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The end of an era - NOT SO FAST!!!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:23 pm    Post subject:  The end of an era - NOT SO FAST!!!!!!!! Reply with quote

Well, it's about time we say goodbye. NAIOA has seen less and less traffic over the past year and is operating deep in the red once again.

So, it's with deep regret that I must shut down the site.

All members are invited to join our Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/121096653749/

We will be operational until September 1 when we will officially go dark. The URL will be redirected to the Facebook group for anyone that doesn't see this.

A little history for those that don't know.

I started NAIOA back in 2001 when I first bought my 02 LS. With absolutely ZERO aftermarket support, I created The North American Impala Owners Association to use as letterhead when writing to companies. It gave me a much larger presence and figured that would entice them to produce items for these cars.

After posting on various AOL chat rooms, people started asking about "joining", so I made an AOL webpage for the NAIOA. We held our first meet in Rockville, MD and we were off.

In 2002 I met Jourdan (blackf0rk) who wanted to help take the club mainstream. He built us a professional site and forum, for this I made him a co-owner of the club.

In 2004 we met Perry (BBEngineer) who had the skills to take us even further. He designed the software for this forum and he became the 3rd partner in this quest.

We launched the NAIOA Shop in 2005 and the club started to grow into the largest W-Body Impala site. Others came and went throughout the years, but we held strong. We even had our own line of Cold Air Intakes!!!!

In 2007 Perry and I bought out Jourdan and we became the sole owners.

It's now 2014, we've been through 2 body changes and 1 platform change. Many sub models have come and gone. We have made lots of friends and shared many photos and ideas.

I'd like to thank everyone for their years of support and hope you will join us in the Facebook group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/121096653749/

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:59 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm sorry and saddened this has too happen. I got a lot of great help here and met some pretty cool people in the six years I've been here. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:05 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I blame helldorado.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 5:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

RIP NAIOA. Great spot for all of our needs here. Subbed to FB group.

What will happen to all the threads/Knowledge database - soon to be lost?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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I blame helldorado.


I blame the Subarus. And you. Dick.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

NOOO this saddens my heart deeply... My first car forum, my first car, the place that gave me courage to actually do things to my car by myself is going offline. I would like to thank everyone, especially those who have helped me gain knowledge, for such a great site.

Thank you to the admins for running it so long and making it such a great atmosphere to learn and read about the w-body. Gonna miss the mounds of information here.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:23 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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RIP NAIOA. Great spot for all of our needs here. Subbed to FB group.

What will happen to all the threads/Knowledge database - soon to be lost?


Unfortunately, all will be lost. We are trying to save important stuff as PDF files so we can upload elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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helldorado wrote:
I blame helldorado.


I blame the Subarus. And you. Dick.


The site won't even be up by the time the Subaru I just ordered arrives. Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 3:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Saw the news on facebook and I felt like I needed to post at least one more time to this forum. This was my first ever car forum that got me into the car scene and has sparked my passion for cars ever since. I have met a lot of great people here and on other sites, some I still talk to regularly. I know it sounds a bit cheesy but im glad to have been a part of this community. For memories sake I dug up some dash plaques scott made up for the maryland meets. Its crazy the first show I went to with NAIOA was 9 years ago!


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:04 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Very Bad and Sad News Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 10:38 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Glad I got the privilege to meet PBSS.
Good while it lasted.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 16, 2014 8:55 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Well. This sucks. Sad

Although, I suppose the writing has been on the wall. This was the first car forum that I actually joined. I joined right around the end of NAIOA's heyday. I remember logging on once a day and seeing two entire pages of new posts in the "Latest Posts" list. But, as people sold their cars and moved on, now it's lucky to see five new posts in that list.

It's too bad, really. Of all the car forums I'm part of now (all six of 'em), this one has always had the biggest sense of community.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:58 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sad sad news. I've learned a lot from this site. With the knowledge I've gained, I've been able to save $ and actually do something I enjoy. Working on my car. Fixing stuff on my own.

I thank everyone who has contributed to the knowledge I have gained.

Can I ask what would it take to keep the site going?
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 1:52 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Can I ask what would it take to keep the site going?


Money and someone to run the back end stuff (fix the forum, debug software, make changes, etc)

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:51 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Wow horrible news....learned alot from this site and still use it for info actually just told someone about it today who is an avid impala enthusiest, sucks to see it go thanks to admin for having it up and running it and everybody ive meet/talked to and helped me ill be joining the facebook page np!

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