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.
All helmets must be Snell-2005 certification or higher. Please check your helmets to make sure they meet this requirement!
Friday Night Drop-off
The MFBA will again be providing secure drop-off at Road America on Friday night. Park your trailer, claim your pit spot, drop off and tech your car.
Road America will allow parking in the paddock as early as possible, but cannot gaurantee parking availibility earlier than 7pm, and no later than 8pm. We plan to be there at 1pm. If the track has no other commitments on friday, you should be able to claim a spot at 1pm, after you check in.
Instructors are Available!
For those who want to learn more about the track and how to drive it, we will have many instructors on hand. First timers on the track will have class room sessions as well as seat time with instructors. You won’t receive any less track time but will receive some great tips!
Join Us as a Guest at the Event!
Guest Admission is just $5.00 per person per day (Tax Included)! (Children 15 and under get in free. Paid MFBA members get in Free.)
Want a Ride Around the Track?
If you’d like to go for a ride, be sure to bring a Snell certified helmet. There are opportunities throughout the event as some drivers are kind enough to offer rides to those interested. (Must be 16 and older in order to ride as a passenger)
Parts Available at The Track!
Mueller Motorwerks will have a trailer at the track throughout the weekend. They bring many common replacement parts to the track. Need to schedule some spares or order some parts? Send them an e-mail!
Come join 5th Gen Camaros of the Carolinas, Camaro South, and Capitol Area Camaro Club at the 2nd Annual NC Camaro Gathering!! This years event will be held in Concord NC at the Comfort Suites and Hampton Inn and Suites off of Bruton Smith Blvd.
We will have lots of door prize giveaways from all our sponsors, a DJ will be playing all your favorite tunes, and NEW for this year we will be offering …
1) Night Time Light Show Competition hosted by Ernie’s Xtreme MotorSports with trophies to the winners for those of you coming in on Friday night. There will be Top 5 and Best Light Show Trophies awarded Cost to enter is $10.00
2) BIG Car Show on Saturday hosted by Ernie’s Xtreme Motorsports with trophies to the Top 75 and also a Best of Show and Peoples Choice Award. Cost to enter this show will be $20 per car. And we ask that you pre-register with us by including you want in the car show when you sign up below.
Hotel Reservations are NOW OPEN and reservations can be made by telling Comfort Suites or Hampton Inn and Suites you want one of the Camaro Club rooms for April 25 and 26th or just for Saturday if you prefer. Looking forward to another great Meet and Greet with the 3 largest Camaro Clubs in the State….See you there
Hampton Inn and Suites Concord offers us a huge adjacent parking lot to Comfort Suites. They offer a full cooked to order breakfast and a afternoon managers drinks social. They also offer free shuttles to anywhere in a five mile radius from the hotel. GREAT for those ladies that would like to visit Concord Mills Mall.
Hampton Inn Suites info… 9850 Weddington Road Extension Concord, North Carolina, 28027 (704) 979-5600
How hard is it going to be to get a $75,000 MSRP Camaro Z/28? VERY difficult.
There will so little made, that many dealers including the one I worked for, that has sold MANY of them, will not even see one in 2014!
Based on my experience, expect lots of lies, and misinformation from those dealers who are after your deposit dollars….and insist they will get you a car…..only to hold your money and make your dreams turn into disappointment in the car.
Also expect “extra’s”. We’ve seen it before……Glass etching for $2500, Paint protection, glass treatment, etc…. all “included” with your car at at premium profit to the dealer…
And, lets not forget my least favorite word – MARK UP. Yes, dealers think it is only fair to charge more than the recommended retail price, and the fact people will pay more to get the first cars….all will turn off the average buyer. Of course, these dealers will get talked about in top camaro forums such as www.camaroz28.com. We seen Camaro’s marked up $15,000 in some area’s at Camaro’s launch in 2009 – so I can see the markup hitting $30,000 or more on this car, all depending on the supply. And that has all indications of being thin…..VERY thin.
