Restored car working out well for Aherns
Jeremy Ahrens couldn’t get his eye off the old, rusted 1967 Chevy Camaro sitting in his buddy’s junk yard.
His buddy, though, wasn’t interested in giving it away.
Ahrens forgot about it until he wrecked his orange Dodge Dart in a drag race in Salt Lake City.
“The Dart didn’t have the best brakes,” said Ahrens, who crashed it into a tree at the end of the track.
That’s when the 22-year-old from Rangely decided to ask about the Camaro again.
“He had it for 10 years,” he said. “He didn’t want to let go of it, but he needed the money.
He said, ‘$3,000 and it’s yours.’ I saved money for it and got it.”
Ahrens, his dad, Jerry LeBleu, and a couple of other friends started a restoration project on the Camaro in December 2008. It included beating out hundreds of dents and removing several rust spots, sanding, painting and priming the car.
Some nights, Ahrens was so excited about the progress he couldn’t sleep.
Instead of tossing and turning, he woke up, put on some clothes and worked on the car in the middle of the night.
Ahrens and his friends finished the restoration project four months later.
He took the candy-apple red Camaro, with a 498-cubic inch big block Chevy engine, out for its first race last summer and won his first drag race.
Ahrens won for the second time this summer and also has a second- and third-place finish this season. He is in seventh place in the Batteries Plus Pro ET points standings.