Jimmie Johnson is in the Big Apple this week to pick up his $7 million dollar check for winning NASCAR’s Nextel Cup. This morning he drove up to the outdoor set of Fox & Friends in a Le Mans Blue Z06 Corvette. However, the NYPD wasn’t amused with either Jimmie’s parking skills or the fact that he burned a little rubber when leaving. The strategy for handling the cops? Blame it on Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.
I finally got new tires for my 1966 Corvette and was anxious to go for a cruise. It had been over a month since my rear tire blew some tread and exposed the steel belts. I was on my way to cross one of the bridges over Tampa Bay and low and behold, a dude in a C6 Corvette passed by. I waved at the driver, but got stiffed on the return wave. Now with Corvettes, not getting a return wave is like being introduced to someone at a party and holding your hand out to shake, only to be left hanging.
So let me drop this piece of Corvette history on you, in the hopes of helping new Corvette owners answer the question “Why do these guys keep waving at me?”. This article first appeared in the August/September 1969 issue of Corvette News.
SAVE THE WAVE
Ever since Corvette No. 00001 first met Corvette No. 00002 on the road, their drivers saluted each other with waves. Today, unfortunately, this grand and glorious tradition is wavering.
There’s one item of standard equipment that comes as a pleasant surprise to every new Corvette owner. It’s an instant wave of recognition he or she receives when he meets one of their ilks on the road. The first time it happens, they will be taken by surprise. He immediately thinks:
- 1. He has been mistaken for Sterling Moss.
- His lights are on.
- He has just been given the bird.
Soon, however, the new Vette owner anticipates, indeed even relishes, encountering other Vettes as he drives. During this period, he experiments with his waves, running the gamut from the gaping “yoo hoo” to the ultra cool “two finger flip.” He perfects his timing, making sure he affects neither a too-early wave, nor the jaded “oh brother” too-late variety. Determined not to be one upped, he even develops a defense mechanism for non wavers, usually settling on the “Wave”? My hand was just on the way to scratch my head” approach. (This is especially useful when you’re not driving your Vette, but you forget, and like a dummy, you wave anyway.)
Indeed, one of the most perplexing problems facing a would-be waver is what to do when driving next to a fellow Vette owner. Passing him going in opposite directions is one thing. Greetings are exchanged, and that’s that. But what happens when you pull up next to a guy at a light, wave, nod, smile and then pull up to him at the next light, a block later? Wave again? Nod bashfully? Grin self-consciously? Ignore him? Or take the chicken’s way out and turn down the next side street? If you’re expecting an answer, you won’t find it here. Sad to say, some questions don’t have any.
Girl-type Corvette drivers also have a unique problem: to wave or not to wave. This miss or misses who borrows her man’s Corvette for the first time is immediately faced with this quandary. Should she wave first and look overly friendly, or ignore the wave and look like a snob? Most ladies who drive their own Vettes prefer to suffer the latter rather than take a chance of being misread. For this reason, all girls are excused for occasionally failing to return a well-meaning wave. So are new owners who are still learning the ropes.
There is no excuse, however, for a guy who refuses to return the wave, not out of ignorance, but of arrogance or apathy. While this type of behavior is the exception to the rule, it seems a few owners of newer models refuse to recognize anything older than theirs, while some others simply won’t wave, period. Boo on them. These ding-a-lings don’t seem to realize that they are helping to squash a tradition that had its beginnings back when most of us were still driving tootsie toys.
Corvette News via the CorvetteActionCenter.com
Thinking about Thanksgiving, I was reflecting about my family and the precious gifts live brings to us in ways that we might not stop to consider. Of course as my thoughts tend to do, they took a turn towards Corvette and the gift that this fabulous car has brought to my life. So I thought I would spend a couple of minutes to list the things in the Corvette World that I am thankful for.
It’s been 24 years since my dad passed away. He purchased new the 1966 Corvette Convertible that would eventually make its way to my garage, as well as the top image of this blog. The story of how he got the Corvette is classic. The short story I’ll tell here is that he won a ’66 Ford Mustang in a sales contest, picked it up from the Ford dealer and drove it down to the Chevy dealer to use as a trade-in for the Corvette. Purchased the year before he married my mother, the Corvette got the nickname of Last Fling. He loved that car and his passion became my passion. However, I would give it all up in a second just to have him back. VetteFinders.com
Nearly 11 years ago I quit my advertising sales job with a TV station in Tampa to “do something on the internet”. At the time I didn’t know what, but I knew it would work itself out. In Oct 1995, I built my first website – the Route 66 Corvette Page – dedicated to my 1966 Corvette. That eventually led me to become the webmaster and then eventual owner of VetteFinders.com, my Corvette classified ads company. The best part of the business is I get to talk about Corvettes everyday. Corvette People
Owning a Corvette is like being a member of a very large fraternity. Corvette people are some of nicest and interesting people you could ever hope to be associated with. There is nothing like a getting together a group of people in hitting the road on a cruise. Also, when mentioning Corvette People, I am also saying thanks to those that design, engineer and assemble this great automobile. And let’s not forget the people in the past like Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov and Larry Shinoda, Dave Hill and Dave McClellan. All deserve a toast for their service to Corvette history. The Sunday Drive
A Corvette cruise is good for the soul. It can cleanse the mind like nothing else. Straightaways, twisties and two lane blacktop is my church. The 327 cubic inch is my choir and the 4-speed transmission is, well, a 4-speed. Sometimes I’ll put up to 200 miles on her and not realize how much time has passed. Seeing another Corvette on the road and giving and receiving The Wave. Damn, I feel like going for drive right now. The Restoration
My friend and VetteFinders partner Chris said after a full day of prepping the ’66 Corvette for the painter, “You have to kill it first so that it can be reborn“. He wasn’t kidding. Stripping the car down to exposed fiberglass and then watching the car being reborn was a total religious experience. Buying parts and then installing them, only if they were good enough, became my mission. And then finally the satisfaction of reaching your goal, knowing how much time, sweat and tears you have invested is one of the sweetest rewards you could ever have. I could go on and on but will end this here. Wrapping up this post, I am thankful for the opportunity to blog about Corvettes (nearly) everyday. Thankful for my family who puts up with my obsession. And most of all, thankful for God for whom without none of this is possible.
