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Camaros lining up for the Cruise

More Camros lining up for Cruise

Bobby Banana & Scott

Bobby Banana & Sharon

Ready for Judging

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Announcing the 20th Annual

Camaro Nationals!

June 22 & 23, 2018 - Frederick MD

Featuring a Special Celebration of
Pace Cars & Limited Edition Camaros

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PACE CARS - A Non-Judged Display of all years of Camaro Pace Cars from all major events, including Indianapolis, Brickyard, Daytona, and other tracks. A limited number of cars will be alloted inside spaces based on registration date, number of requests, and the ability or preference of keeping the car in place for the weekend.

2011 Camaro Pace Car

LIMITIED EDITION CAMAROS - A Non-Judged Display of LE Camaros. This great dispay is planned for the showfield, and will include the popular 1992 25th Anniversary Heritage Edition, the1997 White & Orange 30th Anniversary Edition, the 2002 Red & Silver 35th Anniversary Edition,the 2010 & 2011 Transformers Editions, the 2010 Synergy Edition, the 2011 Neiman Marcus Edition Convertible, 2013 and 2018 Hot Wheels Editions, and the various Spring Editions.

2002 35th LE Camaro Convertible

Make your plans NOW!

Clarion Hotel Registration &

Show Registration is Open!

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Recap of the 2017 Camaro Nationals

WOW! Another great Camaro Nationals. Maybe the best one yet held in Maryland. The weather could not have been much better....it was raining all around, but not in Frederick. That may have hurt the Day of Show entries, as some were hesitant to leave their home town in the rain, but we all had a good time. The cars were the stars - from Concept to everyday drivers. It was awesome.

Starting with the Birthday Cruise and BBQ on Thursday evening, the Nationals were off and running. April did a great job with the route to the park and the cruise itself. The BBQ was great, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. 80 cars participated in the rolling cruise, and 221 people enjoyed the pork and chicken BBQ with all the fixings. Cathy Newman assisted by George Warner took pictures of most every car as it exited the one covered bridge, and posted them on the MCC facebook page.

Friday started off with cars rolling in to register and pick up their goody bags; and to get thier info for the weekend. Building 9 was full with many outstanding cars. Building 14A was full of vendors, and the outside vendor area was filling up as well. We even had cars in the Auto Corral on Friday. The Dinner and Charity Auction was well attended with a record 226 people. The food was very good, especially after a long day on the show field. After dinner, Tom Henry gave us an update on our friend Scott Settlemire’s situation. We have all be reading bits on facebook; so it was really nice to hear things in more detail from cousin Tom. Next, the Live Charity Auction raised just over $10,000 - bringing the total the Nationals has donated, to well over $100,000...the lion’s share of which as gone to “The Silence of Mary Home” for disenfranchised children.

The auction itself had a new twist......in addition to the live portion, 50/50 tickets were sold, and about 75 numbers were pulled to pick an item of choice from our “Second Chance” tables. Mayor McClemment and his wife couldn’t keep up counting and tearing the tickets, as Bunny Fox did a wonderful job of selling the tickets. After the live auction, Garry Dammons was the lucky winner of the $1,030.00 prize. During all the frenzy of the auction, Bobby Banana was adopted by April Alderson. April promised him a great year traveling between Maine and Maryland - with lots of car shows, outings, and general trouble making. He as already been posting some great (and not so great) photos. I am not sure what he learned living with Rick Hoffmeister in NY; but that night next to the cooler with Alf and the Hulk?? It looks like Bobby is going to have a busy summer ahead of him; I hope he doesn’t run out of air.

Saturday was very busy and moved by very quickly. The 50th Anniversary Display was very impressive. Several cars we needed showed up at registration, and filled in the voids very nicely. Judging got started at 11:00, and before you know it, it was time for Awards. Everyone at Awards was offered a 50th Anniversary Cup Cake - they didn’t last very long! The club members cleaned up the show field, and it was time to wrap up the 19th Annual Camaro Nationals. Gary Sommers, April, Karl and myself are working on getting everything buttoned up for the year.

Once again, I have to thank the workers, club members, other Camaro Clubs, etc. The set-up and tear-down crew did another fantastic job. They are another year older and a half step slower, but I would not trade them for the world. The crew that set up the buildings and vendor areas - again a job well done! The gals and guys under the Registration Tent are like energizer bunnies - they just keep on going and going.

