Jalopnik’s Patrick George — who was recently jailed for speeding during a press event in a Camaro ZL1 in Virginia — drove a V6-powered 2016 Chevrolet Camaro as part of Chevy’s press launch last weekend and promptly stuffed it into the tire wall. Chevrolet ejected George from the event.
It was part of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro introduction in Belle Isle, Michigan last weekend. A select group of journalists went to experience a handful of disguised test mules on the track at the Belle Isle Grand Prix course.
George had a cameraman in the car, plus a GoPro stuck to the glass so he could comment on his laps.
“Woo! There we go,” says George at about 28 seconds in. “It’s a LOT more composed.”
“It’s a hell of a lot more nimble,” he adds.
Then, at about 1:05, the wheels come off. Almost literally.
George brakes, turns, turns, turns some more, and the Camaro continues in a straight line, directly into the tire wall.
George has had is problems with GM products. Rumor has it that he was already on thin ice for reposting pictures, and then a leaked internal memo of the 2016 Camaro that had appeared on CNBC on Friday. GM hadn’t officially released any photos of the car prior to that.
And then there was the incident with the ZL1 last year. George was driving 93 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone in Virginia, as part of another Chevrolet press launch.
I had been warned repeatedly — by ex-Virginia resident Matt Hardigree, by many of our readers, and by a host of other people — that you don’t ever speed in Virginia. But I had no clue just how serious the consequences would be. Maybe “serious” isn’t the right word. After everything that happened, “ridiculous” seems a little more accurate.
The best plea deal I got was a fine of about $400 with court costs, a 10-day suspension of my license in Virginia, and three days in jail. The judge has an option of giving one day in jail for every mile an hour over 90 mph, and he would exercise it here.”
To his and Jalopnik’s credit, they posted the entire video on YouTube. The comments posted on the YouTube video are hilarious; so much so that we’ve collected the best for your pleasure below.