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Calling All 1969 Camaros!

1969 camaro anniversary, goodguys, 1969 Camaro, summer of 69There’s little doubt that the Camaro is one of history’s most revered muscle cars, and that among all Camaros the 1969 model remains one of the most popular. It seems fitting, then, that Goodguys plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Camaro in spectacular fashion this summer at the Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals, July 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio.

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1969 camaro anniversary, goodguys, 1969 Camaro, summer of 69Goodguys is gathering a collection of the most ground-breaking and historically significant ’69 Camaros in history for a special indoor display in the Ohio Expo Center’s Kasich Hall. We’ll have a full spectrum of ’69s, from ultra-rare COPO and Yenko examples, to some of the most influential custom builds to come from the hot rodding community through the decades.


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While the 1969 Camaro wasn’t the first version of the venerable pony car, it has become the most celebrated and was the top seller of the pony car’s first generation. Available in a multitude of trim packages, the all-aluminum big block-powered ZL1 was considered the top of the Camaro food chain for many enthusiasts – especially drag racers and street racers. The popular Z28 model offered buyers a sportier ride with its road course inspiration and is perhaps the most cloned and copied example.

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Goodguys’ Ed Capen explained the significance of this year’s special Camaro exhibit. “Nothing quite like this has been done before,” Capen said. “We have reached out to General Motors to get this event on their radar to offer whatever manufacturer support they can provide for this historic gathering.” On top of that, there’s already a considerable buzz among the enthusiast community, with significant examples already slated to appear.

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While applications and confirmations are still flooding in, we already know that heavy-hitting custom 1969 Camaros like Big Red, Mark Stielow’s latest pro-touring creation, and the Goodguys G/RS will take part. We’ll also host the last two Street Machine of the Year winners – the Detroit Speed-built “Tux” and Roadster Shop-crafted “Inferno.” There will also be a great display of rare original examples.

Vehicles are being carefully selected based on significance and the impact they had on hot rodding on the hot rod industry. “We are looking for the best ’69 Camaros in the world,” Capen said. “If you have built or restored a significant Camaro or know of one, we would like to speak with you.”

To have your 1969 Camaro considered for the exhibit, please send a picture and contact information to Jamie Sa: [email protected]

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Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.

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