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Son Fulfills Father’s Camaro Dream

By Timothy Collett, in loving memory Of Charles “Chuck Da’Wild Man” Collett

Please tell us a little bit about yourself
I live on Whidbey Island near NAS Whidbey—my last duty station with the United States Navy. We own our business servicing all of Whidbey Island.

How did you first learn about Cool Rides Online?
A friend led me to your Facebook page.

What Cool Rides do you currently own?
Blown 2010 Camaro SS

Now tell us a little about your favorite “Cool Ride”; what makes it special?
My passion for Chevy started pretty much when I was big enough to go out to the shop and help my father with his race cars, one of which was a ‘68 Camaro. My father raced 1/4 mile dirt track and eventually started racing U.S.A.C. Sprint Cars and won several championships in the late 60’s to late 70’s. My passion for Chevrolet & Camaro started when I was a kid and I still have that passion to this day. I have never owned anything but General Motors my whole life.

Credit: Fountain of Youth Photography

Back last year in September of 2010 my father got real sick from liver failure. My father, being a tough guy, let us all know his time was limited. He just stated he wouldn’t stop being himself and we joked over the phone about me living in North Pole Alaska for over 20 years. He told me in the many conversations we had together in his last month alive, that the 5th Generation Camaro could not get there quick enough! Well my father passed away on October 10, 2010— he never got a chance to fulfill that dream of his. He was just too sick to do anything in his last month. So, I purchased that 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS and built it in tribute to my father and vicariously live his dream for him!

What’s next for your Cool Ride? Planning additional work for it or maybe a special trip/cruise?
Next is a sponsorship from Air Lift so we will be slamming it lower than it is currently.

What’s your favorite memory involving your Cool Ride?
All my childhood memories of me and my father building sprint cars from the ground up are my favorite.

What was the most difficult modification you’ve completed on any of your Cool Rides?
The motor was a challenge—it took us two months to get her running just right.

What is your dream car to own if money was not an issue?
My dream car is a 1955 Chevrolet 5 window or Apache.

Taking care of a Cool Rides is not easy. Do you have any special tips on how to take care of your car in and out of storage?
Adams Car Care Cleaning and care products are the only products I will use for my ride. I always keep car on a trickle charge, covered and off the ground while stored for the winter.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
Live your dreams including owning your dream car!

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