David W 1986 Chevrolet Corvette 2dr Coupe

Shannon - The other woman in my life

For several years I talked about getting a car to restore. Last July, I started looking again and found a 1986 Corvette Coupe. Plain as they came but she was a Vette! I could see most of the work she needed, but she met my main criteria - She was a driver from the start. I'm proud to say I am the only kid on my block that owns a Corvette, as well I enjoy working on her in the driveway so the neighbors can see as they pass by in their minivans.

It's amazing how many kids in their "Ricers" pull along side and want to have a go at her. I simply wave and go on about my business. I don't want to race but at 55, I'm sure enjoying the feel of a V8 and the push of the rear wheel drive again.

Now with the warmer weather, I can take the top off and feel the wind in what's left of my hair. I've never owned anything remotely close to a convertible, but she certainly fits the bill.

She is not exactly my wife's favorite ride. Shannon sits low and isn't for everyone to slide in and out. But nonetheless, she humors me and gets in and off we go. I have 2 teenage daughters that ask when they can driver her.........Not gonna happen now or anytime in the near future. I'm very possessive of her and really don't share my toys that well. Maybe one day during a VERY weak moment.

By now you're wondering where "Shannon" got her name - My 16 year old daughter came up with it out of thin air and it's stayed ever since.

So when I text them and say Shannon and I are going for a ride, there is no misunderstanding. She's a great deal of fun and enjoy driving her as much as possible. Even at work we have a small "Vette club".

Get out there and enjoy your classics - Cars are meant to be driven!

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