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  • Does anyone anticipate having C8 anxiety

    This car is going to be like having your own personal parade for quite some time. I'm wondering if any of you out there that are getting one will have anxiety and not drive it to regular places, like Home Depot, or Red Lobster, or Walmart? This car has a feeling of being something special and I am just wondering. I still remember when some fine person dropped a key into my red Corvette to the fiberglass and started on a front fender and finished at the same spot on the other front fender after going all the way around the car.

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    Originally posted by Phil1098 View Post
    This car is going to be like having your own personal parade for quite some time. I'm wondering if any of you out there that are getting one will have anxiety and not drive it to regular places, like Home Depot, or Red Lobster, or Walmart? This car has a feeling of being something special and I am just wondering. I still remember when some fine person dropped a key into my red Corvette to the fiberglass and started on a front fender and finished at the same spot on the other front fender after going all the way around the car.
    that sucks................and no I didn't, before.

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    • #3
      Nah, if stuff happens, it happens.

      My only anxiety is people not realizing it's a Corvette, the attainable sports car. There's a certain stigma associated with driving an exotic and if folks keep mistaking the C8 for a Ferrari or whatever, that could spill over onto us.

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      • #4
        I take my C7 convertible out for rides that start in my garage and end there. Only stops are gas stations and maybe sometimes to a restaurant at lunch where I can see it out the window. I have another vehicle for errands and trips where the car is left unattended.

        I imagine, if I get a C8 convertible, my paranoia will be even worse.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Milliwatt Rob View Post
          I take my C7 convertible out for rides that start in my garage and end there. Only stops are gas stations and maybe sometimes to a restaurant at lunch where I can see it out the window. I have another vehicle for errands and trips where the car is left unattended.

          I imagine, if I get a C8 convertible, my paranoia will be even worse.
          This is an honest response and what I'm looking for. I'm afraid I am going to follow this example.

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          • #6
            Some friends got one of the very first C7 Museum Delivery cars in early October, 2013. Drove it across country. They are quiet, like to be in the background, folks. They asked me a tons of questions before they flew to NCM to pick it up. They had planned on five day trip home. I told them they were crazy, to replan it for seven days, that even a 10 minute regular gas stop would be at least 30 minutes. They though I was crazy, but since they had done few road trips and at that point we had done 250,000 miles on them, they re-scheduled their trip to take more time.

            They called me half way home, saying they were being treated like rock stars at every single stop, that while driving, everyone was pulling along side them, taking pictures, that they were having the greatest time. Again, these are modest, quiet almost-shy folks. They said that it was a trip of a lifetime for them. But by their next to the last day home, the extra long gas stops, rest area stops on the interstate, were collectively getting a little much, they being asked over and over by well-meaning folks who would visit their car, “how much does it cost,” how fast does it go,” but then the next group who walked up to them would rejuvenate their spirits and they would excitedly again talk about their C7.

            So the C8 questions will be, “is that a Ferrari?” is that a Lamborghini,” how fast will it go,” how much does it cost?”
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            • #7
              Originally posted by John View Post
              So the C8 questions will be, “is that a Ferrari?” is that a Lamborghini,” how fast will it go,” how much does it cost?”
              I'm fine with the parade and questions, my fear is leaving it in a parking lot while in a store or some place.

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              • #8
                Good point. I get a fair amount of extra walking done by parking at the far ends of parking lots. At the same time, we are now 300,000 mile road trippers and not once did we have any of our cars get hit in the parking lot in motels or restaurants, get keyed or anything else bad. True, we do not stay in two star motels with our nice cars, but we do stay in three and four star ones — not luxury places.
                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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                • #9
                  Nope not worried...thats why we have insurance. As far as questions from bystanders i still enjoy shooting the breeze with strangers.

                  i too park far away for the most part even though I use my corvettes as daily drivers...

                  i want to live and enjoy as many minutes on this earth as humanly possible...hence the reason I make sure i use my corvettes as daily drivers...

                  the most smiles per miles wins ...

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                  • #10
                    I'll have anxiety but it will in no way stop me....like above said....thats why we have insurance in worst case scenario....I park at furthest end of the lots...and just in general try to park smart. But anything can happen...I remember watching a guy through the Applebees window jump on my hood so he could get a picture...I wasn't thrilled.

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                    • #11
                      I highly recommend a car cover. Extra work but keeps people away

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                      • #12
                        I don't go to Red Lobster or Walmart, so no "anxiety" there.

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                        • #13
                          I will certainly exercise great restraint in where I drive the car, and caution in where I park it.
                          One big difference between this and any other car I've gotten, I find myself making a list of friends that I will let drive it. Can you imagine what a big deal that would be?
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                          • #14
                            Guys dont have anxiety...its a cool as hell car but its still just a car....

                            enjoy the hell out of it...and at the end of the day itll be the fun that derive from driving it, still keeping it nice etc but try not to worry so much.

                            Never let the things you own ......own you...

                            my suggestion is fight the urge to be overly protective...

                            its quite empowering to breakthrough the habit of being overly protective...

                            Consider my suggestion..



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                            • #15
                              I drive my 66 all over the place so I'm used to driving an attention getting car. I don't run errands with it since my insurance policy frowns on that but if I go on an overnight trip to a distant car show, I park it in the hotel parking lot and don't worry about it.

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