Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts, by TheBlock.com
Let’s face it; if you’re here today reading this, much like us, it’s more than likely you’re a Camaro fan. From casual to die-hard, first gens to fifth gens – we know that our BLOCK readers run the gamut of fandom. The BLOCK Crew, of course, is in the latter camp. We love them all: From the new Z/28 to the rare, hard-to-find classics and beyond. And, as such big fans, we’ve covered quite a few special Camaros here.
In the course of our travels, we’ve met some Camaro enthusiasts that simply blow us away. Folks that probably know more about this American icon than they do about certain family members. We are so serious! To that end, we wondered aloud, “is it possible to be completely encyclopedic when it comes to the world of Camaro?”
Our thoughts immediately shifted to good friend and esteemed Camaro collector and historian, George Lyons. He would definitely be our nominee. However, we realize most people don’t have direct access to someone of George’s vast knowledge and dedication.
So, we thought it would be fun to dig up some nuggets that you may or may not know about the Camaro. For these, we dove into one of our favorite books, The Complete Book of Camaro: Every Model Since 1967 (click to go to the Motor Books website), by David Newhardt.
You can check out the book here, but first, scroll down to see if you know the following Camaro trivia tidbits! And, be sure to let us know if you have some of your own in the comments section!
Did You Know?
1.) The first Camaros shared a chassis with the classic Chevy Nova.
2.) When the vehicle that became known as the Camaro was in development it was known within General Motors as “The Panther”.
3.) Total sales of the Camaro in 1969 reached 243,085. A stunning number for a car only on the market less than three years at that point.
4.) Late in the ’69 model year, the Camaro received a special powerplant: the historic, aluminum block ZL1 engine.
5.) The base 1970 Camaro cost $2,749.
6.) There was only one Z/28 built for the 1975 model year.
7.) In 1982, the all-new third gen Camaro paced the Indianapolis 500.
8.) When Chevrolet returned the Camaro SS model to the market in 1996, it had been “off the radar” for 24 years.
9.) More than five thousand welds went into the fifth gen 2010 Camaro SS.
10.) The modern-day iteration of the Camaro ZL1 engine trumps its original, historic predecessor by a whopping 125 horsepower!
The Super Chevy Show event series will join the Velocity Network as the newest TV program in the lineup of automotive-driven content with 13-episodes highlighting the 2015 season. Discovery Communications’ high-definition cable channel Velocity, will bring the same namesake Super Chevy Show into 62 million households across the U.S., and is scheduled to air on 13-consecutive weeks from October through December 2015.
With a focus on the car show, Velocity will follow the 2015 Super Chevy Show presented by Chevrolet Performance tour with stops at each event across the country for 12 high-octane 30 minute Chevrolet-packed episodes. The 13th episode and season finale will spotlight the best cars of the tour.
Lex Dudas, President of SCSW, LLC, parent company of Super Chevy Shows views the TV program in terms of growth for the series. “Velocity takes the Super Chevy Show program to the next level of exposure for our fans, participants, and sponsors. When the current track operators took over the series in 2010 they brought everything up a notch, and have continued to build the shows to the point that it will now reach millions of Chevrolet enthusiasts through a national TV audience.”
The exclusive Super Chevy Show programming will include exciting segments designed to give the audience a view of the best Bowtie show cars in the country in stunning HD and a chance to relive the thrills while looking to spot familiar cars or catch a glimpse of Chevy drag racing at its best.
As the newest show on Velocity’s schedule, the Super Chevy Show joins the lineup with popular shows such as, Overhaulin’, Chasing Classic Cars and Restoration Garage, that set the bar for diverse programming within the automotive genre.
The TV shows will be produced by Masters Entertainment, which provides a significant amount of content for Velocity and other networks reaching automotive enthusiasts. Executive Vice President of Masters Entertainment Group, Butch McCall, has worked with many of the Super Chevy Show promoters through other events previously, and is looking forward to working on the project since it has such a great following. “Masters Entertainment is excited to be working with the Super Chevy series in 2015. We look forward to bringing the best of the best Chevrolets to the Velocity Network.”
A member of the Manufacturers Series, the family-friendly Super Chevy Show tour showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at select events. The events are hosted at top motorsports facilities throughout the U.S., along with the Fun Ford and Mega Mopar Action national series.
2015 SUPER CHEVY SHOW SCHEDULE
|Palm Beach Int’l Raceway||March 27 – 29|
|Memphis Int’l Raceway||April 10 – 12|
|Southwestern Int’l Raceway||May 1 – 3|
|Texas Motorplex||May 16 – 17|
|Virginia Motorsports Park||May 15 – 17|
|US 131 Motorsports Park||May 29 – 31|
|Maple Grove Raceway||July 17 – 19|
|Bandimere Speedway||August 14 – 15|
|Bristol Dragway||September 18 – 20|
|Rockingham Dragway||October 9 – 11|
|Gateway Motorsports Park||October 9 – 11|
|Auto Club Famoso Raceway||November 7 – 8|
About the Super Chevy Show
The Super Chevy Show tour is the premier national event for all Chevrolet enthusiasts offering something for everyone. From high-powered Chevy racing action to the spectacular show cars at the top NHRA and IHRA tracks across the country. The Series boasts one of the nation’s finest Performance & Restoration Midways for GM products, as well as a Swap Meet and Car Corral. Kids are always welcome to take part in the free Revell Make ‘N Take activity each day to build their own model car to keep. The Super Chevy Show is widely considered the best brand-specific event in the country. For more information, visit: www.superchevyshow.com
About Manufacturers Series
Designed to offer something for everyone in a family atmosphere for American “Big Three” automotive brand enthusiasts, the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Series and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 34 events in 2015. Each Manufacturers Series event is wholly owned by its respective host track and showcases a car show, drag racing, manufacturer’s midway, swap meet and car corral, as well as autocross at selected events. For more information or for event schedules, visit: www.mfgseries.com
We have lost a good friend.
Sally Miksiewicz was the CEO and vice chairperson of the East Penn Manufacturing Company.
Ms. Miksiewicz, 52, was killed June 20 when she was struck by a pickup truck while jogging near her home in Pike Township, Berks County.
East Penn, a family-owned company with more than 6,800 employees, is the second-largest employer in Berks County, where Maple Grove Raceway is located.
East Penn’s extensive product line includes Duracell auto batteries. Since 2011, Duracell (DriveDuracell.com) has been the Official Battery of the Super Chevy Show series.
It often was said she looked on East Penn’s employees as extended family. East Penn has been recognized for 13 consecutive years with the designation as one of the Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania.
Thousands paid respects to Sally at a memorial service on June 27. The Super Chevy Show and Maple Grove Raceway will remember her with a moment of silence during the opening ceremonies of the event on July 13.