Camaro Superfest 2024
Eastern Michigan Camaro Club

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HISTORY OF CAMARO SUPERFEST

In the summer of 1991, EMCC was founded with the idea that fellow Camaro enthusiasts could bond together and create a fun organization where the love of the Camaro is shared and celebrated.

Founding member Barry Hensel organized this effort and the search for a sponsor dealership in the area. Soon, Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City was announced as the club sponsor. Club meetings began in September of 1991, which is considered the club's birthday. While at Gordon Chevrolet, the club grew in membership and friendships with the local Chevelle Club of Michigan led to a couple of swap meets jointly held. This was also the beginning of a new all- Camaro event: Camaro Superfest. EMCC partnered with WMCC (Western Michigan Camaro Club) and held the very first Camaro Superfest at Domino's Farms in Ann Arbor.

In 1993, Krug Chevrolet in Taylor became the new club sponsor for EMCC. A club display board was installed at Krug Chevrolet and several swap meets were held. Camaro Superfest continued each year and grew into the largest all-Camaro event in the USA! While faces of the membership changed over the years, a good core membership of about 15 stayed the course to keep EMCC alive and well. In time, Krug Chevrolet was sold, and EMCC would seek to partner with a new dealership to call our sponsor.

With member Ron Roy's help, Lou LaRiche Chevrolet in Plymouth became EMCC's third sponsor! Club meetings were enjoyed at the dealership twice a month for a time before the club tried a new meeting schedule. This change would get EMCC members out into the surrounding communities and drive our Camaros a bit more too! Once a month, the meetings were held in a restaurant or other venue of interest in different cities in Southeastern Michigan. The club enjoyed continued success with events, including several years of an all-Chevy show held at the dealership. Camaro Superfest flourished and peaked at over 530 participants in 2003. Following the end of production of the Camaro in 2002, participation leveled in attendance to a very respectable 230+ Camaro event. While not the largest event anymore, CSF is still the longest-running all Camaro event in the USA.

Our WMCC friends retired from co-hosting Camaro Superfest prior to the 2008 event, so EMCC assumed hosting duties on our own. There were some uncertainties going it alone, but the EMCC membership stepped up to the challenge. The 2008 event was a success, and Camaro Superfest continues to be successful year after year. We have been able to facilitate some special activities as a part of our event that have included laps on Michigan International Speedway, the chance to drive laps on Waterford Road Course, tours through GM Heritage Museum, Vanguard Motorsports open houses, and participant only entrance to The Lingenfelter Collection. EMCC put a focus on raising money for charity, a priority of the event and it was met with wonderful support from event participants. In 2011, by choosing Angela Hospice as our charity for the first year, we honored our Sponsor's wife, Mrs. Gail LaRiche, who had passed earlier that year. Through generous donations and the help of event participants we raised over $13,000 for Angela Hospice. Over the past 13 years, Camaro Superfest has raised over $150,000.00 to benefit multiple charities in Southeast Michigan.

Eastern Michigan Camaro Club welcomed Champion Chevrolet as our new sponsor in 2023. The dealership has been a wonderful supporter of our efforts to raise money for local charities. Thank you, Champion Chevrolet! We look forward to a continued relationship and can't wait to attend the summer cruise-in!

Throughout the history of EMCC, it has always been FUN with our Camaros that has driven our events and activities. Club members have continued to promote our favorite car enthusiastically and grow camaraderie between owners through attendance at events/shows/cruises all summer long. We invite any Camaro enthusiast to become a member and enjoy some great times together! Find information on joining our club here.

We hope you will attend this year and many more!!