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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 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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My wife took the my HTC for a drive

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  • My wife took the my HTC for a drive

    I had a 2014 C7 M7 that my wife drove 1 time and said never again. She said she couldn't see over the hood, didn't like the clutch and hated the hill start. Enough on that one. Jump ahead to today.
    With our impending trip next week to pahrump she will have to drive the car while I am on the track. So tonight she decided was a good time to do a test drive and get used to the car. WE went out for a 45 minute drive and she loved it. She said that she can see so much better out the windshield and felt so much more comfortable driving then she did the C7. I couldn't get here to punch it though, she rolled into the throttle and hit 75 and said "thats fast enough for me" So a good start for her.
    2020 LBR HTC 2LT Z51 Magnetic ride, NPP Exhuast, 2 tone natural/black interior, high wing spoiler, Black Trident wheels, Carbon flash full length Ordered 2/15/2020 Built 9/11/2020 Shipped 10/7/202 Arrived 11/2/2020 In the garage

  • #2
    Well done on her part (and yours).
    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.


    • #3
      Well, sounds as though you may have a smaller share of your C8 now that momma like.


      • #4
        THe c8 really is a more comfortable sports car to drive. The front engine corvettes have an innate quality of taming the beast while rear mid engine c8 serves the driver with efficiency of design excellence.

        both awesome ways to go .....

        thanks for sharing


        • #5
          LOL... My wife already told me if I'm getting one then she is allowed to drive it..... Makes me nervous... But she drives a 380HP Range Rover Velar, which has ALOT of pep, so at least she is sued to driving an expensive car...
          3000 - 3/1/2021. 3400 - 5/24/2021. Built 6/14/21. Still awaiting delivery.
          3LT Red Mist HTC. Jet Black Interior w/Red stitching and Carbon Fiber Interior Trim. Carbon Flash Roof, Nacelles and Mirrors
          Front Lift. Spectra Gray Trident Wheels w/Edge Red Calipers. Chrome Exterior Badge Package. Midnight Silver with CF accent fender hash marks.
          Adding AGM Carbon Fiber 5VM package, High Wing Spoiler, Rear Diffuser, mirror caps, and front grill inserts.


          • #6
            My wife drove my 1975 Corvette in a spring snow event back in 1976 (before we were married) and she hit some bad slush and spun out into the center median on the thruway coming back home. That was the last time she wanted to drive any of my Corvettes. I am hoping that she will enjoy driving the C8 when we finally get one.


            • #7
              It's a GREAT thing when the Wives are Fully Involved ... Happy Wife, Happy Life
              Last edited by Plentyfast; 05-03-2021, 11:10 AM.
              [Current Corvette 1999 C5 Z51 Magnetic Red Coupe]


              • #8
                Well, my wife refuses to try it. She's been exposed (passenger) to the power of my other sports cars and decided she doesn't want to take a chance. I've invited her to drive the C8 a few times explaining that it drives like a normal car most of the time until you tell it to go fast. But still no interest. I'm a lucky man.


                • #9
                  My wife says she has no interest in driving it. I think I'll leave it at that.
                  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

                  Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club:

                  Never grow up - It's a trap.


                  • #10
                    For over 50 years, the keys to all of our cars sit in a drawer, available to either of us. We NEVER owned a car that was designated 'his' or 'hers'. They have ALWAYS been 'ours'..... That continues to hold true today. Fortunately we share a common passion for garage toys and a willingness to enjoy 'em.....
                    2020 HTC Torch Red with lots of goodies. Built in September. Museum Delivered in October......

                    Other toys in the garage: Ferrari California, BMW i8 Roadster, Bentley Flying Spur


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tooold2race View Post
                      For over 50 years, the keys to all of our cars sit in a drawer, available to either of us. We NEVER owned a car that was designated 'his' or 'hers'. They have ALWAYS been 'ours'..... That continues to hold true today. Fortunately we share a common passion for garage toys and a willingness to enjoy 'em.....
                      What a great attitude and really nice stable of cars you have
                      Enthusiastic owner of 'RedHot' Prod.Wk 7 Oct '13 Museum Del. 29 Oct '13
                      Contributing Member of the National Corvette Museum
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