Over the past 12 years, students at East Syracuse Minoa High School (ESMHS) have completed 12 different vehicle restorations. Each year, the school raffles off the completed car, and uses the proceeds to support the following year’s project. This year, ESMHS raffled off a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, which ended up going to one lucky Mr. Joseph M. from Nashville, Tennessee.
This stunning first-gen Camaro flaunts a High Octane Red finish with black striping, courtesy of East Syracuse Chevrolet. The classic muscle car look is complete with iconic American Racing wheels and a cowl hood. Backing these looks is a 327-cubic-inch small-block V8, which was reworked primarily by Bloss Machine – a local engine shop.
The teacher of the ESMHS Auto Technology class, Ryan Beckley, has done a great job of forming partnerships with local businesses who then contribute to the project, such as Saves Auto Body Supply, which has supplied paint and body work materials for a majority of the class’ projects.
“It’s a great partnership, and we’re very happy to participate,” said Pat Sweeney, owner of Saves Auto Body Supply. “Career and technical education (CTE) is something schools got away from over the years. Automotive career paths need to be promoted.”
This isn’t the first classic GM that the class has restored; back in 2008, the class project was a ’68 Camaro, followed by a ’69 Pontiac Firebird in 2009, a ’55 Chevy pickup in 2011, a ’72 Chevelle in 2013, and a ’63 Buick Wildcat in 2014.
We tip our hats to Mr. Beckley and the work he’s done with his students, and look forward to seeing it continue in the coming years.