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Updated on May 06, 2012
This is my Chevrolet Corvette.
There are many like it, but this one is mine...
My Corvette is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother.
I will learn its weaknesses, its strengths, its parts, its accessories, its motor and its chassis. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage.
I will keep my Corvette clean and ready. We will become part of each other.
Reliable, really fast (14.4sec. 1/4mile), reasonable on fuel (32ish mpg on a long haul), easy to work on, no rusty bits, and a great motorway car... Changed a few bits over the years for preventative maintenance reasons, including straight through dual pipes (loud), itg intake, dumped the AC and A.I.R. systems and added a fan temperature control as it ran way too hot.
Shines up well (soft claybar and Turtle Wax's finest) for the high days. Don't really do shows much as I get bored after I've scoped the cars and bikes and just want to leave and get driving the Corvette again. For me its 100% about the cars and not the booze or standing around with my hands in my pockets, but anything which involves cars actually moving is always good...
Nearly bought a 3rd gen. Camaro, but the lack of MAF sensor on some models on the intake means they can guzzle fuel (..no MAF means the ECU overfuels to prevent the motor leaning out at high revs.) and aren't as quick as a Corvette using the same TPI L98. Nice cars though, and like the Corvette, very, very, useable as a daily driver without breaking the bank or your heart... I like the fast, direct handling of the C4 (..best handling stock Corvette ever due to its stiffness and shorter wheelbase) as I live out in the sticks with a lonely 8 mile, twisty, country 'A' road all to myself of a morning to play on and I know every bump and curve!
Found a video on Youtube of my Corvette in a convoy of hotrods heading for Magnificent Machines at East Fortune in 2009. Only appears at the beginning, passing Henryhotrods truck...
Check them 295's out back!!
...and how they fill the rear arches so well. ...had 255's before, but the arch gap was giving me sleepless nights until I found a way to import from the USA the reasonably priced (£300 the pair) 295/50x16 BFG's. They fit a treat on the stock 9.5's and only rub a little on big bumps and when loaded up and they don't spin so easily in the dry as the 255's did (..unless I get on it and tach it up!!) which makes for safer overtaking especially in the wet.
Looks ok, but you can't see the stone chips! (..on me or the front end! haha!)
My lovely Michelle patiently awaiting the ferry last year at Gourock for a road trip to Inverary from our home in SW Scotland. Corvette halo's make cool seating and viewing platforms, ...WOOHOO!!
We had us this ex Desert Storm CNN Humvee for a days play in the mud and water a couple of years ago. I'd love to own one, but in BHD desert camo. with a 50 atop the roof and M16's in the rack etc... Awesome, but so easy to drive. The guy who owns this managed to take out wing mirrors in the street on both sides at the same time on his first drive, ..accidently of course, ...doh!!!
Michelle with one of our many airsoft weapons. This AK47 was upgraded way too high (450fps and 1000rpm and the mags hold 600 rounds each) for use on the skirmish site games at Section 8. Great fun in the back yard and elsewhere though....
Meeting my main man from Wheeler Dealers TV series at the NEC Classic Show last November. Edd China ROCKS!! (..btw, I stand around 5' 11", God only knows how tall Edd is!)
OMG!! A flying Caddy in Playa Del Ingles!! I remember this car in fern green driving around with a little old lady at the wheel back in '94, but now it adorns a hotel beside the Yumbo centre. Gran Canaria has a few old examples of Detroit's finest, but mostly they're stashed away, and I think I know where...
My other cars...
'64 Capri gasser (royal blue glowble metalflake and 1650cc with twin 40's, 200OE etc and stupidly low 4.4:1 Anglia van diff!) ..built that in '76. '72 302 powered Pinto (solid rear and soft front, but handled just fine with air in the tyres..) and an awesomely fast '71 Formula 400 Firebird (Plum Crazy Mopar colour, but just don't ask me to stop or turn!).. Wish I still had them, even if I could just wax them once in a while...
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