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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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I drove my C6 GS today (minus 3 deg C).

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  • I drove my C6 GS today (minus 3 deg C).

    Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_20190210_111932504 - Edited.jpg Views:	12 Size:	796.7 KB ID:	26168 It's been so bad the past month it hasn't been out. At least it was dry and the roads clear today. I have the oil temp on the display and it was minus 1 at the start. That's my garage, basically a refrigerator. The car always starts instantly which has always impressed me. I wanted to check tire pressures and get them moving a bit. 3 of 4 needed a little air. The drive just reminded me that there is almost no traction at this temperature. The car was originally a US car that was imported to Canada, which is very common here. The easiest way to tell a US car is the speedo - going to 200. Mine was Canadianised with custom gauge faces which match the color of the car (yellow). So my speedo goes to 300 So there !

    I drove all the way to a Tim Horton's. I'm thinking that I may live in the most densely populated Tim's city in Canada. 50,000/9 = 5,555 people per Tim's.
    Last edited by Bikerjulio; 02-11-2019, 07:01 AM.
    2020 C8 Corvette.D.O.B 2/03/2020
    Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
    2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
    Spectra Grey Tridents.
    Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.

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    Good for you; and really good for your car to get its fluids moving. Nice colorized gauges.
    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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    • #3
      Coldest I've driven mine was about 17F. About -8C. But not on the OEM summer tires.
      Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

      Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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      Never grow up - It's a trap.

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      • #4
        Yeah! Congratulations on using your corvette.

        i decided years back to daily my corvettes ...ls3 motors love cold air...and lack of traction can be if one is aware of it can be fun too..

        be safe, be smart and its good to enjoy life,

        i enjoyed reading your adventure.

        i admire your decision to explore the corvette driving experience even when its not optimal weather.

        its still fun!

        life is too short to wait for perfect weather to enjoy our corvettes....at least in my opinion..






        Last edited by JB; 02-10-2019, 08:20 PM.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by JB View Post
          Yeah! Congratulations on using your corvette.

          i decided years back to daily my corvettes ...ls3 motors love cold air...and lack of traction can be if one is aware of it can be fun too..

          be safe, be smart and its good to enjoy life,

          i enjoyed reading your adventure.

          i admire your decision to explore the corvette driving experience even when its not optimal weather.

          its still fun!

          life is too short to wait for perfect weather to enjoy our corvettes....at least in my opinion..





          Thanks JB. I agree. Low traction is a good learning environment. Hence a tiny country like Finland having some of the best F1 and rally drivers ever.

          Cold is not the issue. But if there's a bunch of snow and ice, I draw the line with the Corvette. That's what my other car is for.
          2020 C8 Corvette.D.O.B 2/03/2020
          Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
          2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
          Spectra Grey Tridents.
          Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.

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          • #6
            Competitive Driving Mode

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            • #7
              Maybe for the trained and highly skilled. However, let us remember how many, without the skill level needed, decided to unset traction control and ended up in a ditch, some completely destroying their C7’s. On another forum, even a person with 20 years of tracking his cars, admitted that he screwed up when he unset traction control, accelerated while making a 90 degree turn from a stop sign, and found a ditch. He showed us the two-hour later picture of it on a rollaway badly damaged.

              While I am track trained, I never personally choose to unset my traction control on the street (though aware that others choose to do so).
              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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              • #8
                Glad you got it out. I've been hemmed in by massive road construction on my street for over a month. New sewer, water pipes and utilities installed. New sidewalk, reconfiguration of the street and new pavement. The construction finally moved further on. I've had to park the daily driver a coupla blocks away and "hike" to it to get out.

                So yesterday the temp got up to 40F and the street was clear enough to get the C7 out. What fun. Ran like a charm while I ran it easy in the "cold".
                Last edited by Boomer; 02-11-2019, 04:21 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Boomer View Post
                  Glad you got it out. I've been hemmed in by massive road construction on my street for over a month. New sewer, water pipes and utilities installed. New sidewalk, reconfiguration of the street and new pavement. The construction finally moved further on. I've had to park the daily driver a coupla blocks away and "hike" to it to get out.

