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To the dealer she goes

Chris Hammond

A few hours from now (5-6) I hope to have the car at a local Chevy dealer. I will be dropping it off with the hopes that they can get it repaired by Wednesday. I still don't know what the problem with the car is, though I did manage to do some more damage today while trying to tighten up the rear end. I managed to break one of the two bolds in this photo (photo not of my car) the bolt on the bottom left, right in front of the wood blocks, I was trying to tighten things down and snap went the bolt :(

So I finally got someone else to drive the car and confirm that the issue isn't in my head :( Dave drove it and his first comment was "wow" I'm going to jack the car up and see if I can't find something loose in the rear subframe, I hope I find something!

So I found the problem I was having with the ABS/TCS/Active Handling

ABS Wire by you.

That right there used to be two wires, they've been carefully braided together as one....

I went ahead and cut/spliced everything back together, so far the car seems to be fine. I'll order a replacement wire from the dealer Monday morning.

I'm also going to try to get another alignment in the morning, I'm not convinced the alignment from Thursday was correct, we'll see how that goes.

So this was supposed to be a quiet weekend, the first weekend off of racing since the 14th of June. While it is true that we won't be racing this weekend, it doesn't mean we won't be working. There's something wrong with the Corvette, something pretty massive, though thus far untraceable. Something is going on with the suspension, or drivetrain, causing it to feel very unsafe under acceleration, but fine when cruising down the road. This evening it started throwing errors about "Service ABS" "Service Traction Control" and "Service Active Handling" which I have seen before, but a quick reset of the car has always made these go away.

Well not tonight, so, this weekend I'll be thoroughly going through the suspension of the car to try and track down WTF is going on. Hopefully I find something, otherwise I'll be taking it to the dealer first thing Monday morning. I hate to have to resort to that, but I need the car repaired ASAP as we leave on Thursday to head to Topeka for 10 days of racing!

A heads up to anyone who codrives with the Whitworths anytime in the future... They hit so many cones, that these cones start to haunt the other drivers in the car!

A funny thing happened on Natalie's last run on Saturday. I was filming the run and saw something pecular. After a short time on the course I noticed a cone under the back of the Corvette, I was pretty sure that Natalie didn't hit a cone at the beginning of this run so it had to have come from Beth's previous run in which she blasted into a cone right before the finish. I hadn't bothered to look under the car when Beth got back from her run and we were prepping the car for Natalie, had I looked I am pretty sure I would have found a cone somewhere near the rear diff.

3 of 5 drivers in the CorvetteZ06.org team finished in 3rd this weekend. Natalie finished third in SSL, Dave finished Third in ASP, and I finished third in SS.

Beth finished 2nd in SSL and managed to win the only tire this weekend, Tom ended up having to deal with some family business in KC after taking his runs on Saturday so he was unable to run on Sunday. Hopefully his father-in-law is doing better.

More detailed updates and video later this weekend/week.

Reason #1? Because Competitors get shot before the event. Unfortunately one of the CP competitors was involved in an attempted car jacking this morning that turned into a shooting. Lots of rumors about what happened, not quite sure what all really went down, but I do know that Amo was shot in the leg, and the suspects got away. http://www.kmbc.com/news/17347796/detail.html
Off we are headed to Kansas City for the National Tour. This will be Natalie's first National event, heck her first out of town event! More updates tomorrow.

Today we ran the last local event of 2008 for the CorvetteZ06.org team here in St. Louis. It was another successful day today, the car taking FTD, Top Pax, 3rd on Pax and top on the Ladies Pax as well! This is the fourth time this year (out of 6) that I was able to finish on top of Pax. I'm pleased with this result, though I won't win overall Pax for the year, had the points been normal this year (6 events counting, with all events being equal) I believe I would have had a shot.

Natalie did very well today, taking a win in SSL as well as the overall ladies win. This was just her fourth autocross ever, and only her 3rd in the Corvette so I am very happy with her performance!

So what comes next?

Chris Hammond

Now that the Corvette is pretty much sold, I will have it for a few more weeks, but John will get it some time after the Solo Nationals, I am trying to figure out what comes next?

I was thinking something along the lines of a used BMW barge, maybe a 5 or 7 Series, but Terec reminded me that I have to stick with the Z in whatever I purchase, so if I want a bimmer that pretty much leaves me to a Z3-4 or 8, and I really don't want a convertible.

Here's how my Z fetish has panned out since 2001.

For Sale No Longer?

Chris Hammond

It looks like the Corvette Z06 has found a new home, John V will be taking it back east sometime after Nationals. John's a good friend of mine from back in the day when I used to beat him in B-Stock! :)

I'm starting to get sad that the car will be going away, but I am glad it is going to a good home, someone who will autocross her just as much if not more than I have. We've still got a month or so together, so I will enjoy her while she's here!

New Look and New Video

Chris Hammond

I spent the day today cleaning up the Corvette and then setup the new look of the car for the upcoming Solo Nationals. A big thanks to Dave at www.SoloPerformance.com for getting the vinyl cut yesterday. It took me pretty much all afternoon to get this done, with washing the car, clay barring a few parts of the car, polish and wax, applying the vinyl then another wash.

I think the car turned out great, you can check out the flickr photos to see what it looks like. Now for the video, music from Steve Ewing (www.steveewingmusic.com)

Check out the video on the full blog post.

New Photo

Chris Hammond

I'll have video posted later but for today check out this new photo!

 

After the Solo Nationals this year the Corvette (available mid to late September) will be for sale as I have other plans for the next year. This car has been exciting, and if I didn't have some big things coming up in the next 12 months I would be keeping it and running it all next year. I wouldn't be opposed to someone buying the car and me co-driving it next year at National events, and some local STL events. Any co-drive arrangements would be made seperate of the sale of the vehicle.

Get yourself a car for a great price that is capable of winning trophies at National Tours, ProSolos, and to take the top Index and even FTD at local events. (Currently located in St. Louis, MO)

Here are some of the specifics:

2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 ~18k miles currently
3M Clear Bra
1 Set of Koni Sport shocks (currently the fronts are installed)
1 Set of OEM Shocks (rears installed on car)
1 OEM Sway Bar
1 Adco (sp?) Sway Bar
1 Borla Stinger exhaust (on car)
1 Hardbar Harness Bar
1 Corbeau Harness in car
1 Set of Street Wheels/Tires, C6 Z06 look, in C5 size
3 Sets of C5 Z06 wheels, not sure what tires will be left/included with sale.

The car has been well maintained and cared for, all fluids changed recently, transmission and diff using Red Line, Mobil 1 Synthetic used exclusively in the motor.

I’m looking for $31k for the car and all the above parts.

The www.corvettez06.org website might also be for sale but is not part of the price of the car. If you're interested in the car feel free to get in touch with me. -Chris

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