2010 Chevy Camaro SS and 2009 Mini E: Kids Love 'Em
February 11, 2010
It was a career day at my kid's school, so I volunteered to bore 36 six-year-olds for 20 minutes with my day-to-day antics delivering this inane drivel to you, the oh so valuable Inside Line reader. Then I let them have some fun.
I brought our long-term Chevy Camaro SS and our electric Mini E for them to fingerprint and step on, and the teacher allowed them out into the sunlight to take a look. It was like a prison riot, only without the tattoos and eventual gunfire. For 20 minutes the kids climbed all over the cars, asking questions and fighting for time behind the steering wheels.
I thought the girls would gravitate toward the Mini and the boys would dig the Camaro, but, sexist jerk that I am, I was wrong. They all loved them both, but it was the boys that wanted to know which car was faster and if the Mini E really can go 160 mph like it huge speedometer says it will.
When I told them it might touch 100 mph they were actually bummed out. "That's all?"
Besides the fact that I had to clean footprints from both car's seats and headliners, it was a fun day. And maybe, just maybe, because of that experience, one of those kids will grow up to be the next Editor in Chief of the next great automotive Web site or magazine or whatever we'll be reading in the year 2030.
At the very least, maybe they won't grow up wanting beige Toyota Camrys. And I can say it was all because of me and my dedication to America's youth. Because when you get right down to it, it's all about the kids.
Scott Oldham, Inside Line Editor in Chief