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The Tobay Beach Car Show – Sunday, May 19th 2019

Well, at least for now it has stopped raining. I say “for now”, because to any gear head, like me and my friends rain is not a good thing and can show up at any time. Not only is it annoying, it gets your car dirty, often after just washing it. Which is something we do a lot and something none of us take lightly.

Actually, it almost didn’t stop raining or so we thought because we had a scare on the way over to the show. I live about 15 minutes away from Tobay Beach and right after my friend Jeff picked me up, guess what happened?

However, upon arriving at the show, after driving another 10 minutes, the skies began to clear and we were good for the rest of the day.

Then once the skies cleared we had a great show. I heard somewhere that there where about 700 cars. My friend even won a trophy for his 1987 Nissan. Yes, I know I have a friend who chooses Nissan over Chevy. All I can say is that no one is perfect. Check out his car below.

And even though it is always fun to check out the cars, it’s really the people that make the show. Not only did I meet a bunch of Camaro owners and Hot Wheels enthusiasts that I know, I met many whom I didn’t know and other car owners as well.

Enjoy the pictures,

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The Milleridge Inn Car Show – Wednesday, May 9th 2019

Considering that so many shows have been rained out or cancelled because of weather, today’s sunshine was a very welcomed change. And I must not have been the only one that thought so because Milleridge was packed!

Here are couple of pics…

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LICC (Long Island Camaro Club) May 2019 Meeting

As always the May meeting of the Long Island Camaro Club was held at and in front of Richie’s Pizza in Deer Park. Anthony Abusio, the club president conducted the meeting. We talked about planned cruises, our Camaro Show which will be held in August (here is the link to last years show) and other club business. Here are a couple of pictures from tonight – enjoy!

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Chase Elliot Wins At Talladega

Even though Chase Elliot is quickly becoming one of the most popular drivers on the NASCAR circuit, he has been struggling for most of the 2019 season.

However, Chase who had failed to lead a lap for the first 5 race of the 2019 season and hadn’t posted a top 10 finish has been showing slow improvements in the last several races.

Now with his first win of the season at Talladega Raceway last Sunday, the tide seems to be turning. Just before the race Chevrolets drivers who had all been struggling were told to work together and Chase crossed the finish line first. Chevrolet even took 4 of the top 5 spots.

Although Chevy did seem to dominate most of the race, the winner wasn’t clear until the final lap as Chase was as far back as fifth with just a couple of laps to go.

As a Chevrolet fan it has been difficult to watch. Week after week, Toyota and Ford have been coming in first! Considering that the Ford Mustang is a direct competitor of the Chevrolet Camaro this has been difficult to watch. Toyota has been even more difficult to watch because they aren’t even an American company in an American race.

Much speculation on what is wrong with the Camaro has been made, with rumors of being underpowered being just one reason. With 3 wins last year and now this one all on various tracks, Chase Elliot seems to be our best hope.

Congratulations Chase!

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The New York International Auto Show – Chevrolet Camaro Refresh

2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS

As I write posts these days it continuously amazes me that this is my second time around. Yes, I have been back in the Camaro for over a year now and everything that I do, well almost everything is happening for a second time.

One thing that was new last year, but is very comfortable this year is my annual visit to The New York International Auto Show. Last year the Camaro community, let alone the automobile community after being away for 25 years felt strange. There was so much that was new and so much to learn about including the auto show!

This year however is different. I am experienced and what’s more I am used to being in the car community. So last night was no different. With two of my friends, one a fellow member of the LICC (Long Island Camaro Club) there we were at opening day of the show.

And of course, right after purchasing tickets I headed right over to the Chevrolet display. I had to see the newly refreshed Camaro. After a year of seeing pictures of the car, but never having actually seen one in person, I had to see it for myself.

Finally, The Refresh
Above 2016-18 Camaro Below 2019 Camaro

The 2019 Camaro which is a refresh of the 6th generation Camaro has not been well received by the Camaro community. And although I was hoping be wrong only having seen pictures, I completely agreed. The car was not refreshed for the better.

However, I was hoping that seeing it in person would change my mind. I had heard some rumblings that the car looked better in person and I was hoping that I would share that opinion.

Before seeing the actual car yesterday, I felt from the pictures that I had seen that Chevrolet took a finely chiseled, well defined front bumper and turned it into a very unappealing , not well defined hunk of plastic.

Well, now that I have seen it, I have to say that in my first opinion was right. It’s only my opinion, but Chevy should have left he bumper alone because this is change is not an improvement.

The 2019 Camaro Taillights

But I am glad to say that upon seeing the taillights, the other main change to the car, I have a different opinion – it looks pretty good. The interesting thing is that I expected that if I was going to have a change of heart upon seeing an actual car, that it would be the other way around. I thought that I might have a change of opinion on the front bumper, but not the taillights.

I like the original 6th generation taillights. I like the rectangular styling and just as much didn’t like the round look of the refresh. It reminded me to much of the early 2nd generation taillights that the Camaro sported in the early 1970’s

Except from a slight curvature change to the hood, the rest of the car is pretty much the same. Chevrolet has also upgraded the infotainment center with newer software and rearranged the options packages adding a 3LT model, but otherwise remains the same – at least for now.

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Customizer Techniques – Detailing the Lights

I have been building custom Hot Wheels for about 6 months now. And one thing that frustrates me more than I care to think about is adding details to the cars that I build.

I seemed to have picked up painting the cars just fine. But, when it comes to painting the details, especially headlights and taillights, I just can’t seem to find a satisfactory way to get it done.

I first tried using a brush, but quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work. Not only did I have trouble painting a straight line, but it left brush marks. So I then moved on to trying to paint details with my airbrush. I had seen this technique done on Youtube and I liked the way that the paint laid down flat without a single brush stroke.

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I had also seen nice results using masking tape to section off the area to be painted and figured that if I could lay the paint down flat with my airbrush, the masking tape would define the area to be painted. This method worked well except for the fact that in a couple of places the paint bleed right under the tape.

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