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ChrisFrez 12-24-2007 08:10 AM

CamaroZ28.COM Message Board turns 10 years old today!
10 years old! Wow, has it really been that long?

And now for my annual Xmas Eve post :)

December 1997

Being an old school BBS guy, I wanted to add something to CamaroZ28.COM to generate more of a community feeling. I had been looking effortly for a online message board system for the web, similar to what i've was accustomed to with BBS' for years. At the time I was helping run an ISP in the Metro Detroit area that spun-off from one of the most popular BBS' in Metro Detroit. One of my good friends was looking for something similar for a client we had at (I)ndustry net.

There were very few automotive enthusiast websites, and none of them had a message board. There was some things that were close, but it was more of a guest book type question and reply system with no threading whatsoever. Most messaing still took place on e-mail mailing lists and usenet newsgroups. Being an old member of the mailing lists from 1993, I loved that community feeling, but it was all in e-mail - I wanted it moved to the web for easier access.

Finally, my good friend Chaunce and I stumbled across a new piece of freebie software that looked exactly what I wanted! It was written by a guy named Ted O'Neill in his spare time. The name of the software was called The Ultimate Bulletin Board software - better known as UBB now. After swapping e-mails quite a few times with Ted, I got the software installed on my then small little linux box running Slackware that hosted in my office.

So, on December 24, 1997 the CamaroZ28.COM Message Board went LIVE. We were the first Automotive Enthusiast website to deploy such a thing and I was extremely happy with it! Myself and Chaunce were the first two user accounts on the site, then I told Jason to check it out and he was floored

UBB's starting popping up all over the place then as it was becoming one of the premier Message Board packages on the net. It seemed like if you started a website, you had to have a UBB as well. Even though we eventually switched to Vbulletin I believe in 2002, UBB and it's creater still hold a very special place in my heart.

The rest as they say is history. We consider ourselves here at CamaroZ28.COM pioneers in the online enthusiast community. No, we didn't write the software - but we provided you all with the tools to make this community (and many other communities) what it is today. Thank you to each and every one of you for making this place what it is today!

mdacton 12-24-2007 08:13 AM


JakeRobb 12-24-2007 08:14 AM


Threxx 12-24-2007 08:16 AM

Happy decade old birthday to the board. In another decade and a year we'll have to buy it its first drink.;)

PS - Chris... you should join us here on this decade old board of yours once in a while.:p

mdacton 12-24-2007 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by Threxx (Post 5066532)
PS - Chris... you should join us here on this decade old board of yours once in a while.:p

I was thinking the same thing

Chevycobb 12-24-2007 08:19 AM

Well done guys!

shock6906 12-24-2007 08:21 AM

Happy birthday!

ChrisFrez 12-24-2007 08:38 AM


Originally Posted by mdacton (Post 5066536)
I was thinking the same thing

I'm here everyday. :)

Mighty 12-24-2007 08:39 AM

Happy Birthday!!!!

94Camaro_Z_28 12-24-2007 08:42 AM


Here's to another 10 years

Mighty 12-24-2007 08:44 AM

That's pretty crazy. This board has been around for almost as long as I've been on the net.

JakeRobb 12-24-2007 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by ChrisFrez (Post 5066563)
I'm here everyday. :)

You're a lurker and you know it. :p

kcamaro6 12-24-2007 09:02 AM

Happy bdayy

anasazi 12-24-2007 09:12 AM

this new fangled LS1 isn't anything to be worried about, the LT1 is an amazing engine and will be around forever


Johnny Ray 12-24-2007 09:12 AM

Happy 10th Birthday CamaroZ28.COM Message Board!

I hope you have a good one my friends! :D


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