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On an icy winter morning, the school day never started with an alarm clock.

] Daddy tiptoed into my bedroom and slowly rolled up the umbrellas by my windows while he sang, "Wake up, sleepyhead. Wake up today. Wake up, little sleepy.

And I would throw away the pretty yellow blankets of JCPenney and kiss my forehead.

Dad leaves my room and makes coffee immediately. Normally, I went to my closet to get a pair of corduroy trousers and cardigan, and hit him on the tiny round kitchen table for a soft-boiled egg on a single piece of toast. We cut our toast twice in one direction and then twice in another, like a tic-tac-toe board. And we would eat our nine bites together when Dad read a folded newspaper in his left hand.

After a long time, which could not have been very long because Dad had to go to his law office. In Warren, I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth. Papa boiled water and went outside to shovel snow from the driveway. He came in, took out the pot of boiling water, and went outside to pour the hot water over the frozen door locks of our 1973 red Camaro.

This car never spent a day in the rundown garage at the back of our property in Grosse Pointe.

These mornings were always so quiet. No radio No TV No barking dogs nearby. Our cats Phyllis and Charlie slept on the old radiators in the dining room.

I climbed into the bucket seats of this Camaro and drove to Richard Elementary School on McKinley Avenue, just a few blocks away. I searched for ChapStick in my coat pocket to keep my lips from cracking and bleeding in the cold temperatures.

I can still remember the weight of the heavy passenger door when I said goodbye to Dad and slammed her. 19659008] So hard to believe, 40 years had passed since I last sat in a Chevy Camaro.

& # 39; sacred mackerel. It is orange? "

As a kid, I never knew that General Motors designed the car to compete with the popular Ford Mustang. Or that Camaro came from the French-English word meaning "friend" or "comrade". Or the automobile press was said in 1967, a Camaro is a "small, malicious animal that eats Mustangs".

a Camaro was just a car my dad drove.

When he heard I was driving one recently, an Orange Crush 2018 Camaro 2SS Coupe with V8 engine and 6-speed manual, he was impressed. [19659008] "Holy mackerel, it's orange?" He said. "And a stick? You drive the gear lever?"

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Ca-razy Fabulous. [19659008] My face actually hurt from smiling.

Crossing the Blue Water Bridge to Sarnia to cross fries with cheese curd cheese and gravy – Canada's Poutine – It was fun to sit in the diner when it was an international one When I went to Niagara on the lake in Ontario, shoppers came out onto the street to look through the windows and talk about the design, men and women pointing to different facial features, smiling and nodding When I got out of the car at a gas station and left my fiancée alone, pretty girls approached him to comment on his coolness, saying he would be happy to just own the car and stand by.

But the ride ?

Cheer on your therapist and buy a Camaro. (Or a Mustang, I'll come back to that in a minute.)

It does not matter that you struggle awkwardly out of the bucket seat. Or that you hate neighbors the loud engine speed. Or that it seems like a mid-life crisis.

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If you hold the steering wheel with your left hand, shift it with your right hand and drive fast on the open road, this is a great pleasure. The feeling of the powerful engine clears the mind.

It's better than the best roller coaster in Cedar Point. They do not think about work, sms, phone calls, deadlines, dry cleaning or house cleaning or gutters or dirty diapers.

It's a driving experience that brings a weird combination of joy and relaxation

No question, the Camaro is a car with attitude. It belongs to the bad boy – or the bad girl.

And I like this quality.

And the Mustang

For comparison, I drove the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe with a V8 engine.

Since then the two were rivals from the beginning, it seemed appropriate.

The people who drove Mustangs beckoned to me like motorcyclists. It's a community with shared values, and no car is as popular worldwide as the Mustang.

The fact is that both cars inspire passion. However, they have a very different feel behind the wheel.

After lunch, I stopped with a man as he climbed into his Mustang on a miserable icy day in the parking lot of the Courthouse Grille in Plymouth.

"Do you really drive this thing in winter? You do not have a second car? "I asked.

