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Ben

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Tue 10 Feb 04 18:05

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Don't you just love it when you haul the car out of the garage on dry, sunny winter days like today, and have a perfect blast around the roads, for no reason other than the sheer joy of driving? It's easy for those of us whose Vettes are dry-day-only cars to forget just how much fun driving can be, and how uninvolving our daily drives are by comparison.

I've just been for a blast around the Sussex countryside for no reason other than the fact that I could. It's dry, clear and cold today, and the car was performing beautifully. Pulling well, never missing a beat, scaring old ladies at bus stops, embarassing Maxxed-up Novas on Brighton sea front. Just perfect. This is what makes Corvette ownership special.

Of course, we'll gloss over the hairy moments racing up the 1:4 Ditchling Beacon (if you know it), feeling the inadequacies of the suspension over the undulating road. We'll also pretend we didn't notice the sudden failure of the water temp guage. I'll even overlook the ?20 I've just spent on fuel for a drive no more meaningful than a trip around the block. Today it just doesn't matter.

Today, my '76 Corvette rules the road.


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brit_trader2003

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Tue 10 Feb 04 18:49

Re: Dry winter drives


I have been off work for a couple of days and have taken my Beasty out for a blast 4 days in succession. My Beasty has been off the road since before Xmas having its gearbox and starter motor rebuilt. So I have been gorging myself. You forget the sheer pleasure of owning a Vette. All the stares and silly grins. Cars stopping to let you out, strangers coming up to you to talk at the inevitable stops in the garage.

It is all worth the cash paid for the petrol.


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tony

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Tue 10 Feb 04 21:09

Re: Dry winter drives


Yeah, I reckon we get more smiles per mile than anything else - unless it has mammalian protuberances of some substance.

Is it possible that our cars actually perform better in colder weather ? They're sucking in huge quantities of freezing-cold air into the system which, in my book, should lead to a bigger bang and more ooomph. But is that appreciable ? Answers on a postcard................

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5 USA

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Wed 11 Feb 04 00:15


Good run to Oxford today in the sunshine. Remains a mystery to me why "other road users" love to race past at high speed and then slow down in front of the Vette to a speed 5 mph slower than I was going in the first place. Fine if they want to have a look but I wish they wouldn't get in the way!


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Redlevel

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Wed 13 Dec 17 16:47

Re: Dry winter drives


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kentvette

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Fri 15 Dec 17 11:22

Re: Dry winter drives


I didn't notice the date of Ben's original post here and was initially flabbergasted! Laughing It's been a long time since Ben enjoyed the Vette out on the road. Very Happy What's the story Ben?

Our "old girl" has been laid up for a bit, but there is just a glimmer of hope it may be out on Sunday.... providing La Poste does their "thing" and, the arriving part does what I'm hoping! Rolling Eyes


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Alan305

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Fri 15 Dec 17 11:59

Re: Dry winter drives


It’s a great drive past Turnberry, I was on my way to the William Grant Distillery, another exciting venue.


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Rich

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Fri 15 Dec 17 12:16

Re: Dry winter drives


Going off topic, Ben's post originated on 5 January 2008 and has had over 430,000 views. It all started with the words "This evening I started something that I might well regret. Without much planning, forethought or preparation I began a body-off chassis restoration"

http://www.corvetteclub.org.uk/viewtopic.php?t=5429


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Redlevel

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Fri 15 Dec 17 12:46

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Alan305

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Fri 15 Dec 17 12:59


Keep up the good work Steve.


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