Doug White’s blue, 1967 Chevy Camaro sits in his driveway, a piece of his past that re-entered his life 15 years ago.
White found out about the car through a friend in 1997. The owner had won it from a local radio station and didn’t want it. White, who had purchased a car similar to it in 1967, couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“I was like, ‘I gotta have it,’ ” White says. “I always wanted the one I had. I knew where it was, but at the time, the person didn’t want to sell it to me.”
White and his wife, Joyce, bought their original Camaro while living in Oklahoma, where he was stationed at Fort Sill. It was their first brand-new car. They liked Chevy vehicles and were drawn to the first-generation Camaro, White says. But once they had kids, it wasn’t the most practical family car, and they traded it in for an Oldsmobile.
Over the years, the Camaro remained one of White’s favorite cars. So he naturally jumped at the chance to buy one in 1997. He’s invested a good amount of time and money into it, even expanding his two-car garage to a four-car so he could have the space to work on it, as well as store it.
He’s repainted it a hue a little darker than their original car, which was Marina Blue, White says. The quarter panels have been replaced and the engine redone. And while he’s updated many different parts of the car, he’s made sure to use all original parts.
Tweaking and improving the car is a never-ending process, he says.
“Whenever you have a car like that, you’re never done with them,” laughs White. “It’s basically a hobby.”
While their original car was used as their everyday vehicle, this one gets special treatment. The couple mainly has fun taking it to car shows and meeting other people, White says. It stays indoors during the winter. Most importantly, this one won’t get away.
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