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Old 03-01-2012, 12:26 AM   #51
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Is it me or does this ZL1 look like the bezels around the exhaust are chrome. Great write up btw.
It's not just you. The orange car I photographed on the hill has the same unfinished heat shields. The cars that were driven on the track were "non-saleables"...meaning there were a few tiny things about them that weren't production spec. I wasn't given a list - but I imagine they were all cosmetic, or fitment issues that don't concern how the car behaves on the track. The bare-metal (not chrome) heat shields are an example of this.

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Old 03-01-2012, 12:56 AM   #52
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Man, that’s the best write up yet! It made me feel as if I were right there with you.
You addressed every single little detail that I could possibly think of asking... Thank you so much for sharing! Much appreciated!

However I have a few “easy” questions for you:
- did they have any news in regards to the QC hold or how close to the finish line they are with their CTF cars?
- How did you feel about the Malibu ride back to the airport after driving ZL1s for a couple days?
- Is the ZL1 in the pic below Ashen Grey or black? It looks almost black but I guess it could be because of the overcast… i have an ashen waiting to be shipped. (#165)

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Old 03-01-2012, 12:59 AM   #53
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Wow.

Joe, great job.

I'll bet you are pretty good at writing things but something tells me that article (write-up fine but it's better than most articles) was so good for a reason. Truly fun reading. So well written it had me and my car feeling rather insignificant. I'm looking out at the driveway thinking, "Damn, I want a ZL1". hahaha

Remember that line in Top Gun where Meg Ryans character said "He loved flying with you Mav. He'd have done it anyway though. He'd have hated it, but he'd have done it"???

So tell me, could you do an equally good write-up for a Cobalt?

You seeing the Silver and Black was awesome. Totally jazzed for you. What a great opportunity.

Oh, and this has me thinking tranny swap.

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The automatic shines on the road just as brightly as the rest of the car does, too! It’s smooth and smart – always seeming to pick the right gear…and it’s equipped with a new feature called Performance Algorithm Lift Foot. This is an odd name for a handy ability: Say you’re cruising behind an 18-wheeler, and you’d like to pass but there’s traffic in the way. In anticipation of the traffic, you can punch the pedal and let off quickly – this will trigger programming within the transmission to downshift into a gear with near peak torque. It will hold this gear, waiting for you to gas it again and pass the truck after traffic lets up.


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Old 03-01-2012, 01:01 AM   #54
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:06 AM   #55
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Wow man that is an incredible write up. Love the way you wrote it. Made me feel like I was there. I'm glad you had a blast and thank you soo much for the write up
I have to agree, I own IOM but that SIM with Black wheels is just perfect, gorgous
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Old 03-01-2012, 01:23 AM   #56
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great write up! makes me think of trading my 500 hp ss for one of those beasts!
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:07 AM   #57
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:07 AM   #58
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:15 AM   #59
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what an Awesome experience Dragoneye

BTW: You could moonlight as Journalist for a magazine no doubt...good writeup bro
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:27 AM   #60
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OUTSTANDING experience, Dragoneye, and

you did a great job of conveying it as well.

I can barely wait for my own chance to slide behind the wheel of my very own ZL1.

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Old 03-01-2012, 02:42 AM   #61
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:10 AM   #62
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I kind of get the idea he liked it

Great write-up
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:42 AM   #63
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That was a great writeup Joe! The entire media event was an awesome experience to be a part of. I can't wait to receive my car even more than before!

It was great to meet and hang out with you on the trip. We most definitely have to do it again!
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Old 03-01-2012, 07:49 AM   #64
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It's already been said Joe, but GREAT writeup, just got me all that more excited about getting mine!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:03 AM   #65
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Great write up . Can't think of a better person (aside from me ) to be there and experiance all those amazing cars. Getting anixous again after your post and the weather today will be in the high 60's! Great pics
best I've seen esp the orange mettalic.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:16 AM   #66
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Haven't have time to read throught it yet but definitely won't miss a word when I do...

Need Pics of this one please..
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:16 AM   #67
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Amazing write up, such a experience this would be, glad you had the opportunity to do what most of us would kill for. I couldnt imagine how exicted you would have been during your time there, i honestly would have been smiling alll the time lol.
Thanks for the pics and thanks for sharing your experience, i cant wait for my ZL1 to arrive in april/may.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #68
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Thank you so much for the write up, all the details, and the great pictures. It is nice to learn details such as these about this car before taking delivery. How the car drives, little features not commonly known, experiences that we can learn from before we get behind the wheel. These comments solidify everything I’ve thought for some time about how the ZL1 is a totally engineered package, and really just reinforce all of the reasons I want one in my garage.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:30 AM   #69
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Holy cow Joe! that is an awesome writeup of your experience. I'm glad you got the chance to do this! Can't wait till you get your car!!!
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:36 AM   #70
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That black on might pursued me back into a 5th gen sometime in the future. If the bottom end was forged I would be ordering now, just saying.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #71
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Just read it all, terrific writeup. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-01-2012, 08:55 AM   #72
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Thank you for writing such a great article and reinforcing the knowledge that this car is definitely worth the wait. And the question again rises...how can Chevy build so much for such an amazing price?

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What's interesting is that there would be some folks that would say this write-up is biased. I believe many of us recognize that it takes devotion and pure love to create such warm and visceral experience for the readers.
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