Kickstarter campaign plans to retore Frank Gardner's awesome Chevy


An appeal has been kicked off to fund the restoration of the legendary Group 5 Chevy Camaro campaigned by Aussie great Frank Gardner.

The Amsterdam-based Moritz family is trying to amass donations of €200,000 to restore the seven-litre monster.

The fundraising drive, called Race Car Rebirth, starts on 12 December and donors are being promised special access to the restored car – even passenger rides – in return for their contributions.

The 550bhp Camaro was a dominant force in the British Touring Car Championship with Gardner taking a quintet of back-to-back wins in the 1973 season.

After Gardner, the car was owned by Stuart Graham and then Rob Slotemaker whose death in 1979 thwarted his plans to race it. After the accident, relatives discovered a note saying the car should go to racer and specialist Bert Moritz and it has remained in a shed behind brother John's Moritz Tuning ever since.

Now the family wants to restore the Chevy to its former glory and return it to the tracks, with the process being filmed for a documentary.

To learn more about the project visit its Facebook page.



Chris Martin

Great car.
Great history too.
And Frank Gardner deserves to be better known as one of racings true characters.
But, I am not sure the original purpose of Kickstarter was to support such projects. There ideally needs to be a useful end product with some altruistic feelgood factor added. I am not knocking the car, it's owners or the planned restoration, and would like to see the car run again in anger, but what happens then? The car is sold a year later as a fully restored historic racer with excellent provenance maybe setting an auction record for a Camaro along the way? Do the Kickstarter donors become full shareholders in that?
Good luck anyway.


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