'69 CamaroSecond-Chance ChevyTwenty-two years ago, Jeff Tate began the journey toward having this Hugger Orange '69 Camaro. That was when he sold his first '69 to friend David Sloan of Road Killer Kustoms. Jeff immediately wanted a replacement, but it took him 14 years to gather up the greenbacks to start shopping for a new one. "I looked for this car from 1999 until 2003, but couldn't find one that I could afford or that wasn't a complete basket case," Jeff says. "I wanted a car that was affordable and driveable, but not perfect." In '03, he finally caught a break. There was a trucker in Mooresville, North Carolina, who had a '69 for sale at the right price. The problem was he was always on the road and never home. Months went by and Jeff was never able to meet up with the seller. While on a second honeymoon with his wife, Jeff got a call. The trucker was going to be home that weekend and wanted to know if Jeff was still interested. In true car-guy fashion, Jeff cut the romantic getaway short and drove back home to buy the car, a fact his wife occasionally reminds him about. Jeff puts about 15,000 miles on the Camaro each year, and has been steadily making performance improvements to the F-body. Someday, he will tackle the looks, but for now he's just happy to enjoy driving his hard-won Camaro.
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Mothers Picture Perfect AwardThis is the place to show off your pride and joy to the rest of mankind, so we figure those readers who took the time to capture a really cool shot of their hot rod should get a little bonus. Mothers agreed, and decided to come to the party with some freebies for the best picture submitted to PHR.
Each month, the editors at PHR will sift through the images and pick the one with the best composition, lighting, and overall quality. The winner will get a cool assortment of Mothers products to keep his or her ride looking nice and shiny. Mail us a photograph or, if you're a modern guy, e-mail us a digital image. Remember that digital images need to be 300 dpi and the bigger the image, the larger it can run. Also, be sure to include info on the car, along with your name and address. Good luck!