At the onset of 7th Generation Corvette production, Chevrolet announced that the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort in Pahrump, Nevada, would be the official high-performance driving school for Corvette.
Since that time, Chevrolet has offered every new Corvette owner the opportunity to attend an exciting two day Corvette owner’s school at a discounted price of $1,000 as part of the Corvette ownership experience. New Corvette owners have one year from the date of purchase to take the class at the discounted rate.
National Corvette Salesman Mike Furman with Criswell Chevrolet, has not only taken the Ron Fellows class on numerous occasions but has also offered a special customer appreciation experience at Spring Mountain each of the last two years for his Corvette clientele. Mr. Furman is already working on plans for the third annual event this October.
The 2nd Annual Furman Corvette Driving Experience took place on Monday and Tuesday, October 2-3, 2017. Each Corvette Owners School class size maxes out right around 20 and the Corvette Owners School specifically scheduled for Mike and his clients was filled to capacity. The 20 participants traveling from their homes across the United States represented California, Indian, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. As they arrived on site at Spring Mountain, Mr. Furman was on hand to personally greet them at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort Club House.
Once everyone had settled into their assigned condos, participants were treated to a pizza dinner reception hosted by Mr. Furman in the Club House. After visiting individually with each customer through dinner, Mike took some time to share with the group what they could expect over the next couple of days as they experienced the expert instruction offered by the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School instructors. And since Mike has taken numerous driving classes offered by Spring Mountain, his ability to answer specific questions from class participants helped to ease the nerves of those who may have been a little anxious about what was soon to be their first experience on a motorsports track.
Before retiring for the evening, Mike had one more surprise announcement. A table had been set up with an impressive display of various automotive detail products from Adam’s Polishes. Mike revealed that everyone attending the class would receive a special package from Adam’s Polishes by the time they returned home complete with every item in the display–a $200 gift box value! These were being shipped directly to each participant’s home so that no one would have to worry about trying to pack all of the goodies in their luggage.
Everyone was up bright and early Monday morning for breakfast in the Club House. Both breakfast and lunch, along with one-night lodging, is included with the $1,000 Corvette Owners School program. You could hear the excitement in everyone’s voices as they talked about what they were about to experience. And Mike Furman was wearing quite a smile as he talked to the participants about what the day would hold. If you’ve experienced any of Spring Mountain’s performance driving schools, you know why!
Over the course of the next two days, participants spent time alternating between class and track time learning about and experiencing the performance capabilities of the 7th generation Corvette. Each individual was paired with one of Spring Mountain’s Corvettes based on the particular model they had purchased–Stingray Z51, Grand Sport, or Z06.
A significant portion of the first day of each Corvette Owners School consists of dynamic car control exercises, visual skill development, and proper cornering techniques. This is followed by time on the track learning the basics of driving the proper line around the track. Instruction on Day 2 continues to rotate between class instruction and track time designed to provide improved confidence in both the driver’s abilities as well as those of the Corvette. As drivers improve, they are placed into groups on the track that continue to help them stretch their abilities.
With regard to the “fun factor,” track speeds gradually increase throughout the day as participants develop the skills and confidence required for high-performance driving. Class members that I interviewed often expressed how much more capable the 7th generation Corvette is than they are, but that at the end of Day 2, they felt significantly more capable on the track than they did before taking the class.
Although Mike Furman has taken the Corvette Owners Class several times previously, he thoroughly enjoyed each class and track session with his clients. With the track experience Mike has had, he’s definitely the guy you want in your group if you’re looking for someone to match skill with. But good luck besting Mike out there as I never once saw him lagging behind but always pulling away from anyone behind him. Being the gentleman he is, he would never brag about this or even give anyone a ribbing. He was just there to have fun with his customers, some of whom he had never even personally met. By the end of the experience, every participant knew that Mike is more than just a man that they bought a new Corvette from–he is a friend. And this just might be the main reason Mike Furman holds the title of the #1 Corvette Salesman in the World with almost 4,000 new Corvette sales over the last 40 years!
If you’d like to experience the 3rd Annual Furman Corvette Driving Experience at Spring Mountain this October, give Mike Furman a call on his direct line at (301) 637-4399. Remember, you need to have purchased a new Corvette from Mike at some point during the 12 months leading up to the October school dates to qualify. It might just be the right time for you to get behind the wheel of a new Corvette!
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