From this excellent post:
“It’s wonderful to be a Skeptic, but who isn’t? Unfortunately, far too many, who farm out and subcontract others to do their thinking for them. But fortunately, we still have the right to think whatever we want, whatever we like, whatever we wish, the most wonderful nonsense, the most brilliant ideas.”
Blind, unwavering adherence to any ideology is almost always a path to an incomplete life. Think for yourself! Do not fear the “wrath” of peers.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
As C/2 informed me yesterday, the 2020 C8 Corvette has been named Motor Trend Car of the Year. While I am, obviously, a Corvette enthusiast I am skeptical about such an award being bestowed upon a car that is not yet available to the general public. This is the third award given to the Corvette and the first in more than 20 years. Here is the beginning of the Car of the Year article about the 2020 Corvette, penned by Jonny Lieberman:
“Sometimes, a car comes along that leaves the automotive landscape different than before. In today’s Silicon Valley parlance, we’d be tempted to term such a car a ‘disrupter.’ The last car to so radically shift the car world was the Tesla Model S, our 2013 Car of the Year.”
“This time around, our 2020 Motor Trend Car of the Year, the Chevrolet Corvette, fully scrambles the order of things. Simply put, never before has so much four-wheeled exoticism been attainable for so little money. Or I should say, so much good exoticism.”
“Chevrolet Performance did not phone in the first-ever production mid-engine Corvette. It dialed it, massaged it, honed it, crafted the new ‘Vette to the point of the nearly impossible. The eighth-generation car will bring people into dealerships who previously would never have come in. The mid-engine Corvette is a game changer, an inflection point, and a reminder that when Americans truly set our minds to a task, look out. For soon you’ll be standing on the moon—or driving the sports car equivalent thereof.”
One should know that Lieberman is not a blind advocate of American cars. He probably prefers German makes to American ones, all other things being equal. Of course, a picture is necessary:
This picture is actually from Autoweek as Motor Trend doesn’t allow capture of its online photos.
Many so-called Corvette “purists” are incensed at the move to a mid-engine setup. “A Corvette HAS to be front-engine,” they say. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but if your eyes (and minds) are closed you can’t assess beauty, even for yourself.
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3 thoughts on “Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder”
Mr. No Friend of GM weighing in here with the hope that the C8 is a ringing success in every way. It’s an unexpectedly bold move from the General. It seems to me the Corvette designers have done a guerrilla attack on GM Corporate Think. The success of the new ‘vette MIGHT lead to bolder cars and new thinking in GMs other divisions.
I appreciate the comment, sir. Unfortunately, I think the Corvette is sui generis and even if the C8 is successful beyond Chevrolet’s and GM’s wildest dreams, I doubt that will affect the lack of imagination at GM and elsewhere. Imagine that Alfa Romeo will no longer produce sports cars. Talk about succumbing to group-think.
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I fear you are correct on both accounts … 🤨
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