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Last Call: Tokyo Typhoon Rally Edition

Peter Tanshanomi October 4, 2018 Last Call 12 Comments

If you’re watching a turbo’d Honda City dice it up with a Lancia Delta at night on rain-slick streets, it’s highly likely you’re watching Kazuhiro Furuhashi’s video adaptation of You’re Under Arrest. A huge cast of thoughtfully chosen and authentically rendered enthusiast vehicles are vital to the popular Japanese manga/video/television franchise, described by one reviewer as “a love letter to gearheads.

Source: My own screencap taken 18 years ago with my Dazzle Digital Photo Maker

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  • It’s a beautiful day in my neck of the woods with an almost Indian Summer feel to it. And to top it all off it’s Corvette Week in my little burg in the Ozarks. Driving through town I could spot a few C1s, and look, a rare split-window ’63 C2! Many C3s of all types and colors. I’m in awe of the plethora of shiny C5s and C6s. And row after row of C7s lined up in front of the motels on the main drag. What a wonderful representation of Corvette history, But wait. What happened to the C4s. I looked and looked and nary a one! A whole generation – 12 Years – missing! How could this be? Did aliens take them all for insidious purposes? I asked several of the Corvette owners why there were no C4s and It was like asking a cousin why his sister wasn’t at the family reunion. Is she in prison? Ran off with the preacher? What? I couldn’t get a straight answer just some mumbled jiberish. I went home and did a quick Craiglist search. Sure enough…a bunch of C4s for sale and cheap. Even end of generation ’95s and ’96s could be had for $7,500 to $10K for low mileage examples. So what gives? I’ve been looking for an interesting convertible to replace my Mustang I sold a few years ago and the C4 looks interesting. I’ve considered Audi TTs, Jags, BMWs but never Corvettes. I like underdogs and I like to go against the flow so if a C4 somehow ruffles the feathers of Corvette Club people I might buy one and have the only C4 in town for next year’s Corvette Week.

    • Where in the Ozarks are you?

      • Near Eureka Springs.

        • My wife and I get down that way from KC fairly often. There’s a couple of Hooniverse guys in Springfield and the surrounding area. We need to do a meet-up.

    • outback_ute

      I’m going to say middle child syndrome. Probably some of the attendees have a C4 at home but prefer their other car.

      • Every Thanksgiving you have to remind the family that “black sheep” means “different”, not “criminal”. Then, grampa is angry because you are defending “that son of a … um, sorry son”…

    • Zentropy

      I’m admittedly not a “Corvette guy”, but all I know about the C4s is their kidney-busting rough ride. I wouldn’t be able to regularly drive one.

      • You may be right. I see no young people in Corvettes this week. Most are north of retirement age. So I’m guessing any stimulation of the kidneys, bladder, etc would not be desirable. Especially if you’re from out of town and don’t know where all the public restrooms are like I do! And i understand that the C5s and onward have softer rides so it makes more sense. But it seems like a C4 with an also swap would make a good track car.

      • It’s my understanding that the terrible ride is primarily the 1984 with the Z51 suspension which nearly all of them had. It got better in 1985. But I haven’t driven one or even ridden in one.

    • Maymar

      I think it’s that they’re still seen as too contemporary to be appreciated as classics, but as previously mentioned, aren’t as nice to drive as C5s (which are also reasonably priced). On top of that, I think of Corvettes as primarily for Boomers, who were largely in their child-rearing years while the C4 was in production. The older Corvettes might have been a youthful aspiration, and the newer Corvettes might have been a reward for emptying the nest, while the C4’s are stuck in a netherworld (and Gen X/Millennials skew more towards imports).
      That said, as a child of the 80’s, I still want an early C4.

      • I finally saw a couple of C4s today driven by 30 somethings. They looked good. A few years ago I drove a 95 convertible with the newer designed interior and it was a big difference from the earlier ‘80s C4s. Comfortable with big bolsters and thigh support. Surprised that it had a manual top but it was light weight. I think I’ll look for one with an LT1. You’re right about the C5s. A good value and more compliant ride.