Author Topic: WIN A NEW 1969 CAMARO! Documenting Sweepstakes Contests & Raffles from 1968/1969  (Read 24964 times)

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As was done for model year 1967 and 1968 Camaros, there were several contests, sweepstakes, games and raffles that gave away model year 1969 Camaros to those that participated.  This thread will document these giveaway model year 1969 Camaros through newspaper articles, advertisements, photos and memorabilia associated with each particular contest.  Through my research I have not only been able to find a copious amount of information about these sweepstakes, contests, games and raffles but in several cases I have been able to put names and faces to those who actually won the Camaros so many decades ago.

Perhaps you may remember a family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor or even yourself participating in or even winning one of these contests.  If so, please share your recollections.

Separate threads have been created for the first two 1st generation model year Camaro contests:
1967: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=19195.0
1968: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=19218.0

A good portion of the information was found at newspapers.com but I will identify the other digital newspaper repositories and other web sites where applicable.  To identify the particular newspaper, the publishing date and their location simply consult the file name under the image.

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August 1968
Sunoco Sunny Dollars Plus


"...was the winner of a new Camaro..."
"She was an instant winner in the Sunny Dollars Plus Contest."
"Given a choice of a 1968 Camaro and 1969 model, she decided to wait a month and receive a new 1969 Camaro."

Found here: https://digmichnews.cmich.edu/
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August+ 1968
West Penn Power


"The key to winning a 1969 Camaro is our 10,000th electric home heating customer."
"...your guess might win you a 1969 Camaro"

Notice in the first image they used a 1968 model year Camaro because the 1969's weren't out yet in August of 1968 when this ad ran.  I like how the entry form looks like the open door of the Camaro.

"You can win a 1969 Camaro"
"We're giving away a brand new, factory-fresh 1969 Camaro.  And you have a good chance to win it."
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September 1968
St. Joseph Fall Festival


"The climax of the Festival will be the raffle of the 1969 Camaro on Sunday evening..."

Found here: https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/
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September 1968
Player's Cigarettes


"Join the Camaro-a-day winners"
"Every day someone is winning an exciting new '69 Camaro, 'The Hugger.'"
"That's right.  Player's No. 6 is giving away a Camaro a day to celebrate the World Championship Player's Grand Prix!"

FIA Formula One World Championship race held at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada on September 20, 1968.  It was won by Jacky Ickx.

Notice they show an image of a 1968 Camaro but are giving away a 1969.

The second image shows more winners.


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September+ 1968
Reid Food Markets - Win a Camaro Contest


"Win-A-Free Camaro"
"Yes - It's True: We are giving away absolutely free a brand new 1969 Camaro Sport Coupe"


"Free!  Free!"
"Win a 'Free' 1969 Camaro"
"Drawing Sat., Nov. 9th"
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September+ 1968
Reid Food Markets - Win a Camaro Contest


"Win a 'Free' Camaro"
"Brand new 1969 Camaro Sport Coupe"

"Certificate winners will be eligible for free Camaro drawing"
"Listen to Radio Station WTON at 7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 9 for announcement of Grand Prize winner of the Free Camaro"

"Staunton woman wins new car"
"...was the winner of a 1969 Camaro given away recently by Reid Stores Inc."
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"If you think the '69 Corvette would make a grand prize, you've got just half the story.  The other half is America's fastest selling sportster plus a bundle of cash!"
"Grand Prize 1969 Corvette Coupe AND 1969 Camaro SS Coupe, plus $1,000!"

"Wolf Chevrolet is your headquarters for Chevrolet's Super Sport Sweepstakes"

"Register for Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes"
"Beginning Sept. 26th"

1 & 2) Back cover of my copy of October 1968 edition of Friends magazine

4) https://texashistory.unt.edu/

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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Win a super prize in Chevrolet's Super Sport Sweepstakes"
"Grand Prize: '69 Corvette Coupe and '69 Camaro SS Rally Sport Coupe and $1,000.  Winner takes all."
"Enter Sept. 26th through Nov. 9"

"Super Sport Sweepstakes you can be a winner!"

1 - 3) worthpoint.com
4) https://texashistory.unt.edu/
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Super Sport Sweepstakes"
"Over 7,200 winners - Be One"

"You must register to win Super Sport Sweepstakes"

"Free Drawing Super Sport Sweepstakes"

1 & 4) https://texashistory.unt.edu/
2 & 3) https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Win a new car!"
"Enter Chevrolet's Super Sport Sweepstakes"

"Super Sport Sweepstakes  You can be a winner!"
"We'll be happy to see you and assist you in registering for our 1969 Super Sport Sweepstakes"

1 & 3) https://texashistory.unt.edu/
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Be a winner!  Enter our Super Sport Sweepstakes!"
"Win a '69 Corvette, Camaro, Impala, Chevelle..."

"Win a 1969 Corvette! Camaro! Impala! Chevelle!..."
"Be a lucky winner!  Enter Super Sport Sweepstakes"

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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Come out today and enter Chevy's Super Sport Sweepstakes"

"Enter the Super Sport Sweepstakes"

1 & 2) https://cdnc.ucr.edu/
3) https://www.okhistory.org/
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes


"Be a winner!  Enter our Super Sport Sweepstakes!"

