The ’Glass Menagerie: Owners And Their Corvettes

Largely Historic and Well Traveled

Who: Chuck Large 
Where: Branson, MO 
What: 1958 C1

Here’s our 1958 Vette. All four of my kids (two girls and two boys) drove this car in high school. The flight-line shot of me with the car was taken at Clark Air Base in the Philippines in 1972. Drive your Corvette onto the flight line, stow your gear, then go do a Mach 2 test flight in an F-4 Phantom—what a life! The car had about 500,000 miles on it when I took it to Dale’s Rod Shop in Green Forrest, Arkansas, for restoration. It had been sitting outside for about six years while I did a couple more overseas tours with the United States Air Force (from which I am now retired). The chassis shot shows the 400hp, 400ci engine that’s now in the car. It also has a Muncie four-speed, a rebuilt rearend with Positraction, and a frame that was sandblasted to bare steel, then repainted shiny black. Interior modifications include aftermarket A/C, as well as a Custom Autosound sound system with a 10-disc CD player and a SiriusXM satellite radio tuner. The water-side view was taken next to Table Rock Lake, here in Branson. The other Vette is my wife’s Black Rose Metallic ’94 coupe.


Vemp 1302 14 Z The Glass Menagerie Owners And Their Corvettes C1 On Clark Air 4/20

BYREQST

Who: Sonny Brown 
Where: Randallstown, MD 
What: 2012 C6 Grand Sport convertible 

My love for the Corvette started when I was 11 years old. I was watching TV when a commercial spotlighting the new 1963 Sting Ray split-window coupe came on. I’ve been hooked ever since that day. I bought my first Corvette, a 1971 coupe, in 1976. I purchased a 1977 C3 three years later, and I still own that car today. In 2005 I brought an 2006 coupe, which I later traded for this Inferno Orange Metallic 2012 Grand Sport convertible. The license plates read “BYREQST,” in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen. I’m a member of Corvette Annapolis Club in Annapolis Maryland. Check out our website (www.corvette annapolis.com), where you can view a video of the Corvettes on the Bay event. Enjoy!


Vemp 1302 15 Z The Glass Menagerie Owners And Their Corvettes 2012 C6 Grand Sport 5/20

Memory Maker

Who: Steve Heuer 
Where: North Chicagoland, IL 
What: 1980 C3 

My wife and I purchased our 1980 L82 Corvette in 2003, for our 25th wedding anniversary. The car had 42,000 miles and was still in original condition. My son was only 17 at the time, but I let him drive the car once before changing my insurance to a classic-car policy that prohibited drivers under the age of 26. Nevertheless, my son and I both enjoyed the car over the years, attending events sponsored by the North Shore Corvette Club and taking it on weekend rides. Last year, when he decided to get married, I assumed that he and his bride would want a limo after the wedding. Instead, he asked if he could drive the Vette. This request meant a lot to me, so I added the Vette to the family’s auto-insurance policy so he could drive it. It was only the second time that he had driven the car (that I know of). It was worth buying the car, just for these special memories.


Torch Red Phantom C4

Who: Marlin Lilly 
Where: Cogan Station, PA 
What: 1996 C4 coupe

While displaying my Arctic White 1995 Vette at a local show, I spotted a pristine Torch Red 1996 coupe. It only had 24,000 miles on the clock, and according to the original window sticker, it came equipped with an automatic transmission, Electronic Selective Real Time Damping, Six-Way Sport Seats, Preferred Equipment Group 1, and more. It also had LT4 badges on it. As you know, this engine/transmission combination was not offered by Chevrolet. I queried the owner, and he said that the car was ordered new from a Chevy dealer in Burkburnett, Texas. That dealership (with help from GM Performance Parts) converted the top half of the LT1 to LT4 specs. In addition, they added a 58mm Lingenfelter throttle body, short-tube headers, 30-lb/hr injectors, a 3.73 rear gear set, a tuned PCM, a Borla exhaust, plus various other enhancements. Extensive documentation confirmed his claims. I never thought that I would own such a rare Vette. However, a year later (on Memorial Day 2011), I became the new owner of this incredible car. What a ride!

Is your vette menagerie material? Just send a photo (or photos) of the car, a brief description, and whatever else you’d like to VETTE Magazine, c/o ’Glass Menagerie, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. You can also email the information to vette@sorc.com with “Glass” in the subject line. So what are you waiting for?

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