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“And so it is done”

…..those were the words that our Friend, Art Spong, said to me on August 27, 2002.
I tried to remain calm as I heard those words via my cell-phone – but I must admit (and the ‘y’ chromosome in me is ashamed) that I burst into tears.
You see—Art was the Brand Quality Manager for Camaro/Firebird – and he was at Ste. Therese Assembly to witness the last Camaros and Firebirds coming off the line at just after 9am Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
Me?
I was in the parking lot of McDonald Funeral Home in Avalon, Pennsylvania – as we were ready to set off for the Cemetery to bury a favorite Uncle. “Uncle Tic” was a mentor to me in so many ways – and I still desperately miss him……………
The phone rang – it was Art – and he said “………and so it is done…….. it’s over – the last one just came off the line……..”



As we go thru life, there are “Guideposts” if you will.
Your Graduation.
Your first Communion
Your first kiss
Your Wedding.
The Birth of your Children.
I’ve never had Children (at least to my knowledge!) – ( but there was a wonderful child named Victor who came to me at 18 months old and showed to me what a miracle a child can be……)
– and I guess that the Enthusiast community convinced me years ago that “Camaros” are my children.
………..and how proud I am of them!
……………and yes, I know some people find that strange or disturbing – and if they do, fine – the heck with them!
Anyway – once again, I digress!

“And so it is done”………..

Today, VIN number 100001 ‘roared’ to life at Oshawa, Ontario.
That “roar” was heard worldwide as enthusiasts everywhere awaited the return of an Icon….our beloved Camaro.
Rick Hendrick was on-hand to drive his new Camaro (VIN A9100001) off the line – an SS/RS…..

Now is a great time for celebration.
As you celebrate – perhaps it’s appropriate to reflect on the memories you have of Camaro….and to understand WHY it means so much to so many…………so put those ‘guideposts’ right here on this thread….so that we can all share…….

Some memories of mine:
September of 1966—a Bolero Red RS convertible being delivered to our dealership – and immediately whisked away to my Grandparent’s garage – so that no one would see it before announcement day.
Late January, 1970 – walking into the shop of the dealership and discovering a 1970 Camaro RS in Shadow Gray – OMG – could it be BETTER looking than the first Camaro I ever saw??? Yup!!
February 26th, 1970 – the “announcement day” for the 1970 ½ Camaro (and Corvette)
Easter, 1973—when I took delivery of the first Camaro I could actually call MY OWN! It was a Chamois Type LT with a neutral woven vinyl interior…………how proud I was to drive it. (Dad didn’t trust me with a Z28!)
November 1973 – when I took delivery of my 1974 Camaro Type LT – Red with a white vinyl top. (how 1970s!)
October 1977 – when I got my first “GM Company Car Camaro” – a bright yellow Z28!

……………1981—driving a 1982 Z28 in cammo. On the Atlantic City Expressway…….I pulled into a Service Plaza and had people surround the car trying to figure out what it was!
May, 1985—my first IROC! Sex on wheels! Who knew the name IROC would become synomymous with the name Camaro?
June of 1992 – on vacation with a 1992 25th Anniversary Z28 Convertible – white with Red Stripes…..oh how I wish I’d bought it and put it away……….
……….1993—my first 4th Gen Camaro – wow – what a ‘space ship!” (and OMG – is there anything that sounds better than this LT1 engine??)
1996—my move to Detroit as “Assistant Brand Manager- Camaro/Corvette – and meeting Ed and Dave Hamburger for the first time – to see the return of the Camaro SS……
1997 – the 30th Anniversary Camaro – is there anything more “Camaro” than white with Orange Stripes?
Summer of 1997 – and the first drive of an LS1 powered Camaro…….WOOHOOOOO!!!!
June of 2001 – and the unveil of the 2002 Camaro 35th Anniversary SS – the long fights to get the program approved – and then trying to keep it under wraps so that we could surprise our Enthusiasts at ‘Camaros at Carlisle’

…………….and then the awful day - -August 27th – 2002………..

“………and so it is done……….”

……….and then January 8th, 2006 – when we hosted over 250 Camaro/Firebird Enthusiasts at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights, Michigan – to tell them that the next morning - -the 9th of January--we’d unveil a “Camaro Concept”
…..and then the 9th of January …………and watching with tears in my eyes as a Silver Camaro roared out onto the stage at Cobo Center in Detroit – and realizing that many others, too, had tears in their eyes……….

………….and then announcing in August of 2006 that, indeed, the Camaro WOULD be back…………

………..and then showing the “production camaro” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in September of 2008………..
…………and taking delivery of my CTF Camaro SS/RS in January of 2009……………..

…………….and then I think of all of YOU – who have ‘kept the faith’ – even when it was very hard to do so……..

…………and the friendships that have been offered by you…………….

And so today, March 16, 2009 – is a day that I will never, in this lifetime,-- ever forget.

It’s been an amazing ride – but what else could you EXPECT from a Camaro?
It’s a time for celebration….
It’s a time for friendship….
And it’s a time for us to enjoy the fellowship of “Camarodom”!!

Thank you – so very, very, very much – for ‘keeping the faith’ –

My work is done...........


".......and so it is done........."
 

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Truly a day to Celebrate! :thumbsup:
 

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thank you, Scott, for the excellent write-up. you always have a way to put into words what i am feeling. :thumbsup: it is a great day indeed!
 

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RAISING A COLD ONE (PEPSI!!!! - CUT ME SOME SLACK, I'M STILL AT WORK!) TO SCOTT AND ALL MY FRIENDS AT GM AND THOSE IN CANADA!!!!


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What a great write up! Those are some pretty amazing moments you have experienced, I wish I could have been around back then to see some. I just finished writing a blog for work, I would like to have a link in it to this thread if you don't mind.
 

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thank you, Scott, for the excellent write-up. you always have a way to put into words what i am feeling. :thumbsup: it is a great day indeed!
Ditto for me!

...and THANKS to the web developers of the new Camaro website...I could FINALLY get a rendering of a Victory Red SS (see updated sig below)!

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Great post Scott.

Your words are always an inspiration to us!

A job well done, Fbodfather! :thumbsup:
Hey Tim! Did you change your order to a Red Jewel Tintcoat Camaro?? :eek:
 

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Thank you so much for the words, the work, and all that you have done Scott. I have been looking forward to this day since August 27th, 2002. I love F-Bodies. I raise a Coke to you and everyone at Oshawa for making what I think is the best looking F-body since the '68, to showrooms everywhere. You are an inspiration to us all! :patriot: :bowtie_gold:
 

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What a nice write up by Scott - my eyes were leaking when I read it.

I had the pleasure of going to the press preview for the 2001 Camaro SS introduction. Scott was there with a new B4C - took me for a ride on a salom course at the Silverdome - did a 180 at about 40 to 50 mph. From that moment on I had to have a B4C (I have had 5 other Z28/SS cars).

I now am on my 2nd B4C - all thanks to Scott.

Can't wait till a gen 5 B4C is built!
 
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