"Final week to enter our Super Sport Sweepstakes"

2) https://texashistory.unt.edu/
3) https://www.okhistory.org/
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Hula Bowl Sweepstakes


Apparently the Chevrolet Hula Bowl Sweepstakes and Super Sport Sweepstakes ran concurrently in the Fall of 1968.

"Everybody Wins"
"Super Sport Sweepstakes"
"See how your car can win 2 ways"

"Win any Chevrolet in this booklet during your Chevy Dealer's Hula Bowl Sweepstakes"
"First and second place winners get their choice..."

1) https://texashistory.unt.edu/
2-4) worthpoint.com
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September+ 1968
Chevrolet Hula Bowl Sweepstakes


"Have you checked your Chevrolet 'Hula Bowl' sweepstakes ticket entry?"

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Winners of Chevrolet Super Sport Sweepstakes and Hula Bowl Sweepstakes

"...were grand prize winners in Chevrolet's recently completed Super Sport and Hula Bowl Sweepstakes."
"...said the two-pronged sweepstakes new car sales promotion was one of the most successful showroom traffic-builders in recent history."
"He said about 2,300,000 persons took part in the Super Sport Sweepstakes during the 1969 announcement period by registering at a Chevrolet dealership."
"Those who registered received a direct mail advertising package, part of which they were asked to bring back to their dealership to see if they had won one of the prizes in the Hula Bowl Sweepstakes."
"The Super Sport Sweepstakes grand prize of a Corvette coupe, a Camaro SS Rally Sport coupe and $1,000 was won by..."




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October 1968
Standard Food Store Sweepstakes


"You can win this 1969 Camaro..."
"To be awarded this Saturday, Oct. 12th"

"Star Spangled Fall..."
"1st drawing winners!"
"1969 Camaro won by..."

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October 1968
Standard Food Store Sweepstakes


"...is being presented the keys to her new 1969 Camaro which she won in the $48,000 sweepstakes contest now being sponsored by Standard Food Stores."

Found here: https://newspapers.library.in.gov/
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October 1968
WCHL Spot Your Voice


"Win Camaro for a weekend"

Found here: https://www.digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/
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October 1968
WPOP Boss Garage


"Last Spring...won a 1968 Camaro...Now You could win a 1969 Camaro from WPOP/14's Boss Garage."
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October+ 1968
Citizen Chevrolet


"Two (2) brand new 1969 Camaro's to be be given away absolutely free - our Thanksgiving & Christmas presents to you!"

"Free Free Free"
"Two (2) 1969 Camaros"
"Not stripped cars, but fully equipped with V-8, auto. trans., radio, heater, power steering, etc."
"Drawing to be held Sunday, December 1st, and Tuesday, December 24th."
"1 car to be given away each day."

1 & 2) https://cdnc.ucr.edu/
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October+ 1968
Citizen Chevrolet


"Free 1969 Camaro"
"This Sunday, Dec. 1st"

Found here: https://cdnc.ucr.edu/
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October 1968
Standard Oil


"Wins Camaro in contest"
"The winner of a 1969 Camaro...accepts the keys to the car from...owner of Tosti's Standard Station."
"...won the Camaro in a recent contest being conducted by Standard Oil"
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November 1968
Levitz


"Win 1969 Camaro Grand Prize"
"1969 Camaro from Rudolph Chevrolet"
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November 1968
Cathedral High Fiesta Raffle


"The raffling of a 1969 Camaro..."

Found here: https://cdnc.ucr.edu/
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November 1968
Sears Kansas City


"Win a 1969 Camaro"
"You may win a sporty new 1969 Camaro"
"Enter now till Nov. 30"

"Register now at Sears, you may win a '69 Camaro from Sears and Clasen-Morse Chevrolet"
"Just register at any one of our Kansas City retail stores..."
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November 1968
Sears Kansas City


"win a '69 Camaro from Sears and Clasen-Morse Chevrolet"
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November+ 1968
Sunoco Sunny Dollars Plus


"Sunny Dollars Plus"
"Win!  Camaro worth..."

"Big Game Hunters Win Big at Sunoco"
"Win a great new '69 Camaro"
"...won a 1969 Camaro"

"You too can win a Chevy Camaro"

1) https://fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html
3) https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
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November 1968
Marion College Drum and Bugle Corps Raffle


"This year, in order to finance the Spring trip, the Corps is sponsoring a raffle; first prize will be a Chevrolet Camaro."

Found here: https://www.ulib.iupui.edu/
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November 1968
Sinclair New Dino Dollars

Banner

"Win a Camaro"
"New Dino Dollars"

Found on Ebay

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November 1968
Sinclair New Dino Dollars


Game Pieces/Banner

"If the hidden message says 'winner' you win the named prize - a Chevrolet Camaro, transistor radio or $1 cash."

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November 1968
Sinclair New Dino Dollars


"Recent 'instant' Camaro winner...accepts the keys to the new auto from...Lancaster distributer for Sinclair."
"The local woman won her auto at the recently opened Sinclair Station..."

Notice the banners on the building just under the "Sinclair" sign. 
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December 1968
Quaker (Canada)


"Win new Camaros and Sno-Karts with Quaker Lucky Coins"

Notice they are still showing a 1968 Camaro in December 1968 when the 1969 model year Camaros were out.  Not sure if they were giving away a 1968 or 1969 Camaro.
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December 1968
Seltzer Chevrolet


"You could win Free Camaro"
"Register as often as you like."
"You could win on Dec 31."

