Like I said in my Stingray review – the C7 seats ROCK! Here’s why:
Like I said in my Stingray review – the C7 seats ROCK! Here’s why:
Thanks to a friend of mine, I had an opportunity to really bond with the new C7. The more I see this car, the more I am bonding with it. But instead of just a 10 second sitting in the driver’s seat as I did at the Chicago Auto Show, I drove this one! The first thing that amazed me was, I actually had to move the seat forward! I haven’t had this feeling since the C5, and the C6 just did not go back enough, so SCORE right out of the box! Everything else about this car is precision. You can tell by the sound, this is a Corvette. Smooth shifting, amazing kick your keester acceleration, and amazingly from the new seats, a VERY comfortable ride. I don’t have any doubts I could drive this car for hours. Even with my “larger” framed body, these seats are a win. I do agree with Al, the cars owner, that it is best to take your wallet out of your back pocket before driving – especially if it is like mine.
I didn’t track drive this car – you know what, I didn’t feel the need. I KNOW it’s there. The C6 was a very capable car. Anyone familiar with it will know as soon as they drive the C7, everything is there and even more. A new model is supposed to have improvements over its previous model – for the Corvette, they have succeeded. Beautiful well laid out gauges, comfortable steering wheel….this car feels like it was built around me. I wonder why people would pay more for another car and not have no where near the resume this car has.
When I got one of the first Camaro’s in my area, it was fun to get the thumbs up from people as you drive by. I got that and more. I noticed most everyone I drove by paused and looked at the car as it went by. It certainly draws more attention….just coast in gear and make the engine pop pop pop as it slows…..it draws them in so they can’t look away.
We took a few pictures and then I came home in my Chevy Cruze. But for a moment today, I felt like a kid again. Thanks Al for the opportunity! The Chevrolet Corvette is an American Dream – you shouldn’t hesitate to live it.
Mike Judge is having a work anniversary.
31 years this August at General Motors of Canada !
Congrats Mike on your years of service and for the thousands of things you went above and beyond on for Camaro owners all over the world! It was a pleasure meeting you – and I look forward to my next opportunity to visit you in Canada again… perhaps in 2015!
A friend I helped with his new C7 Corvette purchase wrote me about his recent trip to Ron Fellows Driving school…. this makes me want to win the lottery even more….nothing would complete my bucket list more than getting to do this every weekend…here’s his letter…
The Ron Fellows school road trip went really well… no issues. Three days out and three days back, to Pahrump, Nevada… with side trips to Death Valley and Las Vegas (to visit a friend I worked with in New Berlin).
Not sure if you follow the Stingray forum… I posted comments and link to a video from one of my track sessions there.
Car performed flawlessly during entire trip… 31.0 mpg on the way out… 30.5 for entire road trip (see photo of trip display). Also, my car with Death Valley in the background.
Pastor Janis Kinens recently traded in his BMW for a new Camaro at Newman Chevrolet in Cedarburg – Wisconsin’s well-known Camaro dealer. Janis loved the car so much, he shared his excitement in his weekly newsletter at his church:
Advent Lutheran Church /Events and information for the week of May 14, 2014
This week at Advent…
Yes, it’s true, the “Church Bus” is no more. At least not at my house. After 11 years of faithful service (8 of them as my ride) the BMW is going to a new home. As you will be able to read in tomorrow’s News Graphic I have gone full circle in my love affair with cars. Fitting I think, that at the later stages of driving I return to where I began. My dad was a “Chevy Man” back when people were consistent and loyal to a brand and a dealership. Our first car in America was a well used, almost “used up,” 1948 Chevrolet.
Our first new car ever was a 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne. And now I return to my youthful roots with a very nice nostalgic ride, the retro-return of the 1969 Camaro of muscle car fame! And what a nice set of wheels it is. I made the mistake of driving out to see Chad Curran of Newman Chevrolet who is a member of Advent “just to look.” He greeted me with a knowing smile and a set of keys for a 2014 Camaro. “Just take it home and see if you like it,” he said.
