Have you ever gone to the movies and seen a car on screen that you just fell in love with? A car that became the yardstick by which you judged every car that came after? If you have, you might understand how Randy "Doc" Martin felt when he laid eyes on the '68 Camaro that starred in the movie "Aloha Bobby & Rose". For those that don't remember the movie, it was billed as a modern-day Bonnie & Clyde flick. Paul LeMat plays Bobby, an auto mechanic, while Diane Hull is Rose, a car-wash jockey. While out on a date one night, Bobby "fakes" holding up a convenience store. The prank goes horribly wrong, resulting in the death of a young shop keeper. Bobby and Rose are forced to take it on the lam. Never mind the title -- the couple heads to Mexico, not Hawaii as they both dreamed. Their getaway car is Bobby's souped-up Camaro.
"It all started in the summer of '75. A bunch of guys going to the movie theater to see 'something.' "They chose a show called "Aloha Bobby & Rose." It had a car in it; that's all that mattered to them."We were young teenagers and didn't want to see a 'girly' movie. Well, little did I know, but I would get hooked by the Camaro bug when I saw the car in the movie. A 1968 Camaro, red with a black hood and black taillight section, big tires all around, on Ansen Sprint wheels!
"My first car was a '67 Camaro, six cylinder, with a two-speed slip-and-slide transmission. I had the time of my life with that car. I sold it to get my '68, which never came to be the car I really wanted because I never had the time or money to do it the way I wanted to. "30 years, and 6 to 8 Camaros later, I got the bug to finally do my "Aloha Bobby & Rose" Camaro. After trying to find a car to work on and coming up with no cars except number matching ones, a friend, John Reed, suggested calling Randy at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff. John had his Pontiac 'Mint Julep' refurbished there. I put it off for a little while, but folded under his continued barrages of 'Did you call yet?' (Thanks John). "I called Randy and explained what I was looking for and what I would like to do. Randy (as he told me), can't say no to anything. He said, 'SURE we can find one and do the project!' "I thought, 'Okay, I probably won't hear from him for quite awhile...' "WRONG!! 2-3 weeks later Randy calls and says, 'I think we found your car.' Sight unseen, just going by what Randy said, I sent the money to purchase the car.
"The rest is in the pictures and the whole story is too long for the website, I think. So, enjoy the pictures and if you are looking for someone to make your childhood dreams come true, I can not say enough about Randy Clark and his WHOLE staff at Hot Rods & Custom Stuff!" -Randy Martin
Randy Martin wanted a car that looked just like the one in the movie, so we had to get good pictures of that car--especially if we were going to duplicate the body modifications. That proved to be more difficult than it sounds. Except for a few fuzzy photos downloaded off the internet and the movie poster, were not able to find what we needed. We especially needed good close-up shots of the fenders to determine how far to flare them and at what angles. The lead fabricator on the Camaro project, Scott, was able to run down lots of history about the car while surfing the internet after hours. Eventually (after we had begun work using the fuzzy photos we had), Randy Martin himself came up with some old e-bay photos from one of the more recent owners of car. We had already started building the fender flares, and it turned out that we had been pretty much on the money with our "guestimates". The pics allowed us to make a few corrections and refine some details we hadn't noticed previously. While at the Temecula Cruise he had an opportunity to show his car off to Paul LeMat, who starred as Bobby in "Aloha Bobby & Rose". Paul was impressed by the car and suprised that anyone would go through the trouble of building replica. He also commented that the original was hard to get in and out of because of its full roll cage and that it rode rather rough. He seemed to think that Randy's version looked like a much more comfortable ride. Paul graciously posed for a picture with the car and even signed his name on the center console (see page 15 of this article). For those who don't remember, LeMat was in both the American Graffiti movies. He played "John Milner" who drove the "piss yellow" Deuce Coupe.