The Camaro Generations Break Down:
First Generation: 1967 – 1969 (1st Gen)
Second Generation: 1970 – 1981 (2nd Gen)
Third Generation: 1982 – 1992 (3rd Gen)
Fourth Generation: 1993 – 2002 (4th Gen)
Fifth Generation: 2010 – 2015 (5th Gen)
Sixth Generation: 2016 – 2024 (6th Gen)
The Camaro Story
The automotive press caught wind of a new entry into the Pony Car arena as early as Apr of 1965. General Motors under the brand name Chevrolet was working on its answer to the Mustang. In the development stages the car was code-named Panther. Then at a press conference in late June of 1966 Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes officially announced the end of the Panther and a new car line with the moniker of Camaro.
The name was chose in keeping with other Chevrolet car names starting with the letter C like Corvette, Chevelle, Chevy II and Corvair. The new name is suggested to mean comrade or friendship. It is said that when the press asked Chevrolet product managers “What is a Camaro?” the reply was “a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs”.
The new Camaro was first put on display for the press in Detroit, Michigan on Sept 12th, 1966 and later in Los Angeles, California on Sept 19th, 1966. The 1967 Camaro was released to dealerships for sale to the public on Sept 29th, 1966. Over the 35 consecutive model years produced there were 4 distinct body styles. The final Fourth-Generation Camaro was built on August 27th, 2002. After a 7 year absence, the 2010 model began production on March 16th, 2009 and for 2016 the new 6th gen comes back to the United States for production in Lancing Mi. Each distinct body style is recognized as a “Generation” although the 2016 is a scaled down version of it’s predecessor, it earns the Gen 6 classification for it’s innovative under pinnings. Production of the Sixth-Generation Camaro ended in December 2023.
The Club Story
Back in 1981 when the 2nd Gen Camaro was at the twilight of its production and the birth of a new generation was just around the corner, a group of Camaro enthusiasts got together and formed a club dedicated to “a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs” this club of course is Camaros Limited Nor~Cal.
2016 marked Camaros Limited Nor~Cal’s 35th anniversary and to commemorate the clubs longevity we have taken on a refreshing new look. With the addition of the 6th Gen to the Camaro lineup our new artwork drops the 5 cars in favor of a design that doesn’t loose sight of the CLNC’s past.
2021 was Camaros Limited Nor~Cal’s 40th anniversary and to honor the club with an updated new logo that has been in the works since 2019. With the rumors of the 6th Generation Camaro line ending, which would end up becoming true…CLNC now offered members moral patches featured with the new logo. However, Camaros Limited Nor~Cal is looking forward to the next major milestone for the club which is the 45th anniversary in 2026.
2024 Elected Officers
President: Cynthia Kesinger
Vice President: Steve Kesinger
Treasurer: Bob Morgan
Communications: Jim Matson
2024 Appointed Officers
Webmaster: A.C. Navarro
Sponsor Liaison: Vacant
Event Coordinator: Vacant