Will Cooksey Lays it Down at Carlisle!
One of the events at Corvettes at Carlisle is the burnout contest held in front of the grandstands. It's an excellent opportunity to show everyone what your Vette can do.
During my travels around the GM Engineering tent I found a silver Z06 with a couple interesting buttons in the center console and a small instruction sheet taped above the center HVAC vents.
The button closest to the driver enables the Line Lock. The button closest to the passenger disengages the traction control system.
As the burnout contest started various Corvettes came and literally filled a large portion of the Fairgrounds with tire smoke.
Low and behold a silver C6 Z06 rolls up next with Bowling Green Plant Manager, Will Cooksey behind the wheel.
His burnout was definitely one of the most impressive and below, you can see what the inside of a runflat tire looks like!
The runflat tire literally came apart after a LONG LONG burnout and punctured the passenger side rear quarter over the wheel.
For the next 24 hours, passersby stood in shock and awe at the results.
Below, you can see Will recuperating after this strenuous feat:
Ok, now that all of that is out of the way, in all seriousness, Will had both knees replaced a few weeks ago so it was much easier for him to get around in the golf cart, and let me tell you, the intense heat and humidity didn't help either! There were many times I wish I had a cart this weekend!!
Now, I would be remiss if I didn't say, do not do this at home! Do not take your Z06 and attempt to liquify the rear tires. The Z06 you see above is a Chevrolet Engineering vehicle. It was built strictly for testing, and will be examined, repaired and continue with being tested.
In answer to some of the comments I heard around regarding this Z06, NO, this Z06 will not be up for sale to the public or auctioned off. Once Chevrolet Engineering is finished conducting their testing, the car will be destroyed.
Yes, it's sad to know that Corvettes are intentionally destroyed, but these vehicles lead very hard lives as test vehicles and they do so in order to make the Corvettes that you and I drive, THAT much better.
Last but not least, all is not lost. Will donated the rear quarter panel to Lance Miller and Corvettes at Carlisle in order to be auctioned off in order to benefit Amyloidosis Research.
This silent auction supports Amyloidosis research. Chip Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events, passed away from complications related to primary Amyloidosis in March 2004. The rare plasma cell disorder affects the body's primary organs. To find out more information, click here.
All in all, it was a great show. I spoke with Will afterwards, and as I said goodbye and walked away, I heard an irate woman walk up to Will and say, "ARE YOU THE ONE THAT CREATED THAT MESS?!"
Will, hope you recover quickly from your double knee replacement and hopefully, that woman didn't beat you with her pocketbook!!
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This Z-O6 got it's ass kicked
Gotta love it. You can't beat a manager that will get out there and play like that. I am guessing he had a ball doing that. Good for him.
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Great write-up, Rob! I hope Wil recovers quickly from his surgery.
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Originally Posted by bossvette
I just talked to Tom(MM-C5) he said that Guy,Remo and Stepinwolf are alright!!
The weekend at Corvettes at carlisle has been abruptly interrupted by a major thunderstorm that has sent car covers and barrels flying, vendor tents collapsing, and some major damage to Corvettes in the 1957 reuinion tent.
Just as the Corvette parade was finishing, the rain and hail started, with torrential deluges for about 20 minutes around 7:00. When all was finished, about half the vendors tents have been blown away, and emergency crews were taking care of injured people that were hit with flying structures, tent stakes, and other objects. Trees are down across roads, and power has been out for several hours, since dark in most of the town.
But it tore the heck out of things!!
It's got so it seems to me that the Internet has created a lot more Horses A$$'s than we have Horses!
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This year we went but Maple stayed home in the Garage. We left a liitle late but arrived in enough time to walk the fair grounds & catch the parade. After the parade was over the skys just opened up. It was a long wet & windy drive home yesterday, I felt like the storm followed us from Carlisle to home!!
Just a little joke, Junk. Thanks for posting the photos.
This morning at the hotel in Mechanicsburg, the girl behind the desk asked us if we had heard of the tornado that hit the fairgrounds. We didn't know anything about this!!! Thanks for the update. I hope those that were hurt recover quickly.
Storm shortens Corvette parade
By Heather Stauffer
The Carlisle Sentinel
August 26, 2007
Last updated: Sunday, August 26, 2007 12:33 AM EDT
For 15 minutes they lived the dream, those drivers in the Corvettes at Carlisle parade: Gleaming cars, screaming spectators, the air filled with the fragrance of exhaust.
