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fbodfather 04-19-2010 09:04 AM

"Defining Moments" -- some Camaro5Fest thoughts.....
 
"Defining Moments" -- Some Camaro5 thoughts........

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I “write” this post while flying on a jet from Jacksonville to Detroit after attending the very first Camaro5fest.

(The first of many Camaro5Fests, I hope!)


In every endeavor, there are ‘defining moments’ –

--when we first started working on the very first run of a 5th gen Camaro -- The GMX-280 - -but we killed it as it did not deserve the hallowed Camaro name…)

--when we started working (again!) on the Camaro program

--when Sangyup Lee drew the first drawing of a Camaro (after many many others) that captured the true ‘essence’ of the 5th gen.

--when I first saw the completed full-size clay of the 5th gen.

--January 9, 2006 when the Silver Concept was first unveiled to the world.

--January 9, 2006 when it was very apparent that the concept was a resounding hit….

--August of 2006 when we made the announcement to the world that we would, indeed, build the next gen. Camaro – and further, that it would be built by the great men and women of Oshawa Assembly.

--when the ‘contract’ was signed – making everything official.

--The first sightings of the black and white IVERs……

--The first time we received 4 completed production intent 5thgens.

--watching the wonder and amazement in the eyes of our 15 Disciples as they saw – for the first time - those 4 production-intent Camaros at Milford…

--September of 2008 when we unveiled the first production intent 5thgen to our enthusiasts at the world-famous Indy 500

-- (a very special defining moment for me: Taking delivery of “Thor’ – my beloved CTF SS/RS)

--March of 2009 – Start of Regular Production!

-April 17, 2009 – Delivery to our first known retail customer – in Indianapolis, IN



Fast forward to EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER:

--well over 1,000 Camaro Enthusiasts and an estimated 500 2010 Camaros descend on Valdosta, Georgia to celebrate the return of a Legend……..


……….and I still have “Perma-grin” as I think of what a great weekend it’s been.


Steve, Tom, Jeremy, and I arrived on Friday morning to unload about a dozen Camaro ‘specialty’ vehicles at South Georgia Motorsports Park – and my first reaction was: “Holy F-car, batman! -- This is going to be BIG” - -because the place was crawling with car carriers and vans from a couple dozen vendors…………

…and then the Camaros and their owners started to arrive………..even though the event didn’t start until that night!

We went back to the hotel to get ready for the Welcoming ‘Cruise’ – and as we made our way from the Marriott to the Host hotel - -we saw more and more Camaros. We stopped at a local car wash so that the Detroit contingent could get the bugs (…or, as I call them, “Mustang crumbs” ) washed off the faces of their Camaros. The girl at the carwash was stunned as suddenly there was a line of 15 or more Camaros -- waiting for a bath…………

We arrived at the hotel and I got a lump in my throat as I surveyed the parking lots – my goodness…. there were new Camaros as far as the eye could see – dozens and dozens of each color – plus many more in colors we’ve only dreamed of……

It’s interesting – over there was a section of Inferno Orange ones – and over there are several black ones with orange stripes………yellows there, Blues here.

…..and everywhere was the evidence of “Perma-grin” – that look that says “Wow – I love this car and I love what it brings to me………..”

Al Oppenheiser (our chief engineer) drove into the parking lot in one of the black and white “IVERs – and a flock of people headed over to check it out and say hello to us. We brought a few Transformer Editions (including Thor!) as well as a few Synergy Green Editions – and that got another flock headed our way.

And oh the hospitality! Everyone was so happy to be there. I thought to myself: “..This is a dream-come-true….the Camaro is BACK! “ (the famous Woodward Avenue billboard was right: Heaven couldn’t handle all the noise”)

Shortly, several members of Law Enforcement lined up in their police vehicles to block traffic for the largest Camaro Caravan I’ve ever seen……..a couple hundred 2010 Camaros coming down the highway all at once makes people stop in their tracks…..

Defining Moment: Two little boys are on their bicycles along a back road as we approach. Their eyes are the size of saucers as they smile and wave and yell “bumblebee!’ at us. I remark to Joe Bella – who is driving ‘Thor’ as I ride in the passenger seat: “These boys will remember this night for a long time to come…..how will they ever forget seeing several hundred Camaros roaring by on this back road?”

