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Submitted by: Glenn Eaves - Raleigh, North Carolina

In 1963, at the age of 13, I rode in my first Corvette. I have loved Corvettes ever since.

During my teenage years I put together every Corvette model I could get my hands on. I just knew, that one day I would own one of these gutsy American sports cars. Alas, on my 16th birthday, there was NO Corvette in the driveway. Instead, I settled for a '61 Ford Fairlane that my younger brother and I purchased and shared.

Marriage, children, and 6 years in Uncle Sam's Navy, followed by a return to college (via night courses), and a busy career as a Programmer/Analyst with Metro Information Services kept me occupied. In 1985 I purchased my first real sports car, a Nissan 300ZX 2+2. It was a lot of fun to drive, but I decided to give it up just before my daughter got her driver's license due to insurance considerations. There was just no way a 2-seat sports car was in the picture yet. But the dream was still alive. My daughter even gave me a plastic toy Corvette one year for Christmas. A number of other fun cars followed. A few Nissan 200SX's, a 240SX, a Dodge Stealth, and a Dodge Avenger. They were all fun cars, but...

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Then in 1997 I started hearing about the "new" Corvette. Later I saw photos of it. Wow, it was the most beautiful 'vette yet. I started talking about them and checking out the local dealerships, hoping to catch a glimpse of a "live" one. Jean, my wife of 5 years, caught my enthusiasim. Finally, we saw one at the local dealership. We couldn't drive it because it was already sold, but we did "try it on" for size. The excitement I felt inside was echoed in Jean's eyes. Corvettes came up in converstation more and more over the next few days. Finally, as we were flipping throught the brochure for the "umpteenth" time, Jean looked at me and said, "Honey, if you want it, I think you should get it! You've dreamed about it and you've worked hard to get where you are. If you can afford it, Go For It. I am behind you all the way!". We decided on Nassau Blue, and I ordered it the next day.

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We took delivery in November 1998, just 3 weeks short of my 47th birthday. From that first ride at the age of 13, it took 34 years to achieve the dream. Our 'vette now sports a license tag that reads 34YRDREM. It was a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait!


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