A.J. Meade started his motor-driven hobby on two wheels, riding motocross bikes until he was 16 years old. That's when his focus shifted to the four-wheeled kind. He was immediately drawn to Camaros, and started with a few third-gens. He really wanted a car he could participate in NASA (National Auto Sport Association) road racing events and autocross events, so he sold the third-gen he had at the time. A.J. had been working as an ASE-certified master tech at the local Chevy dealer, so when he had the opportunity to pick up an '01 Corvette Z06, he snatched it up. This reinforced his love of running on racetracks, and for the GM LS-series engine.
In March of 2010, A.J. sold the Corvette to buy the first-gen Camaro he always wanted. He planned to build the Camaro with the intention to drive it harder and faster than the Vette. He bought a donor '01 Camaro for its drivetrain and interior pieces. This was a great package to work with because it just plain worked right off the bat and anything he needed he could buy at any GM dealership. The car itself wasn't as trouble-free, however. Nearly all of the sheetmetal was unusable. The roof and inner structure was sound, but A.J. replaced everything else to be sure he started with a clean, rust-free car. To make the Camaro handle even better, he mounted the engine almost 7 inches rearward to aid in better weight distribution for the track. Everything he could replace with aluminum or carbon fiber, he has. The original plan didn't include that much metalwork, but things change! A.J. hopes to get the car buttoned up by the summer of 2011.