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On a sunny Sunday in late March I drove my beloved silver 2008 Chevrolet HHR LT to my local Chevy dealership and left a few hours later with a bright shiny champagne silver…Chevy Equinox. Those who follow this blog or even my online social media are probably surprised that I didn’t leave with a Chevy Camaro. I have loved the Camaro since they re-debuted it and I continue to.  It’s a gorgeous car especially in that hot bright yellow color that I love.

So how on earth did I come out with a small SUV then?  Did I get talked into it by the salesman? Was it a last minute, impulse buy? The answer to both of the latter questions there are a resounding no. I went to the dealership with the express purpose of test driving a specific Equinox that I had already been discussing back and forth with the dealer through email and to see what they would give me for my HHR. As a matter of fact we had already done most of the haggling about the Equinox over email, and I had already been approved for financing.  It was just a matter of details. I went in knowing full well what an HHR was worth thanks to KBB.com as a trade in (you can also see what you can expect to get for it if you sell it yourself- something I did NOT want to go through the hassle of trying to do).

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I learned to drive in a Ford Limited (LTD). I don’t know the year but if I had to guess I would say it was an ’84 maybe at the newest. I know my parents traded in their red Pontiac Starfire (I think it was a ’75- I called her ladybug) for it because my brother and I were getting too big to fit in the back of the Starfire without our knees being under our chins- not to mention the close proximity to each other- enough to poke and otherwise torment each other the way siblings do and then call out with our tattletale refrains from the back seat:

“ARG!! He’s touching me!”

“No!! I’m not touching her! Mom she’s got her foot on me!”

Yeah we were that family.

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Could I possibly use Tony any MORE in the title to this one?

First off the A Tiny #TonyStewart Of Your Very Own giveaway- it was more popular than I thought it would be and I was quite pleased with all the entries!  Because of this I am hoping to run another Tony related giveaway very soon! So without further ado, it looks like flat #TinyTony will be heading up to Canada.  Random.org picked number 10 and Sandi (who mentioned in her comment she thought TinyTony should visit her in Canada) was the tenth commenter on the post. What was coolest about that?  I know that Sandi follows me on Twitter so I dm’d her on twitter about her win as well as sending her the official winner email only to find out that she was AT ELDORA for the truck race when she was notified of her win! How totally COOL is that? I hope she had a great time – she was then on her way to Indianapolis for the Brickyard! Sounds like an awesome RACEcation!

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Are you ready for the CUTE? (more…)

Obviously I love racing, and I have since I was a child. We have established this fact pretty firmly here. But what you may not know because they do NOT necessarily go hand-in-hand is that I love CARS in general.  From the time I was about 10 to well into my teens my walls were filled with car posters. People new to our house who didn’t know any better could have probably easily walked into my bedroom thinking it my brothers- based on the posters. Everything from Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s to tricked out Nomads, Vettes and Camaros. This was way before shows like Unique Whips, Pimp My Ride and others became popular.

We had a neighbor at the time that my parents were really friendly with. They were an older couple (well older than my parents) and the man who’s name I have completely spaced on had a “hot rod” chevy pickup that he doted on during the weekends. He would be out in the driveway washing it or working on it. Anyway- long story short- they became really friendly with my parents and because of that friendship I benefitted in the way of tons and tons of HOT ROD magazines (and the like).  It helped develop my love of cars…but especially American made muscle cars.  I would drool over pictures of the cars- cutting out the ones I liked and making mosaics for my bulletin board.

I know I have mentioned my love of classics like the Split-Window Vette and the Chevy Nomad many times here (and on facebook)…and if I were in a position where I could own a couple of classics both of those top my list of cars to own*. My love for the Nomad is probably one of the main reasons I own the my CHEVY HHR. They are similar in body style (well as much as a gorgeous classic and a modern car could be anyway). I fell in love with the HHR because of the classic lines and body style that screamed classic car and modern day all at the same time (and the 1000 mile test drive in the rental HHR didn’t hurt matters much).

