Camaro Forty Years
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Camaro Forty Years

by Darwin Holmstrom
     
 

On the eve of the introduction of the first Camaro of the twenty-first century, this big book chronicles the rich history of an American muscle-car era icon. Here, accompanied by fabulous photographs of the models that made history, is the full story of Camaro’s forty years. Beginning with Chevrolet's race in the Sixties to capture the emerging youth market,

Overview

On the eve of the introduction of the first Camaro of the twenty-first century, this big book chronicles the rich history of an American muscle-car era icon. Here, accompanied by fabulous photographs of the models that made history, is the full story of Camaro’s forty years. Beginning with Chevrolet's race in the Sixties to capture the emerging youth market, the book follows Chevrolet’s efforts to come up with a car that could out-muscle the Mustang.

The Camaro was that car, and in the years after its introduction in 1967, it set some of the most important performance marks in American automotive history. The classics of the muscle-car era are here—the RS, SS, Z/28, and IROC-Z—along with the models that jumpstarted a new era of American performance in the 1980s. In flashing color and fine detail, Camaro Forty Years captures the innovations and fierce competition, the changes in style and technology that make the story of this legendary car a part of the American automotive story—now opening a new chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Izoom.com, Oct. 26, 2007

“Since reading Holmstrom’s book I’ve read three other Camaro histories, none of which is as well done as this new book … Holmstrom tells the details of the car’s history in a series of nicely written and sub-headed, vignette-style sections within each chapter, and his words are enhanced by David Newhardt’s lush and detailed photographs.”

Virginian Pilot, Dec. 14, 2007

“This ‘official’ history comes at an odd time in Chevrolet Camaro history. Born as a wanna-be Ford Mustang, the Camaro eventually found its own identity, only to be killed by bean counters in 2002. But the success of the 2005 Mustang gave GM second thoughts, and a new Camaro is a year away from hitting showrooms. This is very much ‘the official anniversary book’ … for the Camaro fan, it will be hard to resist.”

Closefinishes.com, Oct. 10, 2007

“This exquisitely crafted volume is an engaging read and a visual treat for anyone interested in the history of the Camaro.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) & Website, Sept. 27, 2007

“Lavish … Countless close-ups of emblems, wheels, engine detail and other items make this book invaluable for the person who is restoring a Camaro. The artwork in ‘Camaro’ is stunning. Huge, glorious two-page color photos abound, and you’re sure to see every conceivable angle of your favorite Camaro covered … A terrific investment for the Camaro aficionado.”

“It is a combination coffee table book with wonderful David Newhardt photos with great historical info on the Camaro. Although most of us will want to focus on the early 1967-1969 years of the Camaro the book does a thorough review of all years of Camaro including the smog sleds and the new Camaro that hasn’t even been sold yet. I usually spend most of my time with such books looking at the photos and reading the captions. This was still a highlight of this book for me but the text has a way of sucking you in. I thought I knew a lot about these cars until I read this book. It is both entertaining and informative. Holmstrom even gets into the rare cars and engines often overlooked in such books.” - legendarycollectorcars.com

Car Collector Magazine, December 2007

“Of all the Camaro books written, and there are many, this one stands out as an insightful, well written history framed by some of the finest photographs ever taken of Camaros. When you combine the literary talents of a seasoned author like Darwin with the eye of one of America’s top automotive photographers, David Newhardt (and an author of note in his own right), you have the recipe for something exceptional. The reaction by GM to the Mustang plays out so well in this book, that even if you know the story by rote, you will enjoy reading it again as well as revel in Newhardt’s sumptuous imagery – large color spreads, detailed close-ups, and driving shots that’ll make you long for the open road. That’s what a good book can do. Buy this one for the photography, keep it for the story.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760328163
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
09/15/2007
Edition description:
First
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
10.50(w) x 12.00(h) x 1.25(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) & Website, Sept. 27, 2007

“Lavish … Countless close-ups of emblems, wheels, engine detail and other items make this book invaluable for the person who is restoring a Camaro. The artwork in ‘Camaro’ is stunning. Huge, glorious two-page color photos abound, and you’re sure to see every conceivable angle of your favorite Camaro covered … A terrific investment for the Camaro aficionado.”

Izoom.com, Oct. 26, 2007

“Since reading Holmstrom’s book I’ve read three other Camaro histories, none of which is as well done as this new book … Holmstrom tells the details of the car’s history in a series of nicely written and sub-headed, vignette-style sections within each chapter, and his words are enhanced by David Newhardt’s lush and detailed photographs.”

 

Virginian Pilot, Dec. 14, 2007

“This ‘official’ history comes at an odd time in Chevrolet Camaro history. Born as a wanna-be Ford Mustang, the Camaro eventually found its own identity, only to be killed by bean counters in 2002. But the success of the 2005 Mustang gave GM second thoughts, and a new Camaro is a year away from hitting showrooms. This is very much ‘the official anniversary book’ … for the Camaro fan, it will be hard to resist.”

 

Closefinishes.com, Oct. 10, 2007

“This exquisitely crafted volume is an engaging read and a visual treat for anyone interested in the history of the Camaro.”

Car Collector Magazine, December 2007

“Of all the Camaro books written, and there are many, this one stands out as an insightful, well written history framed by some of the finest photographs ever taken of Camaros. When you combine the literary talents of a seasoned author like Darwin with the eye of one of America’s top automotive photographers, David Newhardt (and an author of note in his own right), you have the recipe for something exceptional. The reaction by GM to the Mustang plays out so well in this book, that even if you know the story by rote, you will enjoy reading it again as well as revel in Newhardt’s sumptuous imagery – large color spreads, detailed close-ups, and driving shots that’ll make you long for the open road. That’s what a good book can do. Buy this one for the photography, keep it for the story.”

“It is a combination coffee table book with wonderful David Newhardt photos with great historical info on the Camaro. Although most of us will want to focus on the early 1967-1969 years of the Camaro the book does a thorough review of all years of Camaro including the smog sleds and the new Camaro that hasn’t even been sold yet. I usually spend most of my time with such books looking at the photos and reading the captions. This was still a highlight of this book for me but the text has a way of sucking you in. I thought I knew a lot about these cars until I read this book. It is both entertaining and informative. Holmstrom even gets into the rare cars and engines often overlooked in such books.” - legendarycollectorcars.com

Meet the Author

Darwin Holmstrom has written, co-written, or contributed to over thirty books on subjects ranging from motorcycles and muscle cars to Gibson Les Paul guitars, including Indian Motorcycles, GTO: Fifty Years, Let's Ride: Sonny Barger's Guide to Motorcyclying,Top Muscle: The Rarest Cars from America's Fastest Decade, BMW Motorcycles, The Harley-Davidson Motor Co. Archive Collection, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles. Darwin is the senior editor for Motorbooks. Prior to that he served as Midwestern editor for Motorcyclist magazine.

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street.

Larry Edsall was snatched away from a career as a daily newspaper sports editor to become motorsports editor at AutoWeek magazine. Before long, he was automotive industry news and motorsports editor, and for most of his 12 years served as the magazine's managing editor. While at AutoWeek, he drove nearly half a million miles evaluating vehicles on four continents. He left Detroit for Phoenix late in 1999 to help modernize one automotive website, then launched another, iZoom.com. He also writes as a freelance contributor to several automotive and lifestyle publications.

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