Transformers sparks Camaro desire
It's big, black and fast. Not bad on the gas either ... the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS2RS.
South Canterbury dairy factory engineer Craig Domigan bought it from the US in March - an ex demo with 800 kilometres on the clock.
Fast forward seven months and 12,000km later.
Domigan likes driving.
"We're not around long enough to drive around in an old sh...er so you might as well be driving something that makes you smile," he says.
"The Transformers film got me hooked on the Camaro."
There's kids but no Mrs Domigan.
"If there was a Mrs Domigan this car would not be in the car park; it would be on the wish list and stay there."
It is a top of the line model, he says - 6.2 litre V8 with an upgraded computer - 370 kilowatts. There's an upgraded exhaust system on the way.
"It's no Sunday car, it's an every day car, out to Clandeboye (dairy factory) every day, I drive to and from work. Once you know what the car is capable of you don't want to lose your licence."
In fact what it is capable of is up to 300 kmh.
Domigan says he has been hounded about joining a car club and probably will some day.
"I like the idea of going cruising, I've always liked cars, I got into them when I was younger."
He says the car is good on juice - about nine litres per 100 kilometre on the open road and - 11 litres around town. It runs about 1400 rpm at 100kmh and is a six speed manual and left hand drive.
"I'm used to driving left hand now."
With rear and front cameras, it's like driving a tank, he says.
"An enjoyable tank to drive. You think you are getting an American muscle car but it's really hi tech; they've come a long way."
He was just home from the track cycling nationals in Invercargill when the call he'd been waiting for came from Hamilton.
"The car came in through Hamilton; I got home from nationals with a gold medal for track cycling and two days later I got to fly up to North Island and drive it back which was quite exciting."
The six speed manual suits him down to the ground.
"I wanted a manual for the performance side of things. I owned a 1965 Chevrolet Impala when I was 19, a Canadian assembled right hand drive; I was a bit nervous with left hand drive but it's fine.
"I just enjoy nice cars; I'm not a car nut, I don't watch car racing every weekend. A lot of people buy a car like this and lock it up; to me it's just a car."
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