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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

‘Vette + viper = vroom vroom


If there is one thing that screams American engineering, it’s a muscle car – the original appeal of these high performance autos was that they were sold at affordable prices in order to make them accessible to those who wanted to use them for street use. Putting a big engine in a relatively small car combines the power of motor engineering with the lightness of a smaller body to create an amazing turn of speed and a car which is sure to blow your mind. However, there are not many people who have the means to own two of these incredible cars, so a chance to drive a Chevrolet Corvette and a Dodge Viper is an opportunity not to be missed.
The Corvette was designed by a man named Harvey Earl, introduced in 1953 and named after a small, manoeuvrable warship to reflect the best qualities of the car. Over the years both the interior and the exterior have benefited from redesigns to ensure that they benefited from the latest in engineering breakthroughs and stylistic advances, and to this day the Corvette is the only American sports car to celebrate a 50th anniversary.
So much faith has been placed in the Corvette’s ability to maintain incredible speed and reliability that they have been chosen as the pace car for the Indy 500 no less than ten times, and has been driven at the event by a variety of high profile figures such as Morgan Freeman, Colin Powell and Lance Armstrong. A Vette and Viper driving experience will give you a chance to test the mettle of this incredible car for yourself and learn exactly what the Indy organisers have seen in the Corvette for so man years.
The Dodge Viper also has an illustrious past which has made it the star of many films, music videos and even computer games. Originally conceived as a new take on the classic American sports car including the groundbreaking AC ‘Cobra’, the Viper is a testament to the simplicity of muscle car design – a powerful engine, minimalist design with a muscular style and of course the high performance that one would expect from such a vehicle. A Vette and Viper driving experience is a great opportunity to compare the Viper with one of its predecessors in the muscle car genre, not to mention fantastic fun.
So if you’re looking for a gift for a muscle car fan, it doesn’t get much better than a Vette and Viper track day at Goodwood – two examples of American engineering which are at once different, but share the esteem of fans across the world and have the power under the bonnet (or hood) to give any fan a white knuckle ride. The Vette and Viper driving experience also includes a chance to benefit from the insider knowledge of the Goodwood team who will show you how to make the most of these cars, so this really is a perfect present for any muscle car fan.

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