It's no lie that many of us have our own personal getaways. Whether those getaways might be a trip to the Bahamas, simply mowing the lawn, or taking our favorite car out for a Sunday drive, it varies from person to person. However, one thing is for certain, no matter who you are or what you are, each and every one of us has some kind of pastime.
With the type of life that Jack and Debbie Freidburg and their son Dr. Eric Anderson live, it makes you wonder why they would even want to have a personal getaway. You see, everyday is full of excitement and new experiences for them. For Jack, it's getting up to go run his company. For Debbie, it's heading out back to their ranch to breed thoroughbred American quarter horses. And, did I mention that Debbie is a pilot as well? Dr. Eric's days are, well I think you all know what his days are like. All this leads one to ask, how does the excitement of Corvettes and Harleys measure up? Well that's easy; you just can't beat the feel of pure American thunder pouring from the exhaust as you roll down the highway. And when the garage opens at the Friedburg's place, exposing their '66 Corvette coupe, '99 C5 convertible, and '96 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic, you can be sure there's plenty of internal-combustion thunder at hand.
When it comes time for Jack to relax, he jumps behind the wheel of his lightly-restored-but-mostly-original-Nassau-blue '66 Sting Ray coupe, complete with a 425 horse 427 big-block and a four-speed transmission. Jack got the car back in 1997 when he decided that a '66 was the year he wanted after he recollected the memories he had while graduating high school in 1966.
When the car was purchased, it was taken to Jay Jorgenson at Speedway Customs in Mira Loma, California, where minor bodywork and paint was done. Then Alan Koosed, a.k.a. "The Rooster," had a thorough inspection of the car to make sure it had all the original parts with matching numbers. With a few swaps here and a few swaps there, the car was put back to factory specs. In fact, the car is so original, it still has the papers that it came with off the dealership lot and the Protect-O-Plate.
When Debbie feels the need to get away, she hops in her '99 Vette, drops the top, and is outta there like a fat kid in dodge ball. The '99 boasts the standard 5.7L LS1 with a six-speed gearbox "out back," and the power is echoed through Flowmaster exhaust-so you can be sure her need for speed is satisfied.
Although all three ride the various horses on the ranch, sometimes they feel the need to straddle an iron horse, and Eric's '96 Harley-Davidson FLSTN Heritage Softail does just the trick. The bike was purchased brand new, and since then its 1340cc "Evo" V-twin has been pumped up with a modified cam and custom exhaust, and a more comfortable seat for long rides has been added.
Just because only one of their names might be on a specific vehicle's title doesn't mean that it's off limits to the others in the household. In the Freidburg family, any one of them is welcome to use and enjoy any of the three family toys.
The one thing that did come as a surprise to all three was all the benefits they would receive. For instance, if it wasn't for the '66, the Freidburg's may have never met their neighbors, whom have now become some of their closest friends. They also wouldn't be taking those Sunday drives to remote locations just to get a bite to eat or cruising to shows with friends. And, you can't forget the late nights spent working out in the garage on the cars while downing a few brewskis with some fellow Corvette and Harley fans.
It's these experiences that really make cars and motorcycles worthwhile, something that Jack, Debbie, and Eric Freidburg have learned very well.
You know, the more I think about it, the more it makes sense to me. It's experiences like these that have kept Harleys going strong for a century now and Corvettes for a half, and there's no end in sight!