I was in love even before I got to the Bentz farm down the road a piece. At entry-level pricing (half of what the BMW stickers for) this car is everything that the church bus was and more. It’s nice to ride in American Iron once again! Speaking of which I will be riding in another American Iron vehicle this memorial Day. A very different kind of ride called a Huey. Whenever I hear helicopter blades above me in the sky I remember the sense of goodness and security that sound brings with it. I was on the ground in Vietnam and the Huey Helicopters kept us protected and safe.
I felt honored when Jim Lee of the American legion Post 288 here in Cedarburg asked me to be one of the passengers when the helicopter flies over Cedarburg. This Sunday we will consider the question of salvation with our Thought of the Day being borrowed from a book by the same title: “If Grace is true: Why God will save every person.” It is a book we studied a while back in our Adult Forum Bible Study, and an excellent read about God’s unconditional love. See you in church on Sunday! Pastor Janis and Aina.
Janis also wrote a nice article about the car in the local paper! So I forwarded this to my buddy in Oshawa, Mike Judge – Mike put together a little gift for Janis, and I presented it to him with Chad Curran, owner of Newman Chevrolet, who had the gift framed. Here is the video of that “surprise” gift to Janis:
Also a few pictures:
General Motors will recall all current generation Chevrolet Camaros because a driver’s knee can bump the key FOB and cause the key to inadvertently move out of the “run” position, with a corresponding reduction or loss of power.
The issue, which may primarily affect drivers sitting close to the steering column, was discovered by GM during internal testing following the ignition switch recall earlier this year.
“Discovering and acting on this issue quickly is an example of the new norm for product safety at GM,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Safety.
The Camaro ignition system meets all GM engineering specifications and is unrelated to the ignition system used in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars included in the ignition switch recall.
GM is aware of three crashes that resulted in four minor injuries that it believes may be attributed to this condition.
The company will change the Camaro key to a standard design from one in which the key is concealed in the FOB and is opened by pushing a button. The change will make the ignition key and FOB independent of each other, so that inadvertent contact with the FOB won’t move the key from the “run” position. There are 464,712 Camaros from the 2010-2014 model years in the U.S. included in the recall. Including Canada, Mexico and exports, the total recall population is 511,528.
From a time when our leader was strong, and not a coward, a time when our country prospered, and not lived in despair, at a time when no one would mess with the USA…… I pray for a real leader to bring this country back, a leader that PROTECTS the U.S. Constitution and not tries to destroy it, a President that honors Freedom of religion, not tries to silence it. And a President that realizes this country was built on the right to bear arms, something that helped make and keep this country FREE for over 200 years. A country where no man is forced to sell a business because others demand it, because that my friends, is NOT the land of the FREE.
Thanks to our Military members around the world. Thanks to those that Served, are serving now, and those who gave their lives to serve – you are not forgotten. May God bless you and your families.
The Camaro Corral is BACK at Road America, when the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes over Road America’s 4-mile circuit for what will be the most incredible weekend of sports car racing in the world. Fans will get to see the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race on Saturday, Aug. 9, with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event on Sunday plus races from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, IMSA Prototype Lites and the Mazda MX-5 Cup all weekend.
The CORRAL will be OFFICIALLY OPEN August 9th and 10th.
You can buy tickets now, but there MAY be a CORRAL ticket option on the Road America site soon….
I am also told I may again have a limited amount of tickets (limit a max of two per person), and if you have attended one of the two previous years, you will get “seniority” over newbies. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what years you attended (will verify from my lists) and what kind of Camaro you have. Also if you want one or two tickets. People who “no-showed” the last two years will be at the back of the line this year. You will sign in when you arrive. We will make sure people who truly appreciate this has the chance to return. As soon as I have details on the Corral tickets, I will let you know –
You never know what kind of freebie’s we’ll have for you for attending….. Vendors, if you want to have samples given out to our special Camaro attendee’s, please contact me at email@example.com
And rumor has it that Indy / Grand Am driver Jeff Bucknum might be stopping by ! We may also have other Camaro drivers from the race visit as well!
I’ll post more as I get the final details –