Your article on A.I.R. Racing ("A Brief, Shining Moment," Aug. '13) brought back many fond memories for me.
In 1968 I was selling cars for a Chevrolet dealer in Wisconsin, serving as the high-performance and Corvette specialist. I took a month off to go to Daytona for the 24 hours.
While checking out the pits the day before the race, I ran across James Garner walking along with the current Miss Universe. I approached Jim and asked if I could have a photo [taken] with him, and he was more than happy to oblige. We talked for a bit, and he invited me to have lunch with him at Junior Johnson's Chicken Shack in the pits. After lunch he asked if I wanted to watch the race from his pit, and of course I jumped at the chance. The attached photo is of Jim in his pit at sunrise on the second day of the race. [That's A.I.R. team member Dick Guldstrand on the right—Ed.]
I don't think I have ever met a celebrity who was a nicer, kinder human being than James Garner.
Long Beach, CA
Nix the Six
Stop it, please. I've been a Corvette fan for as long as I can remember, and I've owned a red '79 since 1990. I love tradition and history, so when pop-up headlights went away on the C6, I didn't like it at first. I eventually got used to it, though. Then came non-round taillights on the C7. Again, I didn't care for them initially, but I came to appreciate them too (even though I haven't seen a C7 in person yet).
But GM, please, when talking about the Corvette's future, stop bringing up the terms “V-6” and “mid-engine!” No matter how “global” you want to make the Corvette, you can't take away that big, front-mounted V-8.
Getting Back on Track
I have a '92 Corvette that I bought as a driver. Both seats move some in the tracks during braking. I went to a Chevy dealer and was told that the tracks needed to be replaced at a cost of $1,400 each. I don't want to spend that kind of money because I am thinking of getting a '14 model. The car has only 47,000 miles, and I have never had this problem in any of my other Corvettes. Can you help?
Crystal River, FL
When seeking service on an out-of-warranty Corvette, it's often advisable to rely on a marque specialty shop, rather than a new-car dealership. Fortunately, there are several such shops in your general area, any of which should be able to get your seats back “on track” for significantly less money. Check out the various Corvette-specific online forums for customer feedback and recommendations.
More Swap Talk
Wrong answer! Reader Richard Craig of Denver, North Carolina, asked a ligitimate [sic] question about an LS conversion for a C4 (“Front Lines,” Aug. '13), and you responded like a car dealership instead of an enthusiast magazine. May I suggest Mr. Craig ask Hot Rod, Popular Hot Rodding, or similar magazines the same question, and he will receive a plethora of advice, photos, and contacts about how to do the conversion. VETTE has become a picture book.
We didn't say the swap wasn't possible—after all, one could conceivably insert a Lycoming XR-7755 aircraft engine in a C4 if one were truly dedicated—just that it didn't make for a compelling cost-benefit analysis in this instance. (And yes, we like nice photography.)
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