Look like a big-dollar pro build? Think again. This blown big block Camaro was built in a suburban garage.
I remember being heavily involved in a conversation-come-argument many years back about the pros and cons of building a car yourself, rather than paying professionals to do it. At the time I was 100 percent on the do it yourself side of the fence. While I still like to think that way a bit, the reality is I’ve grown to learn my limitations, and these days if I had the time and money to choose between paying someone to build a car for me or smashing my knuckles doing it myself, it would be a much harder decision.
As my knowledge of cars has grown, my awareness of my own shortfalls has also become more apparent, so while I like top-shelf vehicles, I don’t have the patience or ability to get them to that level without some help from the pros. On the other hand, the owner of this 1969 Camaro, Vince Lettice, has shown he’s got what it takes to mix it with the big boys.
From Mopar to Chev
The Lettice family’s journey to Camaro ownership came about by accident. Owning a pretty cool ’68 Dodge Charger, Vince and his family have long been regulars at a monthly Auckland breakfast meet. It was on the way home from one of these meets that Vince noticed they were being followed. It turned out to be nothing sinister at all, rather someone wanting desperately to buy a Charger just like theirs. Although the car wasn’t for sale, the price was right and a deal was done. (more…)