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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 09, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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* Site Announcement *

We are changing gears....
After so many years of being behind the wheel of our website I'm going to be riding shotgun. I never imagined the original site of "Hot Cars & Cold Beer" (in 1995) would grow to become Team Chevelle and then Team Camaro with so many friends to share it with.
We now have a new server with enough resources for everyone to enjoy and have an established company to thank for helping us move and get setup, AutoForums.

We have reached a point that I can no longer keep up to the daily duties of server maintenance, hack attempts, disputes in the classifieds and the threat of legal backlash from some of those more "spirited" discussions about suppliers and cars for sale. For many years my wife Dot and I have spent all our spare time working online, and that, combined with my more than full time job of brewing beer was slowly taking it's toll. I was recently advised by a physician that "something has to change". AutoForums expressed to me that they have always admired our community and have promised to run it in the same manner as we always have.

I'm still staying as an administrator but now get to participate again instead of having to stay behind the scenes mired in emails and trying to figure out why the *$# the server is not working right.

We would like to thank all of you who support the site and helped it grow into such a first class community. A special thanks to those who have been here since the start and everyone who stepped up to become a TC Member. We are also fortunate to have the best, most unselfish moderators who always have the interests of everyone in mind and they will be continuing in their present roles. I could certainly go on about who all to thank but this is not a goodbye, just a notice that the site has reached another milestone.
Everything will remain in place for years of sharing and caring with each other.

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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old Jul 29th, 09, 01:24 PM
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We sure do appreciate all the time and effort that you guys have put in this great site!!P.S....LOVE IT WHEN BIG AL CAN COME OUT AND PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks for all the you have done Al & Dot ... I still consider myself a newbe around here but I must say that I am impressed by the caliber of this site and its participants. I am pleased for both of you that someone has decided to take over some of the administrative responsibilities so that you can participate more in our online discussions..

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First off Al and Dot - thanks for the years and years of hard work, all-hours effort and dedication it took to get these sites off and running so well
Next, I can't think of a better reason to 'pass the baton' here than to make more time for BEER
(j/k - but it seemed appropriate )

Looking forward to the continued developement of the site, interacting with the Mods on occation (usually for a good reason ) and the continued camaraderie felt among the sites members.

Hope we'll see you back to say "Hi" often

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As a admin of forums web sites for over 10 yrs, I would be very proud to have created a community of such caibre...calbre...lack of kiddie talk, maturity, and courtesy.
This only comes about from quality leadership from the top.
Then there is the backend, behind the scienes stuff that you describe rather modestly, generally 365 days a yr.
And the security..hacking etc....in the last couple yrs I found this to be very time consuming....so took the hard nose attitude and simply blocked countries and isps that these 100s of attempts every day come from...Turkey, Brazil, Nigeria, Russia and a hand full of other middle east, Sth American, and Eastern eurpean counties.

I have also considered handing over my domains, havnt simply because afraid as to what direction it may take....and Im sure that you must have procrastinated over this for a very long time to.

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Thanks Al & Dot, This site has always been top notch in my book.
Mmmmmmmm BEER!!!

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As I already said many times, "This site is priceless" - thanks for everything.

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Al,Dot,and the "Mods" Thanks for this great site (and the "sister sites"). I've been here since March 99 ? and have seen this place grow... been a paying member for a few years too.
I hope you guys/gals keep a tight leash on the new guys and this place stays the same but keeps growing.

There is a great bunch of guys/gals here that make this place what it is and I'm sure we check "other sites" and compare them to Team Camaro.... they don't come close
I like meeting some of the people and putting faces to names (even screen names) at Carlisle too.

So ..... Al,Dot,and "the Mods" keep up the great work

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Hi Al and Dot,
I purchased my first 64 Chevelle on Team Chevelle way back in 1999. From that moment, I was hooked. I never thought I would meet so many great people on this site. You both built this site to contain a wealth of information with many first class people in the mix. I can't thank you enough for creating the best Camaro (and Chevelle---I am a member of both) Website on the net.
Stay well, kick back, relax and have a beer. Quality Control is very important. Enjoy the website you created. AutoForums has big shoes to fill. If they mess up, I will let you know (LOL).

Thank You Again. You are a Class Act, Second To None.

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Al & Dot, thanks for what you have created for all of us to enjoy. You can be proud to have probably the best classic car site on the net. The way you described your responsibility here in the first post would intimidate the best of people to tackle the management of this site. Good luck in your future endeavors. I look forward to hearing from you in the forums.

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Al &Dot,
even though over the year i havent posted much i have aways come here. I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, Thanks for all you hard work on the site and you are the reason I have my katherine in my garage. I found her on her june of 2004 and cant imagine my life without either one of you!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Al and Dot

Thank you for all you effort and sleepless nights I am sure that has made this site what it is today.

I have only a few correspondence with you over the years changing names additional space for pictures and the like...... I never ever had a problem maybe a flame or two that I thought was out of line but that is the way these things go. I hope our new company can continue your efforts for a trouble free site for our first gens.......

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Jeez guys, wipe em off!!!
This is starting to read like an OBIT!

They tell me nothing will change. I believe them. It's all cool.

Al and Dot, thanks for the "Character" of Team Camaro, and I'm glad you've been able to arrange to enjoy it more, like we all always have.





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Dear Al & Dot-

Thank you for Team Camaro. Without T/C this would not have happened.

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Al, I totally understand where you're coming from. Most people have no idea the time, effort, and stress involved with all the behind the scenes stuff. It can be so overwhelming.

I admire what you've built here and I've used your sites as a guide when getting into grey areas with my own deal. Just ask Jody.

I hope you can enjoy the site as an enthusiast again and I'm glad you're staying on in a leadership position.
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