Vette(s): Used to own a 1979 Corvette now owned by JB79
I'm working on a project an could use your help. Please answer the following questions. If you don't feel comfortable replying to this thread and being public with your reply, please PM or email me. Thanks.
1a) Why did you become a member? (for NEW paid members) 1b) Why do you continue to be a member (for RENEW or LIFE members) 2) What value(s) do you feel you are getting by being a member? 3) How do you value your membership here compared to similar memberships (paid or not). In other words...what differentiates C3VR from other similar sites?
1b - I can't find anyone else to be the SB editor? I not only continue to get awesome and timely advice, but also this place is like a virtual family. I have made some friends and hope to make more in the future at the gathering and the regional events. I also enjoy giving back the knowledge I have picked up from working on my car thanks to the knowledge folks have shared here. I always try to cover a thread if it sits there more than 3 hours without a response if I see it, even if it is just to say you might want to talk to this or that person or PM them.
2 - Trust, mutual respect, friendship, camaraderie, concern from and for others. These are things that I have yet to find on other sites I have visited or joined.
3 - I put this site head and shoulders above the rest (with the exception of Vette Dogs videos and DC's babe section) and I am glad every time I visit CF that we aren't like that and I sincerely hope we never get that way. As long as this stays a non-corporate site, I think we will be fine. We are a select subset niche of the corvette enthusiast hobby, whether we are racers, waxers, cruisers or a combo of all. We all have in common the preservation of a small piece of American History and as those caretakers, we have a common goal and mutual desire to see each other succeed. I have not ever experienced that on any other group I have been around on the net.
Vette(s): #1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/
Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight"
#2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto
Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas
1b: Just makes sense...ton of info and help from all walks of life. I enjoy helping other Vette freaks, as well as getting help when I need it. I became a Lifer because it is worth it. The money was secondary to the friendships I have forged with MANY folks here.
2: The thing that is important, other than what I stated above, is the info I get from folks that do things differently that I do. I prefer original/stockers, but I get to keep up on the latest hi-tech stuff that is available for Sharks, whether engine related, interior, or chassis mods/up-grades. You can't get that anywhere else, as it relates to Shark cars. If it CAN be done, someone here has done it, and knows whether or not it's worth the effort.
3:I only go to a couple of other Corvette related sites. Don't need to...don't want to. C3VR is by far the most user-friendly Corvette site on the web. The other places have too much BS, from too many "experts" for my tastes. I see nothing but honest, well informed replies here, not the usual "You're an idiot" type stuff I see on other sites.
This is, as has been discussed before, more of a "Club" than an internet web-site. C3VR is more of a family, all sharing a bond. That bond is the '68-'82 Corvette. Other sites allow us on there...C3VR INVITES and WELCOMES us. No question too stupid...we're ALL here to help the next member with a problem, whatever it may be. Some of us have been dealing with Corvettes for many years...some have just gotten their first. Doesn't matter...you're family here.
C3VR isn't "Stiff" feeling like the other places...more relaxed.
Come on in and sit a spell,
Take yer shoes off,
Ya'll come back now, y'hear? Adams' Apple2008-01-17 10:47:24
____________________________________ Joel Adams C3VR Lifetime Member #56 My Link
I agree with all the above
1B:Because of the support everyone gives to one another. Not just in know how on fixing the vettes but family support as well.
2 Learn about vettes all aspects. A chance to meet new people and gain friends along the way. Wish I could make it to all gatherings!
3 I do go to other sites when I need info like fixing the daughters Mazda MX6 or the BMW but this is the only site I participate in. It feels more like friends and family. Was on one of the other vette sites at first, but then found this one. This site has none of the put downs or "I know more that you so I am right" type of stuff.
Full Size C3VR Lifetime Member #110 We are all young at heart Glen
Vette(s): 1965-327 coupe,
1968-small block coupe,
1971-454 coupe and currently a 1976-ZZ4 coupe reborn again,and hotter than ever..
Add a 1996 CE LT-4 for backup
I consider it family, emails, on site chat, phone calls, what ever it is, no matter what subject, help and my needs are met here and through the membership. I have not seen that anyplace else, as you get to know more members the family grows..The support is of a grand scale here at C3VR. Like most core members we are here several times a day..I have been to other sites for questions and information about other then C3 Corvettes..You don't have to its all right here, so many members have more then one Corvette, the talent of some members are way beyond the talent of anything I can find. Adam, you have it all right here don't need to go any place else. We are all lucky you started this. The value of this is beyond wealth, you are making history at least until petroleum runs out..
"I Love all Corvettes! LifeTime Member #60..Terry"
Vette(s): black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion
1b.When I started looking for a vette, this is not the first vette forum that I found but when I stumbled onto C3VR it was obvious that there was something different about it.I renewed because I cant imagine not coming here. During an average day, I’m here 4-5 times checking for new posts.I am a member of other forums and that leads to the biggest reason I renewed ….. the PEOPLE.There is an attitude of helpfulness, maturity, and cooperation here, not bickering ,belittling and BS like I see elsewhere.I have found no other place on the web like this forum… don’t think there is one.