A big thank you to the Lehigh Valley Camaro Club members who helped out with the Auction. they noticed that we were short on help and/or exhausted; and they jumped in as runners and flaggers to keep the auction moving quickly. Thanks to Upstate New York 5 members and Long Island Camaro Club members, who jumped in and helped wherever they were needed....and thanks to all the other Camaro Clubs who came to help and support the show. (continued below)

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The official car count for this year’s show was 325...a very solid number considering it was raining in almost every other location in Pennsylvania and Maryland. We have heard from many who were planning on attending, but backed down due the storms they would have been passing through. Even the Ice Cream truck missed a huge sales day on Friday, because it was raining in PA, and he assumed we were wet, too.

This year, the Nationals gave away several items to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Camaro... starting with the free BBQ on Thursday, and including a few suitcases and coolers with the show logo. Everyone who pre-registered received a commemorative blanket and a hat/lapel pin to mark the occasion. As mentioned earlier, cupcakes were given out at the BBQ and prior to the awards ceremony. People asked me why we did all this extra stuff, and not just keep the profits for next year. One of the National’s sponsors, who is now retired, told me every year when I contacted him, “you have to give back.” He has a very good life and he always tried to give back to the hobby....so that is what we did; we gave back to the hobbyists who have been so good to us.

We have been coming up with some unique ideas for the shirts and awards art for the last few years...so I wanted to expand on the background of this year’s art. First, the group of seagulls is Gilbert and the Gulls, from Ocean City Maryland. (I think they are friends of Bobby Banana,) On the front of the shirt, they are from left to right; Gigi, Gilbert, Gaston, and Gale. Yes, that is a Mustang banner being pulled from under the front tire of the 1967 Camaro by Gilbert. The artist did a fantastic job with the license plate on the front fo the ‘67. The sign in front of the Kite Loft is hard to read, but it says “Happy Fiftieth Birthday Chevy-Camaro 1967-2017”.

The Nationals have been known as a great place to meet new Camaro people and enjoy long friendships. Back in 2000, when I attended my first one, and met Karl, I left having met a nice handful of Camaroists. Now, these many years later; I can count scores of truly great friends. 2018 will mark the 20th Camaro Nationals. Let’s see what happens for next year’s show. Mark your calendars for June 22nd & 23rd, 2018, have a great year, and we will see you next June.

From April, Cathy, Karl, and myself; god Bless and good health.

Bud Scolastico

 

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"I want to thank the entire staff, and judges for another great show."
I'll see you all next year.

- - - - Vincent Bitet

5th Generation Camaros

"Good to see you again. The ACA / MCC put on a great show!"
- - - - Steve Nuwer

All Original Camro

Camaro Clubs attending

the 2017 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
  • 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

 

2017 Nationals

Raised Over $10,000.00

for Charity!


A set of four Vintage tires from Kelsey Tire.
Camaro parts from Classic Headquarters, Gift Certificates for Camaro Parts, Car cleaning supplies, Tee Shirts, Polo Shirts, Jackets, Purses, Die Casts, Framed Artwork, and much more were auctioned off at our live after dinner auction.

 

2014 - WHAT A SHOW –

OUTSTANDING!

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.

Bud Scolastico

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!

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1993 Camaro Pace Car

Frequently Asked Questions
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out the Camaro Nationals

When and Where are the Camaro Nationals held?

The Nationals are held each year on the Friday and Saturday
following Father's Day.

This year's Nationals will be June 22 & 23, 2018

The show is held at the Frederick Fairgrounds "Eventplex",
797 East Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21708.
Frederick MD is easy get to, with Interstate Highways from every direction.
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T1997 30th Anniversary LE Camaro

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.

Camaro Natioanls Building 9

Can I get a copy of my score sheet if my car is judged?

Legend and BowTie judging sheets are emailed out automatically about 3 weeks after the show. Heartbeat sores will be emailed upon request. 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.

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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 about 2 or 3 weeks after the event,and this list remains posted until October of the same year.

1969 Camaro Pace Car

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 large is the show, Really???

This really has been one ot the largest all-generation Camaro show we know of for the last several 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.

Cleaning the Camaros

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.

Tom Henry & Scott Settlemire

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.

1983 Camaro Pace Car

Is there room to park my car trailer and truck?

The 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.

Lehigh Valley Camaro Club