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Cruisin’ around in a bitchin’ Camaro

February 08, 2011 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Local News  | 14 Comments

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Ever since the Miami Vice days, Miami has been a city of fast cars and faster repos. It is a city where young men forsake moving out of their parents’ home so they could afford late model sports cars.

A city where the right car can gain you instant status and instant women. Until they find somebody with a better car, that is.

Me, I’ve always been content driving Hondas, so I’ve never received as much as a second glance in traffic except when I do the traditional Miami cut-off when changing lanes.

But that changed this week when Chevrolet let me borrow a 2011 Camaro RS for seven days through a special program they host where they loan cars to “specific influencers in the market.”

Maybe that means they think I can help them sell the car.

Whether that is true or not, it’s cheaper to loan me the car for a week and have me write (or tweet) about my exploits, which you know I will do, then pay several million dollars for a Super Bowl commercial.

Truth is, I didn’t realize I was an influencer in the market until some random teen asked me for my autograph last night. But that was because he was impressed by the Camaro. Or maybe he genuinely confused me for some celebrity.

Either way, he didn’t look like he could afford the $25,000 price tag, so only time will tell if loaning me the car will pay off for Chevy.

Having the car less than 24 hours, I took the car through one of the most scenic, diverse and historical loops in the county.

Recommended to all visitors who want to cruise Miami but don’t want to stray too far off the beaten path.

I picked up Miami Beach 411’s very own Katalina, who handled the videography as I handled the muscle car.

We started off by driving through downtown Miami, then east over the MacArthur Causeway to Miami Beach.

Then we turned north on Ocean Drive through Miami Beach’s famed Art Deco District, continuing north until Ocean Drive disappeared into Collins Avenue, where we continued north past the famous Fontainebleau Hotel and traveling a few miles north into the neighborhood known as Little Buenos Aires because of its heavy Argentine population. 

Then we turned west on 71st St. and onto the J.F.K. Causeway towards Biscayne Blvd. where we drove down the historical MiMo District.

Then it got dark, so we headed back onto the MacArthur Causeway, exiting on Watson Island to take the above photo.

The above route can easily be done in less than an hour during off-peak hours and is one of the most visually enriching routes in Miami.

But keep in mind that it is only a fragment of what you can really see during your visit to the Magic City.

 

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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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14 Comments on

"Cruisin’ around in a bitchin’ Camaro"

Rick says:

video….fail.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 8:11 AM

Gus says:

Bummer about the video, Carlos. Please fix the audio so we can see what cruising around Miami is like.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 9:14 AM

Carlos Miller says:

It’s really weird because I can see the video perfectly on my computer. But I think it has something to do with Youtube not appreciating me using a portion of the Dead Milkmen “Bitching Camaro” song, so I am uploading it to Vimeo as we speak and it should be up soon.

I will repost the new video once it is uploaded.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 9:18 AM

Carlos Miller says:

OK, the video should be working now.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 9:47 AM

Laurie says:

Great video. And I LOVE the picture! Maybe that’s because Katalina is in it wink

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 10:16 AM

Gus says:

Yes, Katalina looks great, and did a fine job for her first time, behind the camera, but with a punk rock song like that, I would have liked to see a few more quick cuts and flashy effects from the editor.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 10:23 AM

Maria de los Angeles says:

Fun stuff! Can’t wait to do the “Buick” hunt this weekend in the Camaro (it’s all good ... all in the GM family).  Bayshore Drive to Old Cutler is the prettiest drive in Miami, I think.  You need to do that one too.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 11:46 AM

Carlos Miller says:

Gus,

You’re right about editing but we only had about 45 minutes of daylight, so I was severely limited to clips I could use.

Maria,

Old Cutler is definitely on the list. If you have time this this week, maybe you can be my Old Cutler videographer.

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 3:11 PM

mirna says:

Love it!  When will you invite me to ride with you?

Posted on 02/08/2011 at 9:49 PM

Katalina says:

lol!  It was a lot of fun being Carlos assistant!  we should do it more often

Posted on 02/09/2011 at 8:56 AM

Mirna says:

Katalina, You can teel I am jealous! LOL

Posted on 02/09/2011 at 12:00 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Ahhhhh the sights and sounds of North Beach/Surfside. How you weren’t pulled over is beyond me.

Posted on 02/11/2011 at 6:50 PM

Mario says:

Nice cars never get pulled over, except during Memorial Day.

Interesting choice of song Carlos, most videos like this one would have a cliche choice of song, like Will Smith’s “Miami” or techno.

Posted on 02/14/2011 at 2:05 AM

Matt Meltzer says:

That’s why we employ lifers and long-time locals, here, Mario. We don’t do cliche. Duck Tours plays that stupid Will Smith song. F*uck Duck Tours.

Posted on 02/14/2011 at 3:43 PM

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