Everyday Driver

How many of you are familiar with the TV show/podcast/YouTube channel/website Everyday Driver? I began watching the show, hosted by Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker, on Motor Trend, but it is also one of the very few shows I have watched on Amazon Prime.

The episode about the Z06 version of the seventh generation Corvette (C7) was the final push I needed to buy one. The two hosts raved about the car and being able to see it AND to hear it in action made the car impossible to resist. As I have written here before, I love my 2016 Z06.

The most recent episode that aired on Motor Trend was titled “Finally…” and was about, no points for guessing, the new 2020 C8 Corvette. They drove a C8 as well as a 2014 C7, which was the first year for the last generation of front-engined Corvettes.

Both Deeken and Schmucker could not have been more effusive about the C8. Deeken said, and I’m paraphrasing, the new Corvette blends the best of mid-engine cars with the angriness and history of the Corvette. Schmucker simply said he had to have a new Corvette.

Both hosts prefer driving a manual, but both said a manual transmission would ruin the new Corvette. Deeken remarked that a manual would destroy the harmony of engine and chassis. Both said the fit and finish of the car were way ahead of most Corvette iterations. I believe Deeken said that the car can compete with any mid-engine car in the world, regardless of price.

These two guys know their cars. They will also point out things they don’t like about the cars they’re driving on the show. (Oh, the fact that Everyday Driver is usually shot in Utah doesn’t hurt it, either. What a beautiful place!) Their almost over-the-top praise for the C8 cannot be dismissed.

Yes, the “Frunk” issue is a pain, but apparently a fix is already known. I believe it was Schmucker who remarked, “Well done, Chevy. Well done, General Motors” in discussing the C8 Corvette. I highly recommend you give Everyday Driver a look. As for the C8 Corvette, I hope my wonderful wife will, indeed, buy the convertible model in the not too distant future. From squir.com a picture of such a car:

 

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18 thoughts on “Everyday Driver

  1. I thought I read somewhere that the frunk issue was addressed with a software update and thinking, WTF? Then thinking more on it; maybe some type of interlock where the frunk couldn’t be opened unless the transmission was in Park or maybe the vehicle was shut off. And then thinking; what was wrong with a key to keep it locked?

    Sometimes simple is better.

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      1. I think that might be one of the reasons I like old iron so much; it was so simple that almost anyone with minor knowledge could perform basic maintenance and minor repairs. Two, at most, keys locked everything; separate switch for headlights, turn signals, windshield wipers, etc. There are some things that WERE nice when they were introduced, mainly electronic ignition systems. I remember mechanics bemoaning them as “some new fangled contraption that’s gonna be trouble.” EFI is good, but it’s too complicated for the average “shade tree mechanic.” Car quits running you’re pretty much forced to go to the dealer for repairs.

        These days an owner can change the oil, maybe. Beyond that there is very little an average owner can do. And most don’t even want to do that, or any other basic maintenance (check tire pressure? huh?).

        Maybe I was born about 30 years too late.

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      2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, sir.

        A key reason why informational asymmetry (how about that for a highfalutin’ phrase) is a bad thing for car ownership is not necessarily that owners can’t do repairs, it’s that they have no idea how their car works and unscrupulous shops can (and do) take advantage of that. My 2¢.

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  2. As the guy with the BS in Mechanical Engineering, I learned over 40 years of attempting to practice that profession, to design by the:
    K. I. S. S. Principle
    Keep It Simple and Safe or
    Keep It Simple, Stupid!

    There are other design principles to follow but this one sums it up best. I also learned that if you design it is “idiot proof” that only an idiot would use it and then they would still hurt themselves.

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    1. ” I also learned that if you design it is “idiot proof” ”

      My theory in designing the various machines I was involved with over the years was;

      If you make it idiot proof, along will come stupider idiots.

      As an example; in the 80’s a manufacturer that our company bought a lot of machinery from was successfully sued, the claim being the machine was over guarded. An operator climbed over the guards while the machine was running to make an adjustment, rather than stopping the machine to open the guard to make the adjustment. Put his hand in the wrong place and lost all 4 fingers.

      If I had been on that jury my vote would have been to cut the 4 fingers off his other had also, because he was too stupid to use them for anything more technical than picking his nose.

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      1. Thanks for sharing your story.

        The problem with juries is the high percentage of morons who sit on them. Constitution or not, I think we should do away with jury trials and do what, I believe, Norway and Sweden have done: trial where a three-judge panel decides. The trials would be quicker, cheaper and the judges understand the law far better than any layman.

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      2. I have served on a couple of juries. One in Federal Court was a law suit where a woman was injured in an accident as a passenger in a car where the driver was drunk and driving on the wrong side of the road. She was suing the driver of the oncoming car in his own lane who had, in order to protect his handicapped passenger, move over into the opposite lane. The drunk moved back into his lane which resulted in the accident. She was suing the other driver for negligence. When we got the case after a week of listening to the testimony, we all went WTF, this guy did no wrong and was trying to protect his passenger from the wrong way drunk. The judge later told us in the elevator on the way out of the building that she had sued the estate of the drunk driver and won and was trying to get more money. The system works most of the time when the jurors use common sense.

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