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Submitted by: Dennis Rosenthal, Newnan, Georgia

SPECS ON MY VETTE: 400HP 427 W/AUTO, AIR, PS, PB, PW, BOTH TOPS, SIDEPIPES, AND BOLT ON WHEELS. IT IS SUNFIRE YELLOW W/BLACK LEATHER INT, SOFT TOP, AND A BLACK VINYL HARDTOP.

MY LOVE FOR VETTES STARTED WITH MY DAD. ALL DURING THE SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES, HE AND ALL HIS FRIENDS HAD MID-YEAR VETTES. AS A KID I SLOSHED AROUND IN THE BACK OF 64 COUPE FOR YEARS. LATER, WHEN I WAS IN THE SIXTH GRADE, I REMEMBER TELLING ANOTHER ONE OF MY VETTE LOVING FRIENDS THAT ONE DAY I WOULD OWN A RED 67 BIG BLOCK ROADSTER WITH AIR, HA HA HE SAID.

SEVENTEEN YEARS AND SEVERAL C4 VETTES LATER, I WAS STILL ON THE HUNT FOR MY AFFORDABLE MID-YEAR VETTE. MY WIFE WAS WANTING A NEW 95 YELLOW MUSTANG GT CONV, AND KNEW THAT I WANTED AN A/C EQUIPPED MID-YEAR ROADSTER. WELL SHE SLIPPED UP AND SAID THAT "IF" I COULD FIND A YELLOW A/C MID YEAR VETTE (BEFORE SHE CHANGED HER MIND!) I COULD BUY IT (SHE THOUGHT I COULDNT DO IT). THE HUNT WAS ON AND THREE DAYS LATER I HAD A DEPOSIT ON A CAR AT A LARGE VETTE DEALER, 750 MILES AWAY.

I FLY UP TO THE NORTHERN DEALER WITH MY DAD TO INSPECT THE CAR, THE CAR IS EXACTLY WHAT IM LOOKING FOR, BUT ITS THE END OF JANUARY AND 17 DEGREES OUT.THEN THEY INFORM ME THAT DELIVERY WILL TAKE THREE TO FOUR WEEKS! WELL, I CANT STAND FOR THAT, AND WE DECIDE TO DRIVE THIS UNTESTED CAR 750 MILES HOME. WE RETURN OUR RENTAL, AND TAKE THE VETTE TO OUR HOTEL AND PREPARE FOR THE LONG JOURNEY HOME.

ITS 5 AM, 7 DEGREES OUTSIDE, WITH 6-8 INCHES OF SNOW. MY DAD CONVINCES ME OF THE EXCELLENT HANDLING OF VETTES IN THE SNOW, SO WE LEAVE, AND HE IS RIGHT. THE CAR RIDES AND DRIVES GREAT, EVEN IN SNOW AND ICE! ALLTHOUGH WE DO GET A LOT OF STRANGE LOOKS FROM OTHER DRIVERS AS WE TOOL ON DOWN THE NORTHERN FREEWAYS. AFTER SEVERAL HOURS OF UNEVENTFULL DRIVING, MY DAD TAKES THE WHEEL. HE HASNT DRIVEN AN OLDER VETTE SINCE 1977, AND BOY WHAT A GRIN HE HAS ON HIS FACE. AFTER A FEW MILES TO GET USED TO THE VETTE, HES RUNNING 85-95 MPH, THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS OF KENTUCKY AND TENNESEE, IN THE FREEZING RAIN, ALMOST PUSHING SLOWER TRAFFIC OUT OF HIS WAY. I HOLD ON QUIETLY AND LET HIM ENJOY THESE MOMENTS.

THE RESULTS OF HIS DRIVING ARE TWO FOULED PLUGS. WE STOP IN CHATANOOGA TO CHANGE THEM, EAT, AND ADD OIL. I AM MORE THEN HAPPY TO DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY HOME TO ATLANTA. FROM MY WIFES OK TO THE CAR IN MY GARAGE IS JUST UNDER TWO WEEKS.

I DRIVE THIS CAR DAILY AND IT HAS AQUIRED OVER 30,000 MILES OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. IT HAS BEEN DRIVEN ALL OVER FROM CARLISLE PA TO DAYTONA BEACH FL, ALWAYS READY, AND ALWAYS RELIABLE. IVE SHOWN IT TO MY SIXTH GRADE FRIEND, WHO COULD ONLY SAY " I THOUGHT YOU WANTED RED?" WELL MAYBEE MY NEXT ONE.

MY WIFE HAS NOW DECIDED THAT SHE WANTS A 56 OR 57 NOW. SO I GUESS THE HUNT STARTS AGAIN FOR JUST THE RIGHT CAR FOR HER/ME.


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