The air cracks around you, leaving you breathless. In the blink of an eye the source of the thunder rolls past so quickly any delay in your awareness leaves you standing there wondering what just happened. As you spin around to follow the sound, the Corvette that broke the stillness finds the upper realm of the rev-limiter and begins to pop and sputter instantly, reminding you of machine gun fire. Do you dive for cover or start screaming with exhilaration from being part of it all?
Our blog post today continues our two-part series highlighting the day of grand adventure and fun we had attending a slalom event hosted by the Victoria Corvette Club in Nanaimo, BC, Canada. We now have 102 images posted in our “Corvette Slalom Event – April 2012” gallery on our site, so please feel free to pop over and see the entire set.
Today’s feature images are a slight departure from our normal work here at The Hollow. This post is made up of non-HDR images, all these shots are produced from a single frame. It was a highly dynamic environment to work in with subjects flying past us from all angles, and we’re very happy with the results.
After the first round of runs was complete, we were approached by a track marshal to see if we were interested in being in the centre of the track to photograph the cars in action. Needless to say, we hopped at the chance and were delighted to get right out in the middle of it all.
This is the fabled Corvette ZR1 (C6). This Wikipedia page goes into great detail discussing the heritage behind this truly awesome car, as well as the current specifications and details. We can honestly tell you that when this car blows past you at top speed, just being near it produces quite the extraordinary feeling. The air it displaces as it fights the laws of physics to reach epic speeds hits you, almost like a shock-wave, as it flies past. A split-second after this shot was taken the driver had found the red-line and the rev-limiter had just kicked in producing a popping sound that is disconcerting for those nearby. In truth, it’s the sweet sound of one of the most incredible engines available today finding it’s limits. This is truly a thoroughbred.
This is our new friend’s car. Paul was the sole reason we had the opportunity to come to the event and have this chance to photograph it all. This beautiful 2009 Corvette has over 430hp under the hood and is further enhanced by some of the most advanced electronics available today. Wrap that all up in one of the most stunning car bodies, and you’ve got a winning package.
One of the biggest highlights of our day was a chance to go for a ride in Paul’s car during one of his runs. He took both Mrs. Toad and myself out individually, and to say we had a blast would be a massive understatement! As a matter of fact, neither of us has really stopped talking about this since the event, and Mrs. Toad has expressed a new interest in pursuing a chance to take our own Corvette out on the track one day. We refer to this life-changing event as “Two Toads In A Blender”.
Watching this gorgeous Grand Sport edition making its way around the track was really something else. This car embodies the term “grace under fire”, delivering blistering times at the end of each run, and delivering these with style and substance. Quite honestly, if Thor’s hammer had been able to produce such wonderful sounds I am rather certain he would have had more personal free time to pursue other activities.
And on that note… what do you get a mythical Greek God who seems to have almost everything? How about a low mileage fifth generation hot yellow Corvette that has the ability to tear up the pavement? You’ve got my vote! This C5 Z06 is one of my all-time favorite Corvettes. When this car was new, some people took these babies right off the trailer at the Chevrolet dealership and drove them straight to the track. And from there, the legend was born! Even today, almost 10 years later, this car is absolutely capable and ready to take on almost all contenders.
And if you’re talking about Corvettes, you just cannot leave out the incredible roadster models. As we know from our own personal experience with our C4 convertible, that feeling of open car motoring is really second to none. And to be able to do this with style and an abundance of speed only makes it that much better!
This car forms and integral part of Corvette history. The C3’s all came on the scene at a time that the Chevrolet small blocks and big blocks were really coming alive in terms of horsepower. Right before the oil embargo of the mid-seventies, and the subsequent de-tuning of our beloved muscle cars, gas mileage was never of concern. It was all about laying down raw power to the pavement in an effort to scurry away from the competition. At the time this Corvette was new, handling was a concept that was just coming to life in terms of sports cars, something that was typically handled by the Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Jaguar’s, Lotus’ etc. that were so dominant in road racing. The Corvette was a dark horse that surprised many with its intrinsic prowess and ability to convert time directly into vast distances traveled.
Never one to shy away from danger, particularly to get “that shot”, you would have found me out in the track getting this photograph. You would also have found Mrs. Toad tugging at my coat trying to get me away from the rather obvious danger of standing only a few feet away with camera in hand from a car that was hurtling itself madly around an asphalt track.
This is the last Corvette in the series in today’s blog post. This is a C6 Z06. What a stunning, stunning car. The owner was not content with having the ability to scare fear itself from the core of his being, and decided that this supercar needed a little… more. So what do you do to an already outrageous car? Why, you strap a blower on, of course!! Seriously, folks, I am going to guess that this badboy is now sporting north of 600hp, and is doing so with much aplomb. If you’ve ever seen a crazy Cheetah run before, you might have an idea of how this car behaves on the road. It’s basically insanity personified.
God, I love it.
Being one who loves all things that go fast, we were also delighted to see some other make and model cars out on track making incredible time. This classic Datsun 240Z or 260Z (I am not sure, I couldn’t make out the markings on it) was a great example of this. This car was really a watershed car from the times, it had all the elements of a great sports car without the 6 digit price tag. I believe they all had inline 6 cylinder engines, which produced great power and torque, and by and large had twin performance carburetors feeding the hungry engine it’s fuel. This particular car has been very well maintained and loved, and was a real contender for the days events. It consistently put up incredible times, and we all strongly suspect the driver was either a little off centre or was absolutely fearless inasmuch as he was driving it pretty much right at the edge for the entire day. It was awesome to see in person.
We even had a newer generation Porsche making the circuit. This is a very beautiful car with wonderful lines, emitting the most incredible tones from its centre exiting dual-exhaust setup.
It was really, really neat to have a chance to come together in this place for the afternoon. Car enthusiasts were everywhere, and everyone was talking and sharing stories. We had all come together with a common background and goal… the love of fast cars and getting those fast cars out on the track to see what they are truly capable of. I suspect it’ll be quite some time before Mrs. Toad and I stop talking about the event as it has left an indelible mark on our hearts and spirits. As the weather changes and begins to improve, we can feel our pulse quickening with the realization this is just the first event like this of the season.
Thanks so much for joining us today on our top-down, throttle-to-the-boards adventure! We really appreciate you taking the time to visit, and as always we encourage you to leave us any comments you may have as we love to hear from all our visitors.