Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and a New Chevrolet Camaro

“America loves baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet,” declared the advertising campaign crafted by Campbell-Ewald back in the mid-1970s.

At the time, it was little more than a way to tug at the heartstrings of Americans who might otherwise shop for a Toyota or Datsun. But as a car guy, food junkie, and casual baseball fan, it also resembles something of a grand itinerary for a vacation. And, by coincidence, my Fourth of July three-day weekend already included a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible -- painted victory red, no less.

With one base covered, how could I resist the impulse to pack as much of the other three into a three-and-a-half-day span?

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