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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

My very first car, given to me by my parents when I turned 16, was green.

I refused to drive it.

It was big and old and an absolute affront to my teenage sensibilities.  I rode in the vehicle exactly twice: once when my parents drove me around after giving it to me in an effort to convince me it was a great gift, and once with a girlfriend of mine who insisted that The Guacamole Machine was better than no vehicle at all.

I promptly went out and got my first bank loan and bought a white coupe with a sunroof.

The irony, of course, is that 24 years later, the Southern Chevy dealers gave me the Synergy Green limited edition Camaro to drive.  And it’s not just green on the outside, but the interior is flanked with neon green panels that glow green in the dark.  The stitching on the steering wheel, seats and interior things is also neon green.

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Interior of the Synergy Green Camaro

Five bloggers, five cars, and I get the green one.  The really green one.

Oh, what a difference two and a half decades can make.  At 16 years old, I was mortified at the idea of standing out from the crowd.  Blending in was more important to me than respecting or appreciating my parents’ hard work and generosity, and I was willing to go into debt with no more than an after-school waitressing job in order to conform.

Now, I find that the color of this car may just be my favorite thing about it.  At the risk of playing up the stereotype of a female car buyer focused on appearances, it’s impossible to ignore the appearance of a Synergy Green Chevy Camaro.  People turn to stare in parking lots, strangers stop to compliment the “hot car”, and the valet always remember me.

Fortunately, I’m old enough to realize that making a statement is much more fun than blending into the crowd.

This post is part of the Chevy “Girls on the Go” campaign. If you live in Florida, you can participate in this campaign by going to vote for your favorite girl on the go and entering to win 2 nights at the Gaylord Palms (OHMYGODLOVE).  You can also walk into a Chevy dealer and get a certificate for a free massage from Massage Envy in exchange for test driving a Camaro.

Photo from Chevy

UPDATED: Oh, um, so I’m 30. Not 40. So it was 14 years ago and a decade and a half ago and BARBIE WAS RIGHT!!

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  1. Hockeymandad says:

    I voted for you. Mostly because I just want to win a getaway with 3 girlfriends! RAWR!

  2. Becca says:

    Ewww, pretty! :)

  3. Turnbaby says:

    I learned to drive in my mother’s Dodge 440 R/T. My ‘first car’ was my grandmother’s silvery green 1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille–I adored that car and cried when I had to let it go.

    Chicks who dig cars rawk.

  4. avitable says:

    What do you get if you get voted the most? Do you get to keep the car?

    And it glows in the DARK? I am so jealous.

  5. Kellee says:

    I LOVE the green, so I’m glad that you’ve warmed up to it this time around. Standing out is a fun fun thing. :)

  6. Procrastamom says:

    Britt, there’s just a little math error in this post. 24 years after being 16 would make you 40 (forty!!) and I know that ain’t you my young friend. Other than that, I LOVE the green Camaro. It suits you.

  7. Lisa says:

    I love the green too!

    My first car was a fire engine red Ford LTD station wagon that was one mile long. My Dad gave it to me and I totaled it on the way to sell it. I hated that car!

  8. Faiqa says:

    As I said before, my brother had a Camaro in high school. I had a Ford Probe. And, just between you and me, I was completely jealous. It’s a very cool car. Especially it’s green.

  9. Kristin says:

    Babe………..redo your math! Your guacamole machine days were 14 years ago.

  10. muskrat says:

    They won’t let me vote–they want FL residents only!

  11. Jared says:

    You were meant to drive a crazy colored sports car!!

  12. RW says:

    I should probably just pass this by again but wtf. I don’t get it. I wouldn’t be caught dead in a car this color. I wonder how much of the affinity you’re feeling is based on the fact that you get to drive it. Far be it from me to stand there and take the opposite view of everybody who is commenting, but this is a pretty damn ugly green there, kiddo. No shit.

    • Miss Britt says:

      @RW, hahahahahahaha, I think it’s pretty! It pops in the sun and reminds me of green apples for some reason.

      But, yeah, if The Guacamole machine had run like a Camaro, I might have been a little less pissed about the color.

  13. I just read that article about the Teen Talk Barbie, and I’m completely flabbergasted. Really?! Math class was tough! Let Barbie stand up and speak for those of us — hi! — math-challenged people! Damn you, American Association of University Women! Damn you!

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