2. I value my membership in the friends I have made here and in the help I have received and will continue to receive from other members here. I also enjoy sharing what little knowledge I have with other vette owners. There is no other place to get this kind and quality of information on the cars we love.
3.There is no comparison to the value I receive here and at the other places.Yes, I visit other vette forums and have picked up some good ideas there but rarely post there. Gauged by the information provided and the “feel” they have, they do not compare to C3VR. A lot of credit must go to the site founder and the moderators who “ride herd” on the forum to make sure we don’t become like the other places.
Vette(s): had a really nice one. sold it to a good friend. Purchased 2004 custom coupe in Feb. 2009 did not tell anyone here until August 2009. BAD I KNOW.
Okay I joined and became a lifetime membership was simply, value for the buck, I mean I never planned on leaving the site so it made since to go life. I found this site right after I got the vette. I am a novice when it comes to tech and working on the corvette so all of the expert help is for the other members (at this time) The people here is why I stay here. The people are worth the most to me, I log on to this website at least 3 times a day, This is my connection to meaningful relationships, this is my lifeline to real freindships, not sounding sad or anything, just facts. have met great people in which i have real like interest with which has led to real freinds. the other thing that is unique is the freinds i feel i have out there across the nation that i have not phyiscally met yet, this is so much more than just a web site and i would wager a guess that 75 percent of the members say the same thing hope this helps. Larry
Okay its not a C3 but it is cool as hell.....
Lifetime Member #47
Vette(s): 1975 Stingray Nomad Wagon, with Daytona front, custom hood scoop, dual side vents; 420HP 350; Doug Nash 5 speed; 1980 rear end W/4:11 gears; Cherry Red metallic paint.
1. I became a member because the first C3 I ever owned was a project car, and I knew I would need all the help I could get for all the uniqueness to our cars.
1b. I became a Lifer because I fell deep with the fever for said project car, and realizing that I would be in C3VR (as well as other Vette forums) for the rest of my life, being a lifetime member only made sense. Given the possibility of being here for (yes I am serious) 20 years, its cheaper and easier then renewal fees.
2. I get 2 values from C3VR. First off, any questions I have about my C3 are quickly and correctly answered. But, I have also found that this site accepts me and my Vette wagon, even if its not appreciated by everybody, it is respected by the group. Flaming and insulting isn’t allowed here, which in itself sets it above the rest.
3. The difference between C3VR and the others relate to both the values I get from here. There is more friendship here then all the other sites combined (yes, I do belong to ALL the other sites, I search out new ones). And, here more than anywhere, you get the quick and correct answers to what makes our C3s special. Not just the things any shade tree mechanic can answer, but about the things that are C3 specific.
Lifetime Member #36 click on any image for a larger view
1b. When I realized I was on the site just about every day for over a year, it just made sense to become a lifetime member. I'm here because I need help and because I'm able to help others.
2. Knowledge is the biggest value for me. I thought I knew a lot about vettes, but since I found this site I've learned something new just about every day. A very close second are the people here. I've never met a nicer bunch of guys and gals, who are always ready with advice, support, and friendship.
3. I had memberships to other vette sites but let them all lapse. None were comparable to C3VR because they seemed to be dominated by the C5 and C6 owners, and covered topics about their cars. Again, the people, the people, the people. It kind of feels like a great big extended family, who knows what it is to love and own a C3. And it's cheaper than therapy!
Vette(s): SOLD - "The Toy" - 1970 Convertible SOLD - "The Beast" - 1990 ZR-1 (#682) "BLKBRRD" - 1978 Trans Am, 400ci/285hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops
1a) Why did you become a member? (for NEW paid members)
I found C3VR through the recommendation of a member on a different Corvette site. I joined shortly after that because I saw there was a real love and respect for both the cars AND the people. Knowing that nothing is "free" on the internet joining was really a selfish thing - by helping to support the existence of the site it (hopefully) wouldn't go away and I wouldn't lose a valuable resource for learning about my car.
1b) Why do you continue to be a member (for RENEW or LIFE members)
I upgraded to "Lifer" because I plan to be here for as long as I'm able to sit in front of a computer. That is because of the friendships I've made and the knowledge I've gained from others about not only my C3, but other gens, other cars, and life in general.
2) What value(s) do you feel you are getting by being a member?
I have always been interested in cars and over the years have become an ok driveway wrencher able to do the simple maintenance tasks on every vehicle I've owned. There are a lot of things I know I am not capable of doing but before sending the car off to have some work done I've asked some questions. With the helpful anwsers (plus the encouragement) I found that I have been capable of doing the work myself. The money I've saved has by far made the membership investment one of the best decisions I've ever made. Plus I have the satisfaction of being able to say "I've done that" and have done my part to keep an American Classic on the road for a little longer.