There was such great fellowship afterward at the Holiday Inn until the wee-hours of the morning…meeting so many old friends and making new ones……..
As I continued to walk thru the parking lot, I was fascinated as I looked at each Camaro – to see what the owner had done to make it his or her very own…..so many details – some subtle, some not so subtle!

I love listening to all of the stories – of how they wanted a new Camaro – of what the Camaro means to them. And I’m told over and over again that “…..my Camaro is part of the family – “

--And all of these wonderful people coming up to me - -shaking my hand and thanking everyone at General Motors for building such an amazing automobile. (their words, not mine)

Early the next morning the Georgia Countryside woke up to the “voices’ of hundreds of Camaros invading SGMSP.

It was a perfect-weather day of Drag racing, autocrossing, vendor exploration, and just enjoying the experience of owning a new Camaro….and meeting my fellow enthusiasts!

I think that Al Oppenheiser (Chief Engineer) Peter Kosak (VLD) Cheryl Pilcher (Product Manager) John Fitzpatrick (Marketing Manager) Adam Denison (Communications) John Cox (Accessories Manager) and myself went thru several “sharpies’ as we were asked to sign dozens and dozens of cars, books, and owner’s manuals. We are delighted to do so!

I must recognize a very special person who came the whole way from Oshawa to meet our enthusiasts: Mike Judge (aka Super60) works at the Oshawa Plant building these magnificent machines. What makes him more special is the countless hours he’s spent on Camaro5 talking with our enthusiasts – and providing them with signed lithographs - -something that he took upon himself to do and for which we applaud him! Mike – it was so great to meet you in person and I thank you for your dedication as well as your kindness to one and all.

As I stood on the bleachers at the Drag Strip and saw the longgg line-up of Camaros staged to ‘take each other on’ – I couldn’t help but think of young athletic men and women gathering to compete. Yes - -they’re only cars – but they have such presence – and those headlights…………. Am I crazy? I guess not, as suddenly an older gentleman came up to me – introduced himself and sat with me for a while – and made the SAME assessment as if the Camaros really ARE personalities, if you will….

-I spent some time walking around the vendors –watching as they showcased their wares – some of which are what I like to call “Camaroabilia” – and others who sell products and components that enhance the performance or handing of the new Camaro.

--After dinner, we enjoyed six laps around SGMSP’s oval track – and fireworks - -then a trip back to the hotel for more “Camaro Comradeship”

This was the first ‘Camaro5Fest’ – and the Moderators who pulled this activity together are to be commended – the event went off without a hitch and you’d have believed that this had been their 20th event—not their first!


Has the Camaro been a success?

Judging by the numbers, one might say “yes!’ But the REAL judge of success lies within the ownership experience.

Is everyone 100% completely satisfied? No – unfortunately I can’t say that every last owner is -- and unfortunately I’m not sure that our goal of 100% complete customer enthusiasm will ever be met as it’s probably humanly unattainable, but we’ll sure die trying!

What I DO know is this: In 33 years with General Motors, I don’t know that I’ve ever quite experienced what I did this past weekend at Camaro5fest. I saw every age group from all walks of life from all over the United States and Canada……..

…………….and one thing brought them together: A new Camaro.

I can tell you that the team will never stop “putting their all” into this car – we’ll never stop trying to continually improve it – so that you, our customer will continue to experience the joy of owning a Camaro – the “Pride of Ownership” – or, as I call it; “Perma-grin”

As I sit in a meeting tomorrow morning, I will probably let my mind drift back to Saturday – and I will realize that this is one of those “Defining moments” -- perhaps one of the best of my career…………and I will never forget that it is YOU – the enthusiast – who made this all possible…..because without YOU, there is no Camaro.

God Bless you.

See you again at another Camaro show!

…….and don’t forget – Wear those safety belts!

REVOLUTIONSS 04-19-2010 09:08 AM

awesome meeting you ! and thanks for coming down. thanks for signing the indy camaro hotwheel for my son. we just got back in michigan about 30 minutes ago.

thespymaster 04-19-2010 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by fbodfather (Post 1738360)
As I sit in a meeting tomorrow morning, I will probably let my mind drift back to Saturday – and I will realize that this is one of those “Defining moments” -- perhaps one of the best of my career…………and I will never forget that it is YOU – the enthusiast – who made this all possible…..because without YOU, there is no Camaro.

God Bless you.

See you again at another Camaro show!

…….and don’t forget – Wear those safety belts!


Written very well.

