Zero To 60 In 38 Years ©

Going zero to 60 with Shinazy

zero to 60

As you know from “VW Beetle, aka, The Bug” I owned a bug for 38 years and would probably still be driving it had my sister never come to visit me.  During that visit I loaned her my VW and borrowed a brand new, just delivered, hot car.


Remember your first roller coaster ride – the terror you felt as you slowly inched toward the top of the first drop and the thrill as you zoomed down, hair flying, eyes wide, fingered clinched around the safety bar.  That was my feeling.  I had in my hands the steering wheel of a 200 horsepower street missile, an increase of 150 horses.  I was going to go fast.  I was going to go zero to 60 in a 7.9 second.

Now I could drive in the fast lane, pass cars, go the same speed up hill as on flat ground … I was in car heaven.  I hungered for one of these machines.

But, I wanted to own a home and there was my children’s education to consider. And, did I really want to empty my savings?  No!  However, I could start putting money away for the day when I could go zero to 60 in my own car.

And that day arrived, 25 years later.  On a cloudless, crisp fall day, with my daughter in the passengers seat, I drove off the car dealer’s sales lot in a fierce 400 horse power … Black … Convertible … Corvette!

Remember the driveway length on-ramps where the Bug played bumper-cars, well, that is no longer an issue.  When I push the gas pedal the Corvette responds and I just slide neatly into the traffic.

My first road trip was a visit to Aunt Judy.  In pre-Vette days I would watch every cow and see individual fence posts as I drove the two-lane country road.  In a car that will go from zero-to-60 in 4.3 second, most of the countryside is a kaleidoscope.

Yes, I have the need for speed. I love taking the tunnel that connects Hwy 92 with 280 as fast as my stomach will let me.  This tunnel is perfectly banked and one day I came out of it to five empty lanes, an open invitation to see just what that car could do.  But, that blank canvas was quickly filled with a red flashing light.  Another new experience – my first speeding ticket!

So, I decided Driving was more than just going fast.  The hills here have serpentine roads. In the VW I took the curves with precaution.  In my C6 I take those turns with surgical precision and “pull some G’s”.  This car is a gecko – it just hunkers down and sticks.

But I must confess, on a warm day, with the top down, my hair in a ponytail, I just gotta see, can I handle zero to 60 in under … well, the car can, but me, I think I’m still a VW babe at heart.

 photo by shinazy

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10 Responses to Zero To 60 In 38 Years ©

  1. What? How could it take someone 38 years to get to 60 miles per hour … impossible!
    Well, I am here to say, it did take me that long, but the wait was more than worth it. zoom zoom ~shinazy

  2. I remember in ’66 driving a friends ’65 red vet. At that time in my life it was amazing…….and we just went around the block! Then a year ago another friend took me in his ’68 red and white vet convertable. That’s a sweet car. But riding shot gun in that black wonder with the top down and the music on high……..well it is a high!!! Thanks for the thrills Shinazy.

  3. Love the story and love your writing!

    • Pam, Thank you ! Whenever I feel like I am unable to put words to computer screen, I remember your kind Comments and I’m ready to go. Glad you are enjoying BOBB. ~ shinazy

  4. Malati Marlene Shinazy

    For me, the sister who stole your last name when I was born… and was embarrassed to ride in that 1969 Bug after 1990, the best part of you owning the Vet is that parking attendants now give us VIP Parking Spots!!

    VIP = “Very Important Pretentiousness” — mms

    • I find it fun that they let me park in front … since I refuse to let them valet the car. And they do this without hassling me. When I wanted to park the VW – no way – I was forced to park in the back lot. Again, no valet parking for the VW because the Auto-shift caused the first two attendants to hit the brake when they thought it was the clutch (remember, no clutch). My VW had its windshield replaced twice in three years. ~ shinazy

  5. Jewell Beck

    Amazing story. It is always an eye opener, a passion, and a thrill when one gets close enough to pass or when we follow one down the highway. Don says, you must like Corvettes! He is right! xx

    • Thank you for your encouraging words. Writing Zero To 60 In 38 Years was an enjoyable activity; some stories are easier to write and this was one of them. When you are in the Bay Area we must go for a ride … top down days are the best. ~ shinazy

  6. Malati Marlene Shinazy

    Readers who are afraid to ride in my sister’s Corvette convertible — a car that responds at the speed of thought – are welcome to ride with me. I have a Volvo C 70-T, a hard top convertible. I promise you an enjoyable top-down ride which still will arrive to the Corvette’s destination.. perhaps a little later. LOL — mms (sister of BOBB’s publisher, shinazy)