Who: Steve Rappel
Where: Marlboro, NJ
What: ’03 C5 50th Anniversary coupe
I’ve wanted a Corvette for years, but it seemed that other responsibilities always came first. However, I decided last winter that this would be the year I treated myself. Now the question was, What period Corvette would be special and still fit my budget?
I studied the Corvette Black Book for weeks on end, and finally decided on a C5. As you said in VETTE, “The fifth-generation model was the most radically changed production Corvette ever.” I then narrowed it down to a 2003, since it was the Corvette’s 50th anniversary.
When I learned of the 50th Anniversary Edition, I knew what I would be searching for. A few months later, I found my dream car. Besides being the model I wanted, it was a one-owner, adult-owned, low-mileage beauty.
I’ve detailed and dressed it up a little, including “50 ANNIV” plates that I proudly display.
I love reading your magazine, and I hope my story can inspire others to treat themselves, too.
Wayne & Margie’s 1969
Who: Margie Daniels and Kimberly Allison
Where: Newburg, MO
What: ’69 C3 coupe
We bought our ’69 427/390 four-speed coupe in July 1980. My husband, Wayne, and I were always Corvette lovers, but we never thought we could afford one and children too. In 1976, we decided to start our family, but after several miscarriages, the doctors told us that we may not be able to have children. We then decided to start looking for our dream Corvette.
We found this perfect C3, bought it, and brought it home. A few weeks later, we discovered that my riding in it wasn’t the reason for my motion sickness -- I actually had morning sickness. On March 13, 1981, we had our beautiful miracle daughter, Kimberly, who is now 31 and enjoying the Corvette with her husband and two daughters.
We enjoyed the Vette through the years, but it was Wayne’s dream to restore it. However, he was diagnosed with cancer in September 2007, and lost his battle a year later. So my daughter and I kept his dream alive by restoring the car.
It was a one-year project, completed in April 2012. We spent the summer last year showing and driving our wonderful Corvette.
I hope to continue enjoying it, and pass it on to our grandchildren for their enjoyment. It is part of our family, and my daughter often referred to it as her “adopted brother.”
GhostRider’s New Ride
Who: Bryan Sims
Where: Pinellas County, FL
What: ’12 C6 Grand Sport coupe
My newest Corvette has been lightly modified with a Hurricane air intake, a ported throttle body and intake manifold, and an H.P. tune by Jeremy Formato at Fasterproms. A new headers-back exhaust is forthcoming.
I’ve had an ’02 Z06 and an ’05 Z51 convertible in the past, and this one definitely lives up to the Corvette heritage. I’m known as “GhostRider” in my current and past car clubs, and my modified Vettes and Camaros have won many trophies in the past decade.
This new car is a great platform for looks and performance. vette
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