I really didn't think the day would come that I wouldn't have the Mistress, my 2010 2LT/RS Cyber Gray, #8212. The Mistress was practically part my identity. But, GM is pretty sneaky. I saw a glimpse of the 6th Gen last year at the Michigan F-Body Meet and Great--just enough to be teased. I saw it again up close at Camaro SuperFest. Then GM released the Camaro SIX app, which allows you to build your new Camaro. I was sucked in to the hype but still resolved to keep the Mistress. :wub:
In May I met with the salesman that sold me my 2010. I was curious to know IF it was even possible to do a trade. He said that I had too many mods and that I would be better off selling the Mistress on my own. They would certainly not take my car in on a trade. That was okay with me, I was really only curious. I did check the local dealers from time to time and continued to play with the Camaro SIX app. I had pretty much decided that if I ever did get a 6th Gen it would be 2SS Hyper Blue. The only options would be the dual mode exhaust and upgraded wheels.
By mid-May 2016 I had seen a couple of Hyper Blue Camaros advertised at local dealers. I had checked one or two out just to get a feel of it. I test drove a black SS which sounded amazing. I was in full on dream mode, but still willing to wait.
On May 23rd 2016, I called my friend Joel to go out cruising. We planned to start off in Lansing, drive East to Okemos, check out any new Camaros at Graff Chevrolet, have some dinner, then stop off in North Lansing to visit our friend at the fire station before heading home.
We didn’t get passed Graff Chevrolet
. The Camaro I had built on-line was there at the front door. I just about jumped out of my car and started looking for the sticker. Remember, I just wanted two extras, the upgraded wheels and the dual mode exhaust. I went inside and met Russell Jones. I asked jokingly if they had ordered the 2SS out front for me. It had just come in and of course he brought out the keys and asked if I wanted to go out for a test drive. And, of course, I said yes.
By the end of the test drive I was really hooked but I was thinking there was no way this would work out.
There was certainly no chance for a trade, but they took my car out for a drive and after a several minutes they came back with an offer for the Mistress. The offer was low as I thought it would be, but there was no way I could consider anything less than $1000 more than their offer.:thumbdown: So the sales person asked me to write down what I would take and he would take it to management. So I did. As he was taking the offer from the table, I added another 300.00 just to be sure of a rejection, and so we could leave to continue with our cruising plans.
I was looking forward to another season of showing off the Mistress, but what happened next was unexpected and I could immediately feel my heart pounding in my chest. Russel came out smiling saying we had a deal.:emoticon5: I was truly taken aback. Sweating and a bit nauseated at the thought of not having the Mistress, I started to back peddle. I looked at my friend Joel for support but, I think he was a on Russel's side. I asked for some time to think. :iono: Of course they could not Hold it for me, so I filled out a credit application, to get a little time to think. :frusty:
Over the night and the next day I went from Happy :happyanim: to extreme SADNESS:sad0147: and almost iNto MADNESS:crazy: Flashbacks of road trips with my wife and daughter. Car shows, and so many new friends I had made--all because of the Mistress
Ultimately I came to the realization that things change--they must. It had happened with my 77' and now with the Mistress. A chapter closes and a new chapter begins. I had the time of my life with the Mistress and have a lot of great memories, along with a journal
that shares some of those experiences and memories.
It's taken a while to get this new chapter written, but it is started. On May 28th 2016, almost 7 years to the day and built almost 7 years to the day, I picked up Violet. 2016 Camaro #182300 | 2SS | Hyper Blue