|1988 Class Project Crushes the Competition |
Here is an amazing story...The Auto Collision Repair Class of 1988 worked on this 1968 Camaro as their class restoration project. Chuck Torre, the instructor, then and now, owned the car. He sold the car approximately ten years ago. At the time, one of the students who worked on the car, Frank Latin, wanted to purchase it; but the timing wasn't right.
Let's fast forward...years later, Frank owns Frank's Auto Body and Restoration, Inc. in Madison. He still remembers his first restoration, Auburn's class project they called "Orange Crush." He always wanted the car, so he set out to find it. He knew it was in N.Y., but he searched for months and wasn't able to locate it. He contacted a friend for help who was able to track it down. The car at one point was for sale online but the owner changed his mind. Frank contacted him and told his story. Realizing the sentimental value to Frank, the owner agreed that if he decided to sell, the car would be Franks. The owner found another car and let Frank know that the Orange Crush was sale. Frank made the trip to N.Y. to find that the car was almost the same as the last time he saw it, with the exception of a different motor and drive train. Frank purchased the car, buffed it up and brought the car's paint job back to life.
If you were at the I-X Center's Auto Rama last weekend, this car might look familiar. Frank entered the car and took 1st place in the Conservative Hardtop 68 GM class. We love that Frank never gave up on finding this amazing piece of his history and that Auburn had a small part in it. Congratulations Frank!