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Ladies Day Out - Corvette Salute Ladies

The Vette Files

Dakota Wentz Sep 1, 2004
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It was Ladies Day Out for some of the women of Denver's Looking Glass Corvette Association, and they picked a great spot, Red Rocks, for a picture with their Vettes.

The Ladies Are:
Back Row: Sarah Malone ('63), Sarah Robinson ('87 and '78), Debbie Lasson ('93), Ronni Garrison ('93), Cammie Oliver ('69), Jane Walker ('98), Esther Kistler ('00), and Jeanne Avery ('94).

Middle Row: Gloria Hecht ('94), Elaine McFarlane ('58), Bettie Pannell ('76), Phyllis Nuss ('95), Janice Koldeway ('04), Janet Hoy ('92), Shirley Reiner ('87), Trudy Neff ('03) Jamie Lou Thompson ('96), Vicki Seader ('82), and Mary Land ('03).

Front Row: Marni Krueger ('94), Denise Deihl ('90), Sandy Everett ('01), Terri Lugger ('99), Debbie Carey ('95), Patty Jackson ('99), Sandi Robben ('02), Cindi Wallace ('98), Jeanne Malone ('02), and Mary Grier ('99).

Does Life Get Any Better?
Jo Vivola
1993 Convertible

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For Jo Vivola of Stanton Island, New York, life doesn't get any better. She spends her spare time doing the things she loves, such as drawing, painting, dancing, and reading. Not only that, but she has been married for 40 years and has two married sons, and the sound of seven grandchildren is often heard around the house. Then, to top it all off, she's the owner of a '93 Black Rose convertible-which she's had since 1996. Since then, she has clocked 20,000 miles on it, added a set of chrome wheels, and installed a DVD player. For the grandkids, maybe? I dunno. On the weekends Jo enjoys attending car shows with her club, the Richmond County Corvette Club. And the only thing she enjoys more than her hobbies is winning First in her class. Jo told us, "I am a devoted subscriber to VETTE Magazine...and I never leave home without it!"

Wait Your Turn
Melva Naami
1966 Corvette Convertible
1967 Corvette Convertible
1969 Corvette Coupe

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It's hard to be a good mom. You have to sacrifice everything you want in order to better your kids' lives, and then on top of that, put up with them! And no one knows this better then Melva Naami from Cary, Illinois. Melva always liked the style of the '60s and early-'70s Corvettes, but unfortunately she was never able to get one. Instead she ended up buying a house and raising three boys. But now that the house is paid for and the boys are all grown up, it's Melva's turn. Since then she has bought a '66 Corvette convertible with a 327 and a Nassau Blue paint job, a Marlboro Maroon '67 convertible with a 427, and to round out her collection, a big-block-powered LeMans Blue '69. Melva plans on buying a Corvette for each of the years her sons were born. So far she has the '66 and the '69, and she is looking for a '72 454 convertible. As for the '67, they'll have to learn to share it, but not just yet.

Elvis Has Left The Building
Christine Williams
1984 Coupe, 2001 Z06

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Christine Williams from Reno, Nevada, the "Biggest Little City in the World," has been in love with Corvettes since the day she met husband in 1978. He drove a '64 Sting Ray coupe built by House of Corvettes in Southern California. The couple currently owns two Corvettes-an '84 and '01 Z06. The '84 was the recipient of some serious TLC. Christine added an Edelbrock water pump, throttle body upgrades from Hypertech, and an exhaust system from Monza Performance, and she rebuilt the crossfire injection with a computer chip upgrade. A set of 17-inch American Racing rims with Yokohama tires was also added. To top it all off, the car was repainted Candy Apple Red with White Pearl. The Z06 boasts a ram air induction system and a carbon-fiber air tunnel. The car is dressed in color-coordinated Speed Lingerie, and the interior is covered in black and red. Oh yeah, for the record, Christine also loves Elvis!

Out And About On The High Seas
Vicki Seader
1982 Coupe

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It had always been Vicki Seader's dream to own a Corvette, and when the time came in 2001, she didn't let it cruise on by. The crossfire-injected '82, the last of the C3s, wasn't her husband's first choice. However, Vicki knew it was the car for her. The Corvette is 1 of 664 to come from the factory with the two-tone white-and-silver color scheme. When Vicki isn't cruising in her Vette, she is busy cruising the ocean with her own cruise business.

