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Posted August 27, 2014 in Community Featured, Waukee
Travis Madsen made the switch from Mustangs to a sporty Camaro this spring. Photo by Elaine Lenze.

Travis Madsen made the switch from Mustangs to a sporty Camaro this spring. Photo by Elaine Lenze.

Travis Madsen has one major love in his life: sports cars.

“It’s not always the most practical car to own, but as a fairly young guy who doesn’t have a wife or kids, I have a little freedom in what I can drive,” he says. “I think most people, if not at least most guys, have always loved the look or idea of having a sports car.”

One look at Madsen’s newest car and one can understand exactly why he loves it — shiny and red with a sleek leather interior and one tiny silver word scrolled across the side: Camaro.

Usually a Mustang guy, the 2013 ZL1 is his first Camaro.

“Before I bought this, I had three straight Mustangs over the last 15 years,” he says. “The most recent was a 2007 Shelby GT that I had for the last six years.”

This spring, when Madsen was shopping for a new car, he began by looking at Mustangs again but was interested in Camaros and Corvettes.

“I had never driven a Camaro before, so I don’t have much reference, but it’s much nicer and faster than anything I have driven before,” he says. “There are a few different models, but the ZL1 is the fastest of the Camaros with a supercharged engine that gives it 580 horsepower.”

It wasn’t just the speed that got his attention.

“I’m a big fan of the Heads up Display,” says Madsen, who explained that this feature puts an image onto the windshield. “It shows your speed, RPM, radio station (and the) song playing.”

Another thing the car has that Madsen likes is manual transmission.

“As infrequent as I drive it, it’s part of the fun to get to really drive it,” he says. “If I had to drive it every day I think I would get sick of it and want an automatic. But, for the most part, I think a sports car should be a stick.”

Since purchasing the car from Karl Chevrolet in late March, Madsen hasn’t been able to take any trips in it yet but has taken it for many short drives here and there.

“I don’t drive it as an ‘everyday’ car or ever to work, so to me it’s exciting every time I get to drive it,” he says.

Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”

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