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Old 06-06-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Delaware Valley Riverfront Camaro Show Pics

Took place on the waterfront in Wilmington Delaware. GM and Scott Settlemire were there, got to chat briefly with him, called my ride Thor Jr. .
Ton 5th gens on display. Other gens were there too of course, tho I didn't focus on them as much. I'm a noobgen and proud.

All the pics I took are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/5089864...362680/detail/

But, I'll post a bunch in the thread as well.

Great time, good meeting some Camaro5 folks, and everyone else. Enjoy!
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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And a couple more... Big ones...
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:38 PM   #3
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uhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........Alex.........

You left too soon!

I awarded you a very special award - "Dawson's Pick" -- not sure if you read the note I'd posted a few weeks back - -but I am honoring a very young Camaro enthusiast at several shows this year - and I just think Dawson would have loved your car. Please get in touch with the club -- they have two plaques -- one is the award itself - the other is a reprint of the letter I received from Dawson's father - -

Know that "Dawson" will be watching out for you!


Here's the letter:



Dear Mr. Settlemire:

I appreciate how you share your thoughts regarding the new Camaro. Your pride in your career and the Camaro shines through your words.

I'd like to tell you about what the car you built meant to my son.

When he and I went to Transformers for the first time, he fell in love with Bumblebee and marvelled at what an incredible car it was. I too fell in love with the Camaro instantly and on the way home from the movie we talked about what it would be like to have one.

I told him that some day, if we can, we would buy one and when the time came for him to drive, it would be his.

I got my order in last April and it arrived late in June last year. He was so excited and every day, rain or shine, he'd ask if we could go for a quick ride. He couldn't see much from the back seat but I could see his face lit up in the rear view mirror.

In October, he helped me prepare it for winter storage and as I disconnected the battery and it fell asleep, we looked at each other like “What just happened?” Lying with him at bedtime that night, we talked about it and it surprised both of us to know we were both on the verge of tears. Every week or so, we'd go out and check on it just to make sure it was safe and we talked through the winter months about our first cruise of the spring and how much fun that would be.

My son Dawson passed away in mid February from a stroke suffered after surgery to remove a brain tumour. He was eight years old.

In the weeks that passed, I would check on his sleeping Camaro but my excitement over our first cruise was now gone. Instead, I looked at that car and wondered how I could ever drive it again. At one point, I almost decided to sell it but finally figured Dawson would want me to enjoy it. How could I get rid of his first car?

In late March, I pulled the cover off and installed the battery. I felt a shiver as the interior lights came on. I was nervous turning the key to start it but it only cranked for a second before it fired and the sound of that engine filled the garage. While the sound and smell excited me, I cried and cried that my boy wasn’t there to see it come to life.

I fulfilled my promise to Dawson. I took his ashes, wrapped them in his favorite blanket, buckled him into the front seat, and he and I cruised around for a while. He loved music, especially Rock and AC/DC in particular but when it came to riding in the car, the stereo was always off. He and I listened to what he called the “music of the car”.

I will keep the car and have ordered a vanity plate in his memory. From time to time, I will take him out for a cruise on a warm summer evening and remember his beaming face in the rear view mirror and the excited, nervous giggles from the back seat when I’d punch the gas in a low gear.

I want to thank you for the special moments that car brought my son. He was always telling others how his Daddy drove a 2010 Camaro and some day, it would be his. Like I said, I can tell how proud you are and I want you to know the joy that your hard work brought to a little boy, even if for such a short time.

Thank you

Mike
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:45 PM   #4
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Great pics! Dammit that LS7 car is sexxxyyyy
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:47 PM   #5
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:47 PM   #6
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:50 PM   #7
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awesome pics, love seeing all those 5th gens.
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Old 06-06-2010, 03:51 PM   #8
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Ahh Scott, sorry about that! I stuck around for the 5th gen awards, but went back over to the car after that then rolled out. My girl and I were kinda beat from the sun and had a bit of a drive home.

I appreciate the award, and what you did to honor Dawson. I did read your post a while ago. If the plaque is floating around in DE, I can pick it up, if not, the thought is what counts.

Thanks for being cool and repping the brand well.

-- Alex

Edit - just read your edit - will get in contact with them. Much appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:08 PM   #9
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Alex,
I believe that the organizers will be mailing the award out to you. Well deserved...

p.s. Great job, Scott. I welled up reading the letter you received, AGAIN...
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:45 PM   #10
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Nice pics. You took about a dozen pics of my car. This was my first show. Took first place in Gen 5 modified. My son and I had a great time. A lot of nice Camaros of all generations there.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:20 PM   #11
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THanks for a great show scott my name is richie by the way i was talking to you about my ipod thing i got it to work now but i had a great time at the show i look foward to seeing you again

THANK YOU Richie durso
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:21 PM   #12
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Had a great time at the show today. I got Scott Settlemire to sign my car. Thanks again Scott! It was an honor to finally get to meet you in person.
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Old 06-06-2010, 05:23 PM   #13
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Looks like a fun day... nice pics
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Old 06-06-2010, 06:02 PM   #14
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6th annual camro show..PICS

Today was the 6th annual camaro show in wilimington DE scott seltimire was their and he signed my car and litho and he brought 6 other special camaros with him ..... Thanks scott for a great show

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Old 06-06-2010, 06:07 PM   #15
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Had a great time today. I also had Scott sign my car! Thanks again Scott and all the people who made the show today possible!
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Old 06-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #17
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Oh..and what the heck is a "camro"
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Old 06-06-2010, 08:31 PM   #18
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Hey Richie, nice pics. Glad you guys got to go.
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Old 06-07-2010, 09:29 AM   #19
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Scott, thanks for posting the letter. I am glad this car gave so much joy to Dawson. Brought a tear to my eye...If I didn't recover from my stroke 3 years ago, I wouldn't be enjoying my Camaro as much as I do. Thanks, Mike for your inspirational letter too!
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:11 AM   #20
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Alex, I saw this post after I sent you a PM. Hey let me know about these kinds of events I would love to attend one.
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Old 06-07-2010, 01:19 PM   #21
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great pics-thanks for sharing
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:08 AM   #23
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Old 06-08-2010, 12:41 PM   #25
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Perspective........that letter hits home, I have an 8 year old that I've promised my Camaro to when he gets his license, I've actually painted my boys name on the cowl stripe. I'm at work and can hear his giggle now, as I hit the "turbo" button. I hit the "turbo" button after every stop, he can't get enough of it (neither can I). I have 9 more years to enjoy the car, but will gladly turn it over to him when the time comes and I hope to God that it does come. Bad grades, striking out in baseball and fighting with his brother seem trivial after reading that letter.

Included pictures of the stripe, can only see the name if very close up, very cool to personalize the car in this way.
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