Wednesday Update

OK…IF everything goes as scheduled, I will post for about another week and then not for 10-15 days. Yes, we are getting ready to move to the desert. Once again, until the move is done it’s not done (channeling my inner Yogi Berra), but we have dates for being packed, loaded and for flying out. Obviously, we also have tentative dates for closing on the sale of this house and the purchase of our desert home.

I am sorry to have to take the interruption (bloggus interruptus) as blog traffic has been very good this month. The number of unique visitors for the month is already the second highest in the history of Disaffected Musings and even with the looming hiatus may still “break the record.” Thanks for reading and please tell your friends!

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Corvette Blogger recently published a post about an episode of Everyday Driver that featured a C4 Corvette as one of three used and affordable sports cars one could buy. Via Corvette Blogger a still of the C4 Corvette tested in the episode:

 

[VIDEO] To Know One Is To Love One: Everyday Driver Digs the C4 Corvette

 

I am not really a fan of automobile racing. I appreciate that some advancements for “everyday” cars were originally developed for racing, and maybe I would enjoy racing if I were a participant (or would have before my reflexes diminished with age), but watching races on TV is virtually impossible for me. I didn’t exactly enjoy the one time I attended the Indianapolis 500 in person, either.

That being said, here is an interesting passage from the Corvette Blogger article:

 

“It [the C4 Corvette] was also a demon on a road course. In fact, it was so good and so fast, the Sports Car Club of America [SCCA] banned it in the late eighties. According to an article from our friends over at Hagerty, ‘Auto racing might be the only sport that penalizes a team for winning. When that happened to the C4 Corvette in the late 1980s, the incident started an intriguing new chapter in the marque’s racing history. The C4 Corvette thrust Chevy’s sports car into supercar handling territory, if not ultimate speed, when it debuted in 1984. With 0.9-g cornering, reliable Chevy small-block V-8 performance, and excellent brakes, the C4 quickly proved its mettle in SCCA Showroom Stock GT racing. The Vette utterly dominated the podium in the Playboy and then Escort Endurance Championship from 1985–87, relegating the Porsche 944 Turbo to a cameo role in the series.'”

“The Corvette beat Porsche 29–0 [emphasis mine] from 1985 to 1987, says John Powell, who ran a racing school at Canada’s Mosport track in Ontario, Canada, and campaigned ‘Vettes in that series. Corvette fans were happy, but the ‘Vette’s dominance threatened race participation by other brands, as well as fan attendance.”

“And so, after the 1987 series, the SCCA booted the Corvettes…”

 

I think a lot of car snobs have looked down at the Corvette. “A real car is made in Europe.” Bullsh*t! The base price for a Ferrari 812 Superfast is $340,000 and one can pay nearly a half million for a car fully equipped. The car will accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just under 3 seconds. The 812, which debuted in 2017, is the first Ferrari with electric power steering.

My 2016 Z06 stickered for about $100,000 new although I paid far less than that for a used one with 4,400 miles. All C7 Corvettes, the generation that debuted with the 2014 model year, have electric power steering. My Z06, stock, would do a sub-3 second 0-60. By the way, it was a big deal that the C4 Corvette could manage 0.9-g cornering. My Z06 will do 1.2-g. I couldn’t find data for the 812 Superfast, but even with rear-wheel steering I can’t imagine it can beat the Z06 cornering.

Magnetic ride shocks made their Ferrari debut with the 599. That technology was first used on the Corvette.

Hey, I understand the desire of those who can afford to buy a Ferrari to actually buy one. If I could afford one, I would almost certainly buy one as well. I still would keep my Z06, though.

Back to the Corvette Blogger piece…one of the main points of the article is how much the two Everyday Driver hosts liked the C4 Corvette. I used to have that episode saved on a DVR, but at some point the episode developed an inability to play on any receiver in the house so I deleted it. Wonder why we’re jettisoning DirecTV after we move? Oh, many of the saved episodes of all shows that have been saved for more than just a few weeks have stopped playing. Anyway…

As I have written before, if you have an uncontrollable urge to buy a Corvette, a C4 can be a very affordable way into one. I would, though, recommend one from 1992 or later, particularly from 1995 or 1996 if you can find one. A ZR-1 would be an exception, of course, although probably not as affordable as a “base” Corvette.

A Car Gurus search for 1995-96 Corvettes nationwide yielded 19 examples with a list price of under $10,000. Most of them had high mileage, though. Limiting the search to cars with 60,000 miles or less yielded 8 cars listed below $12,500. Would you rather buy a Toyota 4runner for more than $40,000? NOT me!

107,677 Corvettes were produced from 1992 to 1996. I think you can find one if you look.

 

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday Update

  1. Hope the move goes well and you’re not stuck “helltel camping” for an extended time. I don’t envy y’all having your life disrupted for a month or so, figuring out where everything is and getting it sorted in your new house.

    I have for years much preferred to participate in auto racing than watching, especially watching on TV (most of them will put me to sleep). One exception for spectating would be at some of the big sports car races at some nearby tracks. Being able to go into the pits and watch how they prep the cars, meet the drivers, and just the controlled mayhem was always fun. The other exception was NHRA drag racing, for the same reasons as noted above and until you have stood near the starting line when 2 top fuel cars launch and felt the ground actually shake, and with a sound that will make your ears bleed if unprotected, it’s something that is difficult to describe. Also being near the finish line when 2 cars come by you at 330+ mph is unbelievable.

    But, as you often say, DSFDF.

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      1. It’s definitely extreme. A little story if you will:

        25 years ago the company I worked for bought some machinery out of Italy. I flew over and put the equipment thru its “trials.” I met the technician that would be coming over to the USA to commission the equipment after it was installed. Nice guy, 5-6 years older than I was. One day at lunch at one of the local “fern bars,” ESPN was showing highlights of a recent NHRA event. He was quite amazed when I translated the speed the top fuel cars were running, approx 500 kph. As the next event was coming up in my area that weekend I asked if he would like to go see it in person. He was definitely interested so the following Sunday I picked him up at his hotel and we went to the track. NHRA always starts their Sunday races with the top fuel cars. I showed him the best way to cover his ears before the cars did their burnouts. During the burnout he had a look of “that wasn’t bad” and uncovered his ears. As I was explaining to him that the reason it wasn’t much was because they only used one set of spark plugs and 1/4 throttle on the burn out, the cars left the starting line. He actually jumped about 12″ off the ground at the sound, and had a look on his face like he had seen a ghost. After that, he kept his ears protected. 🙂

        He ended up liking the funny cars better and I took a few pictures of him with some of the drivers. I stayed in touch with him for a few more years and he always wanted to know how the racers he had pictured with him were doing. He also found it amazing that they would rebuild the engine and replace the clutches in 90 minutes or less.

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