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Old 08-15-2009, 06:00 PM   #1
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1st Car Show and meeting Al Oppenheiser!

Thursday evening there was a Pre-Woodward Dream Cruise Kick-off Camaro Car Show. I decided to make the trip down to the Dream Cruise a day early to attend the show and meet some of the local Camaro owners (being that I'm a new Camaro owner)

The event was top notch! And it was great to meet all the other Camaro owners who all gave me a very warm welcome!!! Thank everyone!

Mr. Oppenheiser had Q&A session and talked about the 5th gens... very cool. He then started walking through all the cars and chatting with the owners. Eventually Mr Oppenheiser (and I believe John Fitzpatrick was also with him... ) stopped at my car and were checking it over (I believe I was the only privately/non-shop owned V6 there... Martin Inc. did have one of there V6's there).

I was a few cars over talking with other members when I noticed they had stopped in front of my car... so I walked over to my car and stood kind of behind them and said "I really love my car.." Both gentlemen looked at me and they asked if this was my car. I told them, yes, it was mine. I explained how the car was a total impulse buy, that I had seen the pictures but I really didn't care for the car. And then I went and seen the car in person and I bought it! I told them I really love the car and have been very impressed with it!

At that point Mr. Oppenheiser asked what I liked most about the car. I told them the I really like the motor! I explained that I thought the LLT was a very nice package and I was very impressed with all the very interesting technology that went into the LLT. I think they were pretty surprised that I was so excited about a V6!

Mr. Oppenheiser then asked what I liked LEAST about my car. I quickly responded with "The exhaust... and we cut it out!" I think that kind of caught him by surprised too! He then asked if i put on an after market system. I explained that my friend owned a performance shop and that we had spent an entire day trying different setups trying to get a better sound.

At that pointed i pulled my car key out of my pocket and offered it to him. He grabbed the key and hopped into my car! He fired up my car... vroom! He looked over and said "That sounds good!" He then gave the car some REALLY HARD REVS!!! He then added "That sounds really good." Boy, was I SMILING!!

Mr. Oppenheiser got out of the car and handed back my car keys. He then went on to explain the V6 is designed for the masses... so a they really couldn't design the V6 to sound as loud and as aggressive mine. I told him I completely understood that!

So we talked just a bit more... basically talking about over coming the perception that Camaro must have a V8 sound... that in fact you can have a very aggressive, performance V6 sound coming from the Camaro!!! He nodded in agreement as we talked....

It was then time for awards... With a Best in Show award to going to each of the Generations. Mr. Oppenheiser started with the 1st Gen. and explained his talk with the owner of the winning car... and then the 2nd Gen, etc. It appeared that the owners enthusiasm toward their car played a big part in Mr. Oppenheiser's selection....

Well, I guess our talk about the LLT and my V6 made an impression on Mr. Oppenheiser... because much to my surprise (ok, I was shocked!) I came home with the award for the 5th Gen!!! WOW! WHAT AN HONOR!!!

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:02 PM   #2
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awesome story and congrats!!
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:06 PM   #3
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:13 PM   #4
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:15 PM   #5
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:17 PM   #6
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Thursday evening there was a Pre-Woodward Dream Cruise Kick-off Camaro Car Show. I decided to make the trip down to the Dream Cruise a day early to attend the show and meet some of the local Camaro owners (being that I'm a new Camaro owner)

The event was top notch! And it was great to meet all the other Camaro owners who all gave me a very warm welcome!!! Thank everyone!

Mr. Oppenheiser had Q&A session and talked about the 5th gens... very cool. He then started walking through all the cars and chatting with the owners. Eventually Mr Oppenheiser (and I believe John Fitzpatrick was also with him... ) stopped at my car and were checking it over (I believe I was the only privately/non-shop owned V6 there... Martin Inc. did have one of there V6's there).

I was a few cars over talking with other members when I noticed they had stopped in front of my car... so I walked over to my car and stood kind of behind them and said "I really love my car.." Both gentlemen looked at me and they asked if this was my car. I told them, yes, it was mine. I explained how the car was a total impulse buy, that I had seen the pictures but I really didn't care for the car. And then I went and seen the car in person and I bought it! I told them I really love the car and have been very impressed with it!

