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    I hate getting caught in the rain - only an idiot would drive a new vette in the snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad View Post
    So you're coming home from your son's house after thanks giving and when you hit the Smokeys the snow starts. Best thing to do is get off the road, but everyone does that and the motels and restaurants fill up quick. Since I've made that trip 1 or 2 times a year since 1988 about 40,000 miles the car was equipped with deep tread narrow Dunlop tires I use to run in the rain. Travel was not a driving issue but I know what you mean and understand why stupid people do that. That's what I've always done with my Corvetttes and my first 3 were year round divers, after all it is an automobile not to be confused with a garage queen.
    Well, Dad, you are very lucky if you haven't encountered any problems driving in snow. I've had Corvettes for many years and have never found them to drive well in heavy rain and certainly not in snow. And with the newer ones with those huge tires, it is even worse. The Corvette does NOT handle well in those weather conditions so why tempt fate?? Again, you've been very lucky, I'd say.

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    Actually, if you look at this picture............

    It wouldn't surprise me if the owner claimed it wouldn't start and
    the damage was caused by the flatbed operator when it was being loaded!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GS Diva View Post
    Well, Dad, you are very lucky if you haven't encountered any problems driving in snow. I've had Corvettes for many years and have never found them to drive well in heavy rain and certainly not in snow. And with the newer ones with those huge tires, it is even worse. The Corvette does NOT handle well in those weather conditions so why tempt fate?? Again, you've been very lucky, I'd say.

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    Luck is not the trait I rely on when driving. If you can't drive in that kind of weather don't, but for those that can and do so without problems I don't see how that makes them stupid. I see many more FWD, RWD, 4WD in the ditch than I do Corvettes but then most of us are smart enough to know our weaknesses so the Corvette is in the garage when it should be.

    Why did GM put a heater and windshield wipers on the Corvette?

    Today we have 8" of fine drifting snow going for 6 more this weekend, no I'm not driving my Corvettes, rest easy.
    C6 has been great for over 10 years, I'll miss her... Still more fun driving the '64 and the '72.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJS View Post
    I hate getting caught in the rain - only an idiot would drive a new vette in the snow.

    Thanks for your kind thoughts.
    C6 has been great for over 10 years, I'll miss her... Still more fun driving the '64 and the '72.

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    > I don't see how that makes them stupid.

    As Elaine stated the newer Corvettes have tires with a lot of surface area and are little more than slicks. They (C6 stock tires) suck when driving on wet and cold pavement, let alone snow covered roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJS View Post
    > I don't see how that makes them stupid.

    As Elaine stated the newer Corvettes have tires with a lot of surface area and are little more than slicks. They (C6 stock tires) suck when driving on wet and cold pavement, let alone snow covered roads.
    Now you're catching on, go back and read what I said. They were NOT stock tires, I always have stock and rain tires because I drive my Corvettes when I want to not when someone else thinks I should. I live on the edge...........
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    C6 has been great for over 10 years, I'll miss her... Still more fun driving the '64 and the '72.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dad View Post
    Now you're catching on, go back and read what I said. They were NOT stock tires, I always have stock and rain tires because I drive my Corvettes when I want to not when someone else thinks I should. I live on the edge...........
    I did read what you said.
    Obviously you didn't read, or you misunderstood what I said: "only an idiot would drive a new vette in the snow."

    I was referring to the person who crashed the "new" Corvette.

    Are you catching on?????















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    Quote Originally Posted by JJS View Post
    I did read what you said.
    Obviously you didn't read, or you misunderstood what I said: "only an idiot would drive a new vette in the snow."

    I was referring to the person who crashed the "new" Corvette.

    Are you catching on?????
    Thanks again for your kind words, "only an idiot would drive a new vette in the snow" my '98 was new when the picture was taken, note the original wheels.
    C6 has been great for over 10 years, I'll miss her... Still more fun driving the '64 and the '72.

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    Whatever man - your '98 didn't have the same tires and wheels that the new ones have.

    If you want to take my comments personally that's up to you. My reply was to the original thread and I can't for the life of me understand why you thought that post was directed at you.

    I hope you get the chance to enjoy yourself and spend more time driving your corvette in the snow this winter. You might want to put some silicone on that front spoiler.

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    I read a thread last year from a guy on this board who lives in NH as well as somewhere down South.
    He was driving his C6 back North last winter and got caught in a Blizzard and had to travel through several states during the storm before he made it home.
    I was really impressed with his post as he said he never got stuck (I believe he had a manual transmission) but he was behind several people that did. It took him several hours (more than normal) to get home but he said the C6 was outstanding in the snow even though he was pretty pissed that he got caught in that situation to begin with. I remember him saying he was going to take care of the under carriage as soon as he had a chance.

    Although the car performed well in the snow it wasn't something he would have done if he had a choice - not many Corvette owners would.

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    If you look at the latest picture, you can see snow in the rear wheel well.
    So I think he drove it a little before the accident.

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    If I had a choice between driving a Corvette in a snow storm and driving a vehicle better suited to such poor road conditions... perhaps with better ground clearance, 4X4, snow tires and suchlike... there would be no question which vehicle I would choose. Most of us have Corvettes as a secondary vehicle. From that perspective, it doesn't make sense to use a Corvette... unless...

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