My response as one of the enthusiast's , we could't have got the spark without your team to convince GM to bring back the ULTIMATE RIDE, the C5.

I told you in person I was only a Hummer & Corvette person, until the C5 made it's debut and salivated until I got my hands on mine!

Us C5'ers look to the future of what the C5 will become; as we know your listening to our wishes; HUD upgrades etc and that shows GM values it's customer base.


Having got to speak with you in person, I see the fire in your EYE's, Sir and thank you for having your team at the Camaro Fest.

radz28 04-19-2010 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by REVOLUTIONSS (Post 1738370)
awesome meeting you ! and thanks for coming down. thanks for signing the indy camaro hotwheel for my son. we just got back in michigan about 30 minutes ago.

+2! :drinking::bow::chevy: Sorry for being a bumbling idio, lol. My respect and admoration for you, and the rest of the Camaro Team, grows more and more. Finally meeting you was at the very top of my list of favorite memories from this weekend; I'm SO glad I was able to attend. Thanks for everything you share with us - especially your time :bow::respekt::chevy:

acatlover13 04-19-2010 09:16 AM

Thanks Scott. It was great meeting you and I share all of your thoughts. This is Camaro number 3 for me, and I know it probably won't be my last, although I do hope a Corvette is on the horizon one of these days. My only regret for the weekend was not coming across Al, Cheryl and some of the other guys with their sharpies in hand to add their sig to my car. But I did get yours, and I'm thankful.

Keep doing what you do, and we'll keep doing what we do.....loving the Camaro!!!

tribone 04-19-2010 09:21 AM

Wow!! That was very well said Scott. A very big thank you goes out to you and all the GM Family from the Plant, to the offices, and all the hard workers who keep the cars clean and ready for the shows. You guys are one of kind and I'm very proud to call you guys my friends and to welcome you to our ever growing Family.

I'm so glad that we were all able to "keep the faith!" The amount and quality of friends that I have made because of this "car" - it's "just a car" right?- is incredible. Never in my dreams would I have believed that this would ever happen. I literally "died and went to Camaro Heaven" this weekend. It is an experience and a "vacation" that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who came out, all the vendors and sponsors, GM, SGMP and staff, the city of Valdosta, GA and of course Tran and Camaro5.com for making this happen.

I am very proud to be able to say that I am part of this great Family!!

:headbang::D:w00t::thumbup:

-Guillermo

stratman2SSRS 04-19-2010 09:28 AM

fbodfather, all I can say to you and everyone at GM is "Thank you for building this car"
As you saw on the weekend it is more than just another car.
For most of us the Camaro is an extension of our family.
I wish I could have been there to see it all.

ron10 04-19-2010 09:33 AM

unfortunately i was not able to attend the fest because of my new grandson being born that week,but i was able to keep up with what was going on by all the great infomation and pictures sent to the forum.i would loved to have been there and met you and the others from GM.i would have told you that i think you guys not only built a great camaro,but i think you also designed a work of art.i go way back to the early 50s and i have never seen such excitement over a new vehicle like i have this one.hopefully next year i can attend the fest and meet all of you.

35th02ss 04-19-2010 10:08 AM

very well put....This show was a "Defining Moment" for the 5th gen camaro....

One of many that I hope to see in the future.....

speedster 04-19-2010 10:22 AM

We have been talking about it here since we got back and I think you summed it up best:

"What I DO know is this: In 33 years, I don’t know that I’ve ever quite experienced what I did this past weekend at Camaro5fest."

It was the Camaro that brought us together, YOUR Camaro, GM's Camaro, the Camaro life. We are having problems describing to others how perfect a weekend it was. The BEST !! Never such a diverse group that have such a deep-rooted camaraderie. Like one of the guys was saying, this was not a "car show" this was a big family getting together and boy, did we have fun. Perma-Grin is an understatement. :D

I would also personally like to thank Mike Judge for coming down. He did something very special that I will never forget.

So a million thanks for everything you do and have done. John, Cheryl, Al and everyone was beyond hospitable. You guys definitely over delivered. I think Camaro 5 Fest proved beyond a doubt that a new Camaro legacy has been born. Your legacy.

You are the best Scott.

Thank You. :bow:

gsochallenger 04-19-2010 10:45 AM

A big thanks from us Challenger guys for inviting us down. You guys put on a hell of a weekend. It was a fantastic time, everyone was great. You welcomed us, and in the end we are all gear heads.

