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Submitted by: Jim Wakefield - Long Beach, CA

My love affair with the Corvette began in 1987 when I was 16yrs old... Simply out shopping one day with my best friend's father at the local Chevrolet dealer... I saw this red 1987 Corvette on the showroom floor... I really loved the shape of the car... Well, all it took was for me to sit behind the wheel once... I simply didn't want ot get out... We left the dealership that day in a new 1987 IROC-Z, but the dreams of a Corvette never left my mind...

I've owned a couple of sports cars over the years, even though they were very nice cars, a 1988 IROC-Z, 1997 Pontiac Trans Am, they still weren't a Corvette... Well, one day last year I got the itch again... I called my insurance agent to get ready for another disappointment... Previous to buying the Trans Am, I checked with the insurance agent, at 26yrs old, I was told my insurance would be approx. $4K/yr... So I was expecting another let down... I had my agent check twice for me when he gave me an updated quote of $1430/yr for full coverage on a 1996 Corvette at 27yrs of age... Needless to say, I told him I'd see him very soon...

Shopping for a Corvette was fun... The C5s are in such high demand that the prices on C4s dropped a good 20% from the last time I checked... I originally wanted a 96 LT4 CE convertible, but after a problem with GM concerning my 6spd Trans Am, I went with an automatic LT1 combo... I looked high and low for a 96 convertible but the only one to be had for 2 months was a yellow one with a black top... So I chose a coupe instead...

1996 Chevrolet Corvette with the following stats/options...

LT1/4 Spd Automatic Overdrive Transmission
Arctic White with Black leather interior
Painted body color removable roof panel
Driver and Passenger Power Seats (non sport seats)
Selective Real Time Dampening (ride control)
Low Pressure Tire Warning System (originally EMT equipped)
Delco Bose Gold Series AM/FM/CD/Cassette Stereo

Modified with the following equipment...

DynoMax Super Turbo Mufflers
K&N Air Filter
ASM Throttle Body Airfoil
MSD-6AL Ignition Module
Bosch Platinum +4 Plugs with MSD 8.5mm Wires
HPP+ Lower Cooling Fan Temperature Setting

To date the car has run a best of 13.64@103.01MPH


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