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December+ 1968
Let's Make A Deal Television Show


"The daughter of a local couple and her husband recently won a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro automobile on the television show 'Let's Make A Deal' which was taped early in December and will appear on Cable 3, Channel 7, January 6."

"...won a new Chevrolet Camaro on the TV show 'Let's Make A Deal, Jan. 21."

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January+ 1969
Readers Digest Sweepstakes


"100 New 1969 Cars"
"...your choice of a new Mustang, Camaro, Barracuda, or Javelin..."


"The complete list of final winners was compiled in July.  It shows...46 second prizes, $3,000 cash or a Ford Mustang, Chevy Camaro, Plymouth Barracuda or Javelin..."
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January+ 1969
53rd Indianapolis 500 Winner


"This year's winner of the Indianapolis 500 will take home a slightly used Chevrolet Camaro...."
"By tradition, the pace car goes to the winning driver."

"500 winner given Camaro..."
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January+ 1969
53rd Indianapolis 500 Winner


"The pace car will be presented to the winner of the race, in keeping with a tradition dating back to 1936, at the Victory Dinner on May 31."
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January+ 1969
53rd Indianapolis 500 Winner
Victory Dinner May 31, 1969


"A smiling Andretti was honored Saturday night at a victory dinner which included announcement of prize money.  He will also receive a Camaro pace car...."

2 & 3) worthpoint.com


Has this car surfaced in the hobby?  I went through all my notes, books, magazines articles and web sites and could only find the following information on the car Mario was given:

"Chevrolet supported the race by providing the actual pace car, a backup pace car, a pace car replica (with air conditioning, power top, and show car finish) to be presented to the winner of the race, and a fleet of courtesy and support vehicles.  This fleet included an additional 130 pace car replicas, 16 Impala station wagons, 18 pickups, two Suburbans, and one van.  http://www.camaros.org/69pacer.shtml

"The third car with the show finish was presented to Mario Andretti after his victory.  Mario gave the car to his brother Aldo who drove it until 1975. The car then disappeared, but it is rumored to be in New Zealand.  According to the US Camaro Club, Classic  Industries' tech specialist Bob Brennen  had a conversation  a long time ago with a customer who  wanted to replace a  console lid on a '69 Pace Car  that was being shipped to  New Zealand. It seems the old  console lid had a big ugly metal  plaque with Mario Andretti's name on  it and something about  Chevrolet Motor Division giving it to him.  Bob says he saw  the plaque and it looked legit,  but he didn't see the car or get the VIN."  http://www.holisticpage.com/camaro/camaros/69pace.htm
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February 1969
Arvin Sweepstakes


This particular advertisement appeared in the February 1969 edition of Motor magazine.  I wonder if the SS 350 was painted a special "Golden" color to help celebrate their Golden Year or was it just painted the regular Olympic Gold?  It does have the endura front bumper.

"Golden Year Sweepstakes"
"...entries must be received by your Arvin jobber by June 8, 1969!"
"Grand Prize 5 winners!"
"Golden 1969 Camaro SS Sport Coupe"

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February+ 1969
Bill McKay Chevrolet


"Win a new Camaro"
"It could be you"
"Camaro clown for the kids!"

"Win a new Camaro"
"It could be you, a Bill McKay customer"
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February+ 1969
Art Linklater's IGA House Party


"Now!  the most exciting super market game ever!"
"Win 2 - 1969 Camaro sport coupes"

"Winner of first Camaro Sport Car"
"Win 2 - 1969 Camaro sport coupes"
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February+ 1969
Art Linklater's IGA House Party


"...won a 1969 Camaro"
"...received his lucky ticket at Johnston's IGA in Shelbyville."
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February+ 1969
WKNR Who Sang That? (Detroit, MI radio station)


"Who Sang That?"
"Grand Prize 1969 Chevrolet Camaro"
"Tune in for details"

"1969 Chevrolet Camaro"

1 & 2) https://www.mcrfb.com/?page_id=297
4) http://las-solanas.com/
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February+ 1969
WKNR Who Sang That? (Detroit, MI radio station)


1) https://www.collectors.com/
2) Facebook

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February 1969
Toneth Motors


"Guess how much canned food this Camaro trunk will hold.  Win the food!"

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March 1969
Hoosier Bargain Day


"Given Away Free '69 'SS' 350 Camaro"
"Monday - March 3rd"

"Camaro SS Sports Car Heads Bargain Day Prizes"
"One of the prizes will be a replica of the Pace Car for the 53rd annual Indianapolis Speedway 500 mile race on May 30."
"This is a handsome white 1969 Chevrolet Camaro 'SS' 350 sports car, priced at $4,014.60."
"It has orange stripes on the hood and trunk, rally wheels, spoiler equipment, custom deluxe seat belts, head rests, ducted hood, turbo hydromatic transmission, console and a black and white checked interior."  (I think they got the interior information wrong!)

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March 1969
Conoco 5 County Sweepstakes


"All prizes to be awarded March 15, 1969..."
"1 - 1969 Camaro"

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G.C. Murphy Company


"Murphy, for example, will give away one pace car this year to an employe (SP) in one of its stores, another to a customer.  The winners of these contests will get their cars at the track."

