Father Wows Son with C6 Z06’s Carbon Ceramic Stopping Power

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Perfect 2012 C6 Centennial Edition Z06 hits a home run for its owner, despite a few hiccups along the way.

Buying the right C6-era Corvette for some is simple as heading over to the used lot of one’s nearest dealer. For others, it means looking everywhere around the country for the specific pieces desired.

Such was the case for Eric McClellan, who sat down with VINwiki to tell the story of his search for a C6 with carbon ceramic brakes.

2012 Corvette C6 Centennial Edition Z06

“I knew I wanted something American, something at least a V8 — I didn’t want a Viper because I already had one of those,” McClellan said. “Something super-lightweight, and something I was familiar with. So, that turned out to be, of course, lo and behold, the Corvette.”

With advice from his friend Jeff Schwartz, McClellan began looking for a C6 with carbon ceramic brakes, as he didn’t want to worry about overheating issues like that experienced by some C7s. The only options he knew of then were the Carbon Edition or the ZR1, plus the Z07 package. But then, he found another way to his dream.

2012 Corvette C6 Centennial Edition Z06

“Doing my favorite trick of going through Craigslist and seeing poorly advertised cars, [I] found one in Arkansas,” said McClellan. “And this was a C6 2012 Centennial, which is a special package edition, with the Z07 package with carbon ceramic brakes. And that’s what I wanted. That was the big thing.”

After some wheeling and dealing with the then-owner, plus a two-month wait until he had time to head down, McClellan and his wife flew to Arkansas to find a few quirks with the purchase, beginning with the replacement of the front Michelin Sport Cup 2 tires with all-season units. Additionally, the seller was severely underwater with the loan on the Z06, and the car had a built-in radar detector, which worked as well as it could on the road trip back. But there was one feature which befuddled McClellan more than any other.

2012 Corvette C6 Centennial Edition Z06

“The weird thing about the car, though, was it had this weird thing on the windshield that you couldn’t see through,” said McClellen. “It looked like somebody had waxed it. You couldn’t see through it, and it was really dangerous at night.”

No matter what the McClellens did, though, the issue remained until sometime after coming home, when McClellen took it to a friend’s body shop. Turns out the owner had attempted to factory clear-coat the windshield. Not only was the windshield affected, but every window had the clear coat. Before his friend replaced the windshield, McClellen took a key to the clear-coated unit to scrap it off, all to no avail.

2012 Corvette C6 Centennial Edition Z06

“My son, who is kind of the one who gives the ‘thumbs-up, thumbs-down’ on all my cars… I said, ‘Alright, buddy, check this out,'” said McClellan. “[I] get to a nice, straight stretch of land, nobody for miles — I’m not gonna hurt anybody — and I just lay into it.”

The verdict? His son wasn’t impressed with the power of the LS7. However, McClellen pulled out all the stops, literally, putting the carbon-ceramic brakes at a T-intersection with farmland on the other side of the road in front of them. To say his son was floored by the stopping power of the Z06 would be an understatement. And yet, McClellen had one more trick planned, one for his local autocross event.

2012 Corvette C6 Centennial Edition Z06

“I had been trying to win this one race for a very long time called the Street Machine Nationals,” said McClellan. “I had gotten second and fourth before, and this time, I got second — I lost by a technicality — and it really irritated me.”

Declaring this time would be his year to take the top spot, he and his Z06 annihilated the competition to the point where the organizers just asked McClellan to come get his trophy, while telling the audience that “you don’t need to bring an AR-15 to a knife fight.” Just another day in carbon ceramic paradise.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth about Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive expert is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected]

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