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post #1 of 20 Old 10-11-2010, 10:00 AM Thread Starter Founder / Former Camaro Disciple
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Exclamation An important message from the Fbodfather, Scott Settlemire

Our friend, Scott Settlemire, aka "Fbodfather" is being re-assigned within GM from Chevrolet and Cadillac Shows and Exhibits to something else yet to be announced.
This is not necessarily a bad thing!
Just like always, things change and great and unexpected things come as a result. We'll have to wait and see.

Please use this thread to give your thoughts and encouragements to Scott on his new position and adventure.
Share a memory if you have one. He will be reading this!

(I will post my personal thoughts later in this thread.)

Originally Posted by Fbodfather
They say that change is constant – and for everything there is a season…

At an early age, children start to imagine what they’d like to do or be when they grow up - (--but then, how many firemen and astronauts and ballerinas and nurses can the world absorb???!!)

Thankfully, most children change their ambitions as they grow and learn and experience all that life holds.

As a child, I knew that my life needed to be surrounded by cars – and that’s never changed.

“Mom Settlemire” tells me that she and my father knew that from the time I was two years of age, I would be in the car industry in some way, shape or form – as I was (and still am) crazy about cars. I was always lining up my toy cars ‘just so’ - -perhaps that’s why I love autoshows so much...

I always figured that I’d be a Chevrolet Dealer – following in the footsteps of my Grandfather, my Uncle and my Father – and in lock-step with my Cousins Tom and Sue.

It didn’t quite turn out that way...

Over the years (I started my 34thyear with GM this September) I have had the pleasure of working with many great people – from Dealers and their Managers and Employees - -to Designers, Engineers, Attorneys, Accountants, Promoters, Journalists, Professional Drivers, Administrators, Small business owners – the list goes on and on. I’ve had the pleasure of living in many states and driving some pretty amazing GM cars and trucks. And yes, I’ve driven the competition’s cars and trucks as well – because if you don’t – how can you design, engineer, and build the world’s greatest cars and trucks??? I’ve had the enviable opportunity to watch a car come to life – from the first imaginings – to the time it roars to life at the end of an assembly line – to when you, the proud owner, take delivery.

When I was invited to join the Camaro/Corvette Team, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

At the time, the Performance Car team (at Chevy) consisted of Dick, Fred, Cheryl, Sarah, Bob, Lisa, and Sam – and yes some came and went – but what a team it was! And of course, there were hundreds more men and women at GM Design and Mid-Lux – the Engineering Group that brought you the 4th gen Camaro and Firebird……and SLP who brought you the Camaro SS and Pontiac Firehawk...

The worst day of my career? August 27th, 2002 when the last Camaros and Firebirds rolled off the line at Ste. Therese……we had a group of very proud men and women who truly cared about the cars they brought to life…
I was simply inconsolable – and to this day, my eyes water just thinking about it.

One of the best? January 9, 2006 when we unveiled the “Camaro Concept” which, as we all know, would become the basis for the 5th gen Camaro.

Since then, GM has changed, grown, shrunk, and even gone thru bankruptcy….. I’ve watched dear friends retire, get separated (from the company) get separated (from a spouse) get married, get divorced, have children – and yes, unfortunately, pass on to ‘That Great Chevy Showroom in the Sky.’

When my friend and then-current boss, Rick Baldick came to me in the late winter of 2002 and asked me how I felt about “Shows and Exhibits” – I think my response was along the lines of “……I’d rather drink Drano, thank you!” I was offered another job – but decided that since I’d helped to pull together the NY Autoshow in the late 1980s – well – why not?

Little did I realize at the time that this job would be such a great one. Yes, the hours are long and arduous, and yes, it requires a lot of travelling….

( ---------another 50,000 Marriott points and I think I get to keep a hotel.........)

