Did You Know: 10 Chevrolet Camaro Fun Facts

December 1, 2014 by  
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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!

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Moment of Silence at Super Chevy Show for Sally Miksiewicz

July 7, 2014 by  
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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.

SallyM

 

 

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GIBTEC PISTONS JOINS MANUFACTURERS SERIES AS NEW SPONSOR

May 13, 2014 by  
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The Manufacturers Series is proud to announce Gibtec Pistons as a new sponsor of the Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, and Mega Mopar Action events. Gibtec’s involvement will focus on product awareness for bracket racers, car show participants, and automotive enthusiasts attending each national touring series.

Gibtec manufactures custom pistons for all different types of competition vehicles. Opened for business just over one year ago, the company is based in Denver. In addition to selling custom pistons, Gibtec also works with the Big 3 motor companies on research and development at its state-of-the-art facility.

“What makes our company different is we’re more personalized than the bigger companies; we work one-on-one with each customer. We offer a more unique experience for customers who want that competitive edge to win,” said Rob Giebas, Gibtec General Manager. “We look forward to growing our brand and meeting race fans through the Manufacturers Series events in 2014.”

Each of the three series – Super Chevy Show, Fun Ford Weekend, and Mega Mopar Action series have combined to complete 6 of 33 total events this season, and have seen an increase in spectator and participant admissions.

“The Manufacturers Series is off to a very positive start for the year, and we are excited to add Gibtec Pistons to the family of sponsors” said Lex Dudas, President of the Manufacturers Series. “Gibtec is going to jump right in and be involved at our shows in Virginia, Texas, and Michigan this weekend.”

The Super Chevy Show hosts two events on the weekend of May 17-18, at Virginia Motorsports Park and Texas Motorplex, as well as a one-day Mega Mopar Action series event at US 131 Dragway, on Sunday, May 18.

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 Weekend and Mega Mopar Action Series are all members of the Manufacturers Series with 33 events in 2014. 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.

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