Camaro Forty Years
were really starting to wonder if anyone was going to
publish a book to honor the Camaro's 40th Anniversary.
Then, better late than never, along comes Motorbooks with Camaro Forty
Years by Darwin Holmstrom. Fortunately, this title,
billed as "The Official Anniversary Book," was worth the
wait. It's a book many Chevrolet enthusiasts will want
and that every Camaro fan must buy.
first thing almost everyone notices about this book is
its exquisite photography. Most of it was done by
Pasadena, California car shooter, David Newhardt, and
his work makes the book totally worth its 35-dollar
price. Motorbooks' reproduction of Newhardt's art is
you get past ohing and ahing at the pictures and start
reading, you get a Forward by by GM Vice President for
Global Design, Ed Welburn. When you consider the top
stylist at the biggest car company in the world, who's
also a Camaro owner and enthusiast, agreeing to do the
Forward in a book about his favorite car; you start to
realize that, unlike some coffee table car books which
are long on eye candy but short on substance, this book
is a good read.
Mr. Welburn's Forward, Author, Holmstrom, gets down to
business with an interesting, two-chapter discussion of
the conditions present in the car business which
fostered the concept of a Chevrolet sporty coupe and the
development of the '67-'69 First Gen Camaro. From there
you get a chapter each on the next three iterations of
Camaro. The book ends with a short section on the coming
Throughout this 348 page title Holmstrom's writing is
free-flowing accessible and enjoyable. The reading is
interesting and educational. The majority of the text is
well-researched. The two chapters on the First Gen cars,
in particular, do great justice to the '67-'69s and may
help readers to understand why the look of the coming,
2010 Camaro was inspired by the First Gen cars.
Admittedly, books like this are not intended to be
detailed technical histories and few people will buy
this title for that. Nevertheless, we'd be failing as
reviewers if we didn't point out that this book's only
weakness is occasional technical inaccuracies. Most of
it is modest mistakes, such as inaccurate power ratings
for the 302s in early Z/28s, incorrect description of
four-bolt-main blocks, misidentification of the 3rd Gen
car's L98 engine as an L89 and the claim that the LS1's
oil pan is part of chassis structure of the '98-'02 car.
Actually, there's only one mistake in this book which is
significant and it's a racing action photograph of a '67
Camaro in Penske Racing livery. Its caption claims Mark
Donohue is driving the car in a 1967 Trans-Am race at
Laguna Seca Raceway near Monterey, California. The
Sports Car Club of America never ran a Trans-Am Series
event on that track that year and Donohue had been dead
a long time before any Camaro was invited to Monterey
for its famed Historic Automobile Races. While the image
was shot at Laguna Seca, it is fairly recent photo, the
driver can't be Donohue and the car may or may not be
the authentic Penske Camaro from '67.
spite of those few problems, Camaro Forty Years
is a wonderful trip through Camaro's past. It now
occupies the center spot on my coffee table and it
should be on yours, too.
Photographer: David Newhardt
Foreword: Ed Welburn
Size: 10.5" x 12"
Catalog ID: 144230