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Camaro ZL1 Super Test, Part 1

We put 1,400 miles on Chevy's Best New F-body
Posted September 24 2013 09:01 AM by Jim Campisano 
Filed under: Super Chevy Comments, Chevy Small Block, Chevrolet Camaro

The mighty ZL1 outside of what's left of Tiger Stadium in Detroit. My son wasn't prepared for the devastation that is much of modern Detroit. Volunteers still tend to this site, painting the beautiful old English "D" in the outfield

In the spirit of "Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and Chevrolet," I recently put 1,400 miles on a new 2014 Camaro ZL1 convertible. My son and I hit three major league games from Detroit (Comerica Park) to Cincinnati (Great American Ballpark) to Atlanta (Turner Field). Next stop: Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, hopefully for the American League playoffs.

The cleanup hitter in Chevy's Camaro lineup is the 580-horse, supercharged ZL1. Here it is sitting between Comerica Park (right) and the Detroit Lions' domed stadium on the left. That's the GM Ren Center in the background. (Photo by Mike Yoksich)

I'd seen games in 32 stadiums leading up to this trip, but my goal is to one day see them all. My oldest son, Sam, is also a baseball nut, so he's adopted my goal as his own. He and I flew to Detroit and picked up the ZL1 at the airport. It was a gorgeous piece of equipment, charcoal grey with a matching interior. The trans was the optional six-speed automatic, and it was a perfect match for the car's 580 horsepower and prodigious torque.

Our first stop after checking into the hotel was 2121 Trumbull Street, the site of the late, great Tiger Stadium. I'd taken in a couple of games there in the past and it always ranked as one of my favorite stadiums. It broke my heart when the tore the place down and I'm not even a Tigers fan. The pitchers mound, home plate and infield are still there, if not worse for the wear and tear. Volunteers still paint the Old English "D" in centerfield and the original Tiger Stadium flagpole still flies Old Glory in its original spot (in what was fair territory in the outfield).

That night we took in a Tigers game versus the Indians at the beautiful new Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. As wonderful as the new venue is, I still longed for Tiger Stadium. I only wish Sam could've seen a game there.

The next day it was a morning full of photography, an afternoon at the splendid Henry Ford Museum, then off to Cincy—driving past the location where the old Norwood Chevy plant stood in I-75.

I'll blog about this part of the journey next. You can read the entire story of our trip in the February ’14 issue of Super Chevy.

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