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Old 11-27-2010, 03:51 PM   #51
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I'm VERY EXCITED for you!!!

I can't wait to be going threw the excitement that you have been going threw once I finally order my car wich will probably be the beginning of the New Year

I have already spent a small fortune on things I want to put on my car like Full Vortech YSI package from Jannetty, Kooks Exaust, Air Lift Suspension and D2 Wheels. So that has been tieing me over for now.

Are you planning on doing anything to your car or just going to enjoy it the way it comes?
Thanks for stopping Rich! First out of the box is match painting the Ground Effects. Then it is going to have ghost pearl gold stripes painted. I actually posted some photos of my desired stripes earlier today on the TPW 11/15 thread.

I am ordering a dashmat immediately as they have saved all the dashes in my cars. I am waiting to really drive the car before I decide on exhaust and CAI. Since I live in the god-forsaken State of California, the upgrades may be limited due to the "SMOG SHACKLES". It is hard to find stuff that is now CARB compliant with the new laws going into effect. I see Cali guys modding their cars and wonder how they are going to beat the SMOG POLICE now.

I am a fairly safety concious person so I might tackle so sort of mirror signals.

I want to save my warranty for as long as I can without voiding anything due to "modification".

Good luck on your pursuit and obsession! LOL


PS - I am probably going to upgrade wheels but I am shopping for something unique and killer!
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Old 11-27-2010, 03:55 PM   #52
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:21 PM   #53
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Now that I have a start on my blog...

I am pleased to announce that FINALLY after waiting 5 years reading, wishing, working...working...and working more, my wife and I went down to the local Chevy dealership today, plopped down some cash and submitted our specs for the new baby! Orange Krate's order should be submitted tomorrow morning by the dealer! As I texted to my peeps... "I AM STOKED!!!!"

Orange Krate will be a 2011 (obviously) SS/RS, LS3, HUD, IOM/IO interior, Hurst, Orange Engine Cover, Ground Effects, 20" polished wheels... pretty much all the gingerbread, sans the sun roof, as I am well over 6 feet and need the head room. We loved our test drive! I was really surprised at the power of this beastie.

Oh BTW... did I tell you I am friggin' STOKED!!!! Now the countdown begins and I will be restless until my baby comes home.

As part of this blog I thought I would give a few comments about our experience and perhaps help someone out that hasn't bought a new car yet. This is the first one we have ever ordered from the factory. We have bought new vehicles off the lot but never ordered one.

Many people are impulse buyers. I am! I had to restrain myself and with my wife's help we decided to just order what I want and quit looking for the elusive IOM with specific attributes.

First...visit the Chevrolet website http://www.chevrolet.com and build your car online (several dozen times like I did) and memorize it until you know the cars options inside and out.

Then visit as many dealers as you can and if you are a frequent visitor/member of this website, print out some of those neat wallet cards and talk to sales people and tell them about the site and how awesome the info is here for new car owners and would be buyers. I think I have been to about 12 dealerships between Sacramento and Carlsbad, California. I tried not to be a pest (accept for Dave Perry who put up with me).

When order day comes printout your cars build sheet from the chevrolet.com website and take it with you to the dealer you have decided to do business with and talk in depth with them about your choices. They should know the cars options by now since we are in the second year of production. If they haven't sold many Camaros you may have a chance to tell them some stuff they don't even know about the car! I LOVE CAMARO5.COM!!! Refer to the Reference Section for RPO numbers etc. YOU FOLKS ARE GREAT!

Finally, GUTS! Put the money where the heart is and go for it. This economy is scary for everyone but this is one purchase I can say I will not have buyer's remorse over, even if I only owned the car for one day! Heaven forbid! It is better to have had a Gen 5 and lost it than not had it at all. After giving up my 1969, they are going to have to pry the Hurst shifter out of my cold dead hand to get my Gen 5 away from me!

Then after making your deposit and securing an order make sure you read the section on tracking your order! I am looking forward to this part of the transaction, build out and delivery.

Owning a quality car, keeping it up, driving it, enjoying it, documenting everything is what makes a car a classic keeper! It may not make it a collectible but lightning can strike twice and although I have heard debate in the Forum over people saying these are the next Yenko's and such... there are ways to protect your investment and make it retain maximum value. Even if it were a Yugo! Hey... just being a Camaro is value added right?

