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Old 05-09-2011, 11:07 AM   #1
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I'm only a year late with starting my journal but better late than never, so I will try and retrace my brief love affair with the Chevy Camaro!

Ok so to start with I am British, I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England and I have absolutely no childhood upbringing around US muscle cars. I moved to Houston from the UK in May of 2003.


Fast Forward to the Summer of 2007 - I'd been out for dinner with my family and some of our good friends, the normal Friday night - good food, drinks and then roll back to one of our houses to chill. Switch on the tv and start watching some kiddy movie "Transformers"well I remembered the cartoon from when I was a kid, but can never remember them having:

a) A really hot chick like Megan Fox who would seductively fix a car like that!

b) That sweet looking yellow Camaro!



Ok so after a reality check I then realized that Megan would never be mine but I would do anything I could to own that sweet looking motor!



Next.....Fast Forward to January of 2008, Houston Auto Show:

I had no idea the new Camaro was going to be on show - but there it was in all its beauty! My frist real life glimpse of the new Camaro concept.





........Again Fast Forward, this time to April of 2010, Westside Chevrolet, Katy Freeway

Approx 2 years after I’d first set my heart on the Camaro and I was once again in the market for a car, luckily for me so was my wife and I managed to persuade her to upgrade in size from the Ford Edge to the new Chevy Traverse – this meant I could down size from my GMC Envoy to a smaller vehicle............an absolute "no brainer" as to what I was going for"!

I turned up at Westside Chevrolet in Katy and told them I was after the 1LT in Black, with upgraded 20" wheels – I was out of luck they didn’t have one on the floor, but they did have a black 2LT RS, sweet -
with a little haggling and my added GMC discount I was able to cut a deal that I could afford.



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Old 05-09-2011, 11:14 AM   #2
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Let the modding begin:

April 2010 Blacked out Bow Ties

I bought a sheet of auto decal vinyl from ebay and using a scalpal and plenty of patience managed to cover the gold part of the bow ties, front and back.

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:15 AM   #3
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May 2010 Injen Power Flow Cold Air Intake

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:16 AM   #4
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Yes, Better late than never....

Congrats on the purchase and keep us informed... I'll be watching...

I've worked with lots of crazy Brits in my offshore career... Got some hugely funny stories about them dudes...
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:18 AM   #5
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:19 AM   #6
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October 2010 ARD Dyno Day

With only my Injen Power Flow CAI installed, I managed a 256 RWHP on the dyno

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:24 AM   #7
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November 2010 2nd Camaro Nationals Sealy

Now this was my first ever trip to the track and it was an event hosted by H-Town Camaro Club - what a night! great fun !

My best run of the night (My time is on the right):



Even managed to pick up a second place trophy in the V6 Stock Category






Hey you see, even V6's can burn out !


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Old 05-09-2011, 11:26 AM   #8
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January 2011 Eibach Pro Kit Lowering Springs Installed

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:27 AM   #9
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January 2011 Vinyl Black outs Installed on Front Markers, Side Markers, Reverse Lights & Tail Lights




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Old 05-09-2011, 11:28 AM   #10
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February 2011 Window Tints & Debadged "CAMARO"

went with 25% fronts and 15% quarters & rear.

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:29 AM   #11
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February 2011 Tail light Bezels & Bow Ties fully Blacked out using "Plasti Dip"

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March 2011 Eibach Springs making a creaking noise

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April 2011 MRT V2.0 Axle back installed

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Old 05-09-2011, 11:37 AM   #17
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Yes, Better late than never....

Congrats on the purchase and keep us informed... I'll be watching...

I've worked with lots of crazy Brits in my offshore career... Got some hugely funny stories about them dudes...
thanks, keep watching now as I prepd the journal offline and I'm about to bomb this thread with pics

I'm also in the offshore game - I think most of us who come over to Texas are to be honest.........
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Old 05-09-2011, 11:42 AM   #18
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Very nice man Car is lookin good
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Looks sick man I wish my 4th gen could look that good
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Looks sick man I wish my 4th gen could look that good
thanks, I wish mine could go as fast as yours!
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Cool mods...

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Bro, I had to laugh as I was looking through the pics... Your time ticket above, from the Camaro Nats in Sealy, was when we raced ... I'm the one in the left time column... Small world... and that was before my build...
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Bro, I had to laugh as I was looking through the pics... Your time ticket above, from the Camaro Nats in Sealy, was when we raced ... I'm the one in the left time column... Small world... and that was before my build...
haha really! It sure is.

I'm hopin to break into the 13's next time.....
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haha really! It sure is.

I'm hopin to break into the 13's next time.....
What do you do in the oilfield... I'm a subsea engineer with Diamond Offshore...
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