Volo's 'BeaterBee' set to create buzz at Chicago Auto Show

CHICAGO -At first blush, the bedraggled '77 might look out of place alongside the more pedigreed models on display at the Illinois Camaro booth at the Chicago Auto Show.

Mindsets may mutate, though, when spectators realize that this particular Z28 is none other than the fan-favorite Bumblebee of the 2007 Michael Bay Film "Transformers." And Illinois Camaro members are thrilled that they'll boast the Volo Museum star car - a promotional model Paramount used to tout the film - as part of their exhibit Feb. 11-20 at McCormick Place.

Those stopping by will be able to see the "BeaterBee" along with five other exceptional Camaros. Not only that, but they can also scan a QR code to enter a Volo Museum Winter Weekend Getaway contest.

The winner will receive overnight lodging at the Hampton Inn in McHenry, a $50 gift card for D.C. Cobb's-McHenry, a $50 gift card to The Vixen in McHenry and two combo passes good for entry to the Volo Museum and Jurassic Gardens, each worth $31.95 and good for two consecutive days.

"It's going to be super exciting," said Becky Rhoads, founder and CEO of Illinois Camaro, a club with about 2,000 online members who have formed a community around their shared love of the iconic car. "Having Volo's Bumblebee in the mix at our display will be so much fun!"

This won't be the first collaboration between Illinois Camaro and the Volo Museum, said Rhoads and Jim Wojdyla, the museum's marketing director. During a car show on the museum grounds last fall, Illinois Camaro members raised $4,000 for The 100 Club of Illinois, an organization that supports first responders, as well as families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

Along with Bumblebee, those stopping by Illinois Camaro's booth at the Chicago Auto Show will encounter a 1967 Camaro that in 2020 won the Presidential Award at the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan, 1992 and 2002 B4C highway patrol models, a 2011 SS that pushes out 1,100 horsepower tuned by Speed Inc. of Schaumburg, and a 2017 50th anniversary edition that became a NicKey high-performance car.

To learn more about Illinois Camaro, visit For information about the Chicago Auto Show, visit, where tickets and show floor maps are available.

The Volo Museum Winter Weekend Getaway contest winner must be at least 18, and will be selected at random from entries received. The winner will be announced Feb. 21, Wojdyla said, and must use the hotel stay by the last weekend of winter, March 18-19.

The Volo Museum is located at 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $19.95 per adult, $17.95 per senior, $16.95 for military, $12.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children 4 and younger. Separate admission to the Jurassic Gardens dinosaur park is $15.95 each; free for children 4 and younger.

For other details, visit, find Volo Museum on social, or call 815-385-3644.

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