Well yesterday it was time for my service- so I took my HHR into my chevy dealership  where I bought her (yes I have her serviced at the dealer- because well I have a bunch of free services through them and they have really impressed me so far during my ownership of the car).  After I dropped it off- I met my mom who was there to take me to work (they have a shuttle but I work a couple towns away from where I live).  As we were driving past the front of the dealership what did I see? A 2010 Chevy Camaro (in a orange-ish red color) sitting right there smack in front of the show room. (Not in the showroom but outside).  Let me tell you right now? That little car is a sweet looking little ride.  I might have even drooled just a little bit.  During my lunch my mom brought me back to the dealership to pick up the HHR and I might have lingered just a couple minutes longer than I should have by the Camaro.  I couldn’t help it honestly.  I may have even mutttered “This is one sweet ride!” a little too close to the salesman who was charged with guarding it like hawk. But this is my first time seeing one of them up close and personal. And let me tell you…THAT IS ONE SWEET LITTLE RIDE!!! It was all I could no not to beg to take her out for a test drive. And yes I am serious. I may have had to fight the intense urge I had to lick the car!**

A huge part of me wishes I had waited to trade my little Rav in until now- cuz I would be all over that Camaro let me tell you that. But- I do love my HHR and frankly I need to love it cuz I am still paying for her.  And the Rav- well she was starting to be a problem- with the deciding occassionally not to start for no good reason that any of the Toyota mechanics could find anyway.  I was very disenfranchised with both dealerships I took her too to have her fixed…which no one seemed to be able to do and I needed more reliable transportation.

I was telling my mom about the Camaro and how I might have drooled just a little bit…she said I always thought you were more of an SUV/truck kind of girl…and I said they have their place- but I am defintely a CAMARO kind of girl!!

Now…if you happen to want a chance to win a brand new Camaro…and not just any camaro- but TONY STEWART’s CAMARO that is apparently sitting over at Stewart-Haas Racing’s shop- you can purchase a raffle ticket for $100.00- with proceeds benefitting the Tony Stewart Foundation (plus other early bird prizes as well). Let me tell you- if I had an extra hundred burning a hole in my pocket I might consider it.

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* Other cars on that list would include: 55 Bel Air, a 71 Hemi Cuda, 69 Charger (In Dukes of Hazzard orange of course) and I could go on and on and on…

** Ok…you have to remember that commercial…the volkswagon one where people where rushing out to their volkswagon dealership and licking the cars to “claim” the car theirs? My family and I have this thing that if there is something we want…we say we wanted to go lick it to claim it…I am not some weird car licking creep- I promise.

I have mentioned this a lot but I wanted to revisit it again. A lot of drivers have charitable foundations that do great things that are not only fun for fans but help capitalize on the love of their fans for the greater good.

Here are three great examples of things coming up (of course these are all Tony Stewart Related):

The Prelude To The Dream.  I talked about the Prelude A WHOLE LOT last season. I haven’t been doing it quite as much this season. Do I think anything has changed? NO! I am still GREATLY looking forward to the race on Wednesday. One day I will go in person.  What is so great about this race? Let me tell you: Lots of Big Name Drivers (Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Casey Mears, Kasey Kahne, Ron Capps (NHRA), Cruz Pedregon (NHRA), Ray Evernham, Bill Elliot, are just a few.  ON DIRT. For no money, no points…just a trophy and bragging rights. I have ordered it on PPV for the last three years and have NEVER been disappointed. The cause this year are four charities that support injured and fallen military heroes- all proceeds go to these four charities. The goal this year? A million dollars.  If you can afford it- check out the PPV race (Channel 125 for DirecTV customers, for others check your listings. THIS IS THIS WEDNESDAY.

Invest N Vests. A collaborative effort between the Tony Stewart Foundation and The Greg Biffle Foundation to raise funds for to outfit 192 K-9 officers with bullet and knife resistant vests.  For each $10.00 donation fans are entered for a chance to win 25 percent of the pot (the rest going to www.vest4k9.com).  At this writing the pot is currently at $14,680.00.  The drawing is on Wednesday June 16th. Both the Tony Stewart Foundation and The Greg Biffle Foundation are committed to animal causes.

Smoke’s Camaro. Capitalizing on the love of cars many NASCAR fans have The Tony Stewart Foundation is having a raffle of a 2010 Camaro. Raffle tickets are limited (currently there are only 5,926 left out of 6014 available raffle tickets).   The winner not only wins Tony’s 2010 Chevrolet Camaro (in Victory Red), but they win a trip for two to Charlotte, NC and a personal tour of the Stewart-Haas Racing Shop as well as a lunch where Tony will present you with the keys himself (you also get money to help offset the cost of fees, licensing and taxes). Buy your raffle ticket early to also be included in the running for early bird prizes as well.  Camaro drawing is on October 5th, 2009. Proceeds raised by raffle will go directly to the Tony Stewart Foundation to provide funding for children, animals and injured drivers in need.