2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: This Is Why We Do Track Days
May 7, 2014
Why do we do track days? Sure, there's the pure speed of it all, the skills involved with the desire to make a machine go as fast as you possibly can around a race track. In this case, that machine was our long-term 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.
But there's more to it. I don't want to get all sentimental on you here, but there's also the whole hanging-out-with-your-buds aspect. For me anyway, there's little on this Earth that I enjoy more than following right behind my buddies in cars or motorcycles, watching them attack the track.
And what a group of people I'm fortunate to call friends.
From left to right in the top photo, you've got Dan (Lotus Exige), Jen (Kawasaki ZX-6R), Mike and Tiff (Mitsubishi Evolution), Dave and Sarah (Eyesore Racing Frankenmiata), Oli and the world's giant-est dog, Cable (Suzuki GSX-R750), the author (Edmunds long-term Chevrolet Corvette, Honda CBR900RR), Jonathan (Honda CBR600RR) and Ryan (BMW M3).
Still, track days ultimately come down to the machines. And for these two days at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Edmunds' long-term Corvette was a star. So many people stopped by to check out our Lime Rock Green special, and of course the thing was a terror out on the track, kicking up loads of Corvette dust as it rocketed around.
It was nice to see America's sports car get such a reception. Some track folks can be a bit snobby, but on this weekend everyone seemed happy to see a C7 in the flesh. And I kid you not, after a session some random motorcycle guy came up to me, shook my hand and said "Thanks for bringing that thing out here. And for driving it like it was meant to be driven."
Pretty much everyone was taken by how bloody darn American it sounded thundering up Laguna's front straight. Loud and proud.
I wish I could take credit for the second photo you see here, the one in Laguna's garages at the end of the first day. We were just about to shut out the lights for the night when my buddy Jonathan noticed how cool all the cars and bikes looked lined up. Not a bad shot, eh?
Cars and bikes, living together...
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 17,350 miles