Son pays tribute to father with Carl Casper Auto Show entry

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 24, 2013 at 1:06 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Sitting in far side of the west wing in The Kentucky Expo Center is a turquoise Chevy Camaro.

“It is a 1968 Camaro Pro-street,” Brian Clark, the owner of the Camaro said. “It has a 468 big block Chevy in it, 4:56 gears; it has a 4-speed Muncie. It has had a little bit of work done to it, nothing fancy.”

But to Clark, the car means everything.

“There are so many memories with this car,” Clark said. “We used to come out of the garage sideways. My mom would come out yelling at us. There are too many memories.”

The Camaro once belonged to his father, James Clark.

Fort Knox could not buy this car,” Clark said. “This car is like my dad to me. When I ride around in this car, I feel like he is right there with me.”

In 2009, James was under the car doing some repair work in his garage in Pleasure Ridge Park. The Camaro suddenly fell on James, killing him instantly.  Since then, his son Brian has vowed to restore the car in his father's name.

“I just wish he was here,” Clark said. “I wish my dad was here to see it. I wish he could enjoy it.”

For the first time his Camaro was accepted into the Carl Casper Auto Show.

“I have been sick to my stomach all weekend just knowing we finally got his car in the Carl Casper Auto Show,” Clark said.
 

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