2011 Callaway Cars

Callaway Corvette - Why?

What do you do when you have a hot looking car that does not quite live up to its hot body style? Well, in the case of a Corvette, you take it to Callaway Cars, Inc. They will supercharge the vehicle to its awesome potential. Just do a little research on the internet and you can get all the facts about size, speed, owners and other history. What I want to know is, why would you want to pay so much money for a car that travels faster than any speed limit on the planet?
I understand the thrill of the ride. It's exciting to be the first one off the line at a red light or be able to kick your car (or truck) into a higher gear to pass someone on the freeway, when you're already going 70 mph or more. Becoming one with your machine so all you have to do is listen to the sound of the engine to know when to shift to the next gear is something that maybe only 75% of Americans ever experience. But, is it worth the $85,000 price tag of a Callaway Corvette for that experience? I doubt it. There has to be something more to it.
Growing up in the U.S., just about every child (girl or boy) dreams of having a beautiful, hot car but when we reach driving age, practicality usually sets in because the most important thing, overall, is to get in or on a vehicle and drive. Getting into a car and driving ourselves, and our friends, around town symbolizes our independence. Oh, we will continue to dream about that beautiful Callaway Corvette but the money could be used to move out on our own and independent of our parents. Since the car would not gain us any more independence, this can't be the issue.
Maybe it's because you plan to race the car. As a business expense in professional racing, it makes all the sense in the world to have a Callaway Corvette. But, if that is not the case, where can you race it (drag or race car strip)? Do you have experience racing another vehicle so that you know how to bank, pull yourself out of a skid or keep from taking to the air? Do you expect to make money or is it just for the thrill? Are you willing to risk destroying or badly injuring your Callaway Corvette and yourself? Yes, racing would be lots of fun but maybe another, less expensive, vehicle would be a better idea. So, this doesn't sound like a viable justification for such an expensive car, either.
Another reason for owning such a vehicle is for investment purposes. Unfortunately, only the truly rare Callaway Corvettes will appreciate much in resalable value and you will have to hold it for several years to achieve this. Excessive miles on the odometer will diminish its value so you can't drive it much while waiting for it to appreciate. Of course, if you have the money for a Callaway Corvette, you probably have the money to house it in a nice garage. If not, your investment may not pay off the way you expect. This sounds way too practical for someone spending this kind of money so I don't think this is the reason for the majority of owners, either.
The best explanation for owning a Callaway Corvette is that it strokes your ego. You receive a lot of attention when you drive it. Getting into it is like putting on a fine piece of clothing and people notice that. Maybe you have achieved a certain amount of success and feel you deserve to reward yourself. You are proud of yourself and why not? Working hard should have special perks. Even if it took you many years to save up the money, you are still showing off your success because you made it to your goal. Not many can boast that. In a fine machine like this, you can show off by just sitting in it. Perhaps attracting the opposite sex is your motive. Who wouldn't want to be seen in such a fine machine? Above all, a Callaway Corvette symbolizes wealth and lots of expendable cash. Most of us do things that make us feel good and stroking our egos is a great way to do just that.
For those of us who make a more modest living, are not into taking risks with our bodies or large sums of money, are more practical overall or prefer to be outside the bulls eye, owning one of these cars in miniature makes more sense. Chip Miller Charitable Foundation and Lance Miller have made this possible. Lance Miller's personal Callaway Corvette has been replicated in miniature by Greenlight and is being used as a fundraiser to promote awareness of and research in amyloidosis, a disease Lance's father, Chip (co-founder of Carlisle Events), died of in 2004.
Written by Sondra Cluck


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