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Old 07-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #1
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Cool Kids and the new SS Camaro

I've been reading a few threads about very young kids getting a new Camaro. There seems to be a lot of us old timers criticizing these youngsters for getting a muscle car. I for one am happy that these kids can enjoy such a priveledge. Here's why:

When we were in high school, we built up our cars and they were very fast. Drum brakes, no shoulder belts (some didn't even have lap belts), unsafe modifications, limited safety restrictions, lousy roads... the list goes on but I think you get my drift. Some of our friends got hurt and killed in these cars.

The new Camaro is a heck of a lot safer than some of the monsters we used to "drive" (I should say hot rod). I say let the next generation of hot rodders have a Camaro and encourage them to learn how to be safer than we were in high school.

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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I wouldn't mind my kid driving an automatic V6 Camaro..However I would not...never...buy my kid an SS... That is looking for trouble, no matter how safe the car is..
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What age are you suggesting to be a Kid?
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Whats the cutoff for "kid"? lol


Edit: Guess I wasnt the only one with that question.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:04 PM   #6
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it's not that they have them, I especially love the little jr gearheads who save up and earn them, it's the spoiled brat yuppie kids who's parents throw money at them and believe this makes them a good Parent.

To you youngsters who are earning and adoring your new Camaro's my hats off you deserve something fun and cool!
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:04 PM   #7
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Hey man, I'll be 20 in Oct. Have a job, and buying/paying for a 1SS myself, gas, insurance the works! If I have to pay for everything I'm getting what I want!
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it's not that they have them, I especially love the little jr gearheads who save up and earn them, it's the spoiled brat yuppie kids who's parents throw money at them and believe this makes them a good Parent.

To you youngsters who are earning and adoring your new Camaro's my hats off you deserve something fun and cool!
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:08 PM   #10
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Heck back when I was in H.S. I had a 1992 Z/28 and a 1994 Z/28 I was responsible never had a ticket or any accidents I see no reason why teens should have enjoy the same privilege as I did. Our Student parking lot was full of Vetts, BMW’s, Porsche’s, A few Benz’s, and a few vipers. I really do not see why it bothers anyone when they see a 16 or 17 year old having a SS who the hell cares.
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I would NEVER buy my kid, male or female, a car that makes 250 hp or more. NEVER. The problem is this: The frontal lobe of the brain is NOT developed. This crucial part of the brain allows people to think about consequences before acting. Most people don't acquire this ability until they are into their late 20's and on. Teenagers are constantly making stupid, boneheaded decisions (like we all did) like having unprotected sex w/o using birthcontrol, doing drugs, stealing, etc.) You really want to hand one of them a 300hp+ car? It's very irresponsible for a parent to do this. Read this article: http://www.actforyouth.net/documents...olbraindev.pdf
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Hey man, I'll be 20 in Oct. Have a job, and buying/paying for a 1SS myself, gas, insurance the works! If I have to pay for everything I'm getting what I want!


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Old 07-28-2009, 01:14 PM   #13
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:16 PM   #14
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Heck back when I was in H.S. I had a 1992 Z/28 and a 1994 Z/28 I was responsible never had a ticket or any accidents I see no reason why teens should have enjoy the same privilege as I did. Our Student parking lot was full of Vetts, BMWs, Porsches, A few Benzs, and a few vipers. I really do not see why it bothers anyone when they see a 16 or 17 year old having a SS who the hell cares.
Obviously those kids' parents don't care. The only thing they care about is whether little Johnny keeps up with the Jones'.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:16 PM   #15
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When we were in high school, we built up our cars and they were very fast. Drum brakes, no shoulder belts (some didn't even have lap belts), unsafe modifications, limited safety restrictions, lousy roads... the list goes on but I think you get my drift. Some of our friends got hurt and killed in these cars.
This much is true even today. The tuner culture in a sense is a reinvention of the old hot-rod culture.. but with computers instead of 3/4 drives. I mean do you baby boomers remember the guys posing with a hot 6 banger version of a Mustang/Camaro but tried to make it look like an SS/Cobra?