Then came the rain. And just like that, before the first fat drops turned to pelting sheets, Larry Gilbert's prayers weren't answered.
Before the parade, as he sat in his shining cascade green 1957 Corvette, the top down beneath gray skies, the Maryland resident said he heard it was raining on Interstate 81.
He was hoping and praying it didn't rain, he said, but if it did, “You're going to see us pull over to the side of the road real quick” and put up the tops.
The other half of “us” was his wife, Mary Lou Gilbert. Her car, parked directly behind his, was its mirror image - same year, same colors, same American flag waving from the back.
“We have twins,” she said happily. “His and hers.”
Wherever they take them, said Mary Lou Gilbert, the duo draws stares, and it's not uncommon for people to come up to them and say, “Didn't I see you two at ___?”
No other twin sets
The answer is probably yes, she said: In all the 'Vette events they've been to, she has yet to see another couple with a comparable pair of cars.
Being a twin is especially fun during parades, she said: “They want us to rev the engines, they want us to race, they always want to know who's the fastest.”
And, she said, her husband is usually in for a bit of ribbing when people discover the one thing about the cars that isn't identical: While hers is a four-speed, his is automatic. That's because they got his first, about three and a half years ago. By the time Mary Lou turned 57 two years ago, she knew exactly what she wanted: A '57 Corvette to match his.
“When we found her, she did not look like this,” said Mary Lou Gilbert, standing near the car that she now says is cleaner than her kitchen. But one complete overhaul later, they were ready to parade.
And parade they did, cruising side by side down Clay Street near the front of pack, beaming proudly and jokingly expressing dissatisfaction when a man with a video camera stopped in front of Mary Lou's car, causing her to fall behind her husband.
The crowd loved it, rows of people on either side of the street clapping as the two approached.
But then, the crowd loved everything: The newest models, also near the front of the lineup; the ones with the antique license plates; the ones that revved their engines; and especially the ones that hung back momentarily and then did a quick hop between the gas and the brake, speeding off trailing smoke.
“Smoke those babies!” they yelled, cameras at the ready. “Do it, do it, do it!”
Some yielded to their requests, grinning proudly. Others merely smiled and drove on.
One who could easily have gratified them was Paul Drula, a Maryland resident whose black 1957 racing Corvette plates bore the words “inthe7s,” a reference to how fast it once went on a quarter-mile drag racing strip.
Drula, a law enforcement officer who doesn't use the 'Vette on the job, said that back then, it had a 1,000-horsepower engine. These days, he said, it's half that - 500 - but still has plenty of kick. It's a lot of fun, he said, and he frequents as many parades and shows as he can.
So all was fine and exuberant, and the cars passed on their way to downtown Carlisle, and reluctantly the assembled spectators dispersed.
“It was pretty nice,” said Michael Bailey, a Virginia resident who has been coming to the show for several years. He couldn't pick a favorite, he said. Beside him, Morgan Bailey had been videotaping the procession so he could sit back and watch it again later, mining it for ideas for his own Corvette.
Slightly more daring was Greg O'Reilly, a North Carolina resident who filmed from the middle of the street until police told him to move.
“This is my 16th year,” he said excitedly, explaining that he follows the same procedure every year. It's worth it, he said, because of the great footage he gets.
And then, just as the cars moved out of sight, the clouds spilled the first drops and everyone headed rapidly toward shelter.
Not too long after the storm worsened, two men were pushing one of the cars toward a gas station, while others parked by the side of the street or headed back toward the fairgrounds. Would-be spectators huddled in doorways, and it soon became apparent that despite the brave beginning, this was one parade that couldn't survive a storm.
Tree Limb Damage...
Sad day for quite a few owners including the guy in the Blue C3 behind me as we were leaving the Fair Grounds.
The storm was intense, small branches where flying everywhere but we were gridlocked in traffic. I pulled up to gain the protection of a berm from the flying debris. The Blue C3 behind me was under a tree and didn't move up. Unfortunately, the tree he was under broke loose and a limb went through his driver side t-top. I thought the worse and had 911 on my cell phone. Thank Goodness I saw him get out of his car and he seemed to be OK. The rain was blowing sideways left to right. It was not a good place to be.
My concern goes out to all who weren't as lucky.
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