"Win...A 1969 Chevrolet 'Camaro' Indianapolis 500 'Pace Car'"
"Winner will be flown to Indianapolis on May 16, 1969 for an all-expense paid weekend for two."
"Winner will be presented a 1969 pace car at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 18, 1969."


Sunday, May 18, 1969 was supposed to be Pole Day (Final Day of Qualifications) but it was rained out.  I wonder if they still gave away the cars on that day?
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G.C. Murphy Company


"Win a...1969 Chevrolet Camaro Indianapolis '500' Pace Car"
"Drawing April 23, 1969"
"Winner will be notified by Telegram"
"Deposit this coupon at contact display in store"


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G.C. Murphy Company


G.C. Murphy Company was not only giving away two Camaro Pace Cars but they were also sponsoring a race car.  Roger McCluskey drove the G.C. Murphy Special #82 in the 1969 Indianapolis 500.  He finished 14th in a Coyote 69/Ford TC.


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Fairport Perinton Fair


"Grand Prize this year will be a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro given in co-operation with Hoselton Chevrolet."

"Grand Prize 1969 Camaro"


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Fairport Perinton Fair


"The drawing for the new Camaro will be done by..."

"Saturday night Grand Prize - 1969 Camaro"

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April 1969
Quarter Milers Autorama '69 and New Car Show (Canada)


"Win a 1969 Camaro"
"Mag wheels courtesy Western OK Tire"

"...receiving the keys to the 1969 Camaro she won recently at the Quarter Milers Autorama '69 new car show."
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DX


"In Central Minnesota"
"Now win a Camaro"

"Yes!  You can still register for the '69 Camaro (this years pace car at the Indianapolis Memorial Day 500 race) that will be given away Memorial Day Weekend."

"Camaro Winner Drawn"
"The Honorable...who drew the lucky winner for the DX '69 Camaro Giveaway is shown presenting the keys to..."
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April 1969
Green Mountain Horse Race Track


"Free Admission  Free Automobile"
"Win a 1969 Camaro!"
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Marhoefer 500 Racelebration


"You can win a SS convertible Camaro..."

"Join the Marhoefer 500 Sweepstakes win grand prize a 1969 Camaro"

"SS Convertible Camaro!!"
"All entries received postmarked by May 31, 1969 will be eligible for the main drawing to be held June 5, 1969."
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Marhoefer 500 Racelebration


"Join the Marhoefer 500 Sweepstakes win Grand Prize a 1969 Camaro"

"Enter Marhoefer 500 Racelebration"

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Marhoefer 500 Racelebration


"Win a SS Convertible Camaro!!"
"Grand Prize"
"Official 1969 '500' Pace Car"
"You can be a winner!  Enter Now!"
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April 1969
Tuxedo Memorial Hospital


"A 1969 Chevrolet Camaro will be among the prizes awarded."

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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


"Ever think Niagara Falls could win you a new Camaro SS Convertible?"
"Each time you play the American Scene at a participating Standard Oil Dealer any one of these famous American Scene playing pieces could mean a new Camaro SS (the 'Hugger') for you..."

"...won a 1969 Camaro SS convertible...she was astounded...so were the neighbors...its the talk of the area."

"...won a 1969 Camaro SS convertible..."

"...when...won a Camaro SS convertible playing our American Scene game, he just hollered and jumped for joy..."

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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


"The American Scene now at your Standard Oil Dealer"

"How do folks react when they win a 1969 Camaro?"
"We had a...here who said he couldn't sleep all night.  He was more or less astounded."
"...the prizes offered nationwide are great."
"Camaro SS Convertibles..."

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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


"Standard Oil Dealer...had a big winner with a big frustration.  When...won a 1969 Camaro his wife was shopping and all his friends were at work."

"In Chicago,...won a 1969 Camaro convertible playing the American Scene game."

"In a nationwide contest, American Scene Programs, sponsored by Standard Oil Company,...won a Camaro convertible but, because of the size of his family selected instead a 1969 Chevrolet Station Wagon."   What was he thinking??

"...and...just won a 1969 Camaro Super Sport."


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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


"These are the cars that you can win quick as a flash as your prize playing the American Scene."
"A '69 Camaro 'SS', 'The Hugger'"
"Make the American Scene"

Game Cards

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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


There was even a 60 second television commercial made for The American Scene.  See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbGWiNQaHXI
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Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


At least one of the 1969 Camaro SS Camaro Convertibles given away in The American Scene contest still exists.  The RS/SS 350 was featured in an article by Jerry Heasley on pages 14/15 of the February 2014 edition of Muscle Car Review

"His father won the car in a Standard Oil scratch-off contest.  The scratch-off tickets were free with a purchase."
"Received the car Sept. 17th 1969."

Letter dated June 27, 1969

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I remember reading the MCR article. Interesting that you could also order anything additional that you wanted.

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I really like the Mod Art vibe in those ads.

I remember reading the MCR article. Interesting that you could also order anything additional that you wanted.

I thought those ads were cool as well.  The one in color is very reminiscent of the artwork in the Beatles Yellow Submarine Film.
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TWA Happy Money (internal employee contest)
Launched in April 1969
All appeared in TWA Skyliner Magazine


"There are also special drawings for sports cars..."

"First prize winners, each receiving a new automobile were..."
"They were given a choice of a Camero, (SP!) Baracuda (SP!) or Mustang sports car."

