Criswell Chevrolet’s Mike Furman delivers new Corvettes to his customers who come from all across the country to work with the nation’s top individual Corvette seller.
After taking last week off, we have another exciting edition of Mike’s ‘Sunday Post’ which we may just refer to as Red Corvette Sunday as five of the seven new 2020 Corvettes he shares deliveries of were either Torch Red (4) or Long Beach Red (1). However, we do get a look at two new colors for 2020, Rapid Blue and Accelerate Yellow. Mike shares a story that helped set the stage for being the Corvette sales expert that people turn to whether they are ordering from him or not. This week’s collection of vintage and throwback photos is outstanding so make sure you comment on your favorite(s).
Visit Mike’s facebook page for even more photos and videos of his new Corvette deliveries: CorvetteFurman.
~It sure is fun delivering new Corvettes on a steady basis. Patience is difficult at best when waiting for America’s #1 Sportscar especially because of the mid-engine design. The 2020s are getting produced through the end of November and it’s been a long wait and plenty of start and stops. Having never experienced a world event such as a pandemic it’s been trying at best. But the common thread of all that has taken delivery of their new C8 is that it’s so well worth the wait! That’s my customer’s words, not mine!
**~** Now for the Corvette story that I have never told anyone and it will explain why I assist everyone, not just my customers or dealership for that matter. Back in 1984, I was looking at buying a 1967 Corvette but I needed help as it was a lot of money (at the time) and I was only 24. I had heard/known of a guy from NJ that had a Corvette buying service that would help people buy old Corvettes and he would charge $100 for his experience, knowledge, etc. Everyone looked up to this guy and he had known me from the dealership and car shows so I thought I would give him a call. As soon as I called him and he heard what I wanted to talk about he asked for my credit card… I am sure I was nieve thinking because we knew each other that he would answer a few quick questions…but that ended that conversation quickly and we never spoke again. I was a pure hobbyist and enthusiast seeking info but quickly learned not everyone is so kind. From that day on I vowed to assist every car hobbyist/enthusiast in every way possible which has branched out over the decades to many fellow salesmen, GM’s, and dealers across North America and Europe for that matter. I’ve been on the forums since 2002 with an alias account and have over 35,000 responses to people before I became a sponsoring member in Feb 2012 as Mike [email protected] I don’t look at other dealerships as my competition and never have, I actually have great professional relationships with dozens of Chevrolet dealers and I certainly count every Corvette enthusiast as a friend. There is a reason why I have sold and delivered 4,600 Corvettes and 8,000 other vehicles. www.corvettefurman.com
~Next Saturday the 15th I will be attending (with my C8) the Vettes for Vets Corvette show in Haymarket, VA. Held at the Willing Warriors Retreat 16013 Waterfall rd.
-Aug 27th-29th I will be at Corvettes at Carlisle. Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle, PA. I will have my Blade Silver C8 on display at the Spring Mountain Race Track tent on the Midway infield.
~Adam Pitale of Colorado is the Founder of Adam’s Polishes which is the official Products of the Corvette brand…I’ve attended many events all over the USA with Adam and the one constant is he reminds me so much of my long-gone brother it’s incredible. So to say we have a friendly bond seems to come up short in my description. This week he picked up his new torch Red 2020 Z51 and "gifted" it to his Father, Tony. Adam flew from Idaho to California as I had it drop shopped for courtesy delivery in Carlsbad, California where Tony lives. The two of them called me as they were driving and they sounded like two little kids on Christmas morning. I couldn’t be happier for both of them. My only regret is not being able to hand them the keys myself! Adam attended my C7 corvette owners school at Spring mountain race track with his college friend and this October he and his father are attending my C8 corvette owners school in Pahrump, Nevada.
"Can’t even begin to thank you for all you have done for me with this 2020 Vette. From the very beginning getting me on your list 2 years ago and all the follow-up calls and emails supporting my delivery today, you have been a total professional. It was a pleasure to communicating with you!
About the car. I took the country way rt 117 through Boyds, and rt 28 all the way to Point of Rocks and then south on 15 and 17 home 200 miles instead of 145. What a car. It is like on rails! It feels like it only weighs 1500 pounds. It is very agile, maneuverable, and powerful. It is such a pleasure to drive! I flew fighters for the Navy off the carriers, (F4s and A4s) I felt right at home, in the cockpit. I really like the non-mag ride, it gives plenty of feels and takes care of the harshness at the same time. The car is a dream in all respects.
Please celebrate and let all know when #5000 arrives, that will be so special….
Thanks for giving me the advice to hang in there 3 weeks ago. Your advice was spot on! This is one hell of a car!
Thanks for the advice to ignore some of the stuff in the car, during the drive home. There is a lot to learn.
I think you were just as excited as I was today, during the delivery. You gave me just what I needed to know to get down the road and be safe.
Thanks for all the photos, ( and the FB post) AND the poster which I will frame."
I’ll admit that I thought several times about canceling my order, COVID, new house, new job, all had me questioning whether this was a good idea but now that I have the car I am so glad I didn’t. We drove the 640 miles home yesterday in just under 12 hours and what a great car to just clip miles off on. It was quiet, smooth, comfortable, and got ~25 MPG. Plus we had a room up front to bring a big box of Kentucky bourbon home. The car puts power down really well and with the short gears and the DCT, it is more than enough on the street. I can’t wait to get back out and drive it.
The ride went pretty smoothly and we didn’t see any rain, just some wet roads the last couple of hours. Everywhere we stopped (including the middle of nowhere in WV) people would come over to talk about the car and eventually you got used to people coming up next to you on the highway to take photos, video, give you a thumbs-up, etc.
I don’t know if I ever told you about my dad and I driving the C6Z back from BG in 2007 but we ended up running right over a deer carcass in the middle of the night and made a poor route choice which put us on some dark twisty mountain roads late at night. Well, we were doing really well yesterday but I didn’t realize that Waze had routed us all the way North to Cumberland and then down a bunch of dark twisty roads to Winchester. That made the last couple of hours in the dark interesting and I came up over a hill to find a deer carcass in the middle of the two-lane road. Again all I could do was straddle the carcass and while I felt a thump on the underside of the car everything seems to be undamaged.
I’m scheduled to be at Summit Point this weekend with Hooked on Driving. I’m bringing the C7 to drive but I’m also going to be doing lead/follow for the novice drivers. I’m going to bring the C8 up as well for the lead/follow and to show it off.”
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Mike can deliver new Corvettes at Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD or through the National Corvette Museum’s R8C delivery program. He can also deliver new Corvettes via covered transport direct to your door or a courtesy delivery to the Chevrolet dealer near you.
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