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For "Keeping the Faith".......


I’d like to start with an apology.

So many of you took the time to travel to Indy this past weekend to celebrate the rebirth of an Automotive Icon……. Many more of you would have loved to be there, but we all realize how ‘life happens’ and that you have responsibilities that you take seriously. And while we missed you, we more than understand.

For those of you who were at Indy...my wish -- and the wish of many others -- is to ensure that your trip was worthy of your time -- and that it will always be one of those ‘memories’ that you’ll never quite forget……..

Unfortunately I’m a perfectionist in some respects…….and I have this need to make sure things are as they should be. I sometimes forget that ‘perfection’ is a great ideal…but rarely does it occur. Nevertheless, it necessarily means that I end up running around -- -- running around a lot.........

If I was abrupt with you this weekend - or if I did not get the chance to personally thank you for being there -- or I didn’t get a chance to spend time with you -- or if I “blew by you” as I was on a mission -- I sincerely apologize. YOU are the reason the Camaro is returning -- and I hope you’ll forgive my ‘ways.’

Now -- on to the weekend…………..

I said a prayer a few years back……“Mom Settlemire” is great for saying “Let Go and Let God…..” -- and so I asked of Him: “ I’m turning this over to You……there are a lot of people who feel strongly about this car -- and the company can’t afford to lose these people - so I’ll ‘get out of your way’ now -- will you see to it that it returns?”

……..and within a few weeks, the concept was born in the design studios of General Motors. I will tell you right now that I had little involvement with the concept save for some meetings with the VLE team and of course the unveiling……..what you now see is the talents of a team that has a real passion for the Camaro. Cheryl and John and Al have been so kind to allow me to be a part of the new Camaro team -- and I hope that my contributions will have made this car the best that it can be.

What I CAN take credit for is not accepting “no.” I would not let the Camaro name die within the Chevy family - and I would not allow it to die in the Camaro Enthusiast community -- but then, neither would any of you! If it meant spending late hours on the internet -- or upsetting Senior Management when I would constantly ‘harp’ on the Camaro………so be it…..
……………………..Some things are worth a great fight………….

So -- this weekend at Indy was the culmination of many sleepless nights…for a lot of people….of much worry and toil……and frankly, it was -- to use an old adage “ a labor of love. “ I’ve been waiting for this weekend for much longer than you probably realize -- since late 1996 to be exact when I was told that the 4th gen would be no more after 1998. I vowed then and there that I’d do whatever I could to see that there would be a 5th gen. However, you need to know that I’m not at the top of the ladder in the company -- so the decisions would be made much higher up than I…….

I so look forward to seeing my fellow Camaro and Firebird enthusiasts at events…….but what would make this weekend so much …………more………….would be to see the looks on your faces as you collectively got to feast your eyes on a couple of the ‘ production intent ‘ Camaros.

I must say I was not disappointed in the least.

I laugh now when I remember that I was showing many of you the ‘underhood’ of the Silver SS --- and I suddenly pointed out the Chevy Bowtie that is embossed in the hood liner. About 25 people dropped down with their cameras at once to capture what it looks like …….maybe you had to be there…….

I watched as many of you returned time and time again to the Camaros - to just ‘take them in……’ -- and I now wish I were the one who’d brought a camera -- to catch the expressions of love on so many faces.

Does everyone love the new car?

No …..but the resounding majority certainly do!

And of course, it was a thrill beyond words to walk thru “Gasoline Alley” and look at the hundreds of Camaros and Firebirds -- and Corvettes as well……and see the pride that each of you put into your cars………I never tire of that……..

It was a real challenge to find my ‘favorite’ Camaro and Firebird -- but a White SS convertible with Gold stripes beckoned to me………and then there was the Bright Blue Metallic WS6 that was just -- stunning……..

I know I didn’t get to sign a few cars that people asked me to -- invariably I find myself running to put out a small fire here -- or to help with a problem there -- but I hope I’ll be able to do that for you soon……….I’m humbled that someone would want me -- a guy from Mars, Pa -- to sign their car…..and in my wildest dreams I would have never guessed that I’d be the guy whose signatures some people want………..


I can never say “Thank You” enough………

Thank You…..

…..for keeping the dream alive.

…..for keeping the faith……

…..for your continued support of the Camaro/Firebird community …..

…..for traveling to the many shows all over North America….

…..for your kind words when I had doubts…..

…..for your patience with me as I ran past you at any number of events……(usually with a very intense look on my face…..)

…..for your love of all things Camaro/Firebird……..

…..for your generosity at the many auctions we’ve held for Charity -- in our latest endeavor, we were able to raise over $10,000 for Riley Children’s Hospital this past weekend………


…..and then there was a book that I was given during the auction……and this makes my eyes leak as I type this……..