He said," I'm retired. This is my only car. I love it. And not only do I drive it in winter, but sometimes I also take off the top and turn on the heat, even if it's below zero. I feel alive. "

Muscle cars are one thing. And I started to find out everything.

Yes, people are talking about the Dodge Challenger and Charger. But I wanted to concentrate on the oldtimer rival cars. You choose Camaro or Mustang, similar to Cola or Pepsi. Or Michigan vs. Michigan State. In fact, a Papa Camaro, a Dodge Charger, left a Camaro one afternoon as he drove down Cadieux Road towards Grandma and Grandpa in the direction of I-94.

The big, ugly charger hit us hard, but it did not cause a bump. Dad flipped out as I flew into the dashboard and he thought I had lost a tooth. It turned out that I had white gum in my mouth.

Sitting in a bathtub

My friend John McElroy says the Mustang is more practical than a daily car.

"The Camaro looks bunkerish with very small side windows. When you're inside, sit back in a bathtub with a poor view. There is not much headroom and the backseat is very tight. The boot lid opening is quite small, "said John.

It's all true.

" It's a great ride, but also the Mustang, and it's the Mustang's practicality that explains its sales lead over the Camaro, "said John ,

Well, OK.

In recent years, most buyers have been between the ages of 35 and 55 and earned $ 50,000 to $ 100,000, said Peter Nagle, a senior analyst at IHS Markit.

Just under 67,000 Mustangs this year, or more than every third car in the sports car segment. And Chevy sold nearly 44,000 camaros by September, or more than every fifth car in the segment.

"When these vehicles were brought back on the market, the styling purposefully used the historic look of the legendary muscle cars of the 1960s 70s. The speculation was that the buyers were baby boomer men who wanted to relive their youth, "said Bob Martin, head of research at The Car Lab, a design consultancy in Southern California." To the surprise of many, however, the demographic profile of these buyers was and remains much younger. These people value performance. Women say that they love these cars because they remind us of another time.A former executive said she would rather have a Camaro or a Mustang than expensive jewelry or fancy holiday relief, like an etching sketch for worries

Mustang has been a top seller since at least 2000-2009, then Camaro from 2010-2012 and then the Charger from 2013-2014, according to IHS Markit. Now the Mustang is back to the top.

Depending on special treats can range from $ 26,000 to $ 60,000 in a Camaro or Mustang, each with manual and automatic transmissions.

In all of these Mustang talks, I had to think about Molly McQueen, the granddaughter, of actor Steve McQueen, whose Chases in "Bullitt" on the hills of San Francisco have made the Mustang even more famous.

Molly flew into the city for the Detroit Auto Show in January 2018. She secretly arrived to ler How to Learn to Drive a Stick s Take and make a commercial for the world premiere of Mustang Bullitt's anniversary edition.

The 31-year-old actress and screenwriter said she loves the experience of a mustang stick.

Well, all those months later, I handed to Molly. I mean, she drives an Audi through the Hollywood Hills. Your life is pretty amazing.

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Did she ever think about the Mustang experience?

"My Audi is an automatic," said Molly. "With the Mustang you do not just put it on the move and you have to be there at any moment. It's much more of a dance. Maybe my is more of a two-step. And I would like to make it a waltz.

She added, "I think about the experience. For me it's more like this: "I can not wait to do it again."

Molly's famous grandfather died before she was born. She has often said that she only knows him through movies and stories that her mother has told. But somehow, said Molly, when she drives in a car that connects the world with Steve McQueen, she feels closer to her grandfather.

There are often experiences with cars that bring us back to the people we love.

Dad does not remember every detail from the past, but he vividly remembers his Camaro and our time together – going to school or Hobie Cat on a trailer Catamarans transport regattas around the state.

"I bought the Camaro again and kept it for a long time," Dad said. "The steering, V8 power? Only tops. This Camaro was a rust bucket when I finally got rid of it. I really liked this car, darling.

Phoebe Wall Howard is a car reporter who regularly writes comments on how cars fit into everyday life – contact her at phoward@freepress.com or 313-222-6512 Follow her on Twitter @phoebesaid

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