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    Default First long Road Trip, but no other C3's:

    Well we just got back last night from my 1st long road trip. My 1st because I just got this, my 1st Vette this past October. It pretty much ran like a top except for some very slight surging at cruising speed. Feels like headwind.
    Left Baton Rouge and most of the miles was thru Texas, 1,106 round trip. I was surprised when I ran the numbers my fill up's today and seen that the car average right at 16 mpg. It has the L82 all stock. Used Shell Super Unleaded. On the Interstates we cruised at 70 & 75 with AC of course. I was told to look forward to around 13-14. So I guess I'm happy.
    But guys and girls I seen no other C3's. Where you at!! I seen 1 C4 and quite a few C5's, 1 C6. As I said, I bought it in October, 08 and my wife drove it for the 1st time on the way back home. SHE LIKED IT!
    Well that's it. Lator Gators!

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    The older the cars, the less you're gonna see 'em. C5's are a dime a dozen right now and they are pretty reliable. No surprise there's lots of 'em out there. I see about equal numbers of C2-C4 when I'm out and about.
    I dunno, but the smaller numbers makes "The Wave" seem all that more meaningful.

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    Yes I know, but it would have been nice to see just one other C3. It was a fairly long road trip.

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    I reckon that if you plan a roadtrip to Effingham, IL around September 25th or so, you might see a few vettes here or there...

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    Yes, I was looking at the info Mid America sent me. Never know.

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    Being a Newbie I have never been there. Have you? If so, what is there to do around there? (Effingham, IL)
    I actually showed the info on it to my wife last night. She has been asking me what I want to do or where I want to go for my 54th BD which is in July. She asked me the question I'm asking now about what else is there to do around there. Hey I could put off a BD trip for a couple of months.

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    401KVet - first of all, congrats on a great looking SHARK ! Seeing another SHARK out on the roads anymore is like a treat. I don't think many other C3 owners do long road trips because they aren't real confident of putting them out there for days on end. It's to bad, because they grab attention ... everybody knows what they are.
    Back in 2000 and 2001, YODA and I took our C3's from Modesto California to Bowling Green (each round trip being approximately 5000 miles).
    Most thought we were pretty crazy to run our SHARKS back there, but we kept up on maintenance and were confident taking them anywhere.
    Aside from Andre, I don't know of too many others that wouldn't hesitate to pack up and go anywhere in their C3.
    So ... more power to you. Keep that C3 out there for others to see.

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    DawG,
    I'm not a mechanic by a long shot, but I know what has to be done to a car so it want leave you on the road. After I bought this my first Vette back in October I started to work on it, and what I couldn't do I paid others to do. Of course anything could happen, even if I would be driving a C6.
    That being said, me and the wife are looking forward to our next road trip. My Louisiana L. Plate is a prestige plate with Antique on the bottom and the plate number is 80VETTE Thanks,

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    I had a 69 vert .350/350 4sp.When I sold it the odometer read almost 300 ,000 miles .It made many a long road trips and most we're enjoyable .Thats what their for Welcome

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    RIGHT ON!
    I did not buy it just to look at it. Even though I do plenty of that too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 401KVet View Post
    Being a Newbie I have never been there. Have you? If so, what is there to do around there? (Effingham, IL)
    I actually showed the info on it to my wife last night. She has been asking me what I want to do or where I want to go for my 54th BD which is in July. She asked me the question I'm asking now about what else is there to do around there. Hey I could put off a BD trip for a couple of months.
    This will be the 12th year my wife and I have attended Fun Fest. Between checking out the cars, displays, and tech sessions, hanging out with our CAC friends, and meeting other Vette nuts we've never had to try to hard to stay busy all weekend. However, if your looking to extend your trip to take in some other activities I'd have to concede that Effingham doesn't have many other attractions. There may be fun to be had along the road depending upon the route you take. There's plenty to see in St. Louis and St. Gen has some great wineries.
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    Click this link for information on CAC group parking at Mid America's FunFest for Corvette 2011. Sept 16th-18th. http://www.corvetteactioncenter.com/...ml#post1072312

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGrawcock View Post
    This will be the 12th year my wife and I have attended Fun Fest. Between checking out the cars, displays, and tech sessions, hanging out with our CAC friends, and meeting other Vette nuts we've never had to try to hard to stay busy all weekend. However, if your looking to extend your trip to take in some other activities I'd have to concede that Effingham doesn't have many other attractions. There may be fun to be had along the road depending upon the route you take. There's plenty to see in St. Louis and St. Gen has some great wineries.
    It really sounds like fun. St. Louis sounds good to. How far a drive from the Fun Fest, and what is St. Gen ??. Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by 401KVet View Post
    It really sounds like fun. St. Louis sounds good to. How far a drive from the Fun Fest, and what is St. Gen ??. Thanks,
    St Louis is about 100 miles west of Effingham on I70. Coming up from Louisiana I wasn't sure if you would go through Missouri or not. St. Gen is St Genevieve. It's located a little south (maybe 40mi) of St. Louis and is the oldest town west of the Mississippi river. The wineries are south of town. check out www.crownvalleywinery.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnGrawcock View Post
    St Louis is about 100 miles west of Effingham on I70. Coming up from Louisiana I wasn't sure if you would go through Missouri or not. St. Gen is St Genevieve. It's located a little south (maybe 40mi) of St. Louis and is the oldest town west of the Mississippi river. The wineries are south of town. check out www.crownvalleywinery.com.
    Thanks again, now I need to go to work on the wife

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLACKDOG View Post
    Most thought we were pretty crazy to run our SHARKS back there, but we kept up on maintenance and were confident taking them anywhere.
    Aside from Andre, I don't know of too many others that wouldn't hesitate to pack up and go anywhere in their C3.
    Absolutely! Aside from not being waterproof, I've had very few problems with my car. I can say with 100% certainty it's never thrown a computer code at me while my newer daily drivers have! Any problems I've ever had with my car that potentially kept me grounded were all aftermarket things...the front pump on my aftermarket transmission and my digital ignition system. Other than that *knock on fiberglass* my car has always been solid! Oh, the OEM calipers went out on me. But that didn't keep me from making the drive to BG! (Anyways, OEM calipers are a well known/documented issue, so that doesn't really count. )

    I'd almost think that you'd have to include GerryLP in that list considering he was the first CruiseFest Road Warrior recipient if I recall correctly. Or would that award specifically exclude him from this list??

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