…but it allowed me to do so many things far and above what I’d expected. It allowed me to be involved with our concept cars and trucks. It allowed me to become very familiar with our Historic Fleet. It allowed me to continue working with the press to get GM Cars and Trucks out there in front of the public. It gave me many 3am wakeup calls to be ready to be interviewed at 5:15am for early news shows. It allowed me to meet so many great people within the industry – and to work with many Autoshow promoters and their staffs. I was privileged to work with great men and women at GM Creative Services, Gail & Rice, Bluewater Technologies, Czarnowski, ProDetailers, The Term Group, Show Services, Custom Automotive, GLS, QEK, GES, MotorTrend Shows, Paragon, Freeman, Spin Communications, Castle Communications, McNabb, Carlisle Productions, many associations such as Philadelphia Auto Dealer Association - the list seems endless – (and forgive me as I’ve left many out….)

And then there are my incredibly talented and dedicated ‘partners’ – Kevin, Geff, Marci, Tim, Mark, Terri ,Gary, Jamie, Bruce, “Sarge Marge” Tim, Bill, Paul, BJ, Tammy, and many others– the people who made sure I met deadlines and crossed all the ‘t’s and dotted all the ‘I’s – without them, I could not possibly do my job.

It allowed me the rare privilege to work, once again, on the car I so dearly love – the new Camaro. My thanks to Russ, John, Cheryl, and Al for allowing me to be a part of the rebirth of this legendary car.

I, along with John and Cheryl felt we really needed to have more involvement in the Camaro/Firebird Community when we started work in earnest on the new Camaro – and thus “The 12 Disciples of which there are 15” came to pass – and they’re some pretty amazing men and women who have brought YOUR thoughts and wants and desires to the forefront so that the new Camaro can be a car we can all be extremely proud of. What a rare privilege it’s been to work with them!

And most importantly?

It allowed me to travel throughout the United States and meet YOU, our valued enthusiasts. My position allowed me to support your shows and your clubs – and to let you know that GM does, indeed, care about you and values your opinion. I guess I’d become the ‘face’ of GM to a few people……..

As many of you know, there have been drastic changes at GM - -some good, some not so much.

I will be leaving Chevrolet and Cadillac Shows and Exhibits. I’ve been told that ‘we are choosing to go in a different direction'....but unfortunately, nothing else. When asked if it was something I did wrong, I was told 'no.' Perhaps this is, once again, a sign of the times.......

My Boss, Tim Peters, who I hold in such high esteem has left GM to pursue other opportunities.


You have no idea.

That said, I’m sure I”ll be working with a great group of people and my Title will be along the lines of “Pre-Production Manager” . I don’t know exactly what that will entail. I do know that my new boss is a great guy – and I have some great co-workers that I’ve had the privilege of working with in the past.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to spend time with you as I’ve been able to in the past. And for that, I truly mourn – and I really mean that.

When asked, I will continue to offer my counsel to Russ and Al and John and Cheryl and the rest of the Camaro team – (...and Cheryl tells me my convertible will be built the week of the 18th!..)

And of course, I hope our paths will once again cross. (you can bet that Tom and Sue and I will always host a Camaro/Firebird event each summer at the Family Homestead....)

The Camaro is in great hands. Al Oppenheiser leads a team that has such incredible dedication and passion for this fabled brand. Russ and Cheryl and John are the Chevrolet people that will ensure America can always depend on having a Camaro that delivers much more than expected.

I will miss your smiling faces – and your magnificent Camaros and Firebirds more than I can tell.

Thank you -- Websites and Clubs! So many of you have put in countless hours to support this Camaro/Firebird community that is the envy of the industry and owner groups alike........

And Jason and Chris? Thank you for pioneering a club via internet - and for hanging in there for all these years - - there are so many clubs and sites that I can't start to name 'em all - but I thank each of you for 'keepin' the faith'..... Tim? I'll never forget the legendary "Gray Box!"

Never could I have imagined how so warmly I'd be welcomed into your clubs, your sites, and yes, your homes. I’ve had the privilege of being made a Godfather to children ; I’ve had children named after me. The guys in the Hudson Valley Camaro Club wanted me to be ‘their Godfather’ – and God Bless ‘Joey Red’ – he came up with the moniker “Fbodfather” – a name that others should really have had over the 40+ years of Camaro….

Many of you have asked my advice over the years – and I hope the counsel I was able to provide has helped in some way---

– and most importantly, I hope my constant rants about the use of Safety Belts has saved a life or two.

