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FLORIDA MAN WRECKS BRAND NEW C8 CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51

The Incident Involves An Alleged Drunk Driver

C8 Corvette Stingray Z51
Photo via Facebook.

Of course, it was bound to happen. A Florida man recently took delivery of a 2020 C8 Corvette Stingray Z51, and broke it within 24 hours. According to social media posts, an alleged drunk driver was involved in the crash, and is being blamed for the accident. In the Facebook video below, the owner says “thank God for insurance, because that bitch is shot.”

With a smashed front end, airbag deployment, and smashed lights. This C8 is indeed “shot.” The old Hyundai it T-boned fared worse. Everybody appears to be okay.

There’s bound to be other C8 Corvette crashes in the future. Even engineers found ways to wreck them during development and validation testing, but hopefully things are kept to a minimum. It’s not as if there’s plenty to go around, after all.

It will likely be a while before the owner is able to replace C8 Corvette Stingray Z51 with another one. The coronavirus pandemic has halted production of the mid-engined sports car, and has put customers waiting on their order in a state of flux. Moreover, Chevrolet has halted any further 2020 Corvette orders. What’s happening instead is that customers will get bumped to the 2021 model year. But America has to beat COVID-19 first.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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