The next time you think an idea is too harebrained, or that a last-minute plan is too hard to pull off, or that pink stripes on vintage cars are silly, please ask Tommy to tell you the story of the CarWoo! Camaro. If he’s not around, you can ask Erik too, but he may forget to embellish the good parts.
On Monday at high noon, the car made its triumphant entrance into the parking lot of Rangers Stadium. The U-Haul doors creaked open, and dozens of cans of RedBull spilled into the parking lot. The Zombies formerly known as Erik and Tommy stumbled our of the car after their 28-hour drive.
Alex and I met them in the parking lot after our flight from SF; we’re clearly not as hardcore as CarWoo!’s cofounders. We had about an hour to prepare. We donned our pink tees. Mine was a bit…er…small (and by ‘small’ I mean child’s size small – thanks Zou), sharpened the Sharpies, and decorated our spot.
The road to thousands of signatures and donations was a bit bumpy at times (good thing we were prepared with awesome shocks ). We may have had to switch parking lots to recruit more signees. The Camaro may have ended up locked with the keys inside. And there may have been a man handing out pamphlets about the Antichrist ten feet away from us. But in spite of a few snafus, Rangers fans covered the car with signatures, tattoos,
and even a personal url. (We scratched out the last one – sorry Insurance Agent Cristina.)
One thing we learned about Texans – they are an extremely friendly bunch. Most people we ran into were thrilled to sign the car, and Ruby from the Dallas chapter of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation even loaned us a banner (and tiny pink windmills!) and created a press release on very short notice.
While the San Francisco Giants fans donated more this round, we’ll continue to accept donations on our World Series page until the end of the year. Who knows, the Rangers could pull in a win for themselves yet…
On behalf of CarWoo!, I want to send out a huge thanks to all who participated in the competition. Thanks to the SF Giants for making the World Series and giving us this awesome idea. Thanks to caffeine for giving Tommy and Erik the energy to drive from California to Texas in 1.5 days. Thanks to Chevrolet in 1978 for making our Camaro. And thanks to participants like Helen (below) who reminded me how strong people can really be.
Now we just need to decide what to do with the Camaro. An auction is certainly a possibility (with all of the proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen foundation as well). Other suggestions have included the first entry in the CarWoo! museum and putting it on the office roof. But we’re definitely open to other ideas. Think of something creative, and maybe you’ll get to help out on our next roadtrip for the cure.