I do believe our paths will cross again – meanwhile, I ask you to keep something in mind as we all move forward in our lives:

“…The name ‘Camaro’ means ‘friend, pal, or comrade’…”

Pete Estes saw the Camaro as a close companion to its owner.

Further quoting him:

“………It suggests the comradeship of good friends…as a personal car should be to its owner….”

We (..that’s you and me…) came together because of this car – let’s never forget the gift of friendship – let’s always remember to treat those on our sites and in our clubs with love and respect - as true friends should……..

Be well - -and remember: “Always keep the faith…”

Yours in Camaro Comradeship:


Aka “RedPlanet”

Aka “Fbodfather”

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post #2 of 20 Old 10-11-2010, 10:35 AM
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Wow...I really don't know what to say. I know I'm new to the Camaro family, but every time I got to hang out with you at an event was amazing. Especially at G-14 this year. I'll never forget when everyone was revving their engines in the middle of the night and you were like "well we can't have that!" We all walked straight down to the GM area and you pulled out the keys to the ZR1 and let her scream!


Lunch on the last day was quite memorable as well. I'll always remember those stories!

Good luck in your new position, I know you'll keep kicking ass and taking names!

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I myself am very very new, but very informed..and Fbodfather... I am unsure if in VA we had chance to meet. BUT you will always be here.

Best Wishes

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Even when the camaro was no longer a product, you always did an incredible job reaching out to us, the customer at a time when social media was not in anyone's vocabulary.

No doubt you'll nail this new opportunity!

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I really dont know what to say.....

From the first carshow we met to just 3 weeks ago while having the opertunity to have dinner with you I mean a meeting with you.
I learned quite a bit that evening and learned you are one of the nicest guys
I have ever met with such a high profile job. I wish the people I worked around carried themselves like you.

The look in your Eyes that evening when you over looked my car to the second I cranked her up and hearing your words of how she sounded
( Those comments meant the world you have no idea DAM I WIsh I HAD A SHARPIE )

" Take Care of my Child " I very much always will as you saw that night.

In whatever you do from now to that BIG CAR SHOW EXIBIT in the sky I wish you the best of luck and want to thank you for everything.
Your words " HAVE FAITH " kept me from writing off my dream of
owning a NEW CAMARO.

How I know in whatever you end up doing you will do very well at it
thank you scott for all the memories and hope to make sure more
one day with you as well.
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While i have not had the pleasure of meeting you i do know and have followed what you have done for our beloved car. That it still inspires dreams in little kids as it did for me and fear in the hearts of the blue oval boys. I wish you the best of luck in your new postion with GM, and i am sure we will still see and hear from you. The company has to reconize what you did for them and take advantage of your relationship with us the owners and fans.

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post #7 of 20 Old 10-11-2010, 09:05 PM
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it's so hard when you are working at a job you love... feeling the passion... and then the rug just seems to get swiped from under ya. but maybe your new position will turn out to be just as good or better that what you were doing. i'm keeping the faith for ya!!

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Thank you, Scott for all you've done for our community - and thank you for all you've done for me!
What goes around, comes around... there is no way that anyone can place a value on the contributions that Scott has made to our community and to GM over the years.
I have no doubt that Scott will have the opportunity to continue making use of his insight, abilities, talents and the fact that he is such an incredible "people person" in his new position - and that he will enjoy it.
In my view and I'm sure in the view of many others, Scott has been a tremendous asset to the corporation. His versatility is remarkable, as is his ability to take on new challenges and be successful.
Scott, you deserve no less than to enjoy what you do, and again, what goes around comes around. Best wishes and continued enjoyment and good luck in your new role!

Best regards,


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Thanks Scott and good luck !

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Even though i haven't had a chance to met you in person (yet). Those 2 words changed my life (HAVE FAITH). When most people were ready to give up you would let them you kept saying HAVE FAITH. I even started using it when people told me the new Camaro wasnt coming. i would say oh yes it is you got to have faith. Thank you for not giving up or giving in and keeping us on track. Whatever your new job is i know they pick the right guy for it. I hope i get to met you one day in person to thank you.

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