Pastor Janis Kinens recently traded in his BMW for a new Camaro at Newman Chevrolet in Cedarburg – Wisconsin’s well-known Camaro dealer. Janis loved the car so much, he shared his excitement in his weekly newsletter at his church:
Advent Lutheran Church /Events and information for the week of May 14, 2014
This week at Advent…
Yes, it’s true, the “Church Bus” is no more. At least not at my house. After 11 years of faithful service (8 of them as my ride) the BMW is going to a new home. As you will be able to read in tomorrow’s News Graphic I have gone full circle in my love affair with cars. Fitting I think, that at the later stages of driving I return to where I began. My dad was a “Chevy Man” back when people were consistent and loyal to a brand and a dealership. Our first car in America was a well used, almost “used up,” 1948 Chevrolet.
Our first new car ever was a 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne. And now I return to my youthful roots with a very nice nostalgic ride, the retro-return of the 1969 Camaro of muscle car fame! And what a nice set of wheels it is. I made the mistake of driving out to see Chad Curran of Newman Chevrolet who is a member of Advent “just to look.” He greeted me with a knowing smile and a set of keys for a 2014 Camaro. “Just take it home and see if you like it,” he said.
I was in love even before I got to the Bentz farm down the road a piece. At entry-level pricing (half of what the BMW stickers for) this car is everything that the church bus was and more. It’s nice to ride in American Iron once again! Speaking of which I will be riding in another American Iron vehicle this memorial Day. A very different kind of ride called a Huey. Whenever I hear helicopter blades above me in the sky I remember the sense of goodness and security that sound brings with it. I was on the ground in Vietnam and the Huey Helicopters kept us protected and safe.
I felt honored when Jim Lee of the American legion Post 288 here in Cedarburg asked me to be one of the passengers when the helicopter flies over Cedarburg. This Sunday we will consider the question of salvation with our Thought of the Day being borrowed from a book by the same title: “If Grace is true: Why God will save every person.” It is a book we studied a while back in our Adult Forum Bible Study, and an excellent read about God’s unconditional love. See you in church on Sunday! Pastor Janis and Aina.
Janis also wrote a nice article about the car in the local paper! So I forwarded this to my buddy in Oshawa, Mike Judge – Mike put together a little gift for Janis, and I presented it to him with Chad Curran, owner of Newman Chevrolet, who had the gift framed. Here is the video of that “surprise” gift to Janis:
Also a few pictures:
General Motors will recall all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.
The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.
“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.
The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.
GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.
The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the FOB and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and FOB independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the FOB won’t move the key from the “run” position. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.
From a time when our leader was strong, and not a coward, a time when our country prospered, and not lived in despair, at a time when no one would mess with the USA…… I pray for a real leader to bring this country back, a leader that PROTECTS the U.S. Constitution and not tries to destroy it, a President that honors Freedom of religion, not tries to silence it. And a President that realizes this country was built on the right to bear arms, something that helped make and keep this country FREE for over 200 years. A country where no man is forced to sell a business because others demand it, because that my friends, is NOT the land of the FREE.
Thanks to our Military members around the world. Thanks to those that Served, are serving now, and those who gave their lives to serve – you are not forgotten. May God bless you and your families.
The Camaro Corral is BACK at Road America, when the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes over Road America’s 4-mile circuit for what will be the most incredible weekend of sports car racing in the world. Fans will get to see the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Saturday, Aug. 9, with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event on Sunday plus races from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA Prototype Lites and the Mazda MX-5 Cup all weekend.
The CORRAL will be OFFICIALLY OPEN August 9th and 10th.
You can buy tickets now, but there MAY be a CORRAL ticket option on the Road America site soon….
I am also told I may again have a limited amount of tickets (limit a max of two per person), and if you have attended one of the two previous years, you will get “seniority” over newbies. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what years you attended (will verify from my lists) and what kind of Camaro you have. Also if you want one or two tickets. People who “no-showed” the last two years will be at the back of the line this year. You will sign in when you arrive. We will make sure people who truly appreciate this has the chance to return. As soon as I have details on the Corral tickets, I will let you know -
You never know what kind of freebie’s we’ll have for you for attending….. Vendors, if you want to have samples given out to our special Camaro attendee’s, please contact me at email@example.com
And rumor has it that Indy / Grand Am driver Jeff Bucknum might be stopping by ! We may also have other Camaro drivers from the race visit as well!
I’ll post more as I get the final details -
You can bet that with the new movie, will be Chevy using it for another successful marketing too – and yet another Transformers Edition Camaro -
Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.
The fifth-generation Camaro converted into Bumblebee in the 2007 film “Transformers,” the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and the 2011 film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest edition features two Camaros specifically built for the film, one a heavily modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and the other a futuristic concept Camaro.
