Sarge’s Commanding C6Who: Ken Sponsler
Where: Suwanee, GA
What: 2006 C6 Z06
I always dreamed of owning a Corvette, but my 27 years of Army service pay wouldn’t allow it. When I retired and started a new career, my search began. This is my second Corvette. The Z06 is awesome, thanks to headers, a new cam, and ported-and-polished heads from Vengeance Racing. She makes 705 hp at the flywheel (600 at the rear wheels). I saw a picture of the 2012 Le Mans Corvette, and loved the stripe on it. I had it reproduced at Evolution Street Machines using black with red pearl and clear over it. The interior has several upgrades, including red suede seat inserts and door-panel accents.
Survivor SharkWho: Tom Hartmann
Where: Blairstown, NJ
What: 1974 C3 coupe
I like to call this Corvette—my fifth— a “survivor rod.” It’s an original 1974 Dark Green Metallic coupe with an LS5 big-block, a four-speed, and just over 50,000 miles on the clock. I bought the car from the original owner, who’d had it since January 1974. In 1988, at 35,000 miles, he pulled the 454 and had it built by Tony Feil in South Jersey. Upgrades include ported heads with oversized valves, a Crane Cam with roller rockers, a 9.75:1 compression ratio, and a balanced rotating assembly. The car also has an Edelbrock Air Gap intake manifold with a Holley 870 carburetor, along with Hooker coated headers and a stainless Magnaflow exhaust with “X” crossover pipe. Most of the car still has its original acrylic lacquer paint, and the rearend and transmission are also original. The interior is approximately 99 percent original. I drive it several times a week when the weather is good, and it is constantly entertaining.
Lovin’ That LT-1Who: Bob Munro
Where: Kettleby, Ontario, Canada
What: 1970 C3 convertible
My love of Corvettes started years ago, when I farmed with my dad. When we relaxed with the family, the one TV show we always watched was Route 66 with Tod and Buz. As a kid, I was hooked on the “All-American Sports Car.” My first one was a 1966 Sting Ray convertible with a 350hp 327 and a removable hardtop. Later, in 1973, I purchased a new Stingray coupe with a small-block 350. These cars were my pride and joy. In 2005 I sold my 1973 and bought this LT-1–powered 1970 Stingray convertible. As they say at McDonald’s, I’m lovin’ it! She’s a real beauty. I’d be real happy to see these pictures in VETTE. We do enjoy each new edition.
Driven Then, Driven NowWho: Don and Marlene Deisch
Where: LaPine, OR
What: 1963 C2 coupe
I originally purchased this early-1963 Sting Ray upon my discharge from the USAF. I decided to travel Route 66 for the summer and experience the “Mother Road.” I returned home that fall to finish my undergraduate work, and by 1968 I needed money to pay for grad school. The ’63 was sold, and I didn’t see it again until 30 years later. That’s when I got a phone call from the car’s then-owner, who was looking for information on it. I visited the car the next spring, and stated that I’d like to buy it when he was ready to sell. Ten years later, after yearly phone calls to check on the car, I purchased it. The car needed a lot of work, and it eventually went through a frame-off restoration. It evolved into a three-year project, and at one point I wondered if I would ever get it back together. Now I enjoy being on the road in a car that holds so many memories for me. I get a lot of waves and thumbs-up from other drivers on my way to car shows.