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Camaros on the road
July 16, 2009 - Paul Giannamore
During the past few days, I've seen a yellow Camaro, a maroon Camaro and today, a deep blue Camaro on the road.
I was absolutely thunderstruck by the blue one that I saw on Route 7 on the way home today. It was long and low, but not actually too much larger than Enrico the Cruiser. Same color, thankfully without the wood sides. A woody Camaro would be too much.
But I digress. I followed the guy up Route 7. I moved in for a closer look. I paced him from the left lane. And when he looked over, I gave him a big thumbs-up salute.
I've seen the 2010 Camaro prototype at auto shows. On Easter Sunday, the Camaro's chief marketing exec, Karen Rafferty, a Jefferson County native, was kind enough to stop by and show me the car, talk about the car, and do a high-rpm goodbye ceremony as she left the interview. People were coming from all over Brilliant on Easter Sunday to see the car she had parked in front of Edison North school.
Point is, this is an exciting car, just sitting still. It's an exciting car to see on the road. It harkens back to the days when what was good for GM was good for the nation, when Americans said something needed to happen and they designed and built it, be it moon rockets or high-performance automobiles.
I saw the good old days on Route 7 today. President Obama has said that in the government's takeover of GM that he's not interested in running a car company. That's probably good if the government would decide that cars like the Camaro weren't necessary.
But if Mr. President Obama could understand the passion, the outright automotive lust the new Camaro generates, maybe he and the other Washington folks might just understand what it will take to get GM to be successful.
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