At that point Mr. Oppenheiser asked what I liked most about the car. I told them the I really like the motor! I explained that I thought the LLT was a very nice package and I was very impressed with all the very interesting technology that went into the LLT. I think they were pretty surprised that I was so excited about a V6!

Mr. Oppenheiser then asked what I liked LEAST about my car. I quickly responded with "The exhaust... and we cut it out!" I think that kind of caught him by surprised too! He then asked if i put on an after market system. I explained that my friend owned a performance shop and that we had spent an entire day trying different setups trying to get a better sound.

At that pointed i pulled my car key out of my pocket and offered it to him. He grabbed the key and hopped into my car! He fired up my car... vroom! He looked over and said "That sounds good!" He then gave the car some REALLY HARD REVS!!! He then added "That sounds really good." Boy, was I SMILING!!

Mr. Oppenheiser got out of the car and handed back my car keys. He then went on to explain the V6 is designed for the masses... so a they really couldn't design the V6 to sound as loud and as aggressive mine. I told him I completely understood that!

So we talked just a bit more... basically talking about over coming the perception that Camaro must have a V8 sound... that in fact you can have a very aggressive, performance V6 sound coming from the Camaro!!! He nodded in agreement as we talked....

It was then time for awards... With a Best in Show award to going to each of the Generations. Mr. Oppenheiser started with the 1st Gen. and explained his talk with the owner of the winning car... and then the 2nd Gen, etc. It appeared that the owners enthusiasm toward their car played a big part in Mr. Oppenheiser's selection....

Well, I guess our talk about the LLT and my V6 made an impression on Mr. Oppenheiser... because much to my surprise (ok, I was shocked!) I came home with the award for the 5th Gen!!! WOW! WHAT AN HONOR!!!

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Old 08-15-2009, 06:20 PM   #7
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:25 PM   #8
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Now THIS put a smile on my face!! Best story of the day! Congrats!
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:28 PM   #9
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:40 PM   #10
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Congrats to you!!!...what an honor....

I was fortunate to meet Al Oppenheiser, John Cox, John Fitzpatrick, Cheryl Pilcher, and Scott Settlemire, aka the Fbodfather personally at the Camaro/GM Nationals in Carlisle, PA in June...

It was my first car show and it was really cool to get to see all the 5th Gen Camaros in almost every color...

That was the first time I had seen any out there besides mine...

I was fortunate to get to meet all the "superstars" mentioned above, and they signed my engine, and they also signed my husband's book: "Camaro, A Legend Reborn", in which they were all featured...

I am happy to report that meeting them was the highlight of owning and driving my 2010 Camaro...they are all so nice and "down to earth" in person...

They appreciated all the positive feedback about the car and I enjoyed talking with them...

There are pictures of me with them in my photo album on my page titled: Carlisle, PA PHOTOS.......
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Old 08-15-2009, 09:22 PM   #11
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:05 PM   #12
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Congrats scrming! What a cool story...
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Congratulations! I was at the show also. Saw your car (looked real nice) but didn't get a chance to talk to you. I was the one that won the raffle prize.

The Hotel Baronette folks did a great job. Staff was very friendly and their food was great. First time I was at a car show where "butlers" passed food among the cars.

It's always fun to talk about Camaros with people who love them.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:07 AM   #15
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Amazing story! Nice to hear of the recent happenings! eB
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:26 AM   #18
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Glad to read that you spoke with Mr.Oppenheiser and was able to bring something home!
I was just the opposite, far from an impulse buy, but I thought it was all just pie in the sky as far as ever owning one.
We both have Victory Reds but mine is the 1LS. I have gone outside at lunch just to look at it! And I work for another car manufacturer and have taken some ribbing for buying GM.
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:30 AM   #19
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Thanks all!!

@Camaro_eddie - It's is a prototype axle back. My friend owns a performance shop and will be producing my setup as an axle back. Details of the my setup are here: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31844

It's a pretty long thread... but the first post contains about everything!
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Congrats! sounds like it was a fun event!
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Congrats. Yes, please tell us what exhaust package you used and do you have any video so we can hear?
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:13 AM   #22
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Congrats! (and way to represent for the V6's!)
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Great story.

I'm also probably going to be in the market for an after-market V6 exhaust upgrade once they start coming out...
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