"Ready for first ride in new Camero (SP!) he won in Happy Money's first round, MCI mechanic...receives keys to his car"
"Happy Money awards at MCI are based on group performance, with top-prize individual winners picked at random by computer-style roulette"

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TWA Happy Money (internal employee contest)
Launched in April 1969
Appeared in TWA Skyliner Magazine
Standard Oil/American Oil
The American Scene


This image relates to the Standard/American Oil American Scene contest as well as the TWA Happy Money contest.
 
"If he's ever lucky enough to win a car in TWA's Happy Money contest...he'll 'take the cash, thank you!'  He just won a new Camero (SP!) in American Oil's American Scene promotion."

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TWA Happy Money (internal employee contest)
Launched in April 1969


A 1969 Camaro appears behind the group of people in the first image.

"...draws the winning name for a 1969 Camaro, Mustang, or Barracuda from among 510 New York based flight hostesses - all $100 winners in Happy Money's third round."

"Check one   Mustang   Camaro   Barracud (SP!)   2700"

"... chief-cargo services at Newark, has trouble deciding whether to take a Mustang, Camaro, or Barracuda as his prize in Happy Money's third round drawing, in which the station's 188 Market Air employees each received $100."

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TWA Happy Money (internal employee contest)
Launched in April 1969


National advertisement referring to what the Happy Money contest was aiming for.

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May 1969
United Delco Pleasure Hunt Contest
Advertisement appeared in May 1969 edition of Readers Digest


"We'll Match You for it"
"Win a 1969 Camaro SS Sport Coupe and $1,000"
"50 Grand Prizes - A 1969 Camaro SS Sport Coupe and $1000"
"This offer ends July 31, 1969"

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May 1969
First Federal Savings and Loan Association


"Grand Prize Deluxe Chevrolet Camaro"
"A fully equipped duplicate of the special Pace Car at the 1969 Indianapolis 500 mile race."
"First Federal's Pacesetter Days"
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May 1969
Lausen Fiesta


"This year some lucky individual will win a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, painted bright orange with black stripe."
"Fiesta time on May 23 to May 25..."
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Cincinnati OH/Northern KY Chevrolet Dealers


"Win an 'Indy 500' Pace Camaro"
"Some lucky Cincinnati area showroom visitor will win a 1969 Camaro convertible similar to this year's Official Pace Car."
"Offer expires May 31, 1969"

"Win a Camaro Pace Car"
"While you're there, check out a replica of the Indy Pace Car on display in Chevrolet showrooms (complete with such items as Camaro SS equipment, Rally Sport equipment, Indy '500' Pace Car accents, including orange and black hounds tooth upholstery)."
"sweepstakes ends June 30th"

Not sure which expiration date was correct?  Each ad, run within two days of each other, had different dates.
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Cincinnati OH/Northern KY Chevrolet Dealers


"Two Free chances to win a 1969 Camaro"
"Register for a Free Tri County Chevrolet Camaro and ALSO an 'Indy 500 Pace Camaro to be awarded by the Greater Cincinnati Chevrolet Dealer Association"

"Chevrolet Winner"
"...is the grand award winner in the Greater Cincinnati Chevrolet Dealers May-June Pacesetter Sweepstakes."
"He won an 'Indy  00' dover white Camaro supersport convertible."
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May 1969
Dade-Broward County Chevrolet Dealers (Florida)


"Win the use of a Camaro Pace Car"
"A pace-setting Camaro Hugger could be yours to drive for thirty days."
"There'll be a winner in June and another one in July."
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Pittsburgh-Allegheny County PA Chevrolet Dealers


"Win a Camaro"
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May 1969
Cancer Society


"Volunteer to Win Car"
"A Cancer Society volunteer will win a 1969 Camaro during the awards dinner at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Petroleum Club."
"The winner's name will be drawn from a hopper containing the names of the 10,000 volunteer workers in the campaign."
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Mall Chevrolet


"Win a New 1969 Camaro Pacesetter on display now!"

"Free...Win a Pacesetter Camaro"
"See this Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis '500' now on display in our showroom."
"Drawing to be held July 17, 1969 at the Chevrolet zone office."
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May 1969
Scripto Graffiti Pen Sweepstakes


"Win a Camaro convertible or a deluxe Dune Buggy."

"Grand Prize.  A deluxe Dune Buggy or a completely equipped Camaro Convertible"
(magazine ad size 10.25 x 13.5)

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Metro Detroit Chevrolet Dealers


"Win a Camaro Pace Car"
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Dumas-Milner Chevrolet


"Come in today and register for one month's free use of a Camaro Pace Car"
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May 1969
Randolph Chevyland


"Win an Official Camaro Pace Car"
"See the 1969 Indianapolis '500' Official Pace Car now on display at Randolph Chevyland."
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Southern California Chevrolet Dealers Association


"Free 1969 Camaro Official Indy 500 Pace Car"

"Camaro Pace Car won in drawing"
"A 1969 Camaro Pace Car, only vehicle to be chosen two out of three years as the official pacer for the Indianapolis 500 race, was presented this week..."
"The Camaro was the grand prize at a drawing conducted at the Forum's closed circuit telecast of the Indy 500 classic."

