Al Oppenheiser & Team Camaro -

Camaro Exterior Design Director &

Chevy Performance Marketing Manager

Tom Peters & Adrienne Peters -

Camaro Exterior Design Director &

Chevy Performance Marketing Manager

Mark Gessler -

Head of the HVA &

A Close Friend

Mark Reuss -

Executive Vice President

General Motors

Mark Nickita -


Birmingham, MI

2016 Woodward Dream Cruise & The HVA & General Motors


Pilot Car Registry was honored to be the invited guest of General Motors and the Historical Vehicle Association during the Woodward Dream Cruise held in Detroit, Michigan.  The event, lasting most of a week, showcased N100001 in a glass display case provided by the HVA and sponsored by General Motors, Hagerty Insurance, Shell, and Pennzoil.  The display was set up in the heart of the General Motors display between Woodward Avenue and Old Woodward Avenue.  Honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Camaro, N100001 held the distinction of being the most photographed vehicle in the world during this event.  Over 1,000,000 photos of this historic vehicle were taken and shared on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Facebook during this week of display.


Pilot Car Registry was asked to unveil the display with Al Oppenheiser, Chief Engineer of Camaro.  This was the fourth time that Al had worked directly with Pilot Car Registry to display the First Camaro Ever Built on a national stage.  Many General Motors employees were asked to participate in the press frenzy that surrounded N10001 and our humble thanks goes out to each one of them individually.  A special thank you from Logan Lawson goes out to General Motors President, Mark Reuss….that took time out of his busy schedule to have lunch with our team and check in on the progress of Logan Lawson’s work.  Mark had recognized the historical significance of this project early on and provided support when it was necessary….going as far to write a personal letter of recommendation to Cal Poly for Logan’s acceptance.


Pilot Car Registry was asked to participate in the all Camaro Rally that began in downtown Detroit and made its way back to the General Motors display on Woodward.  Participating in the lead vehicles…and following our friend, Al Oppenheiser, who proudly drove his newest creation….the all new 50th Anniversary Camaro.


The highlight of this very special week was the induction of N100001 into the National Historic Vehicle Registry.  Honored as only the 15th vehicle to be permanently inducted into this Registry…N100001 and its history will be saved by the Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress for future generations to enjoy.  It was a great honor…and special thanks goes out to Mark Gessler, Diane Parker, Casey Maxon, and Phil Borris for all their special involvement in accomplishing this landmark moment.

Courtesy Of Our Lead Archivist

Jamie Schwartz

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