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CaptainK

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Wed 09 Jan 19 08:48


I've never really considered trackdays / drifting in my 68 Corvette. I mostly bought it because V8 sound, classic car and it looking lovely. Something different to just ponder around in and take to shows. My mechanic who is "restoring" my C3 is trying to persuade me to take it to a few track days, but I'm not convinced personally (I have done many track days before and lots of laps of the 'Ring too - just don't fancy it in the C3).

But he makes a valid point - learning to drift etc in it could be handy as it'd be teaching me skills on how to drive the car more effectively in the wet etc. Just a shame the event is quite a distance away for me.

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roscobbc

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Wed 09 Jan 19 10:52

Re: Drifting your Corvette


I won't be doing this event myself but think I would be good experience/knowledge in terms of handling your Vette. With stock sized tyres a C3 in 'extremis' can actually 'snap' oversteer suprisingly quickly in slippery conditions - dramatic enough to catch you out big time. With mine instead of doing a three point turn (to go opposite direction) it was far quicker to simply put the steering on full lock and drop the clutch - it would 180 very quickly and quietly in little more than its own length Yes ( Doh yeah, I know a big block 'thing')


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CaptainK

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Wed 16 Jan 19 09:35

Re: Drifting your Corvette


Oh for a big block. I had to suffice with my little 327ci/300hp engine. Its enough for me, but doesn't come with the natural pub brag of big block and all my mates moaned at me when I said "no, its not a big block". Doh

But yeah, like you said my little 327 was a bit skittish in the wet with standard tyres. But as I found out during the rebuild that it actually had some fairly fudged suspension bushes too not helping the matter. I've not driven it as its almost finished the work, but when it is back it'll have 17 inch wider wheels, poly bushes and other stuff. Fingers crossed its a bit better.
Still would like to do some "challenges" in it like the drifting or drag strip etc. Problem is everything is around 200 miles / 3-4 hours drive away from me Sad

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Fishy Dave

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Wed 16 Jan 19 11:34

Re: Drifting your Corvette


CaptainK wrote (View Post): Problem is everything is around 200 miles / 3-4 hours drive away from me Sad

That's a not a problem, it's a reason to drive it Clap
Oulton is a similar distance for me too, it is worth it. Worst case, come along as a passenger, I and others will happily take you out for some spins.


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Mule

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Sat 19 Jan 19 11:23

Re: Drifting your Corvette


I'm hoping to book a slot on this next week.

Reading the MSV Track Days site blurb about it kind of put me off. I'm a complete novice to drifting and don't want to be the one black flagged for spinning out too often. Found a solution (hopefully) - I've book in on a half day intro to drifting course in Feb at Aldershot Raceway that I found on sale for 59. Not expecting in depth training for that price, but hoping it'll take the novice edge off a bit!

Dean


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Fishy Dave

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Sun 20 Jan 19 11:11

Re: Drifting your Corvette


Hi Dean,

I'm pleased to hear you are considering this. Just to reassure you, this is what I wrote on the first page of this thread:

The MSV website mentions this is a day for "drivers with drift experience" but what they actually mean is that it is not a day for selfish drivers who waste time. Basically, if you spin [and everyone does], you just drive normally for a few corners and then attempt to drift again. That way, you don't hold up anyone behind you. Professional drifters will not do this event - it is very much about practice and fun and I can't recommend it enough for beginners.

Let us know when you are booked. I have convinced a few friends to come along who are complete novices so you'll be in good company.
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Mule

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Sat 26 Jan 19 13:09

Re: Drifting your Corvette


Called up MSVT and think I'm booked in (not got any confirmation and money's not been taken off my card yet). Looking forward to it.


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