Footie fans who follow the English Premier League would have already noticed that Chevrolet is a sponsor of Manchester United from prominent seat branding in the Old Trafford dugout. The GM brand became the “Official Automotive Partner” of Man United in a sponsorship deal signed last year, and will have its bowtie logo on team jerseys from the 2014/5 season.
As part of the sponsorship deal, United players and staff recently received the keys to their new Chevys, and their choices were rather interesting, and for some, unexpected. Like who would have guessed that the Chevrolet Captiva SUV would be popular with United’s big money stars?
The Chevrolet Camaro and C6 Corvette were the preferred choice for Wayne Rooney, Patrice Evra, Michael Carrick and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. “It’s great, it obviously looks great and I’m excited to drive it. I think when I saw them all together this was the one that suited me best, it looks nice and will drive well too. I chose a manual as I think it’s great to get full use from a sports car,” Rooney said of his rag-top Camaro.
Full back Evra picked a coupe. “I like the shape of the car, it’s fantastic. I just had my first drive and I was really surprised, it drives well and you can feel it’s really powerful, I’m very happy,” the French full back said.
Chicharito’s choice was down to size: “I looked at the Camaro and the Corvette, but this is not too big, like me, we are quite similar!” the Mexican said. “I used to have a Dodge Viper but haven’t had a sports car for a while so this is a great opportunity for me. When I got the chance to have this Corvette I snapped their hand off!” midfield man Carrick chipped in.
Some went green, like back-up keeper Sam Johnstone and Nick Powell who went electric with the Chevy Volt, but one would never have bet on Old Trafford’s latest sensation Robin Van Persie choosing a Captiva! “I have two children, so this car is really good for me – it’s a family car. It looks very nice, it’s a good car,” the EPL top scorer said.
In addition to taking delivery of their cars, some players also received special driving and safety tips from Corvette Racing driver Oliver Gavin. Lucky devils!