Been Reading Issue 31

There are dozens, perhaps hundreds of CarTech titles similar to this one, handbooks for those seeking to restore or modify classics and muscle cars. This one is a little different.

For a start, the car in question is 10 years old at most, and therefore unlikely to have suffered the same abuses that many Sixties muscle cars have over the decades. Secondly, it has to be said that the fifth-gen Camaro on the Zeta platform is a pretty damn good car straight from the factory. The intervening 40-odd years have seen car design and build come on leaps and bounds in terms of quality (aesthetics is a different argument), and it seems that the late-model Camaro doesn’t have many glaring faults or shortcomings.

Consequently, this book doesn’t have to tell you how to overcome vague, spongy handling or non-power-assisted drum brakes on your build; Chevrolet’s engineers have done all that for you. It’s not even a book telling you (as so many do these days) how to swap an LS into your car; chances are, Chevy have beaten you to that, too. This is more of an examination of the huge range of off-the-shelf parts that are available to correct the areas of all road cars that have to be a compromise. It’s all about the bolt-ons, so it looks more like a Summit catalogue than a how-to guide.

This is no bad thing, really, as author Parker looks at what’s available, what it does, cost versus benefits, and what’s advertised as a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. There are loads of photos, a few illustrated fitting guides, plenty of info that anyone looking to modify their late-model Camaro could find enlightening.

How To Build And Modify 2010-2015 Fifth-Gen Camaro, by Scott Parker, is published in softback by CarTech with a RRP of £26.