1966 Chevrolet Corvette: Old Dog Shows Off Its Tricks
August 6, 2015
After taking a few hot laps around The Streets of Willow road course in Rosamond, California, Josh Jacquot piled out of our long-term 1966 Chevrolet Corvette, covered in sweat. Rosamond is hot and the Corvette is even hotter, but he had a giant smile on his face.
We gathered around to hear his impressions. "It's really fun once you stop being afraid of it," he said.
Josh had just torn by on the skid pad, past a group of spectating Edmunds editors. He was in full-squealing-sideways drift mode and barely moving at a pace that could be called "fast." It was terrifying and glorious and hysterically funny all at the same time.
Several of us nodded and laughed. Those who had driven the car knew what he was talking about. Editor-in-Chief Oldham decided to take the Nassau Blue coupe for a spin and none of us were surprised when he returned to the pits with a giant grin on his face. After laps in our long-term Viper, a Mustang GT, a new C7 Corvette, and a 707-horsepower Charger Hellcat, he still thought the Vette was more fun.
Whether you'd choose the Corvette over any modern day car is up to you, but the fact is, it still evokes a response. Everyone still cranes their neck to see it drive by. The ears of car enthusiasts perk up when they hear it rumble by. And people that drive hundreds of modern cars a year, evaluating them down to the last bolt, are still impressed by a car from five decades ago.
With this old dog, no new tricks are required.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor