A “baby boomer’s” spine tingles and shivers with awe as the deep-throated rumble of a muscle car roars into life, bringing memories of the golden age of these great American high powered rockets of the road. Nostalgia draws throngs of enthusiasts to car shows, cruise-ins, and auctions featuring these remnants of the simpler, teenage and young adult years of a past generation.
All the cars have a story to tell, and a journey to recount bringing it to its present condition. Many such cars are around Western North Carolina and spectators gaze in appreciation as they are driven by.
Macon County native Doug Welch is one such owner of a classic automobile. His Bolero Red, 396 cubic inch, four-speed 1967 Camaro Sport Coupe is a power-house star. In 1967, General Motors rated this model at 375 horse power, but, more realistically, it is more in the 425-450 hp range.