To start, I must admit, I am no expert when it comes to the long heritage and history of the Corvette. In honesty, covering the history of this car would be useless as every aspect of every model and year has been scrutinized. Instead, I want to talk about the effect these cars have had on me personally in the last few years. It is strange to say, but I am now a huge fan of a car I had never cared about before. Let’s look at why.
My Old Corvette Rule of Thumb
When I was younger, I started noticing something about the Corvette’s I would see. Every time I looked at the person behind the wheel, I would be surprised to see an older gentleman driving. This constant must have really formed a mold in my mind as I just started associating these cars with older men and not performance. The idea had stuck with me for many years and sort of became a game. Perhaps my town was different than yours, but this fact helped form my opinions on these cars. Add to that, the performance of the C3 and C4 models was not all that impressive compared to other, more accessible, cars of their time.
Effect Step 1: Corvette C5
The Corvette Effect starts here for me. The entrance of the C5 Corvette made me take notice again. By this point in my life I had just followed my basic Corvette rule and just stopped paying attention. The C5 started to change that thought process. With a new look, more power and a great presence, the car could no longer be ignored. I started taking notice again, and found the “rule” being BROKEN! To my surprise, there were more and more cars popping on the scene with younger drivers. Though the cars were cooler, and a wider range of people were driving them, I still had limited interest at this point.
Effect Step 2: Corvette C6
A new stage of “the effect” came with the introduction of the C6 Corvette. My word, things were getting interesting with these cars. Massive power, more support than ever and cars that were starting to hold their own in the super car field. I started to become a secret fan. I could not ever say that I wanted to own a Corvette, but I really respected them now. This was a huge change for me that I never expected, but I was not quite there.
Effect Step 3: Corvette C7
Game over! What Can I say; the C7 Corvette is amazing. The look, the sound... just everything. I now find myself at stop lights rolling down the window and turning off my radio just to hear it idle. I take off fast in hopes the driver of the car will nail it and fly by. There is never even a glance at the driver these days, as I love the cars so much, I no longer pay attention. If I were a kid today, I would have only this car on my wall. These cars are outstanding. I am now fully converted to the Corvette side of the world.
With all the Web content covering C5, C6 and C7 builds, no one can deny the proven performers these cars have become. There is a feeling of desire to see these cars come out on top. A new found respect not seen before. With guys like Cleetus McFarland and Kyle Loftis battling their respective builds in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube, it is no wonder these cars are gaining even more popularity.
The Corvette was never a car on my list of, “if ever”. But, after many years of raising the bar, and redefining direction, I now look at the Corvette as a car I want and will have. That is the effect the Corvette has had on me. How about you? Does anyone relate to this or know of others that may? Please shout out or share if so. You can write your opinions in the comments section below. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.