Heck the Clone culture could be considered a genesis of sorts. I'm saying that kids are going to do the same thing: Make that car faster than stock, and have a helluva lot of fun doing it. And I think the Mustang and Camaro are just the perfect cars to come out at this time.. All the kids want the Supra.. but when they hop into a new Ecoboost Mustang or LLT Camaro;

'Screw Toyboata..'



As for the 16 year old NJ Guido with the 2SS/RS with fake Z/28 badges.. That's all I have an issue with.
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:38 PM   #16
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I do have gripes with spoiled kids who get handed what they want, but i'll agree with some posts. If they've worked hard and had their mind set on something like a car, then they deserve to get it! If these "kids" were determined to get a car and they got it, can you imagine what good they'll do for the world?
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Old 07-28-2009, 01:39 PM   #17
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Because kids should be given nice things that they don't earn. Until THEY pay for the car they won't give a shit. I know I didn't. I can think of two people in high school who had Camaros and both of them wrecked them. One because she was trying to pass someone on a curve.

Prostock69 nailed it on the head (no pun intended) when he/she mentioned the frontal lobe and not weighing consequences. Hell, I was well into my twenties at least before I started using mine.
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I told my kids when they drove my 327 hp Firehawk or 400 hp GTO, "that with great power, comes great responsibility". They always did just that, respected it.

I believe more kids will be hurt by not paying attention, (too many friends, the radio, the iPod, the cell phone, being tired, road conditions), than because a lot of horespower.

More kids do need to learn to push on the gas and brakes like there was an raw egg on the pedals, especially when driving on gravel, mud, and snow.
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Horse power isn't the only concern with a teenager. A lot depends on the kid's personality.

Take my 19 year old daughter for example. Very responsible smart kid - attending university on a AFROTC scholarship and, using her own money, paid for 50% of her '09 Honda Fit Sport (5 spd). She got busted going 96 mph uphill! Good for a criminal speeding ticket and nearly lost her scholarship.
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Hey man, I'll be 20 in Oct. Have a job, and buying/paying for a 1SS myself, gas, insurance the works! If I have to pay for everything I'm getting what I want!
Now that's the way to do it!
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I've been reading a few threads about very young kids getting a new Camaro. There seems to be a lot of us old timers criticizing these youngsters for getting a muscle car. I for one am happy that these kids can enjoy such a priveledge. Here's why:

When we were in high school, we built up our cars and they were very fast. Drum brakes, no shoulder belts (some didn't even have lap belts), unsafe modifications, limited safety restrictions, lousy roads... the list goes on but I think you get my drift. Some of our friends got hurt and killed in these cars.

The new Camaro is a heck of a lot safer than some of the monsters we used to "drive" (I should say hot rod). I say let the next generation of hot rodders have a Camaro and encourage them to learn how to be safer than we were in high school.

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I got a new corvette when I turned 16...I just had to cover insurance and gas. I turned out pretty well if you ask me. No my car didnt get keyed up..no I didnt wreck it..my daughter could have any car of her choosing(under 30k) when she turns 16 this october..she decided she wanted a mini-cooper..Hopefully my son will make a better choice when he turns 16..lol
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Oh wouldn't it be so nice to just grow up and tell mommy/daddy that they want a nice brand new 2SS as their first car. Nah i'm not jealous, but it's not showing them the true meaning of a dollar when you're handing them top of the line. Give em a clunker! To each their own though. They're more than welcome to spoil their kids rather than have them work for it. In most cases it's probably not the kids faults anywho. Especially when reading about the post where people had vettes and bmw's and porches' in their student parking area. I think parents want to show other parents how big their wallets are.

To each their own tho.
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I've been reading a few threads about very young kids getting a new Camaro. There seems to be a lot of us old timers criticizing these youngsters for getting a muscle car. I for one am happy that these kids can enjoy such a priveledge. Here's why:

When we were in high school, we built up our cars and they were very fast. Drum brakes, no shoulder belts (some didn't even have lap belts), unsafe modifications, limited safety restrictions, lousy roads... the list goes on but I think you get my drift. Some of our friends got hurt and killed in these cars.

The new Camaro is a heck of a lot safer than some of the monsters we used to "drive" (I should say hot rod). I say let the next generation of hot rodders have a Camaro and encourage them to learn how to be safer than we were in high school.

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