I must be like my Dad. He would build an already cool car into something really awesome, and then sell it and move onto the next project. I guess I am just becoming a chip off the ol’ block.
After taking a stock Camaro SS and turning it into a SEMA show car, a great parking lot show car, and an awesome weekend cruiser, I recently considered selling it and moving onto something new. I posted it on a couple of sites but didn’t really work a hard sale. I didn’t need to sell it.
Eventually, someone in Canada found the listing. It was exactly what he was looking for so he flew in, looked it over for a few minutes and shook my hand, saying that it was everything I said it was and he would take it. After we finished the sale and all of the paperwork was signed, I took my new friend to dinner to help him celebrate his new machine. Naturally, we drove my “old” Camaro. After we parked in the back of the parking lot, I turned around and took one last image of it with my phone (which I have posted above). It never looked better.
After dinner, I watched the new buyer drive away with what was once my Camaro.
As I watched my car roll away, viewing it in a way I never saw before, it was certainly bittersweet. It was like when you break up with a girlfriend or boyfriend, and in the next minute they somehow look better than they ever did. I could tell the new owner was very happy as he gently drove it away, and that helped ease the pain.
This whole process wasn’t easy, but it was the right time for me personally.
The next day, I went to the 21st annual Camaro Superfest to see my old friends, some that I only see at that show. I am typically there every year with my Camaro, shining it up and working hard toward another 1st place award, but not this time. People naturally asked me where my car was parked and I found myself being sheepish about the answer. Then they would inevitably ask, “What are you going to do now?”.
To be honest, I don’t really know. I have been doing the “Camaro thing” for the better part of over 16 years. Every spring it is getting ready, every summer it is keeping it tight, every fall is it putting it away, and every winter it is waiting for the spring again.
I think I am just going to take a break. I will still be as much of a Camaro enthusiast as always. I will continue to volunteer to be on the Camaro Consumer Advisory Board (one of the “Disciples”). I will still volunteer to admin CamaroZ28.Com. I will still do the weekly CamaroZ28.Com Podcast with Chris Frezza. But…for now…I think I will keep an open slot in my garage. Maybe I will find that perfect 1992 Camaro Z28 that I have been searching for. Maybe I will find another 5th gen to play with. Or maybe I will hold off for a while longer and see what the 6th generation Camaro brings. Then again, I might do something really weird that I haven’t even thought of yet. I will just keep my options open, and when the time is right for a new project, I will know.
For now, I have some existing projects that will keep me busy.
- CamaroZ28.Com and the CamaroZ28.Com Podcast (mentioned above)
- SmoothLocks – the little appearance accessory that makes a big difference
- Big Engine Productions – My freelance business
- Camaro Collectibles – Where you can pick up some cool limited edition Camaro stuff
- Apocalypse Edition Emblems – Another crazy experiment of mine. Check it out and spread the word
Plus, I want to spend a bit more time with my friends and family, something that I haven’t done as much as I should have.
I have to offer some special thanks as well to the following:
- The Chevrolet Camaro Team
- Tom Henry Chevrolet
- Pedders Suspension
- Magnacharger/Hot Part
- Nitto Tire
- Forgeline Wheels
- Kris Horton
- Vector Motorsports
- Jimtech, Inc.
- and you
I will still be updating this site here and there with new entries about who-knows-what (and when I do, please feel free to share accordingly), but it won’t be very frequent until I have a new project. For all I know, I will have to build a new site for whatever that project may be. Time will tell, and that is a good thing. I have found that life is better when you have something to look forward to, even if you don’t know what it is yet.
Thanks for reading. See you at the car shows.
I, like many car owners, have a set combination of car care products that I know works well. However, every now and then you have to try something new because it might make that combination better. On the other hand, sometimes it doesn’t work out very well.
This is one of those times.
A few years back, a PR company for Turtle Wax sent us some new products from their “Ice” product line when it was new to review on the CamaroZ28.Com Podcast. Among the products that were provided that received a great review from us was the Turtle Wax ICE Total Interior Care. Quite simply, it worked great, worked on just about everything, and was a breeze to use. We were impressed. From that point on, it was the only product I used to clean the interior of my cars, including my Camaro.
Not long ago, I saw a new product by Turtle Wax, Turtle Wax Black Tire Shine. Shiny tires make a car look great. However, it was expensive…almost $15 for a can of it. Based on the description on the packaging, it was perfect. It was dry when it looked wet, didn’t attract dirt, and was said to last for months. Perfect. I bought it and went home to try it out on my daily driver Jeep Grand Cherokee.
They were right about one thing…the tires look wet when they are not. That is because the product is really more like a clear, flexible rubber. It leaves a semi-thick coat that dries quickly, almost like a clearcoat for your tires. It looked extremely wet when it was perfectly dry. It didn’t look bad…at first.
As you may be able to tell, there has been a lack of updates in 2011. There was a lot of great things going on that kept me busy and kept me running. Car shows, racing events, and general life got in the way. So to make up for it, here is a quick recap of 2011, and then what to expect in 2012.
Welcome to Spring, 2011! I am glad to be posting here again. I have some cool things lined up for this year, so be sure to subscribe for updates in the upper right hand corner.
Now that the snow is pretty much gone and the days are getting warmer, I am getting excited to bring the Camaro out of storage soon and get it ready for the upcoming shows. I have been thinking of the upcoming year and in addition to some new mods, I want to make sure I hit more car shows with it than I did last year. I think anyone with a nice car needs to take it to shows, period. It gives you a good chance to detail your car thoroughly, spend a nice day away from work, make some new friends, and it helps you to continue to take pride in your ride. Plus, you might walk away with a trophy or door prize.
So let’s kick off 2011 with my 2011 car show schedule!
Well my friends, another summer is over. Time to start preparing to put the Phantom SS away for another bitter cold Michigan winter.
I wanted to take the time to cover highlights that have happened in the past year, in addition to being featured at SEMA 2009.