American automotive enthusiasts and especially Chevy enthusiasts are living exciting and anxious times. For five years we have been without the Camaro, without Chevy Muscle. It has been trying times. But in recent years we have seen glimmers of hope: MUSCLE IS BACK!
Almost since the Camaro’s discontinuation in 2002 there has been speculation, rumors and prayers for its return. When the Camaro was discontinued it was vastly out performing everything in its class and price range. It was a hard loss.
Then Chevy lifted our spirits when they announced their intention to revive the Camaro and revealed its concept which blew everyone away. That all seems so long ago. We have been anxiously waiting for years. We have seen the car and our mouths are watering, our hearts are yearning and people have begun saving for the day it arrives at the dealers. There is even a countdown to the beginning of production of the Camaros. As the time draws nearer the more anxious I get.
This whole thing reminds me of the stories I have heard about the secrecy and pride in the unveiling of the original classic cars such as when Chevy unveiled its new design and engine (the small-block that changed the world) in 1955. It set a date, closed the curtains of the showroom and kept the cars covered until that date. The car was highly anticipated and it proved well worth it.
This new Camaro is now also highly anticipated and it appears it will be well worth the wait. In the midst of the anticipation every enthusiast is scrounging for any and all information, photographs and videos of the testing models of the car. Magazines and web sites have spies searching and chasing its development. Citizens are reporting sightings. And now magazines are calling for the citizens to keep their eyes pealed in search of an opportunity to photograph the Camaro (if you have the opportunity be sure to take those photos). Some of the latest photos came when someone one the street spotted a Camaro in camouflage being transported on the back of a diesel. It was on its way north to Alaska for cold weather testing (from what I heard).
Recently official photos have been released (without the camouflage) to provide a better look. It is gorgeous in white. Check out this link.
Part of the speculation surrounding the Camaro is: why is it taking so long to go into production. Part of the answer is that it is a completely new car (unlike the new Mustang or Challenger which are built upon previously existing designs). Also, its performance is being vigorously tested and tuned. Also, Chevy is working to keep the Camaro in the hands the everyday people and your average car guy. An example of this is that they are working to get a five star safety rating in order to keep insurance costs down.
As the wait continues we must remember that when the first Camaro came out in 1967 it was three years after most of the other muscle cars hit the streets (the 4-4-2, the GTO and the Mustang), and still was able to astonish and compete.