Wheels

Re­united and it feels so good!

Our Canada - - Features - by Al­lan Gold,

Iam orig­i­nally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and in 1969, I trav­elled to Toronto to pur­chase a 1968 Rally Sport Z28 Ca­maro. I was still in col­lege and work­ing part time at Joe and Eric’s Tex­aco ser­vice sta­tion, so I could barely af­ford it.

With some help from a men­tor named Harold Ross, I man­aged to drag race com­pet­i­tively in 1969 and 1970. I later sold the car, not re­al­iz­ing that years later it would be­come an iconic col­lec­tors’ item.

Sault Ste. Marie is a small town, so I was able to keep track of my car af­ter sell­ing it— it only had two own­ers af­ter me, Les­lie and Scott, both of whom I knew— and since it was equipped as a race car, it wasn’t driven much.

In Novem­ber 2015, af­ter mul­ti­ple ne­go­ti­a­tions over many years, I bought the car back from Scott. It had been in stor­age since 1999. When I went to pick up the car, my good friends Alex, Don, Mar­tin and Rob were there to help me load it in the trailer. Mar­tin and Rob had also been with me when I orig­i­nally pur­chased the car more than 40 years ear­lier.

I brought the car back to my shop here in Lon­don, Ont., where I now live, and put my en­ergy into restor­ing it.

This car is my prized pos­ses­sion and fi­nally get­ting it back was like re­unit­ing with the love of my life. I now hit the road and drive when­ever the sun is shin­ing! n

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