So many of you wrote such nice things in this book that Kevin (RagSS) Tom (The ‘lil weasel) and Brian (Hawkeye) put together -- it’s a journal and many people took the time to write such nice things about me. (…….see?! I have most of you fooled!…….)

What a great weekend.

What a great way to wrap up 6 long years of waiting for our Camaro to return.

I would be seriously negligent if I did not take the opportunity to thank the men and women of the Central Indiana Camaro Club -- for their hard work and months of planning to bring this weekend to you ……..those of you who put on shows know that this is a very hard task……..and I think they did a spectacular job!

In closing…….( see -- I remain long-winded….)


Thank you, again -- all of you -- for ‘Keeping the Faith’ -- for keeping the community alive and well --


……..and most importantly --


……….for your friendship.




Your Camaro Comrade and Firebird Friend……..

Scott

(aka Fbodfather)
(aka RedPlanet)
 

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Beautiful ... and I would say thank you for vowing and working for 5th generation.
 

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No thanks you for all you do, for all the info even if sometimes you can't give us the answers were looking for because you are still under the command of the general. I haven't had the chance to meet you in person but I look forward to shaking the hand of one of the people who had a hand in bringing back our America Legend.
 

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It is us that should be thanking you Scott and anyone else that has anything to do with bringing the Camaro back. I remember where I was when I first heard that there would not be a 5th gen Camaro back in '96 and that was an unbelievable sound. So I want to say thank you for doing whatever it is that you do to make what we love possible.

This weekend was fantastic, like a FBody orgy....even the rain could not stop the return of the icon...
 

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Good sir, you rock harder than an 80s hair band. Simply amazing. I would like to share something, too.. Even though I was not at Indy this weekend, nor could I afford to do so, as every dime I have from here-on-out is Camaro-related.. This week, my Challenger came in. Ordered it back in June. I declined delivery. The reason for this being, I saw the Indy photos. Upon seeing those, I called the dealer, and told them "Keep the Challenger."

The Camaro was my first car. It will be my next car. Long live the Legend.
 

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Thanks for all of your efforts as the resident Camarovangelist.
It's certainly kept my interest level high over these last couple of years.
I should be able to get early termination on my SRX in January 2010.
So I will order one around then.
Never selling the '06 GTO........my 2011 SS might just be silver like the Goat.
 

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I challenge, request, dare even, for anyone to find an employee more passionate and dedicated to a product at Honda, Toyota, Isuzu, Dodge, or even Ford, than the Fbodfather is at the General. Reading his post cemented it in my mind: I'm getting a Camaro.

"It won't look like the concept..."

He told us to keep the faith.

"It will be heavy and slow..."

He told us to keep the faith.

"Gas prices will kill it before it ever rolls of the production line..."

He told us to keep the faith.


I don't know this man but I'd gladly buy the beers all night just to hear the whole story about this car and its rebirth.

Cheers! :thumbsup:
 

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Scott......THANKS!!! This past weekend was a great experience. Listening to the Camaro Team just reinforced why I love this car.....PASSION. I truely appreciate your insight. When you post I know you're giving us everything you can without being driven off in a black suburban. I wish I could've shook your hand this past weekend to personally thank you.

I must add, my neighbor is a Ford guy. He took me for a ride in his new baby last night, 2008 GT California Edition Convertible. It's a nice car and he kept going on and on about how fast it was, etc........it's all I could do to bite my tongue and say how much better my new camaro will be. I guess he'll find out in a few months :lol:
 

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Scott - Thanks so much for your dedication, enthusiasm, and friendship to the Camaro community.
That is what inspires us to do the same! :thumbsup:

It was a GREAT weekend!
So good to see SO MANY people there, and re-unite with fellow Camaro enthusiast friends from around the country as well as meet new faces and make new friends!

Looking forward to the next event - and of course to next February! :D
 

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Scott, thank you for not giving up on you dreams. I have been a life long Camaro fan. I knew deep down when the announcement came, that the Camaro was dead, that there was someone on the inside that would not let that stand. Thank you and thanks to all the designers, engineers, factory workers, and others that have brought this legend back to life.
 

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Scott, the words "Semper Fidelis" (always faithful) describes your devotion to the American icon, "Camaro". :patriot:

You are the warrior in the field who: wins the small battles with determination, guts, and fortitude. You continued to fight the good fight and the small battles continued on. The war was won and of course the General will claim victory.

But all of us out here in Camaro land will know the true facts behind the 5thGen Camaro's rebirth to existence and this knowledge will be pasted on to future generations.

I salute you sir and all involved in the Camaro's return. :patriot:

Semper Fi Camaro Owner
Rick
 
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