2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: It Rocks
May 29, 2014
As cars go, the Corvette is about as rock and roll as it gets. Most rockers start with Camaros, Novas, Mustangs or whatever contraption they can afford. Maybe an Econoline when they start lining up steady shows. But when rock musicians get famous and come into a little dough, they always end up in something like our 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
Even the guys who never made it, the ones who still hash out Thin Lizzy songs in the garage and order burgers and champagne at the Rainbow Bar and Grille in Hollywood, even those guys eventually find their way to a '78 Stingray or a C4.
But keyboards are not very rock and roll. Keyboards don't belong in the back of a Corvette. No self-respecting rocker is caught with anything but an amp, a Les Paul or a duffel bag full of cocaine in the back of a Corvette. So it was that the seasoned old rocker/tech guy who fixed my Yamaha keyboard eyed me with suspicion after I paid the invoice and loaded the 88-key unit in the Vette's hatch.
Rightly so, I'm afraid. If I'd bothered to measure the 52-inch long keyboard, I would've seen that it was about 4 inches too long to lay straight in the Vette hatch, even with the passenger seat at its full forward extension. To make it work, I had to angle and perch it a little unevenly on the rear shelf, then hug it slightly by sliding back the rear passenger seat. Not rock and roll.
It might look like it would work latitudinally. I didn't try, but I did measure later and found the aperture is about 52 inches. In theory, the keys might have slotted in through the widest part of the hatch. But it would've been very tight and probably required the help of a seasoned old rocker guy. This thing is an awkward 44 pounds. I also don't think I would have liked the way it would lean against the wheel wells and put tension on the keybed, the very assembly I'd just paid to replace.
The lesson learned: Next time, bring the Econoline.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor