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Old 07-17-2015, 09:05 PM
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So I wanted to take my wife to her doctor's appointment about 20 miles from our house as an excuse to drive my C7 coupe. Targa top was off, and I checked 5 weather sites, all of which said 0% of precipitation for the afternoon. Radar looked threatening, but hey, 5 weather sites can't all be wrong, right?

All I can say is that at speed, even with moderate rain, you're gonna be dry in the cockpit with the exception of the water that flows off the windshield molding, right onto your shirt sleeves.

Mystery why we didn't put the top in the cargo area...old and forgetful, or optimistic, I guess.

No harm other than a little water on the door arm rests...sort of like riding a motorcycle with a windshield in the rain...the water just blows over your head.

Good excuse for a wash tomorrow anyway.

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Old 07-17-2015, 09:16 PM
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I've driven my Vert with the top down in the rain a lot.

As long as you can keep a fair amount of speed, it's no big deal. Just don't stop (or slow down enough) to put the top up, or you will get drenched. If it gets really heavy, putting up the windows helps to channel the water to the back deck, not your arm.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:01 PM
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All I can say is -- absolutely unbelievable. Waited 68 years to get this car. Even the thought of driving it in the rain causes me pain. With the top off? Not even in my worst nightmares.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:14 PM
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Originally Posted by BladeSilver2015 View Post
All I can say is -- absolutely unbelievable. Waited 68 years to get this car. Even the thought of driving it in the rain causes me pain. With the top off? Not even in my worst nightmares.
It's a car. A Chevrolet. It doesn't melt in the rain.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:15 PM
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Sounds like you are enjoying the Car Well Done
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:22 PM
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You got to drive it and in the end the rain was no big deal.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:38 PM
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A C7 drives great in the rain, if there's no standing water. The tires will hydroplane if given the oportunity.
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Old 07-17-2015, 11:43 PM
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I refer to the "Raindar" Android app. It does a good job showing what's out there and put more faith in it than the weather reports. This time of year, when it's humid, the pop-up showers can happen anytime. So remember to bring your top!
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:00 AM
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Cool. And why not, you use water to wash it, don't you?
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Originally Posted by BladeSilver2015 View Post
All I can say is -- absolutely unbelievable. Waited 68 years to get this car. Even the thought of driving it in the rain causes me pain. With the top off? Not even in my worst nightmares.
Have driven all of my Corvettes in the rain over the past 26 years.

Waited 60 years for a Ferrari - drive it in the rain too.

They're just cars.

No one on his death bed ever said, "Wish I'd driven the Corvette less."
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve_R View Post
It's a car. A Chevrolet. It doesn't melt in the rain.
^^^THIS^^^ I guess you haven't been on the factory tour. Anyone thinks their Vette hasn't seen rain hasn't seen the torture test at the end of the Production line.
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Kind of like Murphy's Law - forget the top, guaranteed to rain.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:15 AM
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Maybe we should form a caravan to California with tops down and targas off. Drought problem solved.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:31 AM
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I love driving my car in the rain. It has never shrunk or self destructed, just very comfortable and secure feeling.
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Old 07-18-2015, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by LrgZ51 View Post
A C7 drives great in the rain, if there's no standing water. The tires will hydroplane if given the oportunity.
It sure will! The ZR1 with Continental 335s does alot better.
Note to self: SLOW down in drenching/pouring rain in the C7.
Sorry probono, didn't mean to hijack, don't have a vert.
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While I prefer not to drive my C7 vert in the rain, it drives fine but I slow down and never drive aggressively when the roads are wet. Of course, when the roads are dry I adjust my driving style accordingly :-)
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Originally Posted by Steve_R View Post
It's a car. A Chevrolet. It doesn't melt in the rain.
I have had several vettes over the years, many as DD when I was younger. Haven't had one melt yet.
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Just getting ready to venture out on a day trip, as usual rain will be a consideration (we have the worst weather). Here in Central Pennsylvania if you don't drive your car in the rain, you will never use it. The weather mode is like adding extra stability and directional control, sensitivity of active handling system is enhanced. All cars will hydroplane under the right conditions and speed, just something to be aware of.
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I never drove my C6 in the rain the entire time I owned it. I got rained on the 3rd time out in my C7, and no it did not melt.
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Originally Posted by BladeSilver2015 View Post
All I can say is -- absolutely unbelievable. Waited 68 years to get this car. Even the thought of driving it in the rain causes me pain. With the top off? Not even in my worst nightmares.
I'll try to remember to post photos this winter with twin rooster tails in the snow.
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