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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


Article entitled "Sprite and the Indy '500'" from May 1969 issue of The Coca-Cola Bottler

"This year the, the big race is once again the focal point of the major promotion for Sprite, the Indy '500' promotion."
"The promotion is set for May 5 - 31."
"For the consumer, the promotion offers a sweepstakes in which he can win one of 275 attractive prizes, including 10 grand prizes - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertibles."
"These automobiles are fully equipped and sell at retail for more than $3,700."
"The Camaro is the official pace car for the 1969 Indy '500'."


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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


More from the article entitled "Sprite and the Indy '500'" from May 1969 issue of The Coca-Cola Bottler

"A wide variety of advertising support has been arranged to augment local and national applications of the entire Indy '500' promotion.  Such support includes television commercials (60 and 20 - second versions), four weekends of Sunday comics, a large black and white newspaper advertisement, a radio tape, and various dealer drop-ins."
"Beautiful Glenda Brunson...serves as the official representative for Sprite at all Indy '500' functions, including the Balloon Race, the Pole Mechanics Banquet, the Parade, and the Victory Banquet."

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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


"The ten grand prizes in the nationwide sweepstakes, which is the biggest ever for Sprite, are the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible, similar to the official pace car for this year's Indianapolis '500' classic."

"Win a Camaro"
"In the Indy '500' Sweepstakes for Sprite!"
"See the 'Official Pace Car' on display at the Tastee Freez"
"10 Camaro SS convertibles to be given away"

"Indy 500 Sweepstakes"
"10 Grand Prizes!  Chevrolet Camaro Convertibles...The Hugger"
"Win a Chevrolet Camaro convertible Official Indy 500 Pace Car"

"Win a Camaro in the Indy '500' Sweepstakes for Sprite!"
"Ten Camaro SS convertibles to be given away!"
"You could be driving the 'Hugger' - the car picked to pace the field in this year's Indianapolis 500 mile race."
"10 new Chevrolet Camaros are the top prizes in this free sweepstakes."


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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


"Win a Camaro in the Indy '500' Sweepstakes for Sprite."
"Free details in cartons of Sprite."

"Sprite's newest Sweepstakes offer has a lot of go-power."
"Ten Camaros will be given away..."
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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


The magazine article also mentions "a third feature of the promotion is a fuel-powered Indy 500 model racer..."

Here is an ad for it and an actual model racer.

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Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


Large display advertisements

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May+ 1969
Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


Pictures of "beautiful Glenda Brunson," Miss Sprite who "serves as the official representative for Sprite at all Indy '500' functions..."  Notice the banners on the window behind her.  They look to be similar to the one in my previous post.

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May+ 1969
Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


"...a Moline fireman, sits at the wheel of a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro, his prize as one of 10 grand prize winners in the Coca-Cola Indianapolis 500 sweepstakes."
"The Camaro was the pace car for the Memorial Day race."
Notice that this is not a Z11 Indy 500 Pace Car.  I wonder if the winners could choose another SS Camaro instead of a Z11?

"Shreveporter wins car in national contest"
"...has won first prize in Coca Cola's national sweepstakes for Sprite."
"...her entry blank had been selected to win a Chevrolet Camaro..."

"Keys to a new car are presented to..."
"The Chevrolet Camaro was the first prize in the nationwide sweepstakes for Sprite conducted prior to the Indianapolis 500 on May 30."
Notice that this is not a Z11 Indy 500 Pace Car either. 

"Not all Indianapolis 500 winners race down the track of the famed auto classic, one Shreveport redident discovered to her pleasant surprise."
"...has won first prize in the national sweepstakes for Sprite tied to the famed Indy 500 simply by walking, not racing to the nearest mailbox and dropping in her entry blank."

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May+ 1969
Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


Advertisement inside the Indy 500 souvenir program: amazon.com
Sticker: ebay.com
Shirt: worthpoint.com
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May+ 1969
Sprite Indy 500 Promotion


Wally Dallenbach drove the #22 Eagle 211/Offenhauser TC Sprite Special to a 21st place finish.  The clutch failed on the 82nd lap.  He did manage to lead 7 laps before retiring.

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2) openwheel33.com
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June 1969
Supermarkets 500


"Camaro convertible winner"
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June 1969
Crest Chevrolet


"Win a Camaro"
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June 1969
Navy Relief Society


"Grand Prize - This 1969 Camaro is the grand prize to be given away by the Navy Relief Society to be held June 28 at Bennington Plaza on the center.  The car has been on display this past week at K & R Market."

Found here: http://www.chinalakealumni.org/Downloads/Rocketeer/1969/Rktr06.13.1969.pdf
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June+ 1969
Perinton Harvest Fair


"Grand Prize 1969 Camaro"
"Sat. Eve., Jul. 12"

"...drawing for 1969 Camaro, Saturday night."

Found here: https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
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June 1969
Philadelphia Chevrolet Dealers


"Win a Camaro Pace Car"
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July 1969
Connecticut Nurses Association


"I don't drive and I bought this ticket to win a TV set! was the reaction of...Monday when told she had won the Chevrolet Camaro raffled off by the Connecticut Nurses Assn."
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July 1969
Great Lakes Division of Kirby Co.


"Announcing the local winners of 1969 Camaro contest."
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July 1969
VFW Car Giveaway


"The prize was a 1969 Camaro 327 from Hoselton Chevrolet."

