Corvette Mike’s Thundering Thursday
Volume 8-18 • January 7, 2021
C8 Earns Motor Authority’s Best Car to Buy Award
The awards for the Mid-Engine C8 Corvette continue to grow. The most recent was from Motor Authority declaring the C8 Corvette “Best Car To Buy 2021”! They tested performance, luxury, and electric vehicles to find the car they thought was the best of the best to buy and drive.
Some of their editors thought the redesigned mid-engine Corvette was a shoo-in, but Editorial Director Marty Padgett challenged them to expand our definition of performance for the EV evolution underway. The Ford Mustang Mach-E crossover SUV proved to be quick, agile, and genuinely fun to drive. But the Corvette was more fun to drive by a wide margin.
The Corvette offers all those traits, plus a sonorous V-8. Most importantly, it’s the kind of car we want to own and drive. And the way it drives is what earned the Corvette the Best Car To Buy 2021 award.
“It’s one of those cars that almost reads your mind when you drive it,” Motor Authority contributor Brian Wong said after a drive. “If I wanted the nose to dive in, it would. If I wanted to hang on the power and get it to move around a little in the back, it would.”
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What Mike Likes about this Corvette:
“July 6, 1978 a day that will go down in the annals of car trivia.
The 25th Anniversary of the Corvette. And the start of a young man’s childhood dream. To own America’s only true Sports Car. Fresh out of the Marines and attending a free college in the Golden State. On Summer break selling cars for the first time and earning enough money to fulfill one’s dream. That’s it, I’m doing it I’m buying my Corvette. But where do you find one? Brand new of course! All roads and referrals led to Harry Mann Chevrolet of Los Angeles. Heck I was sales pro; with three weeks on the job and scraggly beard to prove my obligation fulfilled to Uncle Sam. Off I went to meet the sales manager, Joel Wolf, at Harry Mann. Now all I had to do was get financed. I picked out a JEM, actually it was the only one available. All the ‘78’s were selling for over sticker price for the first time and they were sold out everywhere. Most were $3,000 over sticker. With the rare and desirable ‘78 Pace Cars as much as $10,000 over.
Well I couldn’t afford that and settled for one that had an MSRP of $11,718.00. With $2500.00 down on credit card my payment was only $313.00 for 48 months. Gulp!! My condo payment was $434.00 in the city of Orange. What was I thinking? I did have help however from a Marine buddy roommate and my wife who worked part time as cashier in a car wash while attending Cal State Long Beach. She never stood in my way and allowed that purchase to happen. What if she hadn’t? Would Corvette Mike ever exist? Well readers I’m here to tell you, that 1978 was start of the career of Corvettte Mike. Because obsession, tenacity, drive and persistence were all the reasons and the driving force which no one could stand in the way of. You can’t make this stuff up. So what is it that Mike likes about this 1978 25th Anniversary Pace Car Corvette? I CAN AFFORD IT NOW!! So can you! The moral of my story; Don’t let anyone or anything stand in the way of your dreams.
Corvette Mike celebrating 39 years On January 10th, 2021. What a ride and rode well traveled it’s been. But truly, it’s the friendships garnered that I cherish most. Some that go back all 39 years plus a couple.
Happy New Year!!”
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Some Random Thoughts
Every time I “get with the program”… somebody changes the channel.
The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.
When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes; when you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours. That’s relativity.
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