The New York Auto Show – Is It Really A Trans Am?


Well yesterday, I finally made it to the New York Auto Show and not only was it a Sunday but being the last day of the show it was incredibly crowded. That being said any time that I am looking at cars regardless of the size of the crowd is a good time.

Upon entering and making my way through security, the first thing that I noticed was a Trans Am. Now anyone who is familiar with cars knows that the Trans Am is no longer manufactured. Yet there it was right in front of me, a brand new Trans Am! But, since the car is no longer in production this Trans Am was actually a very customized 2018 Camaro that has been made to resemble a late 70’s Pontiac Trans Am.

A New Kind Of Trans Am


Considering that the Pontiac brand was discontinued in 2010 and besides the Camaro, the Trans Am was one of my favorite cars seeing a Camaro customized into a Trans Am at the New York Auto Show was a thrill. The Trans Am was a great car that always shared its platform with the Camaro.

The car is built by Florida based Trans Am Worldwide (Trans Am Depot) and if seeing one isn’t thrilling enough the Trans Am styling that they modeled it after was of a second generation which is one of my personal favorites.

But that’s not the end of the story. Trans Am Worldwide or TAW as it is known as makes several versions of this car ranging from just over one hundred thousand dollars to just under 200k with the top level being a 455SD engine that produces somewhere around 1000 hp – wow!

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A Cool Accessory That I Never Even Knew Existed – A Key Fob Cover


 Just a quick post – I never even knew that something like this existed. A key fob cover. If you have ever read any of my posts you know that I am completely obsessed by my Camaro.

In fact, I clean it for fun and attempt to protect the various parts of my car in any way that I possibly can – just take a look at the bra that I use to help protect the front end.

Like most of you, I can’t deal with scratches and anything connected with my Camaro that is less than perfect.

So why should my fob be any different?

Somewhere along the line while surfing the net, I stumbled upon one of these things. As I said I never even knew that they existed. So thinking it was very cool, not to mention a good idea, I found myself putting the keyword phrase “fob cover” into my browser.

Although the one that I chose was leather, they are available in all kinds of shapes, styles, and prices.

If you are obsessed with your Camaro or whatever kind of car that you drive as much as I am this is definitely worth a look!

The First Month

My Camaro At 3 Months
My Camaro At 3 Months

As hard as it is to believe, it’s been over a month since I picked up my car. Unfortunately, with the crummy weather here on the east coast, it has been difficult to drive, let alone get a real feel for my new Camaro.

Yet, even though, being so into the car, my curiosity has gotten me to explore as much as I possibly can. So this post is meant to share my first impression – likes and dislikes

Let’s first begin with what I like about the car.

Where Chevy Did Well

The Feeling – If you have never been in a Camaro, it’s an experience! It’s more than just a car, it’s way of life. It’s a culture, and it’s very easy to understand why there is so much enthusiasm surrounding it.

Styling – Although I have heard people disagree with me, this is one of the best looking cars on the market today. With the longer hood and fastback style, except for maybe the Ford Mustang, there isn’t much out there. Right now we are living in a world of dull uncool sedans and SUV’s.

The Engine – Now a lot of you will disagree with me. In fact, most of you will disagree, but I have the four-cylinder turbo, and it is one of the best engines that I have ever driven. It’s a bit slower off the line, but when that turbo opens up at about 2500 RPM, this car is thrilling.

I have never driven the 8-cylinder, but I have driven the six and can honestly say that I like this motor better. More than just a couple of people have said to me “a four-cylinder in a Camaro”? Although I completely understand their point, all I can say is that you need to drive it to appreciate it.

The Technology – Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a technology geek. Not only do I work in the field of technology, I just love it. So the big screen right in the middle of my dashboard is perfect for me. And if you are looking to spend another five to ten thousand dollars, the available technology becomes even more outstanding.

Drive Modes – Although not really a necessity, this is a nice option to have and even comes standard on the 1LT. While you will spend most of your time in Tour mode, I was very pleased to see that the Sport and Ice & Snow modes really do enhance driving under those conditions.

So as you can see, there is a lot I like about the car. However, there are a couple (not many) of things that I don’t really like.

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Do I Really Need A Bra?


Well, it took almost a month but I got it today. Yes, my Colgan Bra finally arrived.

I never realized just how into the “Camaro Experience” I would get.  So I never thought about protecting my new toy from things like stone chips. But, by the time I drove it off of the dealer’s lot these kinds of things quickly became a priority.

And I never expected to have to wait almost a month for it to arrive. As I understand it, Colgan makes these covers individually each time one is ordered. I have a difficult time believing this, but this is what I was told by AutoAnything where I purchased it. I also have to admit that I did check several websites and each one said that it would take between three and four weeks. So maybe it is true.

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The Long Island Camaro Club


After a 25 year hiatus, I am back in the saddle. During the last couple of weeks, I have been having so much fun driving, shopping for and just talking about my Camaro. As I have mentioned before, it is like rekindling a friendship with an old friend that you haven’t seen in 25 years and doing nothing but catching up.

You would think that would be good enough. But, I found a way to take it to the next level. I never realized it, but there are actually more people out there just like me who are so into their car that only another person with the same interest would understand.

Yes, people who clean their car to the point that you would be hard-pressed to find a speck of dust on their dashboard and people who park their car so far away from where they are going that you need a taxi to complete your trip.

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Can’t let A Week Go By – At Least A Plate Frame & A Hat

It was a slow week – I just had to buy something for my newly revived interest. Well, actually one for me and one for the car.

The plate frame is from CJ Pony Parts and the hat was from the ChevyMall.

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My Second Purchase – Got to Have The Phone For Maps

Arkon phone mount

Being a technology guy, I love maps. For some reason that I have never been able to explain I just love maps. And combining maps with my Camaro experience is the ultimate. I don’t know what it is, but for some strange reason, I have always thought that GPS was one of the coolest things.

So when I found out that I couldn’t get navigation in my 1LT I was very disappointed. I loved the car and could definitely envision owning one, but I was really hoping that whatever model I chose to replace my expiring lease would offer navigation.

Although the Technology Package which was available on my model and the 1LT did allow for Android Auto as well as Apple Car Playa I knew it was going to be OK even though a techno junkie needs all the technology that they can get.

So being the Navigation Package was unavailable, I decided the next best thing was to use the Android Auto with the 8″ screen of the technology package display some very cool maps.

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