Who: Ronald Acker
Where: Waunakee, Wisconsin
What: ’67 Coupe
Like so many of us car guys, Ronald Acker let one of his earliest rides get away, only to regret it years later. Ronald was once a proud owner of a Marina Blue ’67 Corvette, which he bought new but ended up selling back in 1974.
It was 1996 when he bought this ’67 as a replacement to his original. The car looked good as it had been repainted the correct color just a year prior. Unfortunately, there were other issues including missing, broken, and incorrect parts. “My brother, Vern, and I took on the long-term project and performed a frame-off restoration and rebuilt the engine, transmission, and rear axle,” tells Ronald. “We replaced the springs and radiator, fixed the seats, clock, radio, odometer, and passenger-side window.”
To top off the build, they added the side-mounted exhaust and whitewall tires to match Ronald’s original car.
“It’s great to drive and a lot of fun to take to car shows,” said Ronald. “I was extremely lucky to find this exact match to my old ’67.”
Red on Red
Who: Orestes Diaz
Where: Pembroke Pines, Florida
What: ’08 Coupe
Orestes Diaz grew up admiring Corvettes of all generations, and last year he purchased this red on red ’08 C6. It features the 3LT package, cross-drilled rotors with red Corvette calipers and polished Gumby wheels. The interior features a two-tone red and black combination with the carbon-fiber radio trim leather package, but the heads-up display is one of Orestes’ favorite options.
As of now there are no plans for performance upgrades, but he does plan to continue to cruise his Vette through the streets of his hometown of Pembroke Pines, Florida, for many years to come.
Who: Doug Lawson
Where: Cedar Bluff, Virginia
What: ’72 Corvette LT-1 Coupe
There’s just something about the sound of a vintage ride roaring back to life after sitting stagnant in a garage for a good number of years. Doug Lawson got to experience this firsthand when he purchased a numbers-matching Mille Miglia red on black ’72 LT-1, four-speed example that hadn’t seen the light of day for decades. “This is my dream car,” states Doug. “I had been pursuing this car for about 20 years before the original owner’s family had finally decided to let it go. Knowing it had been sitting for a very long time, I changed the oil, filter, plugs, and wires, and went through the carburetor before turning the key. Once I cranked it over, it made the most beautiful noise ever. You just can’t beat the sound of a solid-lifter small-block V-8 engine coming to life after sitting silent for so many years. It was truly amazing.”
So far, Doug has kept the upgrades to a minimum, changing only the wire hubcaps for rally caps and replacing the Goodyear Polyglas tires in favor of BFGoodrich TA radials.
Who: Pat and Carolyn Crowley
Where: West Palm Beach, Florida
What: ’74 Stingray Coupe, ’14 Coupe
As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” Pat Crowley certainly experienced a huge gap in time between wanting a Corvette and actually owning one. “Ever since I was 16 years old I wanted a Corvette,” said Pat. “Forty years later, I got married then bought my first Corvette – a black on black ’05 C6 coupe.”
With Pat’s Corvette addiction in full swing, in 2011 he bought a yellow ’74 Stingray. He bolted on a set of side pipes for some additional flavor and was happily cruising the streets of West Palm Beach, Florida, in a sweet C3.
Pat was content with his current two Vettes until he laid eyes on the new C7. He knew right then he had to have one. He wasted no time in ordering up a Velocity Yellow ’14 in which he jazzed up with a black stripe and yellow brake calipers. Unfortunately, that meant parting ways with his ’05, but we’re betting having these two yellow beauties parked in the garage eases the pain of having to let the black one go.
Who: Charles Falter
What: ’72 Coupe, ’89 Convertible, ’07 Z06, ’01 Convertible
Charles Falter got bitten by the Corvette bug years ago when he first had the opportunity to drive a ’66 convertible powered by a 327/350. That initial drive coaxed him into purchasing a Targa Blue ’72 Vette. Although that’s the only Corvette he’s purchased brand new, the others he’s acquired were purchased used and approximately five years old. The ’89 and the ’01 were bought from the original owners, while the ’07 Z06 came from a Chevy dealer. “I drove the ’89 to Effingham, the Corvette Nationals in Indy, and the National Corvette Museum several times,” said Charles. “The ’01 and ’07 have less than 10k miles each and have not seen a drop of rain—at least since I’ve owned them.”