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CORONAVIRUS CLAIMS ANOTHER EVENT: CAMARO FEST

The Next Camaro Fest Won’t Take Place Until 2021

Camaro Fest 2019

From Thursday, July 9 to Sunday July 12, the tenth annual Camaro Fest was scheduled to take place just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. But as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, organizers were left with one choice: to cancel it entirely. MC&T attended last year’s Camaro Fest, where Chevrolet displayed a few upcoming products for the muscle car. The number of Camaros in attendance was a stout 825, and just about every one of them was a unique representation of the owners that drove them in. Below is the official bulletin posted on the event’s web page:

Camaro Fest

Aside from Camaro Fest, the amount of major automotive events being forced to be canceled or postponed by the novel coronavirus continues to pile up. So far, these events include the 2020 New York Auto Show, The 2020 Detroit Auto Show, 2021 Ford Bronco reveal, and LX Spring Fest. Motorsports have also been on indefinite hold, as well. If the global pandemic doesn’t subside soon, we could soon see the cancelation of August’s Roadkill Nights, as well as the iconic Woodward Dream Cruise.

The Chevrolet Camaro enjoys a passionate and vocal fanbase, but sales of the sixth-generation vehicle continue to be worrisome. Currently, the Camaro is on pace to have its worst sales year on record, likely in no part due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping buyers from visiting showrooms. Otherwise, Chevrolet has been trying to right the direction of Camaro sales. Within the past year, Chevy fixed the poorly received fascia design of the 2019 Camaro SS, announced the LT1 trim level, which is now the most affordable V8 muscle car on the market today. It also announced 10-speed automatic transmissions for the Camaro SS 1LE and the Camaro ZL1 1LE, which previously only offered six-speed manual gearboxes.Tech features like wireless Apple CarPlay have also become available for the 2020 model year, as has the Camaro Shock and Steel Special Edition.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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