DALEVILLE — A classic sports car made a comeback in Daleville on Wednesday, as Sam Pierce Chevrolet unveiled its models of the new Chevy Camaro.

Two new Camaros, one black and one orange with black detailing, were seen on Daleville’s streets when customers were invited to test drive the cars at the dealer’s event.

“This gives a way for us to mingle with our customers,” said Todd Castor, general manager of Sam Pierce Chevrolet. “It lets people have fun. We enjoy doing these things for our customers.”

The unveiling event included food from Amazing Joe’s and the band Waylon T and the Blues Bus. Sam Pierce employees gave away door prizes while about 150 attendees test drove the cars and looked at old Camaros and the 2009 Indianapolis 500 pace car: a new Camaro.

“We’re not making people buy,” said Castor of the $26,000-42,000 car. “We want them to see the products and see that (General Motors) still makes great products.”

Jordan Crossland was glad to get a chance to drive the car, even though he couldn’t afford to buy one.

“I think it would be a nice used car in a couple years,” he said. “It’s fun; it’s got a smooth engine.”

Crossland was impressed with the Camaros’ interior gadgets, such as door locks on the center console and gauges down near the gear shift.

Tom Jennings also drove the car and compared it to the 1979 Camaro he has.

“It’s great,” he said. “I loved it. It’s a lot better car (than the 1979 car), better made.”

Jennings likes the new body style of the Camaro, which is reminiscent of vintage Camaros, much like carmakers Dodge, with its Charger, and Ford, with its Mustang, created in recent years.

“It was a very smooth car and very responsive,” he said of the six-cylinder Camaro he test drove. “It got up and went.”

Castor said the new body style appealed to customers who enjoyed vintage model Camaros.

“It just takes them back,” he said. “They’re retrofit with the wonderful amenities of what today’s world offers.”

Shawn Nelson, who works at the Sam Pierce body shop, said while many younger drivers were used to the rounder body style of cars, older generations would love the muscle-car style of the new Camaro.

“Everybody knew it was going to come back, but they didn’t know what it would look like,” Nelson said of the Camaro, which hasn’t been produced since 2002. “When (customers) saw the pictures, they were floored. Their mouths are going to drop.”

Nelson has his own 1991 Camaro and a Pontiac Trans Am. He said the new Camaro was different from older ones from its roof down to its wheels.

“I’m really impressed with what GM did,” he said. “GM basically reworked the entire car from what we’ve been used to seeing.”

Castor said customers have been interested in buying the car, even before its official debut. The dealership has four on its lot and has already filled 17 orders.

“They’re doing real well,” he said.

Contact Aleasha Sandley: 640-4805, aleasha.sandley@heraldbulletin.com.

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