Jessica… The Camaro is the epitome of all the stereotypes we relate to America and Americans.
Its big, its shameless and it hasn’t even tried to pretend that burning fossil fuels has an environmental impact. Who cares how much fuel you burns on the open road when everyone has the right to live the American dream?
All that is missing is a hand gun in the glove box…
We are, however, fascinated by the uncompromising and openly brash nature of the American psyche. Secretly, we would like to be part of that dream.
The Chevrolet is very hard to dislike. The seats are big and comfy and the interior is retro, without any soft lines or compromise to a softer, contemporary look.
The four-dial, clock style information unit (featuring information that you really don’t need!) is cool and takes you right back to the seventies.
The drive is as brash as the look, fast, with a firm foot required to slow down the vast engine, it’s miles away from the soft touch driving we have come to expect from modern high performance cars.
But left-hand driving aside, plus the fact that you have to be aware of being very wide on our bijoux country roads, the Camara is fun, ridiculous and very hard not to enjoy.
I did once own a giant Chevy Blazer. Again the idea was fun, the smell of old leather, the shift stick on the steering wheel, the throaty engine of huge gas guzzling proportions.
But the reality of driving it on English roads meant it did not stay long. But for a while being part on an American stereotype was highly amusing, though impossible to keep up.