The photo below is a photo of the two gentlemen who assisted us in the new baby order. I want to give a special thanks and shout out to Mr. Dave Perry, Customer Relations Manager (dressed in black) at William L. Morris Chevrolet in Simi Valley. He literally spent hours, on several days, over several months, talking with me and introducing me to the people behind the scenes at the dealership. The other gent is Mr. Chris Caumartin who took my deposit and drafted and submitted the Chevrolet Order Workbench. You can see additional info about this process, comments and photos in my photo section.

If you are in the So Cal area you might want to give them a jingle if you want to buy a vehicle or RV. They swear they won't be undersold. So far so good! The dealer agreed to let me document the purchasing and delivery process starting with me writing out a check for the deposit!
Congrats on the new Camaro. I'm too new to this tread after seeing the new style of the Camaro and got excited to realize that after making my last payment on my suv for the last 6 yrs that I'm gonna save up hopefully for a 2012 IBM with grey interior. I already went to chevrolet website and made out a list of what excatly I would like to have added on my new car that is within my budget. Seeing that your from southern cali just like I and seeing the dealership you went to gives me more ambition. Once again congrats on your new baby....
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Congrats on the new Camaro. I'm too new to this tread after seeing the new style of the Camaro and got excited to realize that after making my last payment on my suv for the last 6 yrs that I'm gonna save up hopefully for a 2012 IBM with grey interior. I already went to chevrolet website and made out a list of what excatly I would like to have added on my new car that is within my budget. Seeing that your from southern cali just like I and seeing the dealership you went to gives me more ambition. Once again congrats on your new baby....
I will email you my reply in the event you do not make it back to this thread because there is so much to read and do and you can get lost.

Sonson, first of all welcome! And congrats on choosing a Camaro! I, like many others have been following this car since its inception. I remember first seeing an animated feature of a "2005" Red Camaro prototype that had an alcohol blower on it coming down a tunnel like structure and burning the tires just before you see it emerge. That hooked me when I saw that concept. It is probably still on Youtube but I couldnt find it on a quick search.

Flash ahead to 2008 when I saw a real prototype posted and then I knew my wallet was destined to unload on this beauty. I literally went to about a dozen dealers and asked questions. Sat in the car, test drove them, looked at features and chose to better my financial position by one year and wait for the economy to look a bit rosier before I plopped the down payment. I was glad I waited because the 2011 had the HUD and HURST both of which I find desireable. T

he next thing is to get the car here so I can DRIVE it and baby it. Please feel free to come back and read my journal as it unfolds. Also, don't forget to get yourself some FREE "welcome cards" (business style) at the front end of the forum, print them out, invite Camaro owners you see or meet to look up the website and also give them to Chevy salespeople. I have tried to get as many Chevy dealers as I can to learn this site so they can pass it on to potential clients.

This site rocks as does our new breed of Camaro! Best of luck and thanks for your comments! Be safe.
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Old 11-28-2010, 08:47 AM   #55
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Congrats from the whole ChevroletConnects team....formerly Camarotracking, Sometimes we look to our beginnings and our fellow Camaro brothers and sisters for the motivation to keep us going, to strive for improvements to our service....And your blog has proven to be that for me this morning. After working all thru the holiday weekend with our IT guy Bryan and fellow team members Hylton and Lisa, reading your blog was the highlight of my holiday.

Take care Orange Krate, and congrats on your new Camaro. Larry
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Oh Dearest BadgeBunny!!!! Thanks for stopping! I am pacing and pacing and pacing. My poor baby is out in the cold in Canada and it is Brrrrrrrrrr!!! If I could fly there and throw a blanket over her I would. The really frustrating thing right now is that CamaroTracking.Com website is down and I can't get a handle on what is up! The last time that happened my car was being built and when the site went up my car was born!!! So maybe this is a good sign. Keep checking back BB! It is going to be a better journal once my punkin' comes home! The camera is going to be very very busy!!!
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WOW now that is a sea of IOM......AWESOME...

Don't worry DAD.....she is on her way to you soon and the wait will be over and a new chapter will begin. We all had to endure the pain of waiting so we feel for you.
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WOW now that is a sea of IOM......AWESOME...

