This is a great idea...sharing our first Camaro memories and pictures.
I first tried to buy a high school friend's '69 Hugger Orange RS Z28 just after we graduated from school (1978), but I was never in the position to buy it. The car passed thru several hands in town then eventually was purchased by out an out-of-state buyer in 1981. I wanted that car so bad I could hardly think about buying any other car.
Fortunately, in 1981, another former classmate sold his '69 RS Camaro. He built it up to run the 1/8 mile drag strip in town: 12.5:1 compression, 5.13:1 rear gear, etc. It felt like you could pull the front wheels off the ground when you left the line. Well I quickly learned that you should not try and drive a race car as your primary transportation, so I detuned it to drive daily, with a 3.55:1 rear gear, good standard shocks, radials on the stock 14" rims, plus a few other modifications. Money was tight so I traded the cowl induction hood for other parts I needed and purchased a flat hood. Other than the 6 – 8 MPG on premium gas, and during the winter keeping a flood lamp on all night under the car to keep the starter and underhood temperature warm (I did not have a garage to park in) so I could turn the engine over and start the car, it was a great car! I had the car until 1983.
I really enjoy my current LeMans Blue ’69 RS Z28 but I often wonder where these Camaros are now.