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  • My ME: To Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

    With my 2,000,000+ total miles, and not a chargeable accident since I was a teenager, I still know I need to take my ME to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch (SM).

    Taking my C7 Z06 to SM improved not just my track driving, and also my daily driving. I had driven very powerful cars for many years before I got the 2015 Z06. I was very comfortable in almost every kind of driving, including having spent 15 years driving on snowy winter roads, and even several years driving a tractor-trailer with double boxes through the Rockies. Yet, something about the massive torque of our Z, especially when I was caught out in a driving rain crossing a mile long bridge with steel grates for its roadway in cool weather, informed me I needed professional training to comfortably own that car.

    My SM experience parallels the 99.9% who went there, in that it was not just a fantastically fun time, and but most importantly, made me (and from reading the comments of so many others), all of us a better all-around driver. I truly use what I learned there almost every single day I drivers, e.g., not just where I hold my hands on the steering wheel, not just the techniques I learned there, but I there become calm “super-spiritedly carving corners at great speeds.”

    Why if I now have that skill level now to handle my 650 HP/650 TQ beast, would I need to go back to SM for a 500 HP Corvette? Because as all my friends have shared, and all I read has clearly told/showed me, driving a ME is a significantly different animal than driving a FE. Not just for turn in, but also for braking, accelerating and daily handling.

    I want to learn how to be really good in an ME. No, I will never race it, probably never do even an HPDE, but I often haul the mail on the many, isolated, country-Corvette-curvy-corner, scenic roads that are not only around where I live, but onto which we take many thousand mile, road trips annually.

    So Spring Mountain, with your excellent facilities, and your great driving instructors, led by Rick Malone’s gentle and encouraging demeanor which pervades his entire staff and the enitre SM experience, I am looking forward to returning with my ME.


    How would you describe your Spring Mountain experience? And if you are planing on getting a ME, will you be going back there?



    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.

  • #2
    John,

    Ditto your comments on going back to Spring Mountain, regardless of your past driving experience, to learn the nuances of ME handling in an unfamiliar car from professionals and on a track with forgiving wide pavement and no oncoming traffic! I'm far from a professional driver but even after racing for over 20 years in a lightweight Lotus mid-engine sports racer, I knew that I needed a professional to get me jump started in the track handling of a FE Corvette that weighed over 2,500 lbs. more than my vintage race car with approximately the same power to weight ratio as did my C7 Z51. Granted the first day was a little boring but the second day made it all worth the while. I was disappointed, however, that they had discontinued the third day for C7 introductory driving students. Hopefully, they will consider reintroducing it in the future for the ME car. There has been many documented Z06 drivers having accidents while driving home from their delivering dealer. SM is no guarantee that will keep this from happening in the future, but caution must be used before becoming familiar with a car with this kind of horsepower. Immediately after delivery of my 2021 ME, I will be signing up for (hopefully) a three day Spring Mountain HPDE! Old dogs do need to be taught new tricks!

    Bill
    GD0 Accelerate Yellow Metallic; 3LT; HUE Natural Napa Leather; AE4 Competition Sport Seats; FA5 CF Interior Trim; Z51; FE4 Mag Ride Suspension; E60 Front Lift; Q8Q CF Open Spoke Wheels; J6F BR Brembo Calipers; RCC ER Intake Cover; DTH CF Racing Stripes; ZZ3 Engine App Package; VQK Splash Guards; ERI Battery Protection; R8C Museum Delivery

    Proud LTM NCM.

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    • #3
      Bill, you are so right, about Z06 owners crashing on their way home from the dealership. I know of two in the PNW alone, another one in Florida, BTW all on Cup 2 tires, and who knows how many others did likewise.

      With your extensive racing experience, hearing you too are heading back to SM to learn about the ME’s unique driving characteristics is reinforcing. Thank you.
      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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      • #4
        I am sure GM will send me to Spring Mountain for Mid Engine Corvette training before the first retail unit hits the streets! I have tested Each generation proto types back to the 4th Generation.

        Mike Furman
        301-212-4420
        www.corvettefurman.com

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        • #5
          How exciting for you. You totally deserve that. Of course GM recognizes that you are the # 1Corvette salesperson in its history — with over 4,000 sold.

          Need a passenger seat companion while you 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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