Days after General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner said the Chevrolet Camaro will return in 2008, the reborn muscle car could be seen on Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue. But it wasn't burning rubber. Instead, there was a rolling Camaro display, with the concept car and a classic 1969 SS convertible cruising on a trailer. It was no accident that last week also was the Woodward Dream Cruise. The annual cruise draws 500,000 classic-car buffs.
Concept muscles in on a classic cruise
GAGNON MOVES ON -- Three years ago, Pierre Gagnon was running Mitsubishi Motors North America. So what's Gagnon doing now? He was just promoted to CEO of Rhino Linings USA Inc., a San Diego company specializing in sprayed-on linings for truck beds and other surfaces. Gagnon joined Rhino in January as general manager. He had worked for Malcolm Bricklin's Visionary Vehicles for three months last year but left because of a disagreement with Bricklin. Gagnon, now 50, became CEO of Mitsubishi Motors in 2002. He resigned from Mitsubishi in August 2003.
249-MPH ROLLOVER --- A General Motors engineer is in good condition after flipping the Chevrolet HHR he was driving at 249 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats last week. Jim Minneker was making a qualifying run in the Chevy So-Cal HHR on Monday, Aug. 14, when the HHR lost traction after the parachute deployed. "The parachute deployed and it kind of jerked the rear end, and the HHR lost traction," says Phil Colley, a GM spokesman. "The car rolled for a little bit and eventually came to a stop. The body of the vehicle was pretty well messed up." But Minneker, an experienced driver, walked away with a "few minor bruises and a stiff neck," Colley says.
The Cougar Ace, which was carrying more than 4,700 Mazdas to U.S. and Canadian dealers when it tipped on its side July 23, finally made it to an Alaskan port last week -- albeit under tow. A Mazda spokesman said that no one from the car company had been on board yet. Mazda hopes to salvage some of the vehicles -- especially the Mazda3s, which are in high demand. Press reports say the ship was thrown sideways when a ballast tank was opened.
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