Mile 1 Marker Chevy Road Trip

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There’s nothing quite like a long road trip in some great V8’s to get us excited. We had been talking about doing a trip like this for a while and finally we got around to actually doing it. We decided to take 3 iconic Chevrolet vehicles and put them through their paces on the slightly clichéd Route 66. We settled on a 2010 Camaro SS, a 2009 ZR1 and a 2010 Corvette. We love each one of these cars so it was a bit difficult when it came to deciding which one we’d each like to drive.

Preparation for this trip meant that we needed to be sure that these cars would last for 5 days of us driving them like hooligans. We can’t help ourselves really. When we start to hear those V8’s rev up then our foot instinctively presses down harder on the gas pedal. We’d need to make sure our cars were in good shape so these are some of the things we checked.

Tires

While we weren’t planning on doing anything radical like drifting we were planning on laying some rubber down on the tarmac if we found a quiet stretch for an impromptu drag race. Also, if we happened to come across a tight corner and “accidently” powered out of it there may be a little drifting happening. We didn’t want to spend a fortune on tires but we decided to make sure that our tires were both 88W and Z rated so that we’d be good for speeds up to around the 170MPH mark. Not that we’d drive that fast on the public roads, maybe. If we were heading to the track and we knew that we’d be going really fast then we’d make sure that we had tires that were 99Y rated. These would be good for speeds of around 190 MPH.

Under the hood

We didn’t fiddle too much with the engines but because we were planning on revving these engines a little higher and for longer periods we thought they could do with a little maintenance up front. We replaced all of the belts because we didn’t want to throw a belt on some lonely stretch of road with no automotive spares shop in sight. That being said, there are some really good online vehicle spares suppliers now that will deliver spares pretty much anywhere. Of course, that would only help if you had network coverage to be able to contact them. We didn’t feel like testing our luck in this regard. Besides the belts, we also replaced all our fluids. This included the radiator coolant as well as the hydraulic fluid for the brakes and the clutch. Going fast is fine but we wanted to be sure we could stop in a hurry too.

In the trunk

We weren’t planning on breaking down but if we did then we wanted to be prepared. There’s no point in trying to take the whole workshop along but we decided to split some critical spares and tools between the three vehicles so that we each carried enough to do some minor repairs should we need to. Fortunately on this trip we didn’t have to dive into our mobile workshop gear too often and the only issues we had were quickly sorted with a wrench and screw driver.

Fuel

We made sure that our tanks were filled to the brim before setting off. Route 66 used to have plenty of gas stations but a lot of them have closed down now because the majority of the traffic now heads off on the new interstate highway. That meant that we needed to be able to make some long stretches between fuel stops. The cars we were driving weren’t exactly known for their fuel efficiency and we weren’t planning on driving them in a way that would save gas. If you ever go on a road trip like this make sure that you never miss an opportunity to fill up. Watching that gauge hover around empty and wondering how far you’ve got to go to the next filling station can be more than a little stressful.

After 5 days of driving these cars through some amazing landscapes and some great straight roads we felt that we started to understand why these vehicles had been made in the first place. Driving for the sheer pleasure of doing so is far more important than mere transportation from one place to the other. Good preparation and maintenance meant that this was one of our most enjoyable road trips. Why not join us next time?

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