The philosophy over at Vette Dogs is simple: Corvettes are meant to be driven. The car aficionado show, launched by Next New Networks in June 2007, operates on the premise that Corvettes “can only look so good in the artificial light of a garage or museum. There’s just got to be more to it, otherwise they wouldn’t have given us eight overachieving cylinders wrapped in a sleek, light-weight body.” So, to break the mold, Vette Dogs celebrates owners who aren’t afraid to enjoy their Corvettes out on the road and get them more than a little dirty.
The show is an offshoot of DigitalCorvettes.com, a 30,000-member Web site that has been attracting racing fanatics since 2003. Patrick Gramm, the creator of the site, is also the featured driver in many of the episodes.
Remember those arcade games that let you “drive” cars on a racetrack? Watching Vette Dogs is kind of like that. An overwhelming majority of the episodes take place right on the tarmacs, and you’ve got the driver’s point of view as these Vettes burn some rubber on tracks like the O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indiana, the Pueblo Motorsports Park in Colorado, and the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Digital Corvette “bruisers” travel all over the country, interviewing racers and providing a glimpse into the life of a true Vette Dog.
An accompanying blog, written by Daniel Bowler, provides follow-ups to several episodes, and of course, Corvette owners are invited to submit their own videos showcasing their babies in action. If you’re still feeling the need for more speed, you’ll be glad to know that Vette Dogs episodes have been lengthened to at least 10 minutes long since July 2007.
In episode 7, one viewer commented to Patrick Gramm: “Well, you didn’t kill yourself like we all banked on.” To which Patrick replies on the same page: “If I killed myself it would have been one hell of a final Vette Dogs episode!”