Corvette Summer
Kelly A. Somerville
1985 Coupe

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Kelly A. Somerville from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been in love with Corvettes since the day she laid on eyes on her dad's '76 Stingray. She can remember taking it for drives during the hot summer days. After a few years of that, she decided it was time for a Vette of her own. The only real stipulation that Kelly had is the fact that it had to be red. And once she found this red '85 coupe, she no longer used Dad's. Not only does she drive her '85 in summer, but also she drives it to shows, Steelers and Pirates games, and just plain, old long drives as well.

Old MacDonald, Eat Your Heart Out
Denise St. Onge
2001 Z06

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Unlike most Corvette enthusiasts, Denise St. Onge hasn't been a fan all her life. Instead she's only been a fan for a short while. Before Vettes, her only interests were water-skiing and taking care of her animals-which consist of a pot-bellied pig, a horse, three chickens, two cats, a pigeon, and a fish. Old MacDonald, eat your heart out! Anyway, when her husband bought a '98 Vette in 2002, Denise wouldn't even drive it. But when the dealer let her husband borrow an '01 Z06, she figured she better at least drive the '98 once before they ended up selling it. She drove the '98 for a whole week and has been hooked ever since. Now she's really hooked since she's been driving the Z06 around town!

Just 4 MP
MaryPat Palmer 2004 Coupe

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MaryPat can remember telling her Dad in the '60s that she wanted a Corvette and all Dad could say was, "Well, if you work hard enough and save your money, someday you'll have one." Well, after working and waiting for the perfect Vette, MaryPat finally found one. In September of 2004, she walked into the dealership and wrote a check for a black '04 coupe. MaryPat tells us, "As I take it for a drive along the coast every Sunday, I find myself smiling for no particular reason. It was so worth the wait!" MaryPat even personalized it with her license plate that reads, "JUST 4 MP."

Jan Duvall
1993 Coupe

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In 1994, Jan Duvall of Jacksonville, Florida, bought a 40th Anniversary Edition Ruby Red Metallic Corvette. Three years later, she made one of the biggest mistakes of her life; she sold it and suffered seller's remorse ever since. Two years ago, Jan went to a car show and saw a Vette just like the one she used to have and decided that she had to get another one. She went on the Web and located this '93 40th Anniversary. She bought the car and swears never to sell it again. Her license plate reads "MY RUBY TWO"-this being the second Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette she has owned.

Brownie Points
Kathy Bramati
1969 Stingray
1967 Convertible
1969 Stingray

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Steve Bramati would like to dedicate this to his wife Kathy for always loving and supporting his Corvette love over the years. And it would only be natural that after all of Kathy's contributions that she would grow to love Corvettes just as much. The couple's first Vette was a red '69 L88 that was featured in VETTE in 1995. The car has also been awarded with three NCRS Top Flights and two Bloomington Gold certifications. Their second Vette is a '67 427/435 convertible. The car is all original, and they are hoping to earn a Gold in Bloomington with it this year. Last but not least is the Cortez Silver '69 L88 that was awarded with a Bloomington Gold certification as well. Kathy and Steve recently sold the silver '69 which makes us wonder what's next?

Family Time
Jane Gilmond
1974 Stingray
1990 ZR-1
2003 Convertible

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In a lot of cases, people would say three's company. But in Jane Gilmond's case, she would say you're crazy. Especially since Jane and her husband own three different generations of Corvettes. It all started when they purchased the '74 Stingray 14 years ago. Then, after that followed the red ZR-1, which just happens to be Jane's favorite. The latest Vette to enter the family is an '03 50th Anniversary Edition. Jane and her husband belong to the Palm Springs Corvette Club, and odds are if there's an event, Jane and her husband are there with the family-literally. Not only do the two bring out the Vettes, but they bring their kids; Alexandria, 14 and Devon, 10, usually tag along as well.

Corvette Nanny
Lynn Earhart
1993 Coupe
1998 Coupe

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Forget about Hulk Hogan and Mr. Nanny, the only nanny that matters around her is Lynn Earhart from New Jersey. When Lynn married her husband years ago, she knew she was in for it. When they met, Lloyd was busy racing a '62 fuelie Vette, and Lynn knew right then and there what she was in for. After their kids were married and gone, it was time for Lynn to buy the car she wanted-not one that suited the family.

