2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Dashboard Damage
June 13, 2014
Something I failed to mention during my award-winning eight-part series, "The Greatest Event in Track Day History" (in retrospect, a better name would've been "We're taking America's sports car to a track day. Duh!"), was that there was some unfortunate damage to our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Did I slide the car off backward into the kitty litter or worse yet, slam it into a wall?
Nope. It was all quite innocent. One of the motorcycle riders on hand asked to go for a ride. I said, "Well of course, hop in."
Now he was a pretty big dude, and he was totally scrunched into the car, seat all the way back, knees pinned against the dashboard.
What we didn't realize at the time (actually not until the next morning, when another passenger pointed it out) was that the knee pucks on his leathers had been digging into the dash. You can see the two slits in the photo, just below the vents.
He felt horrible. I felt horrible. In fact, I still do. But at the time I never even considered leathers could damage the car, especially since knee pucks are actually positioned more on the side of the knee than at the front.
But the car was my responsibility, under my watch, so this one is on me.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 21,433 miles