In the Dragon’s Saddle
|Written by Alex Martin-Banzer|
|Monday, 06 August 2012 15:47|
Here is a lesson that I believe everyone will find valuable at some point in their life: If you go out of town and your younger sister likes cars and happens to blog for Sports Car Market, don’t leave your keys on the kitchen counter—especially if it’s keys to your 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, with 6.2-liter 433-hp LS3, in Transformers Edition “Bumblebee” yellow. What was supposed to be a quick drive around the block in my brother Tyler's Camaro turned into two full days of “test driving” for the purpose “blog research.” (The fact that my own daily driver—a 1995 BMW 318i sedan with over 200k miles on the odometer—was out of gas had nothing to do with it, I assure you.)
Going from my 4-cylinder to the almighty Camaro V8 took some adjustment. While my car struggles to hit 40 mph in fourth gear, the Camaro easily cruised at 40 in second. The unfamiliar width made me flinch with every oncoming car. I’m used to the looks you get when driving an exotic car like a Lotus or Alfa, but the attention I got in this car was different—more like comical stares, since it was obvious that I had to scoot the chair all the way forward just to reach the pedals. Don’t get me started on the snickers I received just struggling into and out of the beast. The Camaro is like putting a saddle on a dragon, and if it could breathe flames with an aftermarket kit, it would seem perfectly appropriate.
While I was happy to be back in my easy-to-drive putter of a BMW when the time came, I instantly missed the ferociousness of the Camaro V8. Although it’s not my type of everyday driver, I know I’ll find myself silently whisking away the keys if they are ever left out again.