My suggestion? Big dealers get more cars, and the biggest has proven itself to me, and has never had additional mark up on their cars. Contact the Internet Manager / Camaro Specialist Eric Hall at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine TX, and tell him Camaro Scotty told you to call for your new Z/28. You’ll get honest answers and the facts – without any sugar coating! Eric can be reached at (817) 421-7287. If Eric isn’t available, call back. He is the one you want to talk to!
Those who want to save can wait until the following year and get the last of the 5th gen…..others can wait another year and see what changes the all new, Michigan built 6th gen will bring to the table.
The entire event is based from this location including the Car Show, Awards Show, Auction, Vendors and Parking Lot get-togethers. We will be offering off-site cruises but the hotel is considered “Home Base”. Shopping facilities and restaurants are a convenient drive around the area. Several of the area restaurants offer participants discounts during the course of the event as well.
The Gathering was designed for the F-body enthusiast to join with friends in a relaxed atmosphere and have nothing but 3 days of chill time so leave the day-to-day drudgery behind and join us. Everything here is optional in terms of your level of participation. YOU decide.
Camaro Z/28.R Sends Historic Name Back to the Track
New era begins at Daytona with IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Don’t Forget the CAMARO CORRAL at ROAD AMERICA in 2014!
Meet the drivers
and a SPECIAL TICKET DEAL / PARKING AREA for CAMARO OWNERS!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 returns to its racing roots this week when the all-new Camaro Z/28.R race car debuts in a 2.5-hour endurance race ahead of the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. It will be one of the most production-based competitors on the track, sharing aero, engine and even axle components with the new 2014 Camaro Z/28.
Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport will campaign Z/28.R race cars in the GS class of the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge. The Daytona race begins at 1:45 p.m. EST, on Friday, Jan. 24, kicking off the 12-race 2014 season.
“The original Camaro Z/28 was designed for racing and became an iconic performance car through its hard-fought victories,” said Mark Kent, director of racing for Chevrolet. “A new chapter in racing begins this week, as the new Camaro Z/28 makes its competition debut in one of the most hotly contested series in motorsports.”
Developed alongside its production counterpart, the Z/28.R incorporates the same performance elements that make the 2014 Camaro Z/28 the most track-capable Camaro ever. To enhance grip, for example, the Z/28.R’s body shares the same downforce-generating aero package as the production model, including:
Rear spoiler with wickerbill
Hood extractor vent
Rockers, wheel-house extensions and front tire deflectors
The Z/28.R is also powered by the same LS7 7.0L V-8 engine as the production Z/28 and employs the unique, helical-gear limited-slip rear differential found on the production model. It is standard in the Z/28, helping the driver put down more power to the pavement when exiting corners.
“Apart from series-mandated equipment and the specialized suspension components needed for endurance racing, the Z/28.R is as close to a production-spec race car as you’ll find,” said Kent.
Advancing the Z/28 legacy
As Stevenson Motorsports and CKS Autosport kick off a full season of racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with their new Camaro Z/28.R race cars, they’ll advance the legacy of Camaro endurance racing that dates to the original Z/28’s 1967 introduction, when it was developed for the Trans-Am series. More recently, the Camaro GS.R won six races from 2011 to 2013 in the Continental SportsCar Series Grand Sport class, helping Chevrolet achieve a runner-up finish in the GS championship last season.
“The new Camaro Z/28.R is a significant advancement from the GS.R that won multiple races in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge the last three years,” said Lisa Talarico, Chevrolet program manager for the Continental Tire series. “We expect the new engine package, suspension components and aerodynamic improvements to help our teams to further successes in the 2014 GS class. The GS class is full of great competitors, and we believe the performance level of the new Z/28.R will provide us the opportunity to contend for a championship.”
Rick Hendrick was the high bidder AGAIN, taking ownership of 2015 Z/28 #1. This will go with the first, and some #2 Camaro’s, such as the first Coupes, convertible and ZL1.
Rick bought MANY cars today, including a Shelby and a MOPAR.
Thanks to Rick for his genorosity in bidding for charity!
You might Remember Rick reached out to me to post his pictures with the Camaro world back when he got his first coupe. I posted them for him in the forums. Here’s a link to that FIRST 5thGen production Camaro, EVER: