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February 27, 2009

The Muscle Car Is Back

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:06 pm

The good news is the 2009 Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500 is NOT a Corvette. The not so good news (at least to this curmudgeonly old race fan) is that it I69camaropacecarS a GM product. I do not mean to denigrate the new Camaro. I am certain it is a nice car and fans of that brand are certain to be happy. Even Dale Jr. likes it a lot. The one that paced the race in ’69 was one of my all time favorites.



My problem is with the whacky loyalty IMS displays every year toward GM. It is difficult to figure out. GM has not done anything significant for either Indy Racing or the 500 for years except provide a few vehicles and set up tents in the infield to display cars.


Honda has carried the series on its back for more than a few years and they have several vehicles worthy of pace car status but are 0-for every year they have been involved.


As a consumer, all US-based offerings have fallen out of favor. I used to own nothing but American-made cars. Over the years, US automakers collective contempt for their consumers by producing glorified junk within a dealer network of borderline criminals drove me (and millions of others) away. The past six new vehicles I have owned are all Japanese, and all were actually manufactured in Japan. Each one has been a flawless, comfortable vehicle.


I have tried repeatedly over the past dozen years to make deals for cars from each of the big three. None will really deal (even today as the backlog of unsold vehicles is at an all time high) and the buying experience harkens back to the old days of negotiating with ‘what’s-it-gonna-take-to-get-you-into-this-ve-hicle-today’ sleazeballs. It is much easier on every level to purchase Japanese brands. Not to say there are no greasy foreign nameplate dealers because there are plenty. The foreign nameplate products built in Japan are, however, superior and most consumers are willing to pay more money for real, meaningful quality.


The US brand that has impressed me the most lately is Ford. I enjoy driving their new products and I believe their quality has improved. Their dealer network, however, is well beyond sleazy (sleazier than most) and that is a shame. I relayed specifics of attempted and subsequently aborted deals in letters to both Bill Ford and Alan Mulally.


I hope General Motors is paying IMS for the privilege of pacing the 500. The Camaro is cool, but I do not believe GM deserves the honor.



  1. Have you driven the new Cadillac CTS? Have you driven the new Camaro?

    Editor’s note: Yes. They are very nice when they are new.

    Comment by rick — March 7, 2009 @ 4:32 am | Reply

  2. Some very interesting information here, and a very interesting blog too.

    I will have to bookmark this and stop by more often.


    Comment by Mokys — February 21, 2010 @ 7:03 am | Reply

  3. I remember the Muscle Car I grow up in the 60’s. They were the best cars. My first car was a 1957 Chev.

    Comment by Thomas Grimes — February 21, 2011 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

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