As a lifelong Corvette enthusiast, I inherited my love for the marquee from my dad, who worked for Chevrolet for many of my formative years growing up. As an employee of Dailey Chevrolet in San Leandro, CA (no longer in existence), Dad would bring home new cars prior to delivery, and drive me to school the next day in cars with less than 20 miles on the clock. But it was that ride in a brand new 1962 Corvette in the Fall of '61 that cemented my earliest memories of a Corvette at age 7....I was the star of the playground that day!
Over the years, my interest in Corvettes never waned and I was able to purchase my first Corvette, also a 1962, at age 21. I now had the bug, and little did I know that it would become a life-long passion. Throughout my 20's, and into my 30's, my interest in 'Vettes continued to blossom, resulting in ownership of seven additional Corvettes, ranging in years from 1962 (my second), to a pair of '65's, two '66 coupes, a '67 roadster, and culminating with a new 1984 off the showroom floor. Three years later, the '84 was sold with the intent of purchasing a new house and starting a family.
Well, 28 years have passed, both of my sons have graduated from college, and the desire for a Corvette continues to burn. After months of searching, I have recently acquired my 9th Corvette, a 1978 Coupe, with 108k on the odometer. Purchased from the original owner, my new classic boasts a number-matching L-82 engine, mated to a close-ratio 4 speed transmission. The car is fully documented with the original window sticker, bill of sale, factory build sheet and owners manual. The originality of the car reflects NCRS standards, right down to the original paint and interior.
It's been a long and winding road, but it feels so natural to be back in a Corvette again after all these years. As I close in on retirement, I'm certain the garage will be housing a Corvette for many years to come, continuing to provide the same memories experienced decades ago in my youthful days.