Number 23 - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette: Number 23

October 16, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

This is all very uncomfortable for me.

For one thing, I'm on camera. There's a live view of me standing around behind our new 2014 Corvette. I'm getting requests to wave and smile. Oh, and tweet for us, Kurt. I feel like I'm on display as much as the Corvettes. The second thing that's making me uncomfortable is the Corvette itself. It's pristine. Like, perfect. I get uncomfortable around perfect.

We're also spending way too much time around this car. Press cars come and go. Some of them are fairly well used by the time we get them, but as a photographer, I'm usually in and out of them before I know how to pair my phone. What I'm getting at is, I never develop a personal connection with a press car. There's simply no time. Today, I have more time than I like.

The factory tour doesn't help much either. Our amiable guide, Ron, walks us through the lines pointing out guys he used to work with and talking about the friendships he's made over the years. He introduces us to the workers. They ask us about the car we've bought. If they painted the car, we're asked about the color. If they installed the driveline, they ask us which transmission we chose. Everyone is interested. They want us to be happy. Damn. I just want to get on the road.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

But wait, Ron won't let us skip the museum tour. I suppose we shouldn't, as this is the Corvette Museum after all and it all starts off as you'd expect. There's a cutout of Roy Orbison standing near a car he used to own. There's a history of the car's logo. But just around the corner, it got weird. This is the final resting place of Zora Arkus-Duntov...and his wife. Their ashes are sitting in the museum, complete with an unopened bottle of champagne and two glasses.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

The fantastic Astro II XP-880 goes some way to erase the weirdness, as does the near cathedral that houses many important models from throughout the years but all this is starting to get a bit heavy. In the religion of automobiles, this is a mecca and the Corvette is the prophet.

2014 Chevrolet Corvette

I shake it off as Ron leads us back to Number 23. We are then party to other new owners getting ushered out of the showroom to a standing ovation. For some, this was their life's work. A dream finally realized. For Dan and I, it was just another car. Or was it?

2014 Chevrolet Corvette


Comments

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Jesus. Somebody's got an attitude problem.

  • quadricycle quadricycle Posts:

    ^Blunt, but well... The article was a little heavy for my taste.

  • niteriderc5 niteriderc5 Posts:

    ironic it seems, your words are making me uncomfortable...you work for an automotive enthusiast site and your uncomfortable being around the Vette Museum ?

  • niteriderc5 niteriderc5 Posts:

    ironic it seems, your words are making me uncomfortable...you work for an automotive enthusiast site and your uncomfortable being around the Vette Museum ?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    If you wanted to get the whole thing over with in an hour at your local Chevy dealership, then why didn't you just do that? Sign up and pay extra for factory delivery and then whine and moan about it - ? WTF?

  • dunning15 dunning15 Posts:

    What a bizarre article. This isn't Stonehenge or The Pyramids and you're not there to reflect upon your life and the universe and what it all could mean. You're at a lousy car museum looking at, frankly, some old Vettes that mean about as much to the general population as vintage magazine cigarette ads. Why not tell us a little about the car and how it operates or maybe some details you noticed about the exterior or interior that only an owner could comment on? Oh I suppose you'll get to that in later articles. Leave insightful, introspective articles to real writers and put gas in this thing and drive it, ok?

  • I wish that was my definition of an annoying day at work.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Hope you don't treat the ladies with the same kind of attitude!

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    it's just another car. unless this car just sells like hotcakes in europe and leads GM to some sort auto empire that brings the US into a recession (not likely) then this is just another car. it is great that it and most of it's part are made in the USA unlike most GM cars but thats about it. the consumer in my wonders how much cheaper the vette would be if it was produced in taiwan or something tho =P

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