The only thing to drop quicker than our jaws when we learned the price of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 was our collective panties. For the low, low price of $78,995 you can get into the driver’s seat of a new Corvette Z06—and probably divorce court. The convertible starts at $83,995—a new offering on the high-performance car.
There is a certain beauty in the odd and marginalized. The unique and not quite right. It draws stares and enthusiasts like moths to an open flame. These cars aren’t fit for just any admirer, but one who eschews a unique vibe all their own.
Over one million people. Forty-thousand cars. Police presence fit for the presidential motorcade to keep everyone on the up and up. Food, music and rolling entertainment are just some highlights of the world’s largest one-day car show.
The Big Three automakers have a heavy presence at the event, sponsoring a host of events for their loyal fans. Families from around the world make the automotive pilgrimage to Woodward Avenue in mid August.
The import versus domestic car argument can get quite heated. The domestic guys tend to boast about their power and quarter-mile times, while the import crowd brings up turning left—and right—and things go downhill from there, but what about a compromise? Why not combine the best of both worlds—agility from the import side with brute force from the domestic camp? That was the question Alexander Gallardo had to ask himself when he came to a crossroads with the evolution of his 2003 350Z a few years ago.
The Texas Mile is not an event for the faint of heart, and when we heard that there was a 1977 Datsun 280Z competing in this year’s event, we were a bit bewildered. It was going to take one helluva build for this Datsun to not get blown out of the water by the menacing level of competition, some of whom will accelerate from a dead stop to 267 mph in 5,280 ft. But when we saw this 1977 Datsun, we knew . . .