“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”
Said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures: “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”
In addition to providing vehicles for the production, General Motors’ locations for filming included GM Design at the Warren Technical Center, the Milford Proving Ground and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
GM says you can’t buy parts to make your Camaro “look” like a Z/28….. so they have “BANNED” regular sales of key parts of the Z/28. Those parts are:
22958646 ROTOR-FRT BRK
22958647 ROTOR-RR BRK
22958658 CALIPER ASM-FRT BRK
22958607 CALIPER ASM-FRT BRK
22958637 CALIPER ASM-RR BRK
22958634 CALIPER ASM-RR BRK
23179350 MOLDING ASM-RKR PNL
23179351 MOLDING ASM-RKR PNL
23487228 SCOOP ASM-HOOD AIR
22968220 ESCUTCHEON – FRT GRL EMB
23468210 EMBLEM – FRT GRILL (Flow Tie)
22954889 WHEEL ASM-STRG
23179322 FLARE ASM-F/FDR
23179323 FLARE ASM-F/FDR
23179324 FLARE ASM-RR WHL OPG
23179325 FLARE ASM-RR WHL OPG
23172755 DIFFERENTIAL ASM
23172756 DIFFERENTIAL ASM
22908036 EMBLEM ASM – E/Gate
22908498 EMBLEM ASM – FRT GRL
22894294 SEAT ASM-FRT
22894302 SEAT ASM-FRT
23473010 SHAFT ASM-RR WHL DRV
23473011 SHAFT ASM-RR WHL DRV
23468208 GRILLE – FRT UPR
22925211 PLATE – F/FDR VEH NA
22972716 COVER – D/SEAT BK
22972708 COVER – P/SEAT BK
12653293 SHIELD – INT MANIF SIGHT
12653294 SHIELD – INT MANIF SIGHT
23104737 SPOILER – F/END
22997723 FASCIA – FRT BPR
22985096 FASCIA – RR BPR LWR
22968219 COVER – FRT FOG LP OPG
22966600 COVER – A/CL HSG
23468209 PLATE – FRT GRL EMB BKG
Now, I can see why, but it’s about as stupid as Camaro5 banning people because Tran gets butt-hurt! I’m betting some manufacturers will have have aftermarket parts out before the car hits the lot. So, GM will lose out on additional profits and will hurt dealers buy stopping them from being in the business of selling parts. After all, they had big markups on all the ZL1 parts that were bought by the “cheaper” Camaro owners. This makes about as much sense to me as Obama forcing mandatory health care down our throats. After all, the “huge” accessory parts catalog at the Camaro’s release flopped as much of it never made it to the dealers parts department, which caused Chevy to miss the boat on a good accessory parts market. Don’t get me wrong, they had SOME parts, but there certainly was a far greater market that they decided not to tap in to.
Let’s have a survey – and please share. WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I get emails all the time from guys serving, many overseas, asking about Camaro’s and Corvette’s. It is MY HONOR to speak with you!
I’d like to thank those who serve, have served, and to those who gave their lives for our freedom! Especially the elite, including all those Navy Seals !
WHAT KIND OF PERSON DOES THIS STUFF?????
Incredibly BRAVE people, that’s who!
THANK YOU ! ALWAYS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS !
Smoke (complete with mustache) has teamed up with Mobil1 for a six-part web series that recreates scenes from the 1977 movie Smokey & the Bandit. Here’s a teaser – in the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Camaro’s REAL brother…….
True Chevy fans know the Corvette is the Father to the Camaro, so I wanted to share this with you!
From the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green:
Crowds of construction personnel, media, Museum visitors and staff cheered as the first Corvette, the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1 emerged from the depths of the sinkhole this morning at approximately 10:35am CT. The process was streamed live on two of the Museum’s web cams with thousands of viewers tuning in all over the world.
“It’s wonderful… just seven more to go,” said Mike Murphy, construction manager for the project.
Even more cheers erupted when the car cranked up after only a few tries, and even drove about 20 feet to the doorway of the Skydome. “That’s a GM product for you. They take a licking and keep on ticking!” added Murphy.
The crews have been working six days a week since the sinkhole incident that swallowed eight Corvettes in the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome exhibit area. This past Saturday, the crews rigged up the ZR1 and did a few test lifts. John Spencer, Manufacturing Integration Manager at the GM Corvette Assembly Plant, helped consult the team on the best points to strap up the car. “With Mike, worker safety is number one. There are no compromises,” said Spencer.
“I was worried about the wheels,” said Murphy. “This morning we took so long because we wanted to add some secondary straps in case the wheels pulled. It was just a little more insurance.”
Murphy added that with this project, nothing is set in stone on how to do it. “It’s been a huge relief. It went better than expected,” he said.
After the elation of the first car being rescued and even cranking up, the Museum staff were excited to put the car back on display in the Museum’s Exhibit Hall. “It’s incredible to have the car back on display again. It’s what we’ve been hoping for,” said Bob Hellmann, Facilities and Displays Manager. “Now we just want to get the next seven, restore the cars, and get them all back on display.”
The Museum plans on displaying the cars as they are recovered, now through August 3. In addition, this Spring they plan to create a special display with information on the sinkhole incident, sinkholes and karst background details, videos, photos and more.
After taking a lunch break, the crew will resume the car retrieval process – with the 1993 “Ruby Red” 40th Anniversary Corvette slated for recovery Monday afternoon. The 1962 Black Corvette is planned to be retrieved on Tuesday, but will be much trickier as a five ton slab of concrete is partially resting on the front of the car. Two cranes will be used to simultaneously lift the car and the concrete.