually tracked the car down in Oklahoma, where they found it as a spent drag car. Very little of the modest six-cylinder Camaro's parts remained on the car, but thankfully the builder saved the original components, handing them offHutchinson and his fatherwhen they bought the car.
It's pretty incredible that Camaro no. 1 survived 50 years, let alone some of them as a full-tilt race car. If you're in town for Woodward Dream Cruise, you owe it to yourself to go check it out this weekend, August 17-20, 2016.