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Like Father, Like Son
Who: Ray Silke and Ray Silke Jr.
Where: Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
What: '75 C3 convertible, '98 C5 Convertible
My dad bought this '75 in November 1994, and drove it 250 miles from Toronto to Pembroke in freezing weather.
This car wasn't intended to be a trailer queen. Mom and Dad took many road trips in it, including a visit to Bowling Green, which is a good 12 hours' drive from home in the summer heat, with no air conditioning.
They wanted to keep this Vette in the family, so in April, 2010, they gave it to me. At 73 years old, Dad figured he was over Corvettes—until February 2012, when he located his '98 ragtop in Michigan. We called a couple of good friends and took a truck and trailer to grab the C5 that he and Mom are enjoying now.
In the fall of 2012, I lifted the C3's body and replaced the mounts, bushings, and brakes. The L48 runs just fine, so there's no need to mess with it. I'd like to freshen up the paint and swap in a steering rack, but the priority is to enjoy it with my folks around.
Who: Dan Wittern
Where: Kihei, HI
What: '64 C2 convertible
This Corvette was previously a body-off-restored, numbers-matching car that I showed once at a NCRS California regional event, where it received Second Flight. Though I was armed with info for further improvements, retirement got in the way, and off we went to Maui.
Upon arriving, it was evident there was no NCRS chapter, and my Sting Ray was one of only seven C2s on the island. I was instrumental in the formation of the Valley Isle Corvette Club, which tours the back roads of Maui every month.
I've added mods like a hidden sound system, along with a set of modern tires and wheels. The old carb never performed right, so I got side-draft Webers by Inglese, which required a stinger hood. But no stinger hood is complete without side exhausts!
My Vette is a proud cruising fixture on Maui. The top has only been up twice in the last six years, when I was caught in rainstorms while cruising the upcountry. The car even won a Best of Show a year or so ago at a Maui Cruisers event
If you're in Maui on the first Saturday night of the month, come by Peggy Sue's in Kihei and say, "Aloha."
Where: Greensboro, NC
What: '03 C5 Z06
After owning three C6 Corvettes, including an '09 Z06, I decided to go "old school" and build a C5 that was more personalized and free from warranty worry. During a chance Google search, I located a 21,000-mile Millennium Yellow Z06 at a local dealership. I made it to that dealership in record time. The car turned out to be in nearly perfect condition, and it only took me about six months to transform it into a true sleeper.
An A&A V3 supercharger, a Comp Cams camshaft, Kooks Headers, and an RPS twin-disc clutch transformed my Z06 into a 627rwhp monster. I also improved the suspension with a Pfadt Johnny O'Connell package, and upgraded the brakes with DRM ducts and stainless pistons.
Since then the car and I have run a road course and dragstrip together, managing to keep the rubber side down each time. I plan on many more adventures to come.