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Thats the thing about the Corvette that sets it apart from other cars. My wife enjoy the smiles, the thumbs up, and the all around good will expressed when we pull up in our Stingray. This is Vette number 7 for us and we think the appeal of the car and what it stands for is still growing. From the historical side you have the Route 66 , Tod and Buz appeal that so many boomers remember. Its American, Its home. Its a symbol of America's greatness. Even the astronauts drove Vettes in the 1960's. People feel a camaraderie with us anywhere we go. Yes, I love the performance capabilities of the new C7, but I also love driving an icon that causes people to look up from their daily hum drum world, an icon that inspires hard work and dreams. Just remember when you drive a Corvette everybody is your friend. Last week an admiring Daddy at a gas station proudly told his wide eyed 5year old girl that this was a Corvette, and that she shouldn't touch it. I told her to go ahead and touch it, its just a car.
 

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Well stated and great thoughts edjtyer! Thanks. :cool:
 

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Well, almost everyone for me. :D When I arrived home from the dealer with the C7, I backed the car into the garage and proceeded to unscrew the front valence bolts to install my awaiting Lashway splitter. Within seconds, my neighbor and his wife were standing over me admiring the car, another guy from up the street walks up my driveway and says that it is the nicest car that he has ever witnessed in person, another resident rides by and yells nice car and gives me a big thumbs up, and then my best friend calls to see if I picked up the car yet and proceeds to drive up to admire it. Here's where it gets weird. We meet up later at my best friend and his wife's to go to dinner who, by the way, are huge classic Mopar fans and owners. His wife walks out of the house and doesn't make eye contact as we sit in the C7 waiting. We get to the restaurant and she gets out of their car and heads straight to the restaurant , not mentioning or looking at the car. Same thing after dinner. I told the wife, I knew this thing looked like the Batmobile, but I never knew it had an invisible mode. :confused:
 

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Jealousy is an ugly emotion. Most people are excited when someone else gets a raise, does well in a golf game, achieves one of their personal or professional goals, but we all know one or two who do not take other's achievements and successes well.

You and your significant friends and some of your family love your Corvette, and if the rest are happy in a Mustang, or a Porsche, good for them. And if love their Prius, their bicycle, whatever, fine with me.

Annie and I are happiest when we are driving in our Corvette. Going somewhere in it always puts a smile on our faces. Looking at it after I have cleaned it makes me happy. "Exercising it " on curvy country roads beings real joy. It is America's sports car! And, all those things, individually and collectively, are what counts to us.
 

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This week marks a year I've had the vette. I honestly have had nothing but compliments on the car and NO bad experiences with anyone. And its seen at least half the country in my travels.....
 

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I'm certainly not going to let 1 person's sour grapes ruin the experience as the compliments far outweigh the 1 snub. What makes it even weirder though, is that situation had never arose with any of our previous Vettes, the 4th one since we've known them. Hope she enjoys the NPP Track mode as I have no alternate route out of the subdivision and have to drive by their house. :D We love the car, and it would probably take a cosmetic surgeon to get the smile off our faces when we're in it. I feel like that Bob guy in those old Enzyte commercials!
 
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NightRaceRick, it may just be that your neighbor's wife and your neighbor had something going on that did not involve your Stingray that night. Give it some time, as you said it did not occur with your other Corvettes.
 

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NightRaceRick, it may just be that your neighbor's wife and your neighbor had something going on that did not involve your Stingray that night. Give it some time, as you said it did not occur with your other Corvettes.
Hope you're right Jeff, time will tell. In the meantime:;):):D:p:eek::rolleyes::cool: I love this car!!
 

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My best friend is almost as excited as I am about my purchase of this car. He's not a Vette lover at all, in fact he downright dislikes them. But the C7 is different, he loves it! Just today he was raving about the front end, I told him I loved every inch of it, he enthusiastically agreed. The C7 definitely elicits a lot of emotion from people and it's overwhelmingly positive almost all of the time.
 

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My part time neighbor up here, who owns a second home, is so excited that he volunteered to drive me the 100 miles to MacMulkin to pick it up when it is ready.
 

