For years, as far back as the ‘60s, Chevrolet Corvettes and astronauts have gone hand in hand. America’s Sports Car and expeditions to space have always seemed to complement each other – perhaps because it was very much the beginning of them both.
MotorTrend recently posted a video about the relationship between the two in which host Arthur St. Antoine journeys cross country in his 2014 Corvette Stingray speaking with astronauts and visiting shrines of the American space program such as Florida’s Kennedy Space Center and Houston’s Mission Control.
Walt Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut and Corvette enthusiast, is along for the ride as he recounts his stories of his time with NASA, before the two head out to visit with St. Antoine’s friend Bruce who owns a beautiful collection of Corvettes. There they also meet a man named Danny who owns astronaut Alan Bean’s 1969 Corvette – one of three created specifically for Apollo 12 crew members.
“I bought it from General Motors through GMAC and I did find it on lot and I recognized it from a Life Magazine article. I feel very blessed to have it,” Danny said.
So what do astronauts think about the newest Corvette, the 2014 Corvette Stingray? Well, when asked what he thinks of the C7 Corvette in comparison to his own 2005, Cunningham answered, “well, it’s kind of like my life. We’ve both evolved over the years. I was excited about my ’64 because the big V-8 engine, I just love the power. And so that’s where I started off in Corvettes. The 2005, better in many, many ways, and I was looking forward to the 2014 – the C7 here now. And now that I’ve had a chance to drive it and we’ve done cross-country in it, I have to tell you – in every aspect it exceeded what I expected out of it and I have not found one thing that I could complain or say negative about it.”
To hear more about the unlikely love story between space exploration and the Chevrolet Corvette, check out the video below.