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The Beast

Posted May 06, 2015 in Community Featured, Urbandale

Frighteningly fast, and a force to be reckoned with, that is how Todd Evans, 61, of Urbandale describes his red, 2011 Camaro SS convertible.

Todd Evans’ red Corvette convertible was one of the first to be introduced in Iowa. Photo by Lisa Verhey-Budding.

Todd Evans’ red Corvette convertible was one of the first to be introduced in Iowa.
Photo by Lisa Verhey-Budding.

“ The red cars draw attention to the cops, so I really have to watch it to stay within the speed limit,” he said.

Evans grew up with is father always having a convertible. He knew, at some point, that he would inevitably follow in his father’s footsteps. On an unusually warm January day in 2012, Evans fulfilled his automotive destiny.

“My wife Fifi and I had been admiring the fifth generation Camaros since they were introduced in 2010, but the convertible model wasn’t introduced until a year later.  We just hadn’t gotten around to driving one until that warm spell in January.  And hey, winter is the time to make a great deal on a drop top,” he said.

Evans, an electronic media professor at the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is rather particular as to when he chooses to drive his Camaro.

“We drive ‘The Beast’ only on nice days, preferably those where we can drop the top.  It only has about 7,000 miles on the odometer,” he said. The summer months ahead are sure to provide plenty of splendid opportunities for Evans and his wife to get their beast of car out on the open road.

The Evan’s revel in the fact that their car was one of the first Camaro convertibles to be introduced in Iowa.

“The Central Iowa Chevy dealers brought a handful of the first Camaro convertibles to the Iowa Speedway to be used as pace cars and sponsor cars for a promotion.  All were red with the SS/RS package, and ours is one of those,” he said.

Evans and his wife enjoy spending time outdoors with their dogs, and will occasionally indulge in riding ATV’s together. However, it appears to be that the flashy, red-hot beast of a Camaro that shines bright and pristine as it roars down the road, trumps all.

“Fifi enjoys driving the Camaro as much as I do, and she’s often amused by the looks she gets from teenage boys when she blows by them, singing along to the radio,” he said.

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