BSeery Posted June 27, 2005 Share Posted June 27, 2005 I am going to try my very, very best to keep this from sounding like, or turning into a rant. It may not happen so don't be offended in anyway if you don't like where this goes. This was not meant to say anyone is doing right or wrong or anything like that -- do what you want, this is just my take on things.Organized Corvette Cruises and High Speed Runs.I am out.I will not be doing the 100+ runs down a 2 lane road while passing people in a no-passing zone. I won't be doing triple digits for 10 miles at a time or cruising at a minimum of 95 MPH to an event. Not going to do this anymore. There are many reasons, one of which is my car is not built for this. When my 1980 was built it was designed to run at the 55 MPH federal speed limit and top out at 85 MPH. It wasn't made like the C4-C5-C6 generation and it's hard to do this all day long. For me it's not a comfortable to drive really high speeds all day long.Now don't get me wrong -- I speed. Occasionally I even haul some ass. Anytime you want to go out to Firebird and run them on the road I am more than game to show you how my C3 will run with the C5's. However this is only for the 10 minute races they hold in a safe place with no surprises such as traffic, animals and police officers. I do also run about 5-10 MPH over the posted speed limit. That is speeding. I will run 80 MPH down the interstate on a cruise, but don't expect much more than that. To me, not only are the 100 - 150 MPH runs dangerous to my car, my passengers, my fellow cruisers and my self, I just don't find them 'enjoyable'. I want to be able to look at the scenery, relax and enjoy the sun in my face and the wind in my hair without the stress of keeping my car in line at speeds that would give me a felony ticket. Some pick on "Doc" for only doing 80 ish the whole way to San Diego, but I am starting to see why he is that way. Yeah I most likely will blip the car up to 100+ out in the middle of nowhere that is the long interstates of Arizona, just don't expect me to do it for very long or very far. Those little blasts are just as fun and enjoyable as the scenery and the nice ride. I just don't see the sense in doing them the whole way there or while in areas that are not safe.So, like I said this is not a rant. I don't want anyone to feel that they can't do what they want on a cruise. You want to go out front and run each other at 140 ish -- go for it !! Have some fun! Your cars are made for that and that is your thing - do it. Here is where I do have to put in a bit of a rant. If you are going to do the high speed runs and what not, please -- PLEASE be safe. Also.......Bring directions to where we are going.Those of us that went on the Chino Valley cruise saw this come to a head a few times. There would be a stack of Corvettes at an intersection with no one knowing where we are going. Not only do we all to look stupid, but it's a bit dangerous to be diving from one lane to another as the one person who knows the way finally shows up and gives some direction. I personally thought the whole thing was hysterically funny. But then I realized it was not safe and was not fair for the other people in the cruise.So, I will no longer be leading the way, taking the point, or be the front man. Yes, I will still be the Corvette Forum's Arizona Events Coordinator as long as people want me to. When that day is done I will easily give it to someone else. I will continue to run Arizona Vette Net. I will even help organize some cruises of my own and help you set up events if you have never done so before. Just don't expect me to run 140 MPH to stay with you all so you can know where we are going.On all events listed on Arizona Vette Net we will list the address of where we are going. If I get ambitious I will give a map of the location. Sometimes I may even post directions. If you are hosting an event please make sure to list your address and directions. It will be YOUR responsibility to take that address and use www.mapquest.com or http://maps.yahoo.com to get directions. If you don't have directions, then when we get to the start / meeting point please ask for directions and right them down. Make sure that everyone in the cruise agrees upon the route and sets up some "stops" along the way to let everyone catch back up. This way everyone who wants to cruise at 65 MPH can do so. We will ALL know where we are going, where the stops are and where we are at. This way the others who want to test the limits of their cars can do so at their will and the others won't have to fight to stay with. This way we won't have to pull over to the side of the road after each traffic light and then dangerously all pull back into traffic. We know where the next stop is, and we are all adults. We should know how to get to the next stop on our own and we will catch back up after the light turns green and we get to where we are going.If and when everyone knows where we are going and how to get there, I think, we will ALL be able to enjoy the ride and worry less about who is leading, who is left behind and are we supposed to turn right or left on 89-A.------------------------------------If anyone has any comments please feel free to post them here. If you don't like what I've said (and I said this was not meant to offend or even change anyone's driving) post them here as well. If you REALLY don't like me now and think I just suck -- well, send me a private message. ;) Hope to see ALL of you on the many upcoming cruises and events to come. And remember, it's not just the destination -- it's the journey that makes it all worth while. So, enjoy the ride. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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