Written by James Sapienza

It’s a question that every gearhead gets but few can answer: “If you could drive one car for the rest of your life, what would it be?” Most people might go for the latest, the fastest, or the most expensive thing they could go for. But others may go for a timeless classic. Like, say, a 1969 Chevy Camaro SS.The ’69 Camaro isn’t a bad choice. It’s arguably the most iconic Camaro model ever, and arguably the most influential car to ever wear the badge. But as many gearheads know, cars have changed a lot in the near half-century since the ’69 was sitting in showrooms. On top of more power, more efficient engines, and a hell of a lot more safety regulations, old cars are a completely different beast to drive. For a small but few bands of maniacs (some forum members included), daily driving a classic is a joy and a badge of honor. For others, it’s a nightmare.And that’s what this latest episode of Donut Media’s Miracle Whips tackles. At the outset, this ’69 SS isn’t exactly stock. Fat tires and aftermarket wheels poke out from the skinny fenders, and a giant air intake sticking out of the hood. Looking at the Los Angeles-based listings on DriveShare by Hagerty (think Airbnb for classics) James Pumphrey, host of Donut’s Up To Speed, says “Byron [Bowers, Miracle Whips host] liked the Lincoln. He thought it was cool, but it wasn’t his Miracle Whip,” he says. “The speed and power of the Skyline, and the vintage feel of the Lincoln. ’69 Camaro SS.”At first, Byron is in love. “Now, the ’67 version was good,” he says. “But we can all agree that the 1969 version was the magnum opus.” Instantly, he’s in love with the smell and sound of the Camaro. He loves the spring in the suspension. He loves the way it looks, and he loves the way it throws him back in his seat.&nbsp;ALSO SEE: Camaro SS 1LE vs. Mustang GT Performance Pack: Modern American Muscle&nbsp;But pretty quickly, he sees the limitations of driving a car built before man walked on the moon. The lap belt doesn’t exactly make him feel safe. There isn’t a cupholder in sight. And the old Chevy’s stopping distance is cause for alarm. “You’ve gotta brake a whole football field for you to stop when you wanna stop in this car,” he says. There are also a number of noises and squeaks. And the big V8’s tendency to overheat has him worryingly checking gauges at every stop light. #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 50%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ <br style="clear: both" />

Date written: October 10, 2018

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