Found here: https://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/
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August 1969
The Southern 500 Sweepstakes


"Your local Coca-Cola Bottler presents The Southern 500 Sweepstakes"
"Grand Prize: A Camaro Pace Car
"Sweepstakes begins August 1st and ends August 27th" (The race was run on September 1, 1969)

"Enter the Southern 500 Sweepstakes and win a Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car"
"Enjoy Coca-Cola"

I'm still not sure if the Grand Prize is the white 1969 Camaro RS/SS 396 convertible shown in the ads and used by Darlington International Raceway to pace their NASCAR events or if they were giving away a 1969 Camaro RS/SS Z11 convertible.

2 & 3) Poster (approx. 16" x 26") is from worthpoint.com
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August 1969
The Southern 500 Sweepstakes


This looks the same as the paper poster but it is a cardboard stand-up sign (15.75" x 25.75"): worthpoint.com
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August 1969
Fairmont Speedway


"...smiles happily from inside of car won in drawing"
"...won the pace car given away annually by the Martin County Fairboard during the final night of racing at the Fairmont Speedways."
"...accepted the keys to the new Camaro..."
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August 1969
McCrory Stores


"Win a new Camaro Free"
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Seems like a lot more SS's were given away than in 67 or 68.
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Seems like a lot more SS's were given away than in 67 or 68.

I thought the same thing, especially since the United Delco Pleasure Hunt Contest alone was giving away 50 SS Camaros!
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Formula 409 Clean-Up and Away Sweepstakes


"409 Clean-Up and Away Sweepstakes"
"2nd Prize: Camaro Sports Coupe.  They call it 'The Hugger.'  The most sought after sportster on the road."

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September 1969
Hudson Vitamins Double Chance

"Grand Prize: 2 Camaro Sport Coupes"

Funny how the prizes are Sport Coupes but they show a picture of a convertible.
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September 1969
Hanover House


"5 2nd Prizes: Pairs of 'His & Hers' Chevrolet Camaros"

"a pair of sporty cars for sporty couples!"
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September 1969
Diet Pepsi-Cola Air-Land-Sea Sweepstakes


"2nd Prize  New Camaro convertible - The Hugger from Chevrolet"
"Take off for worlds of fun in the all new Camaro Hugger with Rally Sport option - Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission, white sidewalls and push button radio."

I found this same advertisement inside multiple different newspapers dated from September 25, 1969 to October 17, 1969.

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September 1969
Dialing for Dollars


"...won a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro in a recent contest held on Nick Perry's 'Dialing for Dollars Movie' show seen weekday mornings on WTAE-TV, Channel 4, Pittsburgh."
"There were more than 30,000 entries."
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September+ 1969
Whittwood Center Camaro Sweepstakes


"Camaro Sweepstakes"
"Win-Free 1969 Camaro Sport Coupe"
"First list of winning numbers will be posted in all stores Thursday, September 18"

"Whittwood Camaro Sweepstakes"
"Win Free New Chevrolet Camaro"

"The grand prize, a new Chevrolet Camaro, will gain an owner in the Whittwood 'Camaro Sweepstakes,' to take place at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Nov. 1 in the south parking lot of the shopping center."
"Some lucky person will leave Whittwood Shopping Center Saturday afternoon behind the wheel of the new Camaro."
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September+ 1969
Whittwood Center Camaro Sweepstakes


"Someone must win this new Camaro 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 1st"
"Whittwood Camaro Sweepstakes"

"...is the new owner of the Whittwood Center Camaro, grand prize of the sweepstakes drawing..."
"Whittier Prize Winner Takes Home New Camaro"
"The new Chevrolet Camaro went to...on the fourth number drawn."
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November 1969
Leonards


"Leonards $25,000 auto giveaway"
"Register Thursday, Nov. 13 thru Wednesday, Nov. 19 for a Jack Williams Chevrolet Camaro Sport Coupe"
"Drawing will be held evening of November 19."

November 1969 seems awfully late to be giving away a 1969 model year car but don't forget that the all new 1970 Camaro didn't go on sale until late February 1970.
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December 1969
O'Toole Motor Company Camaro Drawing


"Free New Camaro!!"

"It's count-down time for O'Toole Motor Co's free Camaro Drawing"

As in my previous post, they were still giving away a 1969 model year Camaro because the all new 1970 Camaro didn't go on sale until late February 1970.
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1969/1970
Car and Driver Blue Maxi Camaro


"Readers' Choice Ballot  your chance to vote for the best cars in the world and perhaps win the Blue Maxi." (January 1970 edition of Car and Driver)


“We drove it around for a while, gave it away in a drawing,…”
“The guy who’d won the car from us was intimidated by the adulterated nature of the car and traded it in for a new ’70 Z/28.”
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a15363103/maxi-mum-rocknroll-our-old-project-camaros-alive-in-new-jersey/