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She bought her first Vette, a Black Rose Metallic '93 coupe at the VETTE Magazine East Coast Show & Go. She drove the 10,000-original-mile car every day for two years before she began entering it in shows. After a few shows, Lynn decided she would limit the '93's use to shows and special occasions. Now she was forced to find another daily driver, and a '98 coupe turned out to be a perfect fit. In order to entertain her grandkids at Corvette events, she started displaying a C5 pedal car and C5 remote control car alongside her ride at shows. Her grandson only found it fitting that she should have her very own nickname. Therefore he gave her a shirt that said, "Corvette Nanny," with a purple C4 embroidered on it. Coincidence that it's the same as the '93? No, I don't think so. Now, wherever Lynn goes, people know the Corvette Nanny is around for two reasons: she always has a sign next to her cars, and the '93's license plate reads "NANNY 93" and the '98's reads "NANNY 98."

Until Next Time...
Mary Lou Laroche
1954 Convertible

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In 1962, Mary Lou Laroche and her late husband purchased this '54 from Don Yenko. They raced the Vette for two years on the dirt track circuit. Then in 1964, the couple began restoring the Vette. They began a frame-off restoration and installed a three-speed, but they no longer had a garage. They were forced to store the car for the next 30 years. Now that Mary's son has built a new garage, the Corvette was been moved there, and the restoration has been restarted. Mary Lou is a member of the Corvette Club of Western Pennsylvania, NCRA, and the National Corvette Museum. Hopefully we will see Mary Lou's finished '54 in next year's "Corvette Ladies."

Volunteer Work
Dianne Lehm
1986 Convertible

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Dianne Lehm has been riding shotgun in a Corvette since the moment she was born. Her earliest memories of Corvettes-when she was really young-was going for rides in the Maryland and Virginia countryside in her parents' '64 drop-top. In fact Mom, Dad, and Dianne were all part of the Corvette Club of America until they moved to the Big Sky Country, which, by any other name is Montana. Mom and Dad had a '78 Pace Car at that time, but Dianne fell in love with a different Pace Car. When the yellow Corvette Pace Car convertibles came out in 1986, Dianne was mesmerized. Last year she decided that it was about time she get on the ball and got a Vette of her own.

She looked high and dry in search of a yellow '86 before finding one in-Montana! It was owned by a ranch couple who'd kept the Vette in town because driving up and down their gravel road would damage the paint. The Vette only had 35,000 miles on it, but that was all going to change soon. Between May and November-it gets packed away the rest of the year-Dianne enjoys taking the Vette for a spin through the back roads of the scenic Montana mountains. During the other months, Dianne is busy serving on the Board for the Senior Helping Hands Organization, volunteering at Zoo Montana and the Billings Food Bank, and raising and showing Persian cats.

Saved By The Grace Of Chevy
Suzan Hey
1990 Convertible

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Before Corvettes Suzan Hey used to drive around Vacaville, California, in a '72 Porsche 911 Targa. Then her husband bought a '92 Vette with a six-speed, and she found how much more fun it was to drive a Vette. When her husband upgraded to an '03 Z06, he bought a '90 convertible with an auxiliary hardtop for Suzan. The only request Suzan had was her Vette had to be a convertible. Although the Vette is now 14 years old, it's only got 45,000 miles on it! Now that the Vette is all Suzan's, it's no surprise to see her cruising or in local parades. With the top the down, of course, but that's a given.

Mary Stetch
2003 Coupe

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Mary Stech is a student at the University of Delaware and when she wasn't attending school, she had been saving her nickels and dimes in hopes of one day owning a Corvette. In the summer of 2002, Mary first saw an '03 50th Anniversary Corvette and fell in love. She went to her Dad and asked him if he would help her buy one of the special edition Vettes, and before you knew it, they were headed to the dealer to place an order. Mary is now a member of the South Jersey Corvette Club. She also has been using her Vette for parades and high school homecoming events. Sure beats my ride to homecoming, not that Mom's Explorer wasn't cool or anything...



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