2010 Camaro 2SS RS - Owned by Austin Germain


2010 Camaro 2SS RS

It was my freshman year of high school. I was 16, and life couldn’t have been any better. That was until one day when my world got turned upside down. I had broken my back and all I could ask myself was, “Why me?” But what I thought was a curse turned out to be a blessing in disguise. 

I began to restore a 1969 Camaro RS as a way to take my mind off of things. It gave me a sense of pride and purpose, healing me in a way that medicine couldn’t. My dream was to drive it to my senior graduation. Finally, after three years of hard work, I finished the restoration exactly one day before I would walk on that stage. 

The car itself has three coats of black with five coats of clear, which was wet-sanded to perfection. The engine is a ZZ 350 GM crate motor, disk breaks, and power steering. The wheels are custom-built, two-piece, 17-inch Boyd Coddingtons. That, combined with air conditioning, a custom sound system and an even louder exhaust, made sure my mom knew if I was late for curfew from about a mile away. 

So naturally, when the new Camaro came out with its design rooted in the ’69 styling, I fell in love with it. Unfortunately, it was released when GM closed our Chevrolet dealership. I figured well, it just wasn’t meant to be — that was until I came home for winter break. My dad told me he would help me get the things from my car. I didn’t have anything, but he told me to go outside anyway. I thought, “Uh oh, this can’t be good. I mean my grades aren’t out just yet, are they?” We went to the driveway, and the garage doors opened. Sitting next to my ’69 was a new 2010 Camaro 2SS RS. I was so confused at why it was there. Dad tossed me the keys and told me it was mine. Ironically, 
we had never owned a car in my family. So for this one to be mine made it even more special. 

To this day, I still can’t believe it, and as they say with every door in life that closes, another one opens. After everything, I certainly have not forgotten where I came from or what happened along the way. But the most important lesson I learned was how very fortunate I am to have parents as wonderful as mine, 
who taught me that with hard work and determination, anything in life is possible.