“Jerry Schmidt is Blue Maxi’s second owner. He not only read about it when it was a magazine project car, but he also heard about it coming into the Chevy dealer he worked at in 1970, Fahrenkopf Chevrolet in Garfield, New Jersey. Jerry was having lunch at a nearby hot dog stand when the Blue Maxi’s first owner—who’d won it in a prize drawing by the magazine—came in.”
“We were talking, and he said that he’d bought a new ’70 Z28. I asked what he was getting rid of, and he told me it was the one he won,” Jerry recalled. “I said, ‘All right, I’ll stay after work and put plates on your new one.’ So, I went back to work, and I said, ‘You’ve got a ’69 Camaro coming in on a trade tonight, and I want to buy it.’ That’s how I got it.”
“Blue Maxi had about 19,000 miles on it then and a history that your typical “OK Used Car” didn’t have—one its winner and first owner was suspicious of. “He only had it about three or four months,” Jerry said. “His quote to me one time was, ‘I don’t trust it because it had been raced and rallied.’ He wanted a ’70 Z28, so after he won the car, he used it as a down payment to get a new ’70.”
http://www.superchevy.com/features/1407-1969-chevrolet-camaro-ss-rs-the-blue-maxi-lives


“The Blue Maxi led a tough life in the few months before Car and Driver gave it away in a sweepstakes. The winner, wary of the abuse the Camaro had endured during the 19,000 miles showing on its odometer, took it to Fahrenkopf Chevrolet in Garfield, N.J., and traded it in for a 1970 Camaro Z/28.”
https://www.hagerty.com/media/people/car-and-dirver-blue-maxi-camaro/


“After having fulfilled their mission to “prove that a mere automobile can transcend the obvious device of transportation and become an experience,“ Car and Driver held a raffle for the car only to see the winner quickly trade it in for a new 1970 Camaro.”
https://www.historicvehicle.org/classic-spotlight-1969-chevrolet-camaro-blue-maxi/


“The Camaro was won by Nicholas Ferrara, a quality control specialist from NJ, and was then sold to Gerald Schmidt who worked at the dealership where the official "winner" of the car traded it in for a new Z28 within a few months of winning.”
https://www.yenko.net/forum/showthread.php?p=764611


See scanned color copies of both of the Car and Driver articles concerning the 1969 Blue Maxi Camaro on this CRG thread: http://www.camaros.org/forum/index.php?topic=12050.0
(July and August 1969)

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August 1969
Armed Forces Sweepstakes


"2nd Prize! 1970 Camaro" (shows picture of a 1969 Camaro - when the ad was made no-one knew what the 1970 Camaro would look like)
"Enter as often as you like before August 18, 1970"
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Well, that's all I have.  If anyone has memories of or knowledge of any I haven't posted please ad.  If I run across any more I will ad them as well.
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June 1969
FS Corn Growing Contest


I forgot about this funny one.  It was published in June 1969 but it shows a 1968 model year Camaro and the kicker is that it is promoting a contest to win a 1970 Camaro!

"Win 1970 Camaro"
"Enter the 1969 FS Corn Growing Contest!"
"Prove your skill with FS seed corn...Win a 1970 Camaro"

Notice the address is Route 66
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June+ 1969
KIMN Radio Win Something Wild Sweepstakes (Denver, Colorado)


"Win in the Win Something Wild Sweepstakes"
"Grand Prize!  A Camaro Indy '500' Pace Car"
"Listen to the wildest drawing on radio"

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June+ 1969
KIMN Radio Win Something Wild Sweepstakes (Denver, Colorado)


The car was given away at the Indycar race held at Continental Divide Raceways in Castle Rock, Colorado on Sunday July 6, 1969.

Schedule of events inside souvenir program for the USAC Rocky Mountain 150

"Sunday, July 6, 1969"
"1:10 p.m.  Announcing The Grand Prize winner of 'Win Something Wild.'  A Camaro Indy '500' Pace Car (sponsored by Coca-Cola)."

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February 1969
WMC Radio 79 Hugger Contest


"WIN A CHEVROLET CAMARO IN WMC RADIO'S HUGGER CONTEST!"

"...and the Grand Prize, a shiny new Chevrolet Camaro 'HUGGER!'"


"WIN a New CAMARO"
"Listen to WMC Radio for Details"

1/2) The Memphis Press Scimitar (February 10, 1969)
3/4) The The Commercial Appeal (February 7, 1969)

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February 1969
Lujack Shierbrock Chevrolet


"ABOUT THAT FREE CAMARO"
"Author of the best commercial wins the 1969 Camaro on display at..."

1/2) Quad City Times (February 26, 1969)
3/4) Quad City Times (July 20, 1969)

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May through July 1969
Richard Kelley Chevrolet


"Register for a FREE Camaro Sports Coupe to be given away July 1st."

"REGISTER NOW FOR A FREE '69 CAMARO SPORTS COUPE TO BE GIVEN AWAY JULY 1ST."

1/2) Birmingham Post Herald (May 31, 1969)
3/4) Birmingham Post Herald (June 21, 1969)

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May through July 1969
Richard Kelley Chevrolet


"Register for a free 1969 Camaro Sport Coupe."

1/2) Birmingham Post Herald (May 3, 1969)

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May 1969
Edwards Chevy Hugger Hug-In


"WIN A CAMARO"
"FREE CAMARO TO BE GIVEN AWAY"

1/2) Birmingham Post Herald (May 27, 1969)
3/4) Birmingham Post Herald (May 30, 1969)

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May through July 1969
Don Drennen Chevrolet


"FREE 1969 CAMARO"
"TO BE AWARDED JUNE 30TH"

"Also register For Free Camaro To Be Given Away July 1st."

1/2) Birmingham Post Herald (May 23, 1969)
3/4) Birmingham Post Herald (June 27, 1969)

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