A Brief Outline of Early Past Events
P.O. Box established.
Paul gets himself on Paul Brian's Motor Sports Radio Show on WGN and gets plenty of publicity for the club.
Elections held -- President: Paul Weinert, Vice President: Gordon Baily, Treasurer: Jackie Borucki, and Secretary: Amy Berg.
Received State of Illinois Registration Certificate.
We are the "Illinois Camaro Club."
First Car display for the club -- 22 members display their Camaros in the Orland Park Place Mall.
Membership reaches 58.
Preliminary Bylaws discussions.
Membership reaches 80.
First 'Tee' shirts are ordered.
Membership reaches 100.
First Rockford Speedway Display & Run.
The Rubenacker's initiate "The Bash" at their home in Island Lake. This event became an annual I.C.C. tradition.
Membership reaches 106.
The Club receives its first inquiry from outside of the continental USA -- a young man from the Netherlands.
Membership reaches 120.
Plans for the 1st car show.
Club jackets coming.
Our first car show. 131 cars participate.
50 Club members worked the show.
Paul Weinert proposes to Karen over the P.A. system at Rockford
Speedway -- spectators in the stands. Karen accepts Paul's proposal.
Our 2nd annual car show -- 101 cars participate. First over night Car Club cruise to Springfield, IL.
1st Club road rally.
Plans for the 3rd annual car show.
The club spends a day with the Illinois Live Streamers Train Club. 3rd annual car show -- 92 cars participate
2nd annual road rally.
The club is invited by the Chevrolet Division of GM, to attend a press conference on Friday prior to the opening of the 1992 Chicago Auto Show. We are to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Camaro; 35 members attend. We are treated to hors d'oeuvres and Jim Perkins, manager of Chevrolet, speaks to us. We are interviewed for a Chevy Video magazine. Some members are interviewed by WMAQ-TV, channel 5, which is then aired on the 6 p.m. news.
4th annual car show -- 50 members help to make the show a success. 145 cars participate.
1st annual Union Railroad Museum Transportation Extravaganza.
We are introduced to autocross.
Annual video pizza party initiated.
5th annual car show canceled.
The club rents Union Grove Dragway for half a day. We race each other till the tires and time run out.
Annual "Rubenacker Bash" now entrenched.
Road trip to "Indy."
Our first bowling outing.
Drags again at Great Lakes -- 20 cars show up. Three members have problems/breakdowns; thanks to the help of other club members, all is made well.
Our first club hats.
Cruise to Starved Rock and Duffy's Tavern in Utica. "Club members eat turtle."
GM invites the I.C.C. Club to their service training center to help celebrate the center's 40th Anniversary; we display our Camaros and receive a guided tour.
From this point the Club has tried almost every type of function; and added to our annual schedule those events which are most attended.
The club is contacted by a Detroit firm, which produces commercials for the Chevrolet Division of GM. We are asked for 100-point Camaros for the "Photo Shoot." Four Camaros attend an all-day shoot at Navy Pier. Two members are then chosen for another "Photo Shoot" in Waukegan.
Our first "Hook-up" for cruising with another car club, the Northern Illinois Mustang Corral Club.
The club is invited to a private showing of our Camaros, at the Cantigny Museum in Wheaton. 30 cars are displayed.
10th anniversary of our incorporation as the Illinois Camaro Club.
We cruise with the Fox Valley Corvette Club.
We are selected by Hot Rod magazine to be the host of Club for the "Hot Rod Power Festival" for July, to be held at the (then) new Route 66 Drag Strip in Joliet. The club was featured in an issue of Hot Rod Magazine.
Three-Day Hot Rod Power Fest. We are congratulated by the Hot Rod Magazine staff on a job very well done. 51 Club members work for three hot, grueling days to make the event a success.
Our club, along with the Fox Valley Corvette Club, is invited to view Lord Palumbo's Private Car Collection. "What a beautiful collection."
Once again the Club hosts the Hot Rod Power Festival at Route 66 Dragway in Joliet.
Membership reaches 140.
Today, The club is over 20 years old and 200 members strong!
The Illinois Camaro Club now reaching 35 years of continuous operation.
Still strong, still growing.