Nestled in the in the Jura mountains of Switzerland, just a few kilometers from the French border, is the city of La Chaux-des-Fonds. Devastated by fire in 1794, the city was rebuilt using a regular grid structure for its streets, making it unique among Swiss population centers.
Among the Bowtie faithful, it may also be recognized as the birthplace of Louis Chevrolet. The Chevrolet family later moved to France and Louis began work in a mechanic’s shop at the age of nine. By 1905, Chevrolet was in New York City and employed by Fiat as a race car driver. His racing career would continue to develop, eventually driving for Buick and becoming a friend of Buick owner William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors.
On November 8, 1911 Chevrolet, co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company with Durant and additional investors. Conflicts between Chevrolet and Durant eventually led to Chevrolet selling his stake in the company to Durant, who later sold it to General Motors.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the Chevrolet company’s founding and celebrations are going on all year. For a group of Camaro enthusiasts in Germany, it was a good time to join the festivities by combining their annual Camaro Fest with a trip to the Swiss city of Louis’ birthplace.
The Saturday, June 18 arrival of more than 25 Camaros was a significant event in the city of about 37,000 people. The grid-like streets made navigation easy, but some of the roads were still a challenge for those who had lowered their Camaros a little too much.
The following day would see many more Chevrolets of all ages and descriptions arrive to join the celebrations. You’ll find lots more videos to check out over at Camaro5.com