December 28, 2012
SPENCERVILLE — Providing a grand finale to the first-generation (1967–69) Camaro, the restyled ’69s raced through a year with exhilaration. Chevy’s hot sportster was turning up as the leader everywhere. The Z28 was headed for a Trans-Am racing championship, Camaro coupes were providing thrills at drag strips, and a specially detailed RS/SS 396 Convertible popped up just in time to pace the 1969 Indy 500. 1969 saw several changes to the Camaro. The grill became deeper set, the tail lamps were longer and thinner and broken into three segments. A heavy “eye-brow” crease was added on the both sides of the car extending from the front wheel well to the rear wheel well. A matching crease went from the rear wheel well to the rear quarter panel. The Camaro also received new fenders, door skins, rear quarter-panels, grille and taillights which gave it a wider, lower appearance. Inside, the Camaro received a redesigned dash and more comfortable seats.
Randy Prichard, of Spencerville, brought his 1969 Chevy Camaro to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. This beauty has been in his family f0r 43 years. His dad bought the car in 1976 and drove it as a work car. Prichard then drove it to high school in 1978, and ended up buying it from his dad in 2009. His favorite memories include doing donuts in the school parking lot with snow on the ground and playing eight-track tapes.