                  So yesterday the temp got up to 40f and the street was clear enough to get the C7 out. What fun. Ran like a charm. Gotta have that fix periodically!
                  We've had the same thing going on my street. New services. They had the street trenched separately for water, storm and sanitary. It has been left as a gravel road until paving season starts here which is probably April. I have a gravel ramp to my drive which I can just manage with the corvette even though it's set up pretty low.

                  Couldn't make it out this day though ! (moved car out earlier). That's the edge of my drive on the left. New watermain in foreground. The bucket is just working around my high pressure gas line. They had previously cut my neighbor's. So I was a little on edge.

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                  Last edited by Bikerjulio; 02-11-2019, 03:50 PM.
                  2020 C8 Corvette.D.O.B 2/03/2020
                  Shadow Grey Metallic on Black
                  2LT, Z51 + MRC. GT1 seats.
                  Spectra Grey Tridents.
                  Carbon flash mirrors and spoiler.

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                  • #10
                    Here’s to your new pavement, when laid, being beautiful smooth.
                    GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bikerjulio View Post

                      We've had the same thing going on my street. New services. They had the street trenched separately for water, storm and sanitary. It has been left as a gravel road until paving season starts here which is probably April. I have a gravel ramp to my drive which I can just manage with the corvette even though it's set up pretty low.

                      Couldn't make it out this day though ! (moved car out earlier). That's the edge of my drive on the left. New watermain in foreground. The bucket is just working around my high pressure gas line. They had previously cut my neighbor's. So I was a little on edge.
                      I feel you pain!!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by John View Post
                        Maybe for the trained and highly skilled. However, let us remember how many, without the skill level needed, decided to unset traction control and ended up in a ditch, some completely destroying their C7’s. On another forum, even a person with 20 years of tracking his cars, admitted that he screwed up when he unset traction control, accelerated while making a 90 degree turn from a stop sign, and found a ditch. He showed us the two-hour later picture of it on a rollaway badly damaged.

                        While I am track trained, I never personally choose to unset my traction control on the street (though aware that others choose to do so).
                        Actually it is the technology of active handling that makes driving these cars so much safer in the winter months...its not perfect yet it does assist.

                        most of us old enough re,ember driving for years with rear wheel drive cars and snow tires back in the 1970s and 1980s...

                        never to go crazy...but just have a few laughs.

                        every morning I get to drive around the frozen lake in the woods in my corvette and for me its a surreal experience.

                        I totally respect those who prefer to use their corvettes in a fashion that makes them happy...

                        glad you got your ride out this winter..



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                        • #13
                          February 14, sunny, 52F and dry here in the Mid-Atlantic. Nice cruise today while not worrying about traction, traffic or anything. Love these mid winter weather breaks. I'm sure the C7 enjoyed getting out and exercising. Sure felt like it did.

                          Gonna get colder with possibility of snow over the weekend so gotta take advantage of these conditions when they develop. Music blaring, smooth roads, lite traffic, and the 460HP showing its stuff. Ah yes!

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                          • #14
                            Sounds like fun Boomer. For those of us who have very limited use of our Corvettes during the winter, that unexpected mid-winter drive is always super exciting.
                            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by John View Post
                              Sounds like fun Boomer. For those of us who have very limited use of our Corvettes during the winter, that unexpected mid-winter drive is always super exciting.
                              Yes. I've gotten in the habit of regularly checking the long range forecast to identify in advance potential "Corvette" days. Next Mon looks good, 44F, dry and cloudy. The next one after a stretch of cold and rain is not till Monday Feb 25, sunny, 46F, 0% chance of rain. Of course that will probably change between now and then but I'll keep an eye on it. I do feel fortunate that I have periodic days throughout the winter when I can get the C7 out.

                              Gotta dodge those pesky Polar Vortexes sometimes.

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