Two Beautiful Days out of Three -
Camaros & Attendees
are Un-Daunted by showers!
This year's Camaro Nationals was a great event - thanks to the organizers and the great Camaro participants. Thursday and Friday were nice days, with showers at night....but the rain spaced itself around our Cruise on Thursday evening. Once agian, the town of Frederick opened it arms to our show.
Building 9 was Awesome - but we have come to expect Bud to come up with a great collection of cars to fill in the spaces between the Legend and Bowtie cars. Everyone was talking about the Root Beer Barrel 68 Convertible with the 57-59 Impala interior and dashboard, along with the 2015 COPO, the Blue 69 Yenko.....well the list goes on and on.
Another topic of conversation was the GMMG Camaro Display ... the display ended up getting pretty large, so it was moved from the planned tent into one of the buildings. It was a beautiful site to see all those 4th gens lined up nose to nose - like horses in the starting gate.....just waiting for the signal to take off! Every color you could imagine, including some special paint options and a special feature was the late Dale Ernhardt's actual 2001 Intimidator SS!
Other buildings housed great displays of the 45th Anniversary of the 2nd Generation and the 30th Anniversary of the IROC Camaro.
Judging was moved up 2 hours to take advantage of the lighter showers, and the awards ceremonies were moved indoors for everyone's comfort, and also started early. The Maryland Camaro Club did all they could to keep things on an up note - a fact that was surely appreciated by all the attendees.
Camaro Clubs attending
the 2015 Camaro Nationals
- New England Camaro Club
- Northeast Ohio Camaro Club
- Capital Area Camaro Club
- Southern Maryland Camaro Club
- Nasty Z/28
- Long Island Camaro Club
- DMV Camaro 5
- Delaware Valley Camaro Club
- Maryland Camaro Club
- Colorado Camaro Club
- Western Michigan Camaro club
- Gateway Camaro Club
- Lehigh Valley Camaro Club
- Upstate New York Camaro Club
- GMMG Registry
- Genuine Muscle Camaro & Firebird Club
- Illinois Camaro Club
- 35th Limited Edition .Com
- Super Sports of America
- North Star Camaro Club
- Pittsburgh Area Camaro Enthusiasts
- Detroit 5th Generation Camaro club
- Southeastern Pennsylvania 5
- Hampton roads Camaro Club
- Embalmers Car Club
- New Jersey F-Body Owners Association
- DMV Generation V Camaro Club
Raised Over $,9,000.00
A set of four Vintage tires from Kelsey Tire
Great newly released items from Classic Headquarters
Two Nascar Pakages donated by T&T Performance
Tee Shirts, Polo Shirts, Jackets, Purses, Garage Clocks
Framed Artwork, and much more were auctioned off at our live after dinner auction. Dear friend Scott Settlemre started things off as Auctioneer, as MDCC and ACA staff fed him a seemingly endless supply of goodies.
2014 - WHAT A SHOW –
by Bud Scolastico
The 2014 Camaro Nationals has to have been the best show since it moved to Frederick, and it ranks up there with some of the all time best. Everyone did an outstanding job. We received numerous positive comments regarding the show. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves. Check out Facebook, Utube, and other media sites, it's all good.
Congratulations to all the MCC members who won awards at the Nationals. That was an impressive sight looking at the clubs members cars parked together. I received many positive comments about the club; the best had to be several “a class act”. Even the Mayor was impressed; he had one of the member’s cars in the final three.
Speaking about the Mayor; did you see Mayor Mc Clement meeting and greeting everyone outside City Hall Thursday Night at the end of the Cruise? He really enjoys the Camaros and the people. He brought a camera along so he could take pictures of the cars before he made his final choice for The Mayor’s Award. He chose a very well done 1968 Roger Penske Mark Donahue Trans Am tribute car. We need to get him a Camaro of his own.
The Nationals raised $10,769 (yes, it was recalculated) at the Charity Auction, $575.00 from the 50/50 contest, and $257.00 received at the Silent Auction. That is a total of $11,601.00.... a record new total. After the auction I asked Karl "What we are going to do to top this?" Cathy, April, and I talked about it and we have some good ideas. Thank you for all that helped with the charities, donated, and bought items for The Silence of Mary. This allowed us to donate more money and to more charities. Donations went to: Silence of Mary Home, Heartly Home, Inc., Downtown Frederick Partnership, Sophie & Madigan’s Playground, Relay for Life Cancer Foundation, MCPS Educational Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County, and Frederick County 4 – H Therapeutic Riding Program. Most of these are youth related charities, it’s for the kids.
Again, it was a great show and we can all be proud of what was done. The final total was 355 cars, down a little because of the threatening weather on Saturday, but that didn’t damper anyone’s sprits and the fun everyone was having. The total includes 31 states, District of Columbia, and three Provinces from Canada...first time entrants from British Columbia and Quebec. Did the group from Quebec know how to have fun? Not to be out done were the gangs from Southern Maryland Camaro Club and Camaro 5 Upstate New York.
Well, there were three 2014 Z/28’s, two 1LE’s, and one SSE at the show. By the way the SSE was the first one built, number 1. There were many outstanding cars. Did everyone see the silver 2nd Gen? He built that himself with his Father’s input. Man, that car was nice. How about the SS/BA COPO? That car shook the buildings floor! Rick George shared many of his cars with us, including a real Pete Estes owned Camaro. Did anyone notice the Rick Hendricks’s Signature Car? How about the Pro Street 4th Gen with the Pro Stock cage that was pounding the ground? I could go on and on, but you had to be there.
