I went to the Washington Auto Show a few weeks ago as a guest of GM and got a chance to preview the new vehicles coming out in 2015. Because just seeing these vehicles in the convention center isn't the best way to get to know them, I was offered a chance to take home a GMC Canyon for a week. Can't turn that down during the winter blast that we were getting! READ MORE
Last week, I partnered with Toyota to check out the brand new 2014 Camry SE. On Friday, the Camry was dropped off and first thing Saturday morning we packed it up and took the trip down to the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Speedway! The Camry SE is the Toyota model that was circling the track during the race, so it was neat to get a personalized experience with the vehicle.
First things first, the Camry SE had the technology package, so we spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to set up the navigation and bluetooth. Once we figured it out, we were on a roll and cruised down to Richmond.
We got to the race right on time (traffic and parking at a NASCAR event is INSANE!) and went to the Toyota Pit Pass display where we got to meet Toyota Driver Brian Vickers. B LOVED it! And, he even got a signed hat from Brian. Pretty cool!
We mingled around outside for a while and checked out all of the vendors. Naturally, there was a mechanical bull which we stopped and watched for a while as people were tossed all around. Afterwards, we entered the stadium in time to see RG3 drive the Toyota pace car and start the race. I had never been to anything NASCAR before, I hadn't even watched it on TV....but I have to say, it is REALLY neat to see it in person. The TV does not do it justice.
We left the race at lap 300/400 to try to beat the traffic heading back North. B fell asleep within minutes of getting in the car and I cruised home comfortably in the Toyota Camry SE! As I pulled into my house back in Fairfax, I realized that I had made the round-trip on just a little more than 1/4 tank of gas! How crazy is that?
Thanks to Toyota for sharing the experience with us!