Mike

RBD 04-19-2010 10:54 AM

Very nice Scott........its great to have a car to embrace again !

thespymaster 04-19-2010 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by RBDesigns (Post 1738728)
Very nice Scott........its great to have a car to embrace again !

With what Scott & Al did was fantastic to bring back the American Icon "Camaro" it was your personnel touch on your design for "SEMA" that inspired me to transform "REDRUM" as my own.


And it obviously caught Scott's & Al's eyes, cause Al presented me with below award:




And without Camaro5.com I wouldn't have been inspired to make those mods and wouldn't have the opportunity to meet all you wonderful people at the CamaroFest.

GTAHVIT 04-19-2010 12:57 PM

Scott and the GM Camaro Team.

I firmly believe that one of the biggest reasons this was such a success was that you all were willing to be here with us.

The buzz generated by you all being in attendance and bring some of the new stuff was a big part of the wow factor that draws people in.

For what it's worth to you all....

I don't have a Camaro if it isn't for you all....
I don't have a web community like camaro5.com if it isn't for the Camaro...
I don't have the Friends I've met here if it isn't for Tran and Camaro5.com...
I don't have an event like Camaro5 Fest if there's no Camaro5.com...
And I would have never gotten to shake your hand, and meet the team, and see first hand how much you are all a part of this car, if you hadn't brought the Camaro back.

As far as I'm concerned, it starts and ends with you all, the camaro faithful, at GM.

You will continue to have my faith. And all of you have now overwhelmingly earned my gratitude and respect.

Sincerely,

Chris

radz28 04-19-2010 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by GTAHVIT (Post 1739258)
Scott and the GM Camaro Team.

I firmly believe that one of the biggest reasons this was such a success was that you all were willing to be here with us.

The buzz generated by you all being in attendance and bring some of the new stuff was a big part of the wow factor that draws people in.

For what it's worth to you all....

I don't have a Camaro if it isn't for you all....
I don't have a web community like camaro5.com if it isn't for the Camaro...
I don't have the Friends I've met here if it isn't for Tran and Camaro5.com...
I don't have an event like Camaro5 Fest if there's no Camaro5.com...
And I would have never gotten to shake your hand, and meet the team, and see first hand how much you are all a part of this car, if you hadn't brought the Camaro back.

As far as I'm concerned, it starts and ends with you all, the camaro faithful, at GM.

You will continue to have my faith. And all of you have now overwhelmingly earned my gratitude and respect.

Sincerely,

Chris

+ google

GTAHVIT 04-19-2010 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by radz282003 (Post 1739489)
+ google

LOL

We owe everything to Google and Microsoft already, dont we????? :iono:



:laugh:

radz28 04-19-2010 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by GTAHVIT (Post 1739518)
LOL

We owe everything to Google and Microsoft already, dont we????? :iono:



:laugh:

Pretty much, lol. I was too lazy to type 100 "0"s, lol.

GTAHVIT 04-19-2010 01:46 PM

wow, so google is more than eleventybillion X infinity?????

:confused0068:

RBD 04-19-2010 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by thespymaster (Post 1738789)
With what Scott & Al did was fantastic to bring back the American Icon "Camaro" it was your personnel touch on your design for "SEMA" that inspired me to transform "REDRUM" as my own.


And it obviously caught Scott's & Al's eyes, cause Al presented me with below award:




And without Camaro5.com I wouldn't have been inspired to make those mods and wouldn't have the opportunity to meet all you wonderful people at the CamaroFest.

Congrats, your is stellar !
RICK

radz28 04-19-2010 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by GTAHVIT (Post 1739544)
wow, so google is more than eleventybillion X infinity?????

:confused0068:

You got me; I'm no good with numbers, except HP and TQ :D

speedster 04-19-2010 01:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GTAHVIT (Post 1739544)
wow, so google is more than eleventybillion X infinity?????

:confused0068:

Quote:

Originally Posted by radz282003 (Post 1739579)
You got me; I'm no good with numbers, except HP and TQ :D


Yeah, Camaro HP and TQ are both eleventybillion X infinity GIANORMOUS !!!

Here is proof: :burnrubber:

radz28 04-19-2010 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by speedster (Post 1739611)
Yeah, Camaro HP and TQ are both eleventybillion X infinity GIANORMOUS !!!