Technorati Tags: Corvette | Thanksgiving
Those that read this blog regularly probably know that I don’t do too many comparisons – putting the Corvette next to X and seeing how it performs. That just stems from my bias. The Corvette stands on its own merits and doesn’t need comparisons to make it look better. So why this post about Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato putting a C6 Coupe against the Dodge Viper SRT-10? It’s not the compare and contrast that makes this video, its the fact that these guys get two great cars on a track and just have a blast with them. Burnouts and power slides galore! So sit down, shut up and hang on, because this is a fun ride!
Technorati Tags: Corvette | Road Test | Viper
The largest gift in the history of the National Corvette Museum came this week from Wisconsin couple Ivan and Mary Shrodt. The $1.3 million dollar donation will be used for the planned 50,000 square foot expansion of the Museum that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009. The couple has no kids, but a stable full of Corvettes. They were in Bowling Green to take delivery of a 2007 Black Z06 Corvette, the sixth Corvette in their collection. While in Bowling Green, the Corvette Museum held a reception for the Shrodts, who hail from Sherwood, Wisconsin. A major fundraising effort is underway to pay for the expansion of the Museum, which includes the Corvette Library Archive, a larger store and the Corvette Cafe. Click here for more on the National Corvette Museum’s Expansion Project. Source: StarTribune.com Related: My Corvette Museum New Members Kit
After posting a story about the National Corvette Museum’s ambitious expansion plans last week, I decided to officially join the Museum. It’s been one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now, but for whatever reason, I never took the plunge. So I went to the Museum’s new member signup area and joined online, donating $100 for a one year family membership. The NCM is a 501c3 organization so all membership fees and donations are tax deductible. On Saturday, I received my New Member Kit. When I opened the kit, the first thing I see is a welcome letter and another letter detailing some of the functions of the NCM. That letter had my membership cards attached. A Membership Certificate personalized with my name, member number and date of membership was also included. Also included are five brochures about the Corvette Museum: Location and Hours of Operation, Become A Member, The Flint Brick and NCM Brick Programs, and the R8C New Corvette Museum Delivery Option. An NCM Raffle Ticket order form and a Build Sheet/Window Sticker Order form was inserted into the kit. Finally, a pocket-sized 2007 calendar with NCM Events, a static NCM Member window decal and an NCM Member’s Pin completed the package.
Technorati Tags: Corvette | Museum
My 1966 Corvette threw a shoe last week and I need your help. And I am willing to pay for some advice. Think you can help? Please read on… I was on a cruise a couple of weeks ago and did my normal “south county” route that takes me on some nice two lane roads away from the City of Tampa and through southern Hillsborough County. On my last few drives I’ve noticed a bit of shimmy between 45-60 mph. Over and under that speed the car drives very nice. About halfway through my cruise, the shimmy was much more pronounced and I was feeling it slightly now even above the 60 mph. I had written it off to the thought that I needed an alignment, something the Corvette hasn’t had in years. As I was nearing home, traveling about 60 mph on the local toll road, I heard a loud pop and I felt that backend really wanting to sway side to side. I slowed to 30 mph and since the Corvette was drivable at that speed, I limped on home. After I got home, I crawled under the back of the Corvette and immediately saw the problem. My tread on the right rear tire had separated and some the belts were showing. I could see one or two of the belts actually broken, but the tire was still holding air. I’ve had these same tires on my ’66 for years now. When you only drive a car a couple times a month, it’s not so much the mileage, but the age of the rubber. And while I’ve been wanting to upgrade my wheels from the standard hubcaps to some reproduction knock-off wheels, finances won’t allow me to do that right now, so I’ll skip the KO’s for now and just go with a new set of tires.
Technorati Tags: Corvette | Tires
While her husband Douglas was serving in Iraq for the past year, training Iraqi police in a province 50 miles south of Baghdad, school teacher Stacey Paley saved as much of her paycheck as possible to surprise him with the car that he’s always wanted. It had been Douglas’ lifelong dream to own a Corvette. Douglas returned from his tour of duty on September 10th and was rewarded with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service and valor during combat. However, the biggest reward was waiting from his wife. The day after he returned, she took him to a dealership and showed him the Corvette she had already picked out…a 1996 Collectors Edition Convertible. He drove to his civilian job and claimed “I think they were more interested in the car than me.” As for his wife’s surprise and choice in Corvettes, Douglas said, “I’m just happy to have it”. Click here to read more of this inspirational story from the JournalInquirer.com
The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.
Technorati Tags: Corvette | Z06 | 427