Don't worry DAD.....she is on her way to you soon and the wait will be over and a new chapter will begin. We all had to endure the pain of waiting so we feel for you.
Thanks for the moral support rtcat600man! I try to be patient but I am older and you know how older men can be??? We want our toys now!
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My patience and intuition paid off! Get up to visit the little boys room, grab a drink of orange juice and check CamaroTracking.com and what should my wondering eyes spy? Orange Krate jumped overnight to 4800 status!!! Oh man...she is so much closer!!!!!!!!!!
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I'm loving this whole story. This is truly something very special. Sometimes I wish I ordered my Camaro, but my old car broke down and I was forced to hunt my orange baby down. I was very lucky though. There were only 5 in the country. My next Camaro will be ordered! I hope you don't mind if I comment a time or two on here
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I'm loving this whole story. This is truly something very special. Sometimes I wish I ordered my Camaro, but my old car broke down and I was forced to hunt my orange baby down. I was very lucky though. There were only 5 in the country. My next Camaro will be ordered! I hope you don't mind if I comment a time or two on here
2UNIQUE: I encourage you and anyone to comment! In fact add as much as you want. Orange Krate is a friendly car and when she finally arrives home I am sure she would type in this journal if she could! Meanwhile I will remain her ghost writer. I have been following the Gen 5 release since early on in its inception and as soon as I heard they were building one and it was going to look like a 69 I just about came unwound. That was a very emotional thing for me, seeing a new Gen 5 for the first time. After 32 years of being without it was like finding a long lost love and falling deeply head over heels again. I never get tired of looking at this model of car and sI ee them every day as I make the 120 mile round trip commute to work and back. Plenty of time to ponder, plan and dream. The Gen 5 purchase and finding another Orange Krate is yet one more check off of my "bucket list". I have but only a couple of more check marks on the list and life is fairly complete! The big day is almost here and I am SO looking forward to it. Thanks for stopping in and check back soon!!!
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So I confirmed that Orange Krate was at the rail yard in Mira Loma awaiting transport via Car Carrier to Simi Valley. The Chevy Business Center advised that she arrived there yesterday and that the cars generally are out of the location on to the dealer within 72 hours of offload! That means she could be at the dealer on Thursday or Friday. I hope I can see her before Sunday as I leave for the week on business! But she still has to get her GFX painted and installed prior to delivery so that is a good thing for me. WOWWWWWEEEE reality is starting to sink in as I realize just how close my dream has come to fruition. In the meantime...here is an overhead satellite shot from Google of the 4200 Etiwanda Avenue facility in Mira Loma, California. If you go to Google earth or maps you can actually zoom in and pick out cars. I did see an Orange Camaro in the mix but I know these are older sat photos so it isnt mine. Amazing technology...amazing car! Its all good.
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In Orange Krate's journal I haven't given the light of my life enough credit. Orange Krate would be but a pipe dream if it were not for my great lady and love of my life. I hope to take my Camaro "babe" on many many road trips and enjoy some of the sights this great country has to offer. Thanks "Punkin'" for sticking with me on this undertaking!!! Erica is a sweet woman.
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In Orange Krate's journal I haven't given the light of my life enough credit. Orange Krate would be but a pipe dream if it were not for my great lady and love of my life. I hope to take my Camaro "babe" on many many road trips and enjoy some of the sights this great country has to offer. Thanks "Punkin'" for sticking with me on this undertaking!!! Erica is a sweet woman.
Awesomeness man I knew it, behind every successfull lucky man there is a strong beautifull woman! I definatly feel you on this one I have one of those at home too lol. I would not have been able to order and customize my Camaro the way I have if it wasnt for all my womans support (she supports everything I do no matter how wild and crazy). Congrats man and it'll be any day now Im sure you're counting down the seconds, BIG UPS to you and your wife!!!
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Awesomeness man I knew it, behind every successfull lucky man there is a strong beautifull woman! I definatly feel you on this one I have one of those at home too lol. I would not have been able to order and customize my Camaro the way I have if it wasnt for all my womans support (she supports everything I do no matter how wild and crazy). Congrats man and it'll be any day now Im sure you're counting down the seconds, BIG UPS to you and your wife!!!

Ditto......couldn't have said it any better. My wife has supported my mid-life crisis and desire for the CAMARO fully.

Glad to see there is more than one of us in this boat.

Good Luck with your future Camaro. Enjoy.
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I am still waiting. I will pass along some more comments this evening. I have some potential intel sources that I am waiting to hear from. I was hoping to see Orange Krate before I hop on a plane Sunday! Aye!!! The biggest thing will be finding the right person to paint her with pearl gold ghost stripes.
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What a warm and genuine story. The background, history makes this just truely incredible. I am also of your age (over 50) and can appreciate your mid-life crisis condition since I resemble that remark. Thankfully Erica supports you and soon Orange Krate will arrive and you can tuck her in your garage to stay warm and comfortable.

