A fun story: 4 LO's, a Uniden, and a Corvette...

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  1. C7Fan

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    I'm sure everyone here is wondering just how crazy of a cop magnet could a Torch Red Stingray be? Well pull up a chair, get comfy, because man what a story! For sake of LEO lurkers I won't disclose where I'm from, so bare with the vague locations.

    I've owned my C7 Stingray for almost 2 months now, and thanks to Vortex and alot of research, I decided to go for the Uniden R3. Already the detector has saved me multiple times (plus Waze), but today was something crazy.

    I pulled out of a shopping center after my workout and headed home. Now the speed limit fluctuates and it was the weekend, but nothing prepared me for the bloodhounds that would try to sniff a ticket out of me!

    It was as if Murphy smacked me upside the head. The R3 almost immediately alerts me to KA which meant a Sherriff running either front radar, or was sitting off somehwere. I immediately get to the speed limit, (red corvette), and look for the LEO. Like clockwork, the Sheriff is coming towards me and turns in front.

    As soon as I saw him flip around, I knew the game was on. My R3 shows the KA fading, yet a second KA pops up! I knew the jig was up. It was Vette hunting season and I was the juicy target. Oh boy.... The second Sheriff passes me on the opposite end, eventually leading to a fading KA signal, but the R3 was screaming at me still!

    The first Sheriff was hanging back, waiting for the right moment to pop me for anything over 5 mph. They saw a young dude in a hot red Vette and immediately thought dollar signs. My entire commute to the Interstate was nothing but my trusty R3 warning me to not let my guard down. This guy was hot for me.

    As I turn onto the bridge to get on the Interetate, sure enough Officer Nasty is right behind me running my plate! I wave to let him go by me and pass onto the Interstate but no can do. This guy was out for blood.

    I merge onto the Interstate and hit the cruise control, staying in the right lane until the Sheriff got fed up and passed me, staring at me as he did. This guy and his buddies wanted me bad! But wait!

    As the first KA signal dissipates, another Sheriff comes up behind me!!! The Uniden is having a darn fit and it was like a pack of wolves sniffing for prey. I had enough wits about me to phone the wife as she was passing right through the speed traps after work.

    I eventually make it home, entered a parking structure and even then the Uniden sniffed out another faint KA band as I parked the Vette and thanked my lucky stars the R3 was there to beat the pesky ticket boys. I never thought the R3 would be put through such paces but I am so thankful I purchased one.

    My LEO reporting on Waze looked like a breadcrumb trail full of cop icons.... yikes! Word to the wise, if you purchase something like a hot Corvette, better take the R3 with you.... worth every freaking penny.
     
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    Ckhris Learning to Drive General User

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    9A333D83-867D-486F-BBD1-20595BE8E475.jpeg Cool story. I have a 2016 Torch red vette with Corsa Extreme exhaust with the xpipe. It screems when I punch it. I have been pulled over a few times but no summons. But I don’t think any of them follow me intentionally. But in my little town in MO they run KA band on all day while patrolling.
     
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    Almost seems like they were hunting down someone who they had a previous complaint against. Good thing you kept your cool and didn’t give them the time of day.

    I had a LEO once follow me for 45 minutes looking for anything wrong. I used to love going for canyon drives in the middle of the night as my way of relaxing and getting some personal reflection time. I was leaving a canyon in the middle of the night and passed a LEO who I believe suspected me of having been up the canyon to party as is common for many. I was an excellent driver and gave him no chance. He stayed right on me for 45 minutes and all the way back to town. He only turned around once I hit the line of his assigned patrol area (south end of the big city and the other smaller towns further south), but not a block sooner.


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    Would have been interesting to listen in on the radio communication of your moving fan club.
     
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    They behave like sharks or hyenas. The red car is like blood in the water. This clearly shows selective targeting. Glad you wasted their time.
     
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    Looks fast...even standing still.


     
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    That's exactly what it sounds like.

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    Another good reason to have a scanner. I haven't heard myself called in..........................yet!

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    They don't call it "ticket me red" for nothing lol. R3 is the perfect choice for your ride! Since it is a 2018 (or 2019?) does that mean you have a carbon fiber hood? I would love to know what the kill zone on it (how far away it can be clocked on radar).

    Maybe this phenomenon explains why I see older guys driving their Vettes so slow. They have LEO paranoia.

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    My Vette is actually a 2014 2LT. I was in the market for a z06, but I found the Stingray I drive and it was a smoking deal. The hood is actually carbon fiber I think, and very light. I'm not sure what the kill zone is, but yes the R3 is worth it. I never drive the Vette without it.
     
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    While a torch red Vette tends to get the attention of LEOs, in reality it has a relatively small radar cross section. It is more difficult to clock with radar than other cars. The kill zone is going to be shorter. However, I am not sure how much a carbon fiber hood will affect the kill zone, it may help or hinder that.

    I used to own some Trans Ams and they had a small radar cross section, though not as good as the Vette. While driving at PSL +15, I could get hit with I/O Ka radar at 1500ft. and had plenty time to slow down before I was in the kill zone. If that was not the case, I surely would have had a ticket. I got stopped twice with one ticket, when I drove a Grand Prix before I got hooked on Trans Ams.

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    @C7Fan if you can PM me the date/time this happened and the agencies/departments involved I can check the Broadcastify feed archives for the reports. We can remove any identifiable information before posting it.
     
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    I actually heard the radio transmission when an off duty called me in MO my plate and all lol. I saw the lights and pulled over a block from my house. No ticket no radar. If there was radar I would of been in the pokey. But they were cool.
     
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    Yep. PM sent.
     
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    Since they would run it on the car computer there would be nothing to hear on a scanner. Our area is APCO 25 and encrypted so the value of a scanner is very small. I have not kept up but at one time you needed a scanner permit to have one mobile.
     
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    Depending on the agency and geographic area, you might hear the initial dispatch "be on lookout"(BOL). Encryption sucks, sorry to hear that. Depending on where you live you might need a ham license, which is not too difficult to pass the test for. OTOH, handhelds are easy to ditch under the seat etc. but it's a moot point for you.

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    When you say LO, do you mean LEO? law Enforcement Officer?
     
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    Love reading these stories. Read all the v1 moment stories already.
     
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    and therein lies the rub: Red car, Corvette nonetheless, and you're bait in shark infested waters. Fortunately, the OP was wise to invest in an R3 to reduce, but not eliminate the risk.

    It's funny, but I can make more ( better) time in a Black Sienna than my Mars Red S7 Kleemann. Red performance cars stick out like a sore thumb. Dad vans , aka swagger wagons, go virtually unnoticed by LEOs and the motoring public. As soon as they release the TNGA Sienna, I'll be sporting another.
     
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