Last weekend, something hit me: I’ve never considered myself to be a car show buff who likes to sit idle by the sidelines talking shop. While there’s nothing wrong with that, given the option I’ve always preferred to go for a cruise with a group of people or wheel the ride at a performance driving event.
Last weekend, I did the opposite and had a chance to park Twitch, our in-house project Z06, and mingle with other Corvette owners. What I saw were some really outstanding examples of mint showroom-style rides and an assortment of modified machines that would fit right at home at any performance event. However, I was surprised to learn that the majority of these hot rods had never been pushed beyond the posted speed limits.
That seemed foreign to me; all that performance packed into a nimble ride, only to be restrained, never unleashed. The more I got to know the owners, I was able to appreciate their builds and understand where they stood. It’s a fact, a few of these guys just love to build, to piece together the ultimate combinations, and showcase them like art, which is perfectly acceptable. At the same time, they appreciated my enjoyment in showcasing how these cars can perform with those said components.
As I sat there looking at our Z06, with what used to be a fresh set of tires that are now well worn with less than 1,500 miles, I couldn’t help but smile knowing the pleasure I got out of them. There’s really something to be said for feeling the lateral forces as you’re flogging the corners and then being pressed into your seat as you accelerate out of the corner—yes, it puts a bit more wear and tear on the ride, but at the same time, this also brings on good wrenching time, where I can find a bit of solitude from the busy world. We all have our own way of finding serenity, and this is mine.
What about you? Do you prefer to build, drive, or showcase your end products? Be sure to email me directly or feel free to share your thoughts on our Facebook page at facebook.com/chevyhighperformance; I’m sure others are just as curious as I am.
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