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(Orlando Sentinel)   If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvette   (orlandosentinel.com) divider line 141
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2013-02-14 04:39:15 PM
Does the Corvette even carry a spare tire?
 
2013-02-14 04:41:23 PM
Birth by fire!  The only way to learn.
 
2013-02-14 05:11:42 PM
Ah so this story has a happy ending after all.

I hope that Big Mac was worth the felony attempted car jacking charge, genius.  Let the fond memory of that hamburger warm your heart as you get repeatedly raped in prison in the coming years.
 
2013-02-14 05:30:27 PM
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvette
 
2013-02-14 05:51:10 PM
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Weak minds....criminal minds...
 
2013-02-14 05:51:37 PM
I read this story like a month ago. I swear, same state and same situation but not a repeat story.
 
2013-02-14 05:52:40 PM
Or try to hijack a boat?
 
2013-02-14 05:53:07 PM
Man, Florida impresses me daily, thanks to Fark
 
2013-02-14 05:53:39 PM

Rufus Lee King: What? Again? This seems to happen alla time.


Because nobody these days knows how to drive a stick.

I mean a stick shift. Like a car.
 
2013-02-14 05:54:05 PM
Umm, most corvettes are autos.
 
2013-02-14 05:55:01 PM

Because People in power are Stupid: Does the Corvette even carry a spare tire?


Not anymore, they have the run-flat tires installed.

/also, they produce Corvettes that have automatics
 
2013-02-14 05:55:36 PM
Because there aren't a ridiculous amount of automatic Corvettes out there?
 
2013-02-14 05:55:51 PM
The failed jack and theft / credit card fraud occurred on Jan 28th; and the phone was tracked to the alleged's residence on the same day.  So why then, did the police wait over a week before making the arrest?  By that time the phone and other stolen goods could have been long since sold; and if the victim was like most people, he probably had his SS card and other info in his wallet so even if he canceled the credit cards almost immediately, he could still be fighting against identity theft for some time.
 
2013-02-14 05:56:27 PM

peewinkle: Because People in power are Stupid: Does the Corvette even carry a spare tire?

Not anymore, they have the run-flat tires installed.

/also, they produce Corvettes that have automatics


Was wondering the same>
 
2013-02-14 05:56:32 PM

Deathray187: Umm, most corvettes are autos.


About one-third produced are auto. I think the new ones have paddle shifters, I didn't get a good look at the one at the Detroit Auto Show this year.
 
2013-02-14 05:57:37 PM
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvettebe on the road.

If you can't drive a manual, your driving ability is suspect, at best.
 
2013-02-14 05:58:46 PM

supersonicshoelace: Or try to hijack a boat?


No, that's a bad idea too.

Buddy of mine in the coast guard on the west coast of Vancouver Island had to rescue three guys who had stolen a 40 foot sailboat from a habour in Vancouver.  No problem in the straights out of the city but once they were around Puget Sound and in the real ocean they were farked since none of them had any boating experience.

The hasty paint job over the name of the vessel and the "ummmm.....no...this boat is named....um...."Smith".  Yeah.  That's it. We're totally not the stolen boat you're looking for" radio call wasn't too convincing.  RCMP asked coast guard to do a slow slow tow back to port so that they could be waiting when they arrived.

/maritime story, bro
/yarrrrrr
 
2013-02-14 05:59:03 PM

wild9: I read this story like a month ago. I swear, same state and same situation but not a repeat story.


FTA: Orlando police said the 20-year-old tried to carjack a man inside a Corvette near Orlando Regional Medical Center late last month, but couldn't steal the car because he didn't know how to use the clutch or stick-shift.

Yeah, it's a duplicate.
 
2013-02-14 05:59:26 PM

JohnnyRebel88: peewinkle: Because People in power are Stupid: Does the Corvette even carry a spare tire?

Not anymore, they have the run-flat tires installed.

/also, they produce Corvettes that have automatics

Was wondering the same>


The run-flats I've heard about are pretty useless unless you are three blocks from a tire store when one goes out.
 
2013-02-14 06:04:02 PM
Headline implies that all Corvettes are stick shifts.
 
2013-02-14 06:08:34 PM

Popcorn Johnny: Headline implies that all Corvettes are stick shifts.


I'm implying that subbys mom likes to drive stick.
 
2013-02-14 06:09:14 PM
lolsheaven.com
 
2013-02-14 06:09:35 PM
Automatics are the AOL of the automotive world.
 
2013-02-14 06:09:43 PM
Come on subby, the Corellian Corvette is a space ship, it doesn't have a transmission.

Do you believe this guy?
 
2013-02-14 06:15:40 PM
I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.
 
2013-02-14 06:18:51 PM

peewinkle: Deathray187: Umm, most corvettes are autos.

About one-third produced are auto. I think the new ones have paddle shifters, I didn't get a good look at the one at the Detroit Auto Show this year.


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2013-02-14 06:19:35 PM
I learned how to drive a manual from the start, and haven't owned anything other than that, it's a deal breaker if it's not a 5 spd.
 
2013-02-14 06:21:16 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


My minivan has a stick shift and steering wheel radio controls.
 
2013-02-14 06:23:29 PM
From what I've seen, all the Corvettes around here (central VA) are driven by elderly retirees who take about 4 minutes to lower their poor hips to the driver seat.  And yes, they are all automatics.

CSB mode ON:

Was at paddling practice (outrigger canoes, you sick farks) in HS when a red w/ silver racing stripes Viper pulls into the parking lot.  Dude that got out must've been in his late 60's.  He exits the vehicle, stares at the car's FOB, and manages to set the alarm off.  He stands there looking confused as fark whilst me and my crew mates stared agog.  Eventually, another guy and I approach the guy and help him turn off the alarm.  He had no recollection of buying the car, or of driving it to Magic Island (the beach park in question).

