TUBE CHASSIS GROCERY GETTER
Hot Rod|July 2021
This 1969 Camaro Is a Race Car Built for the Street
Steven Rupp

TUBE CHASSIS GROCERY GETTER

Tony Rock is like most gearheads in his age group. While growing up, he took a particular liking to muscle cars as a result of the influence from a family member. He notes, “I’m sure it was something that I got from my father, Rich.” Not only did he get that from his dad, but both parents were complicit in feeding that burn when they dropped some cash on a 1968 Chevelle for him as his first ride at the age of 16. That act of kindness was repaid in a matter of weeks when Tony decided to take the engine completely apart because he wanted to “make it faster.” He eventually did put the car back together, and drove it for a while until selling it to a friend.

At that point, Tony also began making frequent trips to the local dragstrip and became enamored with the look and power of a purpose-build door-slammer. In particular, he became fixated on 1969 Camaros—to the point that finding one became a goal. That desire set off an intense search at local car shows, newspapers, and countless trips chasing down leads on possible candidates. As is often the case with most intense things, it all came down to something as simple as a phone call from a friend that made the difference.

“A buddy called me and said he had just seen one of the nicest 1969 Camaros and thought it was for sale,” Tony recalls. A little detective work was involved in tracking the owner down, but Tony eventually found him and showed up at his doorstep to ask if it was for sale. The guy told him that he hadn’t thought about it, but if the price was right, everything was for sale. The negotiations went back and forth for a few days until he showed him a decent pile of cash. He notes, “I told him I’m serious about buying the car, and this is what I am willing to pay for it without the engine.”

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