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The 'Glass Menagerie - Readers' Rides - April 2014

Feb 19, 2014
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Is your Vette menagerie material? Just send a photo (or photos) of the car, a brief description, and whatever else you'd like to VETTE Magazine, c/o 'Glass Menagerie, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. You can also email the information to vette@sorc.com with "Glass" in the subject line. So what are you waiting for?

Jersey Shark

Who: Betty and Nick Mihansky Where: Brick, NJ What: 1978 C3
We bought our '78 Corvette in 2002 as a "rolling wreck"—one whose reliability caused AAA to send us a nasty-gram, stating there were no more tows available under our membership. We took that as a cue to take the car off the road and begin a frame-on restoration.


In went a new 350hp 350 under an L88-style hood, a Turbo-350 transmission, a chambered 2.5-inch exhaust, new suspension parts, an Al Knoch interior, and a fresh coat of #10 White paint.

Now that it's done, it makes for a really fun driver!

Solid-Lifter Show Stopper

Who: Thom Mayovsky Where: Kirkland, WA What: 1970 C3 coupe
This Vette is a rare, numbers-matching '70 LT-1 coupe whose original factory color was Donnybrooke Green. It was built for shows in the '70s and '80s, when it won a lot of ISCA First Place awards, and it still sports the period graphics and chrome. It was also selected from several thousand entrants to be featured in the 1980 Corvette News calendar.


Nowadays, I only drive it to car shows, and it has about 40,000 miles in total. It's joined in my garage by my other Corvette, a Snowcrest White '59 that was previously owned by the late actor David Carradine.


Bob's Beauty

Who: Bob Usilton Where: Chestertown, MD What: 1969 C3 convertible
I've had five Corvettes, and I like this one the best. It's a Monza Red '69 with the standard 300hp 350, Muncie four-speed, N14 side-mount exhausts, and all numbers matching.


The 350 was new to the Corvette for '69, as were the 8-inch-wide Rally wheels, ignition switch on the steering column, door-opening mechanism, and one-word "Stingray" nameplates above the fender vents.


Dream Come True for Two

Who: Joe and Jeanne Hoene, Darren Engelhardt and Jill Hoene Where: Sigel, IL  What: 1966 C2 convertible, 2002 C5 coupe
I purchased this '02 Corvette with 15,000 miles on it. The first owner ordered it with nearly all available options, and he said it was only rained on twice.


The '66 Sting Ray has a 427 that's been balanced, ported, and blueprinted. (It also has an Edelbrock intake and a Holley 650.) The car ventured from Clarksville, Tennessee, along parts of the Bourbon Trail to Kentucky, to our family farm in Illinois. That was after the previous owner drove it cross-country to Seattle, shipped it to Oahu, then shipped it to Texas for restoration.

This picture shows my family sporting Corvette Funfest T-shirts, from the Mid America Motorworks event held only 10 miles from our home. Living so close to the show, it was always a dream of mine to drive my high school sweetheart (and bride of 35 years) there in my own Corvette. It's a dream that's since come true.

Divinely Inspired

Who: Frank Cable Where: Carrolton, GA What: 2002 C5 convertible 
Like all hot-rodders in the early '60s, a Corvette was an object of fantasy for me, only to be seen on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show or Route 66.

One morning in October 2008 I woke up, and it was as if God said, "I'm not going to leave you there forever. If you want a Corvette, let's get with it!" With God's direction and the blessing of my wife, I went looking.

At that point, I couldn't tell the difference between C1 and a P-51. What I did know was that I liked the looks of the C5 and C6. I couldn't afford a C6, so I looked for a black C5 with a red interior. A month later, there it was on eBay. Four days after that, it was in my garage.

Since then I've added a MagnaFlow exhaust system, cold-air induction, C6 Z06 deep-dish wheels, cross-drilled rotors, Addco sway bars, and a navigation system. For the engine, I fabricated billet valve covers, along with custom covers for the fuel rails, battery, and master cylinder.

Gulf Coast Cruiser

Who: Jody and Valerie Spires Where: Biloxi, MI What: 1969 C3 coupe
Here's our '69 C3, which is finished in Riverside Gold and equipped with air conditioning, power windows, and a 350 small-block combined with a Turbo-400 automatic transmission.


This is our first Vette, and we bought it from a friend back in 2009. When we took it to an NCRS judging event last year, it got Third Flight. We're hoping for a Second Flight with it this year.

We love to cruise the Gulf Coast in this beautiful Stingray!

Funari's 427

Who: Bob Funari Where: Long Beach, CA What: 2013 C6 427 Convertible
The '13 Corvette was the last of the sixth-generation Corvettes, and General Motors celebrated Corvette's 60th anniversary by bringing back the iconic 427 Corvette convertible.

My plans for this car include enhancing the LS7 with a supercharger, which should result in 700-plus horsepower, and acceleration that matches the McLaren MP4-12C and the Ford GT. Unlike those two automobiles, the Corvette will retain its easy accessibility and its reasonable luggage space.

Corvettes have a long and distinguished history of being America's Only True Sports Car, and the '13 Corvette 427 Convertible is a fitting tribute to the styling, engineering, and manufacturing talent that produced a world-class automobile.

We're proud to have this car in our collection.

B.C. Shark

Who: Jason Lutterman Where: Sorrento, British Columbia, Canada  What: 1978 C3 
Here's a picture showing my "C3 from B.C." in the foreground. She's a '78 with some mods, including Procar seats and a headlight/nose/tail swap. I'm getting side pipes and a tuned-port-injection system installed this winter.


Last September she won Best C3 at the GM Canada 100th Anniversary show in Kamloops, Ontario.

Some of our other rides include the '47 Chevy coupe you see here (it's a 10.7-second car in the quarter-mile, thanks to its "rollerized" 496-inch big-block), as well as two other steel-bodied Chevys—a '72 Malibu and a '71 Monte Carlo.

Ozark Road Warrior

Who: Bob Swengrosh Where: Gravois Mills, MO What: 1999 C5 FRC
This is my '99 hardtop, better known as an FRC (fixed-roof coupe). It has the full "OME" Export European Light Package, with rear reflectors, front-fender side turn-signal lamps, plus front driving/fog lights. I've also installed functional '01 Z06 rear brake vents.


Most Corvette magazine writers state that the hardtops were stripped-down vehicles, but mine came from the factory in Bowling Green with the RPO UV6 Head Up Instrument Display and a few other nice items.

I have 38,000 miles on this unmolested road warrior.



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