Here is proof: :burnrubber:

:sm0::bellyroll::headbang: You d@mn right!!!

tjbusa 04-19-2010 05:31 PM

It was an honor to have you there, made my day.....

edog 04-19-2010 05:40 PM

Thank you for everything, The signatures, the updates, and the Camaro! You are awesome!

Beauwulf 04-19-2010 06:04 PM

Thanks to all that helped bring the Camaro back to life! Leadership in any endeavor (let alone the car biz) requires dedication, foresight, and passion of which, I believe you Scott have all in abundance. Thank you for bringing the dream back into my life!

It was an honor and a privilege to meet you and the Camaro "crew"! I haven't had that much fun since I retired from racing!

Chevrolet... still the "Heartbeat of America" and the "Heart Throb" of C5!

BLACK10 04-19-2010 06:19 PM

THANKS FOR THE CAMARO, AND MAKING THE TRIP DOWN SOUTH

mlee 04-19-2010 06:30 PM

Well said Scott, with an exclamation point on recognizing Mike Judge (Super60) and the rest of the Oshawa crew. What a super nice group of folks they had in attendance.

I think everyone who traveled in caravans across the country have some new found "lifetime" friends as a result of this event.

There was so much excitement the entire weekend that I totally forgot to sleep.:iono:
Can't wait to do it again next month...;)

mamaro 04-19-2010 07:01 PM

Very thought-provoking--again--Scott!! Thanks for that.

I have not had the privilege of meeting you, but hope to some day. I had planned to make the trip to the Fest with my fellow Oklahomans, but had to cancel, heartbreakingly, when my 90yo dad lost a leg last month to diabetes, and I had to stay close for my mom.

I think back to a year ago--it had been a month since I'd ordered my Camaro, and I was on pins and needles waiting to get past 1100. Bugging my dealer at least every other day, and spending all of my free time on this forum, trying to find some hope that it wouldn't be too long before my car would be built. I found an abundance of information here, and was finally able to track my car's progress. When it FINALLY was unloaded in the railyard in Oklahoma City, I knew it would be a matter of days. Then 2 days later, the railyard was hit by a huge hailstorm. Heartbroken, and on pins and needles for days not knowing if my car had been damaged. It was SO close, yet so far away. It was damaged, but was fortunately one of the few cars in that yard that could be repaired. I still didn't know when I would be able to see her, and the dealer was no help at all. Two weeks later my son-in-law called me at work from his cell phone. He was on the Interstate following a transporter with an IOM Camaro headed south. My dealer didn't know anything, but I got in my car and headed out anyways. I just knew that was my car. Five minutes before I got there, my salesman called me and said it had arrived. When I got there, he was busy, and I was anxious. My husband took my arm and said "Come out here." From the first moment I saw my Camaro I was totally in love. :wub:

It's eight months now, and the "perma-grin" :D gets bigger every day. It has changed my life. On here I have found new friends, people who understand how a 61 year old woman could be in love with her car, and that means the world to me. Every time I see a Camaro on the road, I am in awe, and I honk and wave enthusiastically, even when they don't return the acknowledgement. They are the ones that DON'T understand. This car is amazing, amazingly beautiful, and I can't give you and everyone involved in making this dream come true for me enough thanks.

Thank you thank you thank you. You are all so awesome!! And that includes everyone on this forum. :thumbup:

Jamie Mac 04-19-2010 07:01 PM

Scott, another great part of my weekend was having several members of the Camaro Team sitting in my car and checking out my steering wheel. I told my wife that I'm not sure if it's good or bad that they saw no defect or other reason for my issue. She said that I'm obviously the problem. Lol. Thanks for the QC check. :)

SpeedRacerX 04-19-2010 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by tribone (Post 1738414)
Wow!! That was very well said Scott. A very big thank you goes out to you and all the GM Family from the Plant, to the offices, and all the hard workers who keep the cars clean and ready for the shows. You guys are one of kind and I'm very proud to call you guys my friends and to welcome you to our ever growing Family.

I'm so glad that we were all able to "keep the faith!" The amount and quality of friends that I have made because of this "car" - it's "just a car" right?- is incredible. Never in my dreams would I have believed that this would ever happen. I literally "died and went to Camaro Heaven" this weekend. It is an experience and a "vacation" that I will never forget. Thank you to everyone who came out, all the vendors and sponsors, GM, SGMP and staff, the city of Valdosta, GA and of course Tran and Camaro5.com for making this happen.

I am very proud to be able to say that I am part of this great Family!!

