The 50th Anniversary Camaro is the pride of ownership for John Fox and his wife, Beth. The car was purchased at their local dealership by John Fox while he and Beth were on their honeymoon trip. The dealership's salesperson, Joe Bennett, knew of the Fox family's passion for owning a “certified” vehicle. To that point, he had served as a manager for a well-known car dealership. With a wealth of experience in sales and customer service, Bennett knew that he could count on the younger couple to handle any questions or concerns they might have.
The day of the purchase, Fox and Beth were so excited. They had discussed the purchase numerous times over the phone and had finally agreed on the specific features they wanted in a car. Beth was excited about the possibility of driving their newly purchased Camaro to its grand opening. Although it had been sold just two months before, Fox and Beth's initial excitement soon turned to deep concern. They noticed that the car did not look like the model they had seen on the Internet pictures.
“The paint was peeling and chip, the seats were wrinkled, and it just didn't look right,” recalled Fox. He and Beth immediately decided they would like to bring the Camaro back to the dealership. “We quickly determined that it was more important to get the vehicle fixed than to return it for a new one,” said Beth. “We decided that we didn't want to spend the money required to have it refurbished again.” They decided to forgo a new Camaro and instead needed to have the old car repainted to coincide with the 50th anniversary of its production.
While trying to decide the shade of color to purchase for their celebratory vehicle, Fox and Beth kept coming up with different colors that they thought might go well with the overall theme of the celebration. The final decision was to have the car blue and white, with white lettering on the door. Beth chose the color because it went with the other decorations in the room, but was not a necessity. After all, the celebration car was not being purchased for resale value anyway.
The next day, Fox and Beth were visiting Bob's B&B in West Chester, Pennsylvania, when they decided to stop in the gas station for lunch. While they were waiting for their car to be washed, a waitress came by with a huge basket of flowers. When the woman asked if they wanted the flowers she told them they were celebrating their 50th anniversary. As the couple looked at the basket of flowers, they quickly realized they had chosen the perfect anniversary gift for their guests.
While the celebration was happening, Beth and Fox were having the time of their lives. The only problem was they did not know how to present their gift. “We were trying to find the right basket and the right color scheme so that our gifts would match,” recalls Beth. Fortunately, their friend Lisa picked out the flowers and let them know what color scheme to get. In an instant, the colorful car celebration was underway.