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Readers’ Corvette Rides - December 2014

Show us your Vette!

Oct 24, 2014

Beach Vette

Who: Bud Hill  Where: Osage Beach, MO  What: '04 Corvette convertible 

2004 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 2/7

Here's my Millennium Yellow convertible—one of 1,094 convertibles painted in that second-rarest '04 Corvette color at Bowling Green (along with 918 coupes and 629 Z06s). One of the final-year C5s, it came loaded with a leather interior, active handling system, dual-zone electronic air conditioning, and the 350hp LS1 under the hood.

It now has 40,000 miles on it thanks to the long-distance trips that we've made in it to the National Corvette Museum and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, as well as to places like Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

We've made these, and other, trips along with our fellow members of the Lake of the Ozarks Corvette Club (LOCC). We have fun in the sun!


Delaware Destroyer

Who: Mike Boehme  Where: Rehoboth Beach, DE  What: '05 Corvette coupe 

2005 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 3/7

It took me more than 50 years to join the ranks of Corvette owners, and when I finally went hunting I knew it had to be a black six-speed C5. When I found my "Delaware Destroyer," a lifelong dream was realized.

She's taken us to Carlisle a few times, and we always come back with something new—a Mid America cold- air kit and Quadrapower exhaust one year, long-tube American Racing headers another year, interior goodies yet another.

2005 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Engine 4/7

She recently had a top-end makeover, including a cylinder head package (heads decked, ported, and polished; 219cc chambers; dual platinum valvesprings; Trick Flow hardened pushrods; and LS7 lifters), a COMP Cams 232/234 114 LSA cam, FAST LSXR 102mm intake, and OEM fuel rails, Nick Williams 102mm throttle body, 42-pound LS1 fuel injectors, and a Melling high-volume oil pump.

She dynos out at 463 rwhp and 391 lb-ft of torque at 6,300 rpm (with a 385/385 sweet spot at 5,300 rpm).

An MGW short-throw shifter takes her through the gears while a Kenwood DX9990 touchscreen receiver/navi belts out blues rock (or The Grateful Dead when Wendy is with me). Lloyd mats and Cover King dive suit seat covers keep the OEM carpet and leather protected.


Low-Mileage First Vette

Who: Kenneth Dammann  Where: Eatontown, New Jersey  What: '93 Corvette coupe 

1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe 5/7

This is my first Corvette, which I purchased last fall from Conte's Corvettes. It has 29,000 original miles on it, and is probably as close as you can get to a new '93 Corvette.

Inside and out, it looks like a new car.

1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Engine 6/7
1993 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe Interior 7/7

It's well-equipped, and has the fairly rare optional smoked roof panel. I also have the original window sticker. The distributor is being replaced with an upgraded ventilated unit that was introduced in the '95 C4.

My plan is to keep it well-maintained and as original as possible.

I love going to car shows, and now have a car that I can enter.


Show us your Vette!
Just send a photo (or photos) of the car, a brief description, and whatever else you'd like to Vette Magazine, c/o Readers' Rides, 1733 Alton Parkway, Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92606. You can also email the information to vette@sorc.com with "Rides" in the subject line. So what are you waiting for?

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