:headbang::D:w00t::thumbup:

-Guillermo

+1000 times agreed! :chevy: GREAT weekend!

ljustin293 04-19-2010 07:10 PM

Scott, just wanted to say thanks again. It was a great opportunity to meet you again, I hate that I missed getting you to sign my car. Thanks again for making sure Thornton Chevrolet was going to get the spot after the Reliable trucks were moved out of the way. I'm so glad you were able to bring the cars that you did, the iver was very cool to see in person.

Thanks again :thumbsup:
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Mr. Wyndham 04-19-2010 07:59 PM

I...for once...am speechless besides this very simple thought.

You, Scott...You and the Camaro team (including our VIP attendees, Cheryl, John, John, Al, Adam, Jeremy, and Tom) are the foundation of everything that took place this weekend. And I am sincerely humbled and proud that you all enjoyed yourselves.

Like Chris said Scott, without you folks there would be no Camaro, and without Camaro there would be no Camaro5Fest and none of these memories (including those of the kids on the sidewalk) could have been made and kept

This event may have seemed 'effortless' on the part of the organizers (I believe those were your words), but it could have been an absolute nightmare had it not been the ultimate in cooperation between all players involved combined with the brilliant leadership of Chris Valdez. The staff at the track was brilliant, the Vendors were fantastic, and the members were SO great and well-behaved (even at 3am in the parking lot of the host hotel) that I couldn't help but be stunned when I realized that 314 cars drove end to end for 32 miles at up to speeds of 85mph in an area almost none of them have ever been to before...and NOT A SCRATCH.

THANK YOU ALL for attending our 'little' event, and thank you for keeping the faith within the 'beast' so our Car could be brought back.

EDIT: Guess I'm not so speechless...:facepalm:

speedster 04-19-2010 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by Dragoneye (Post 1741313)
I...for once...am speechless besides this very simple thought.

You, Scott...You and the Camaro team (including our VIP attendees, Cheryl, John, Al, John, Adam, Jeremy, and Tom) are the foundation of everything that took place this weekend. And I am sincerely humbled and proud that you all enjoyed yourselves.

Like Chris said Scott, without you folks there would be no Camaro, and without Camaro there would be no Camaro5Fest and none of these memories (including those of the kids on the sidewalk) could have been made and kept.

This event may have seemed 'effortless' on the part of the organizers (I believe those were your words), but it could have been an absolute nightmare had it not been the ultimate in cooperation between all players involved combined with the brilliant leadership of Chris Valdez. The staff at the track was brilliant, the Vendors were fantastic, and the members were SO great and well-behaved (even at 3am in the parking lot of the host hotel) that I couldn't help but be stunned when I realized that 314 cars drove end to end for 32 miles at up to speeds of 85mph in an area almost none of them have ever been to before...and NOT A SCRATCH.

THANK YOU ALL for attending our 'little' event, and thank you for keeping the faith within the 'beast' so our Car could be brought back.

EDIT: Guess I'm not so speechless...:facepalm:

+1,000 and Thor

TAG UR IT 04-20-2010 03:08 AM

Quote:

What I DO know is this: In 33 years with General Motors, I don’t know that I’ve ever quite experienced what I did this past weekend at Camaro5fest. I saw every age group from all walks of life from all over the United States and Canada……..

…………….and one thing brought them together: A new Camaro.

I can tell you that the team will never stop “putting their all” into this car – we’ll never stop trying to continually improve it – so that you, our customer will continue to experience the joy of owning a Camaro – the “Pride of Ownership” – or, as I call it; “Perma-grin”

As I sit in a meeting tomorrow morning, I will probably let my mind drift back to Saturday – and I will realize that this is one of those “Defining moments” -- perhaps one of the best of my career…………and I will never forget that it is YOU – the enthusiast – who made this all possible…..because without YOU, there is no Camaro.
WOW! Like Joe...I'm speechless....

I've read your heartfelt posts before and yes, a lot have made my eyes "leak," as you say. But, this really means a lot...

And...like Chris said, Thank YOU! Because without the crew who made the Camaro, we would not be here.

I've made some d@mn good friends from all over the country because of this car. I have friends literally from coast to coast now...and I can NOT wait to see them again.

Thank you all for everything you have done. Thank you for joining us in GA. Thanks for coming down and having a good time. Personally, I really enjoyed getting to see you and the others again. It's great to just kick back and talk...