3) How do you value your membership here compared to similar memberships (paid or not). In other words...what differentiates C3VR from other similar sites? There is maybe only one other internet site/club that I have encountered to date that is even close to C3VR in terms of respect for the car AND their owners (it happens to be a non-C3 group). I think that is because it is a smaller, more focused, and dedicated group like C3VR is. The other sites that I check into occasionally, both Corvette and non-Corvette, are such high traffic places that it is hard to find any meaningful information and to develop any relationships with people (not to mention all the B.S. and such). C3VR is my club of choice because of the people.
____________________________________ Jim Olson "The Toys"...!!! Save the Wave!
Vette(s): 1969 COUPE CORTEZ SILVER, BRIGHT BLUE INTERIOR 383 cu. in. 512 HP. Hooker headers w/ side pipes PS PS AC AM FM STEREO. 68,000.MILES
C5 5oth Anniversary Coupe , auto.350hp
1.a .I first joined shortly after i bought my car. I wqasn`t quite sure what to expect. I was basically looking to share my interest with others.
1B. After visiting the site for awhile i realised the potential for information and how willing everyone was to put in their contributions.
2. during my first year the help i recieved from the members with issues about my car was phenomimal. It didn`t matter how trivial the questions. the willingness to help navigate the site and the commraderie experienced here is priceless. That is why I upgraded to alifetime member.
this year I have met several members and hope to meet others in the future.
3. i had visited other sites, but i just didn`t get that warm fuzzy feeling.
besides we are more specific in our interest which makes it more enjoyable for me.
Vette(s): 1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48
1a) Why did you become a member? (for NEW paid members)
1b)Why do you continue to be a member (for RENEW or LIFE members)
I became a Lifetime member because this site is unlike other sites. The people here are much more friendly and the site has more of a family atmosphere about it. Also if you have a problem, there is probably nothing that can't be answered on C3VR.
2) What value(s) do you feel you are getting by being a member?
The value of having people virtually at my finger-tips that can answer questions about my Vatte. Friendship with other C3 Corvette owners, you don't get this on a site full of 5th and 6th generation Vette owners.
3) How do you value your membership here compared to similar memberships (paid or not). In other words...what differentiates C3VR from other similar sites?
I value my membership on the C3VR there highly, I log on to this more then any other site on the entire internet. As mentioned above, I have virtually disappeared on other site. What makes us different? See answer 2.
____________________________________ MARK LIFETIME MEMBER #117
Vette(s): 1981, Black/Black, Engine bumped to about 400HP.Ext/int mostly stock.
1b) I'm a paid member because of the great attitude of the folks on this forum and also because the other forums don't focus on C3s too much. Also, we have a great mix from strictly factory original guys to some with wild customs. There isn't much you can ask this crowd that someone hasn't seen before.
2) Main value is getting some questions answered, occasionally the opportunity to help someone else, and just learn from other posts that may not apply to me specifically or right now. Also like the idea of the annual bash and the regional get togethers. I'm hoping t make Little Rock and maybe a Northern Ohio get together this summer. I'd love to do a get together here around Cincinnati sometime, if I can just get my butt going to get it together.
3) Strict focus on C3s is huge. I also frequent the site of the "anal retentive restorers" (no offense guys, just kiddin :) They have great guys, many of them are extremely knowledgeable, but generally not a lot of conversation about any C3s past the chrome bumper years. In general, I don't think they value my soft-bumper, 190HP '81, even though it is one of only like 48,000 made ;)
[QUOTE=Adam Wartell] 1b) Why do you continue to be a member (for RENEW or LIFE members)[/QUOTE]
Well the primary reason to stay a member is the vast wealth of experience & technical know how that's concentrated here. But more importantly its the people behind the cars that I want to get to know. The C3VR is more like a get together at a friend's house & swapping out an engine than some of the other larger forums where you have to talk in hushed tones lest a moderator erase your posts.
[QUOTE=Adam Wartell]2) What value(s) do you feel you are getting by being a member?[/QUOTE]
Everything listed above, plus being able to conveniently search for parts on Ebay & getting answers that are to the point. Most other threads on different forums tend to be loaded with fluff answers that aren't helpful or pertinent.
[QUOTE=Adam Wartell]3) How do you value your membership here compared to similar memberships (paid or not). In other words...what differentiates C3VR from other similar sites?[/QUOTE]
I am one of the few paying members of corvetteforum. I bought a membership to honor a dear friend who passed away last year. Since I have had many months to reflect on that membership I'd have to honestly say that I should've bought 20 Gold memberships here for folks that wanted them, rather than give a mindless corporation more money that it doesn't need.
I think I've answered this question in the two questions above.
Lifetime Member #23
Vette(s): #1 -1969 Corvette Coupe Riverside Gold, black interior,MN,A/C,350/350,PS,PB,window cranks.
#2 -2000 C5, black/black, 6 sp, Bose system & lots of buttons.
I became a Lifer to continue antagonizing all you guys out there......
Not really........well, maybe a little! I like all the help tech wise and good ol' feeling of family here. Also, I like to look at what's for sale, jokes, Gatherings and just the whole Cotton-Pickin' Forum! Thanks, Adam!
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