Who: Bud Hill Where: Osage Beach, MO What: '04 Corvette convertible
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!
Who: Mike Boehme Where: Rehoboth Beach, DE What: '05 Corvette coupe
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.
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
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.
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.
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