Thanks Scott. Thank you very much.

1fastdog 04-20-2010 08:10 AM

Scott,

I'm thrilled that the C5 Fest went so very well. { I had a strong hunch that it would be a real EVENT }

I had spoken with Fitzpatrick mid-week and he told me to make way way up there. I was going to do so but discovered my Z06 wiper motor decided to punish my not purging the cowl drains in 8 years. { The cobbler's children go barefoot on occasion } Genuine GM parts were not available on a saturday morning... I couldn't chance it.

I do so wish I could have been there as I get a lot from the energy and passion of our fellow enthusiasts.

Thanks as well to all who made it such a memorable event. I'll meet you down the road, I'm certain.

thespymaster 04-20-2010 09:07 PM

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WOW! Like Joe...I'm speechless....

I've read your heartfelt posts before and yes, a lot have made my eyes "leak," as you say. But, this really means a lot...

And...like Chris said, Thank YOU! Because without the crew who made the Camaro, we would not be here.

I've made some d@mn good friends from all over the country because of this car. I have friends literally from coast to coast now...and I can NOT wait to see them again.

Thank you all for everything you have done. Thank you for joining us in GA. Thanks for coming down and having a good time. Personally, I really enjoyed getting to see you and the others again. It's great to just kick back and talk...

Thanks Scott. Thank you very much.


I second that and Chris it was a pleasure to finally met you in person, espcially since you basically live down the street from me :laughabove:

Camaro21 04-20-2010 09:24 PM

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Scott, It was an honor to meet you and to have you stand by thor and have a picture made with me was very nice of you... Thanks for your dedication to the Camaro and we as owners appreciate all of the work that you and your team have put in to bringing back the Camaro...

Thanks again for attending C5Fest and seeing what you did for us !!

Merc 04-21-2010 01:14 AM

Well said as always. Put a lump in my throat just reading it. The Camrao is an awsome piece and the people that own are pretty special.:thumbsup:

Scott@Bjorn3D 04-21-2010 04:52 AM

I would not have #230 if not for Scott and Camaro5.com The mods alerted Fbodfather about Stephanie's cancer and I had a car on order. The next thing I knew Scott was asking for my order # and a few days later John F. was writing me saying they are building my car ASAP.

Well second day car and #230 is quick allright. When she got caught in Area 51, Scott and John came thru again and had show cars in Austin diverted from a straight up drive to Michigan to be brought 3 states to the east so my daughter could have a ride in one.


Scott you and John are true friends and it was great to finally shake your hand. And I am proud to call you a friend.

b1pig 04-21-2010 05:39 AM

Scott, I can't agree more with your description of the event. A car is often the embodiment of our own personality and drive for individuality. We tend to mold the car to our likes.. whether its for dress-up or for getting down to business... straight line or handling. The Camaro, like a handfull of other cars out there have their own personality. Their own presence. Chevrolet engineers and designers did a fine job packaging the 5th gen Camaro and I agree it is a wonderful car.

I'm an outsider. Been a Mopar guy most of my life.... but I grew up a gear head. Raised by an old man that was a Ford guy. I'm happy to see the pony cars "at war" again in the Big 3. Despite the troubled times, people found a way to travel from afar to a quiet pocket of the south to share their love of cars... and most particularly Chevrolet's Camaro.

After I left the Challenger parking lot bbq, the wife and I rode down to the hotel to take a look. We rode through in our SE Challenger... stopped and took a few pics of some beautiful cars. My wife and I grew up down here, and she's from a farming family. This event changed her in some ways. She seems to have a greater understanding of the car "ENTHUSIAST" now, thanks to Camaro5 and the Carmaro Fest. I wanted to get out and talk to some of the guys in the parking lot of the hotel that night, but I'd been up for about 24 hours at that point and it was time to go home. (prolly woulda slept in the parking lot that night.....) We dont get to travel much, but you guys brought it to our doorstep. Now, the wife really does understand, and I think that y'all helped her to loosen up a little. Might be a good thing no one had Challenger parts on hand. ;)

The event was top-notch. For a first-time gathering, it was truly well orchestrated, which led to few problems. As a resident of the area, I also appreciate those who were respectful to the community and didnt go out hell-raising which has plagued some other events in other areas.

Well done, guys. You represented Chevrolet, Camaro5 and the auto industry in general, in an honorable fashion.:thumbup::headbang:


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