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Old 05-22-2007, 06:40 PM   #1
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Intersting historical note

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As the launch date neared, the car still had no name. It had been called various names by GM and the press, including Nova, Panther, Chaparral, and Wildcat (later used by Buick.) It is rumored that Chevy also considered using the letters "GM" in the name, and came up with G-Mini, which evolved into GeMini, and finally Gemini. General Motors Headquarters supposedly killed that name, because they didn't want the letters "GM" used in case the car was a failure.

Finally, the car was introduced to the press as the Camaro, considered to be a good name because nobody knew what it meant. Chevrolet produced an old French dictionary showing that the word meant "friend" or "companion", but Ford found an alternate meaning in an old Spanish dictionary-"a small, shrimp-like creature."The automotive press had a good laugh over that, and an even bigger one when one journalist found yet another meaning-"loose bowels." It didn't take long for the laughter to stop after the introduction of the stunning 1967 Camaro!
Taken from Here.

Which kinda leads me to tell you that I'm interested in automotive history and intend to put together a little e-scrapbook of interesting dates in the Camaro's history. I'm not sure if the mods/admins would be interested in putting said notes into the events calender (it's not eally an event, but could be a neat eye-grabber when logging onto the site), but I'll work on some stuff and see what I come up with.

Anyway, this made me chuckle so I decided to share it.

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Old 05-22-2007, 10:07 PM   #2
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Very cool! thanks for the share.
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:33 PM   #3
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i know my camaro isnt gonna look sound or be like some crawfish.
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Old 05-23-2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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friend or companion...sorry Mustang, you don't count.
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Old 05-24-2007, 03:18 AM   #5
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I remember reading that. The timeline idea would be really cool. Maybe even have a technical timeline for engine options etc. I think it would really add value to the site. I have done quite a bit of research on third and fourth gens, so if you need any help let me know. I think LS1tech has a few good threads relating to this.
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Old 05-27-2007, 12:43 PM   #6
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…Ford found an alternate meaning in an old Spanish dictionary-"a small, shrimp-like creature."
I like this one, found at Wikipedia:
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Automotive press asked Chevrolet product managers "What is a Camaro?", and were told it was "a small, vicious animal that eats Mustangs".
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Old 05-27-2007, 12:55 PM   #7
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I like this one, found at Wikipedia:


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Old 05-27-2007, 03:03 PM   #8
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Well in spanish Camaron means shrimp (accent over the O). But we all know CAMARO doesnt have an N on the end.
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Old 05-27-2007, 04:27 PM   #9
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I like this one, found at Wikipedia:







My favorite thus far!
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:24 PM   #10
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Yep, I read that mustang killer one, too. Let's make up our own, shall we?
Here's what I can come up with...
Camaro - an immortal animal, friendly to owners of those like it, and owners of it's close family, Corvette. But vicious towards owners of all other cars.
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:46 AM   #11
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Yep, I read that mustang killer one, too. Let's make up our own, shall we?
Here's what I can come up with...
Camaro - an immortal animal, friendly to owners of those like it, and owners of it's close family, Corvette. But vicious towards owners of all other cars.

Add: A force to be reckoned with...
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Old 05-28-2007, 02:27 PM   #12
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…Camaro - an immortal animal, friendly to owners of those like it, and owners of it's close family, Corvette. But vicious towards owners of all other cars.
HEY NOW!!!

My GTO is in that family - it's GM and it's kick-ass!

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Old 05-28-2007, 06:01 PM   #13
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HEY NOW!!!

My GTO is in that family - it's GM and it's kick-ass!

Distant relatives......


We'll have to let the Camaro sniff the GTO to see if he likes it, otherwise say bye bye.
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Old 05-28-2007, 10:27 PM   #14
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…We'll have to let the Camaro sniff the GTO …

LOL!

It looks like it'll be the other way around tho - I'm keeping the Goat when I get the Maro.

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Old 05-28-2007, 10:32 PM   #15
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lol I would say the Camaro will accept other General Motors vehicles...
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Distant relatives......


We'll have to let the Camaro sniff the GTO to see if he likes it, otherwise say bye bye.
I got the funniest damn mental picture with this post.
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