The Chevrolet Corvette is a dream car for many people. It’s sleek, powerful, and fast and there’s no denying it’s a heck of a lot of fun to drive. Although it’s tempting to mash that gas pedal, it could get you into trouble. That’s exactly what happened to a couple of General Motors engineers.
According to Automobile, the pair was in Bowling Green, Kentucky when they engaged in a little street racing. It doesn’t matter who you are or who you work for, that kind of thing is illegal.
Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz were nabbed by Kentucky State Troopers on Wednesday night. Thim was cruising along at 120 mph while Derkatz brought up the rear at 100 mph. That was a bit higher than the posted speed limit of 45 mph.
Both men were arrested for exceeding the speed limit by more than 26 mph, reckless driving, and racing motor vehicles on a public road. In Kentucky, the speed infraction triggers a hearing and possibly a suspension. There was also a third driver in a Corvette who was not participating in the racing.
The good news is that no one was hurt in the incident, but General Motors is likely not too happy right now. They commented to Automobile that they knew about the incident and are looking into it, but said nothing about the fate of its two engineers.
The two Corvettes the men were driving were hauled away by a towing company to a lot and were collected the next day by the owner. That would probably be someone GM sent to retrieve its vehicles.
While it is incredibly tempting to go fast in a car like the Corvette, racing on public streets is dangerous. It doesn’t matter how good the car is or how skilled the driver, racing belongs on race tracks and nowhere else.
If you buy a car with the kind of capability found in the Corvette, do yourself a favor and schedule some time at your local track to let loose. Even better, sign up for a class where someone who knows what he’s doing can show you how to race and do so safely so you don’t destroy your car or hurt yourself.
When you’re on the road, keep it to the speed limit, even if you’re driving a Chevrolet Corvette.