I remember thinking "Man, I hope when I'm that old I have enough F-U money to not even recall making a purchase of that magnitude."

We got him back into the car, which he proceeded to curb smash so badly I was surprised he didn't blow his front tire.

CSB mode OFF
 
2013-02-14 06:24:49 PM

wild9: I read this story like a month ago. I swear, same state and same situation but not a repeat story.


Same exact car too.
 
2013-02-14 06:24:54 PM
They have run-flats, but since they such a large diameter mixed with such a thin sidewall, even that isn't useful for more than a few miles.
 
2013-02-14 06:29:58 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


If you're doing it right, it takes all of 2-3 seconds to shift a gear in a good vehicle. It's not a big deal to drive stick. I learned to drive manual in an 18-Wheeler, never wanted to go back to automatics, even in my regular car after that.
 
2013-02-14 06:31:55 PM
Which is why I feel perfectly comfortable leaving my S4 parked in the hood at any sporting event I attend. We used to call the shifter the "n*gger button" in my younger days in Detroit. Not once did anyone attempt to abscond with my rides (all manuals).

/Enough anecdotes equal evidence.
 
2013-02-14 06:32:48 PM
That's why I always buy a stick, and take my wallet and phone with me. Pro tip: Leave nothing in the car, they won't take nothing.

/as the 'good uncle', I've taught generations to drive sticks.
//Ain't hard...once it's moving, it's done.
///Learn hills, everything else is a piece of cake.
 
2013-02-14 06:33:43 PM
My previous car had the perfect anti-theft device:  a manual transmission.

/when I dump my SUV in the next few months - I'm going back to one
 
2013-02-14 06:36:17 PM

Mutiny32: They have run-flats, but since they such a large diameter mixed with such a thin sidewall, even that isn't useful for more than a few miles.


Actually, run-flats have extra-thick sidewalks that can support the car's weight during a flat tire situation.   They can go for about 50 miles Neil they get sketchy and should be replaced.
 
2013-02-14 06:36:52 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


I can shift and change the channel at the same time. I mean, like, is that some kind of special talent or what? What I don't do is text are snarf down a burger or slurp on big gulp.

Driving is my special time, where I like to get pissed off at the other people on the road. Don't fark with that, man!
 
2013-02-14 06:39:56 PM
The sidewalls are much thicker from interior or to exterior.  I didn't mean the actual sidewall height.
 
2013-02-14 06:41:11 PM

LeroyBourne: I learned how to drive a manual from the start, and haven't owned anything other than that, it's a deal breaker if it's not a 5 spd.


Same for me. I actually enjoy driving a manual.
 
2013-02-14 06:41:22 PM
in the 1950's motorheads were installing cleverly placed fuel line cut-out switches in case of theft. the car would only go a few blocks and whoomph there it is. i'm guessing a lot of corvette guys don't get under the hood these days.

-- we all know most hoodlums aren't the brightest bunch but one might think by know that people would be aware they are most probably on camera these days. daylight crime without masking your identity is a tad foolish.
 
2013-02-14 06:41:26 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


If you havent tried it, how do you know you dont like it?

/ wont drive a slushbox
 
2013-02-14 06:44:46 PM
A life of crime is probably also ill-advised if you're too stupid to know about surveillance cameras, credit card tracking, or the fact that cell phones can be located. But then, if you're stupid, you probably don't know what you don't know.
 
2013-02-14 06:47:16 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: peewinkle: Deathray187: Umm, most corvettes are autos.

About one-third produced are auto. I think the new ones have paddle shifters, I didn't get a good look at the one at the Detroit Auto Show this year.

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Damn that is ugly. I realize the car is built primarily for the driver and not the passenger, but it looks like the designers forgot they were making a two seater and just tacked the second seat on.
 
2013-02-14 06:50:17 PM

Popcorn Johnny: I'm 44 and have never driven a stick, that includes spending 8 years in the military when a good portion of their vehicles were manuals. I like switching radio stations when I drive, not gears.


Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? I can drive a stick with a cup of coffee in my hand.
 
2013-02-14 06:50:21 PM
Heh.  I got lucky.  I grew up on a dairy farm.  I was driving (non-synchromesh manual) farm tractors from the time I was six.  That was a blast.

(You want to see something *really* freaky, see if you can find the shift pattern for a John Deere 620.  Not no sissy 'H' pattern, looked like a drunken snail track.  But WTF, it had a hand-operated clutch.)

First new car I bought was my first stick in a *CAR* as opposed to a tractor.  And the first thing I had to do with it was pull out of the dealer and make a left across a 4-lane, no median.  With my Dad behind me in his car.

/good times, man.
 
2013-02-14 06:50:46 PM
I can drive and enjoy driving a manual, but they are going the way of the dinosaurs...so I hope that you stick only folks love used cars.
 
2013-02-14 06:52:26 PM
Learned to drive on a stick. Never bought anything else. Well, at least until I got paralyzed. Kinda hard unless I could do some motorcycle controls.

/never had  more fun than dumping the clutch in a supercharged 302 and leaving about $30 worth of rubber on the street
 
2013-02-14 06:53:18 PM

purple kool-aid and a jigger of formaldehyde: I can drive a stick with a cup of coffee in my hand.


You're one of those people that eats a bowl of cereal while driving, aren't you?
 
2013-02-14 06:53:28 PM
If you don't know how to drive a stick shift, you probably shouldn't try to carjack a Corvette KILL YOURSELF.

/never drove a stick, but i know the tenor of these threads
 
2013-02-14 06:53:29 PM

TheYeti: I can drive and enjoy driving a manual, but they are going the way of the dinosaurs...so I hope that you stick only folks love used cars.


Performance cars will always have a manual transmission.
 
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