The Long Island Camaro Club was so impressed with the attention to detail, engineering, and workmanship done on the silver 2nd Gen they quickly got together a club award and presented it to the owner. I think he received the Nasty Z award as well. One of the finest 2nd Gen’s I have ever seen.
I can’t let this go without mentioning this. It was two Steelers fans that saved the Black 2014 Z/28 from body damage after the wench cable came undone and was running loose behind Building 14. Great job John, I haven’t moved that fast in a very long time.
I’m pretty sure the wedding proposal, Morgan and Cindi of NEOCC was a first for the Nationals. I’m very sure the engagement present was. If you missed it, after the popping of the question at Brunch, they arrived at the Nationals. Cindi said "look someone is getting a red Camaro", (which was under cover at THR Tent). SURPRISE! It was a bright Red THR Camaro of her own, as an engagement present! You couldn’t wipe the smile off Cindi’s face all weekend. Congratulations to both of them and may they have a long and wonderful life together.
Auctions at 2014 Nationals Raise Over $11,000.00 for Charity! Continued
Camaro Central began things off with a $1000.00 donation, and at the close of an enthusiastic three hour bidding session, the total stood at fantastic $9,960.00; a new record, and quite an accomplishment. A moment later, sponsor Tom Henry of Tom Henry Chevrolet / Tom Henry Racing, walked up as asked " are you really $40 shy of $10,000?" When the number was confirmed, he got out his wallet, and pulled out $40 and said "add this to it - we can't end up that close with out making $10,000."
As we sat down afterward, exhausted, Bud turned to me and said "How in the world are we going to top this?"
Saturday brought a mostly cloudy day, but it did stay dry save a few sprinkles at noon. The Long Island Camaro Club, Nasty Z/28, and the Southern Maryland Camaro Clubs all had club tent hangouts; with grills, coolers, games, and great camaraderie. Judging went smoothly both indoors and out, and the awards were able to get started about 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Most everyone was on hand to receive their awards this year, and the Southern Maryland Camaro Club, and Nasty Z made sure everyone knew when one of their members won an award.
Once again, in the hotel parking lot Saturday evening; a discussion ended with the realization that it really isn't about the cars, it is about the people!
Frequently Asked Questions
about the Camaro Nationals
When are the Camaro Nationals held?
The Nationals are held each year on the Friday and Saturday following Father's Day.
For next year, the dates will be June 24 & 25, 2016 e
Do I have to Pre-Register?
No, but day of show entrys will only have the choice of Non-Judged or Participant-Vote judged Classes. Points Judged classes are limited to pre-registered cars, due to the required planning, and arranging for the proper judges being available.
What if I don't want to have my Camaro judged?
No problem! There will be over 100 Camaros at the Nationals that will not be judged.....mine included. There is no stygma associated with just wanting to have fun.
Can I get a copy of my score sheet if my car is judged?
Legend, BowTie, and Heartbeat judging sheets are emailed out automatically about 3 weeks after the show. If you do not provide an email address, hard copies will be mailed. We do not mail awards, so please make arrangements for someone to pick up a possible award if you will be leaving early.
If I leave before the Awards Ceremony, and I win an award, how can I get it?
Trohies, Plaques, and Goodie Bags are not mailed or shipped.
Judging is on Saturday afternoon, and the Awards Ceremony is sheduled just 2 hours after judging closes. If you cannot wait the 2 hours,
you can have a friend pick it up for you.
Winners will be posted on the website a week or so after the event,
and this list remains posted until October of the same year.
Can I sleep on the showfield in my tent?
No.....but there is a camping area inside the fairgrounds near the showfield. Many registrants will be found in the camping area having a great time (i.e. NastyZ/28.com club). Camping can be arranged for on the registration form. Only registered cars are permitted to camp on grounds.
How big itheow, Really???
This really has been the largest all-generation Camaro show we know of for the last seveal years. You can expect 400 or more Camaros of ALL generations on grounds. We offer 48 Classes in 9 Levels .......from non-judged to concours. Fun for the Whole Family. Even a moon bounce and slide for the kids. The charity dinner is always a great time, and the evening hotel parking lot gatherings are legendary.
Can I let my Camaro on the field overnight?
Yes, Camaros can be kept on the show field overnight.....the grounds are fenced, gated, and guarded. Although there are usually a dozen or so cars covered up for the evening on the showfield, most are driven back to the motels.
When do I need to arrive?
If you are in a display class or concours class that will be in Building 9, you must be on grounds by late Thursday afternoon, as cars must all be in place that evening. In order to get all the cars properly positioned in the building, cars in the back of the building must move in first, etc. When the show opens on Friday, there will be no time to start moving things around. The rolling cruise to downtown Frederick is also on Thursday evening.
The showfield officially opens Friday morning, and the BowTie and Legend Classes begin judging Friday Morning.
A good percantage of people arrive Friday. This gives them time to get settled in and start geting their cars cleaned up. Also, the Charity Dinner and Auction is on Friday evening.
Saturday is a must for everyone. Judging in participant vote and Heartbeat Classes gets started around 11AM, and awards are at 4PM.
Is there room to park my car trailer and truck?
Frederick Fairgounds has a large area for parking trucks and trailers (they can remain connected). You can reserve a spot by filling out the info on the registration form, or you can arrange for a spot at the gate.