I must say that your order process was VERY quick considering you only placed your order on 10/16/10. That's just awesome. I placed my order on 05/28/10 and picked up my baby on 12/22/10. Ya, dont' ask - lots when sideways with my car. Luckily I had the entire Camarotracking team to keep me company. I "lurked" there for months reading and reading every single thing I could find about my Camaro. I met lots of amazing people there that I am glad to call friends today.

As many have already stated, the worth is definitely worth it. I'm almost to my 1st yr anniversary and still every day I open the door to the garage and look in amazement at my amazing GCM that takes me to and from work every single day. I still can't believe I am driving the hottest, sexiest car on the road (thank you GM).

Looking forward to seeing your Orange Krate soon. Welcome to C5, we're glad to have you and Erica aboard for the ride. Lori

PS: I have a younger sister that lives somewhere in Simi Valley, she drives a 2010 Rally Yellow 2SS/RS with Black Stripes M6 and Sunroof - small world, huh?
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So I confirmed that Orange Krate was at the rail yard in Mira Loma awaiting transport via Car Carrier to Simi Valley. The Chevy Business Center advised that she arrived there yesterday and that the cars generally are out of the location on to the dealer within 72 hours of offload! That means she could be at the dealer on Thursday or Friday. I hope I can see her before Sunday as I leave for the week on business! But she still has to get her GFX painted and installed prior to delivery so that is a good thing for me. WOWWWWWEEEE reality is starting to sink in as I realize just how close my dream has come to fruition. In the meantime...here is an overhead satellite shot from Google of the 4200 Etiwanda Avenue facility in Mira Loma, California. If you go to Google earth or maps you can actually zoom in and pick out cars. I did see an Orange Camaro in the mix but I know these are older sat photos so it isnt mine. Amazing technology...amazing car! Its all good.
That's awesome. I can't wait to see her too! I am sure you will drop dead at the sight of her beauty.
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What a warm and genuine story. The background, history makes this just truely incredible. I am also of your age (over 50) and can appreciate your mid-life crisis condition since I resemble that remark. Thankfully Erica supports you and soon Orange Krate will arrive and you can tuck her in your garage to stay warm and comfortable.

I must say that your order process was VERY quick considering you only placed your order on 10/16/10. That's just awesome. I placed my order on 05/28/10 and picked up my baby on 12/22/10. Ya, dont' ask - lots when sideways with my car. Luckily I had the entire Camarotracking team to keep me company. I "lurked" there for months reading and reading every single thing I could find about my Camaro. I met lots of amazing people there that I am glad to call friends today.

As many have already stated, the worth is definitely worth it. I'm almost to my 1st yr anniversary and still every day I open the door to the garage and look in amazement at my amazing GCM that takes me to and from work every single day. I still can't believe I am driving the hottest, sexiest car on the road (thank you GM).

Looking forward to seeing your Orange Krate soon. Welcome to C5, we're glad to have you and Erica aboard for the ride. Lori

PS: I have a younger sister that lives somewhere in Simi Valley, she drives a 2010 Rally Yellow 2SS/RS with Black Stripes M6 and Sunroof - small world, huh?
Hi Lori,
Thanks for stopping in and leaving the sweet post! I am SO like a soon to be father for the first time (again)! The anticipation is killing me (remember the ketsup commercial in the 70's?).

Erica will be glad when Orange Krate arrives because she will finally get some quiet from me yapping about Camaros. Why??? Because I will in the garage!!!

Everyone keeps asking about mods... and I am just going to be ecstatic to see Orange Krate. I will give her a big kiss when she hits the dealer! HA HA

After getting the GFX match painted, I am going to work on getting the stripes painted. If you follow this link (below) you can see the color of the stripes I am looking for, although I don't know yet how they will be laid out. I like the "ghost stripes" that were done on this car because they don't steal away from the car's primary color like the solid stripes do such as white or black. They are subtle. As if the car is???

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We look forward to meeting you and all the great people we chat with here on Camaro5 and know that I am in it for the long haul.

Thanks again and hope to see you soon!
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That's awesome. I can't wait to see her too! I am sure you will drop dead at the sight of her beauty.
Somehow that might not be the ending I envision. I was thinking more along the lines of the movie "Vanishing Point". As they say...it is better to burn out than to rust out.
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