The 'Glass Menagerie - Readers' Rides - July 2014

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Getaway Z06

Who: Scott and Tiffany Foley 
Where: Joint Base Langley- Eustis, VA 
What: 2008 C6 Z06

2008 Chevrolet Corvette Side View 2/11

Here's our '08 Z06, which is loaded with all options plus a B&B Fusion “Mild to Wild” exhaust and a West Coast Corvettes cold-air kit.

This is definitely our getaway car. Tiff and I have driven it all along the East Coast, to visit family and friends in western Massachusetts, and to Williamsburg Winery (where this picture was taken). I even had it up to 160 mph on the Talladega Superspeedway during a “Vettes for Vets” event in 2011.

This is our very first Corvette, and it only took me 25 years of serving our great country to get it. It has been well worth the wait!


Pat & Mike's Vette (Version 2.0)

Who: Mike and Pat Hoffman 
Where: Ruskin, FL 
What: 2002 Corvette coupe

Behind every cool car is a cool girl—I was lucky on both parts. After being discharged from the service upon returning from Vietnam in 1969, with my saved combat pay, I purchased a used silver blue '64 Corvette Sting Ray convertible with a 300hp 327. I drove that car everywhere, including on a camping trip to Nova Scotia.

Then I met the girl of my dreams! We dated in the old Corvette every night, got married in 1972, and we even drove off in it afterwards in our tux and wedding dress. But, I needed to say goodbye to my trusty C2 to purchase our first house—it did its job!

After retiring to Florida years later and longing for another Corvette, my dreams came true in 2010. I purchased a clean, low mileage Pewter '02 Z51 coupe .Now with only 35,000 miles on the clock, I spend my days keeping it in showroom condition inside and out.

I do long for my old '64 Vette, but after 43 years, my wife and I are driving the roads once now in our 2002—just like date night 1970, we're young again once again!


Holts' Heartthrob

Who: Jennifer and Daniel Holt 
Where: Big Spring, TX 
What: 2010 Corvette Grand Sport convertible

2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Front View 6/11

This is our second Vette. Our first was an Atomic Orange '08 Z51 coupe. I always had driving a Vette on my bucket list, and my hubby finally broke down and bought the '08. He drove it a few times just because it was there. He's never been really big on muscle cars, but he's since grown to love the Corvette.

This 2010 is his baby. We have put on custom Grand Sport hood stripes, hood liner and center console, a Torch Red hose kit, Corvette windshield sticker, and we just put on a dual-mode Billy Boat Exhaust system.

This car has won an award at every show it has been entered, and has won a place in our hearts.


A69 427

Who: Don and Kay Baer 
Where: Dayton, OH 
What: 1969 Corvette Stingray coupe

I always wanted a Corvette, and worked with this C3's original owner, who also owned a 1967, before buying this '69. His reason for buying the big-block was the hood.

In June 1977, I was lucky to buy it, one month before my son was born. This was almost 37 years ago! It is LeMans Blue with a Bright Blue interior.

What makes this Stingray so special is that it still has the original U-joint and halfshafts in the rearend, with a 390hp 427, Turbo 400 automatic and 3.08 rear gears. Its license plate reads, "A69 427." I feel very fortunate to be its caretaker for so long.

I have subscribed to your magazine for many years, and look forward to every new issue.


Yard Full Of Vettes

Who: Don and Fran Barabee 
Where: Chesapeake, VA 
What: (from left) 2007 Corvette Z06, 1993 Corvette 40th Anniversary convertible, 1972 Corvette Stingray coupe, 1964 Corvette Sting Ray convertible

2007 1993 1972 1964 Chevrolet Corvettes 10/11

I've always loved Corvettes, ever since watching Route 66 as a young kid. My first car was a new Flame Orange '76 Corvette, purchased while at the United States Naval Academy. My wife, Fran, enjoys the cars with me.

Our current collection includes this Victory Red 2007 Z06, 1993 40th Anniversary convertible, '72 coupe and a resto-modded '64 convertible. Each car has its own personality, with the first three being mostly stock. However the '64 sports a '67 stinger hood atop a ZZ383 crate engine with an Arizona Speed Superjet “Rochester” Fuel Injection system, Doug's Headers, a Tremec TKO five-speed, Vintage Air HVAC, an ididit tilt steering column, upgraded suspension, 17-inch Foose wheels, power disc brakes and a nice modern, yet retro-looking, sound system. Each is a pleasure to drive, and each is guaranteed to put a smile on your face!


Second Vette—Longtime Love

Who: Paul Lee 
Where: Richmond, IL 
What: 2001 Corvette coupe

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Side View 11/11

I had wanted a Corvette ever since my 20s, but marriage, military service, raising a family, and more made it impractical to own a two-seat sports car. When I turned 65 last year, I was determined to finally own a Corvette.

Working with a modest budget, I found a white six-speed '94 with 80,000 miles on it. I finally had a Vette! I loved having the car, but soon found that the commute to work in a six-speed in Chicagoland was not the best driving experience.

So, I looked for a Vette with an automatic and found the pictured Torch Red C5 at a dealership two hours away. It was worth the drive—the car was in incredible shape. When I sat in it, an excited feeling came over me, and I knew this was the car for me. I drove it home that day.

I absolutely love driving this car—it's like we've been together for years!

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