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Unfortunately the attention factor can be a double edged sword. I recently sold an Inca Gold 2002 Chrysler Prowler mainly because I couldn't drive it anywhere without it drawing too much attention. Initially the attention factor was kinda fun, but after a short period it got to be a pain. The attention this car got was way beyond the occasional thumbs up. Just stopping at a gas station would typically mean a I'd be get stuck answering questions. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy talking about cars, but several years of; What is is? Who makes it? Where can I get one? Can I take some pictures of it? Are you a pro-football player? Are you rich? What engine does it have? Can I sit in it? On and on. This tended to take the fun out of ownership for me. Once my wife pulled into a gas station with it and a guy actually started getting in the car with her. (Luckily she was prepared to stop him. ;^)) After that episode reality tends to set in and the mind starts thinking how easily that event could have turned into a car jacking or theft. Our Prowler ended up becoming a garage queen, so we sold it. The funny part was, the best part of owning the Prowler was looking at it because it wasn't that fun to drive. It had the suspension of a skateboard, no room inside, and its 235hp V6 wasn't all that thrilling. Looking back, its purchase turned out to be more curiosity more than anything else, but we certainly learned out lesson. Getting attention can be a good thing, but as the saying goes... too much of a good thing can be bad.

So... When it came time to buy my C7 I purposely didn't opt for a red one, or chrome wheels, mainly to keep the attention factor to a minimum, and I'm happy to say, it seems to be working. Now I can pull into a gas station in my C7, it gets a few stares, and I occasionally have someone ask me a question about it, or give a thumbs up, and this is a much more liveable situation. My C7 is 10x the car my Prowler was, and 10x more fun to drive. Life is good.
 
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When I purchased my C7 about 6 weeks ago, my 1st Corvette ever, I had no idea the car would get so much attention. People taking photos at red lights, on the freeway, and comments and thumbs up in parking lots.

I'm not used to, and will probably never get use to, attention, but driving this car makes me forget about everyone else outside the car :)
 

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Was out to dinner with the wife this evening and a guy approached the C7 as we parked and asked about the car. He had his C6 vert there and told us about how much fun they had taking museum delivery several years back, as he checked out the C7. Good times.

Jeff - no luck with my best buddy's wife just having a bad day when she acted as if the C7 was invisible, as he owned up that she said she just didn't like it. And to think that I drove him from WV to Philly to pick up a classic Mopar for her. You would have thought she could have at least faked it. :D
 

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There is a typical Vermont lady I know up here who is all into solar panels, renewable energy, Subarus, organic gardening and everything outdoors. She is my physical therapist who straightened out a rotator cuff problem I had. When I told her I was getting a new Corvette, she demanded a ride. Out of character, I thought.
 

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There is a typical Vermont lady I know up here who is all into solar panels, renewable energy, Subarus, organic gardening and everything outdoors. She is my physical therapist who straightened out a rotator cuff problem I had. When I told her I was getting a new Corvette, she demanded a ride. Out of character, I thought.
Why would you think that is out of character? The only difference from her list of likes to mine is I don't like Subarus.
 
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The Corvette has an image, undeserved, of being a gas guzzling, CO2 spewing, scourge on the environment. That is what a couple of jealous folks have inferred in their conversations with me.
 

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Hum... That is too bad that it has that stereotype associated with it in some peoples' minds.

I am glad that the C7 is as fuel efficient as it is.
 

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There is a typical Vermont lady I know up here who is all into solar panels, renewable energy, Subarus, organic gardening and everything outdoors. She is my physical therapist who straightened out a rotator cuff problem I had. When I told her I was getting a new Corvette, she demanded a ride. Out of character, I thought.
Ahh, the stereotypes.

I've got a grid-tied solar array (producing more power than my family uses), a big garden (that fills up two chest freezers every season), and three shiny Corvettes to play with.:cool:

Life is good.
 

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Nothing but positive comments so far about my new 2015 2LT. In 1992 I bought a new Corvette Coupe. About a week after the delivery, a man in a pickup (this is not about pickups; I like pickups) pulled along side me on the right at a traffic light. A few seconds before the light turned green, he spit on the hood of my new '92, then sped off into a right turn. I was blocked in the middle lane and couldn't follow the jerk so I let it go, went home and washed the entire car. But so-far-so-good with the 2015!
 
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Rocky, "envy" is listed among the seven deadly sins, and we must all be on guard against those who suffer this weakness. At least spit is easily washed off with a hose.
 
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