I did a thing this summer. I pulled the trigger and bought one of my dream cars.
the donutsnail himself on the day of purchase
A little background: Since graduating college, I had my sights set on getting a RWD sports car as a project car. I’ve had a 2003 Subaru WRX, which is a fun car, but due to my interest in drifting, I had to get something RWD. At first, I tried the cheap project route. Most people suggested a Nissan 240SX or a BMW 3 Series, but I just had to be different, and bought this:
A clapped-out $1000 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. Needed a lot of work of course, but I thought, it’s American and simple. I’ve wanted to learn how to wrench and how to drift, and a cheap car is the way to do it, right? I ended up in way over my head. It was instantly diagnosed with a spun main bearing. I had the engine replaced with a used LT1 V8 out of a junked Z28, at a cost of more than what the car was worth, but then I was up and running. The car was the butt of many jokes amongst my car guy friends. 210,000 miles on it. The paint was completely shot. The suspension was tired and body roll was comical. I took the T-tops off at every opportunity because the interior was black and the A/C was obviously not functional. The interior smelled of mold because the T-tops wouldn’t keep out heavy rain. I took it all in stride because it was a hoot. The exhaust note was killer and it handled better than you’d expect given the state of suspension. I even took it to a couple drift events. But after a couple years of constant trips to the shop and throwing money at it getting little things fixed all the time, I sold it, and told myself my next sports car would be nicer, and wouldn’t require constant maintenance. I looked at 350Zs for a bit, but after the Camaro, I had the V8 bug. I looked at a few Mustangs, but a few budget increases later I was looking at something I had wanted ever since they came out.
freshly cleaned and with my poor neglected Land Cruiser project in the background
As car guys do, I convinced myself that the car I really wanted was the most logical choice, because a Corvette Z06 would work as both drift car and track car in basically stock condition. Found a 2002 in Electron Blue locally with 109,000 miles for a good price, and scooped it up quickly. So far I’ve done a pair of drift events with it and I’m having a blast. Looking forward to do some conventional track days with it as well. It’s more comfortable than I expected and I even get 21 mpg on my commute with it!
at a drift event, stock C5 wheels on the rear because the tires are way cheaper