Stingray Memories




I transferred a videotape today that contained footage of my client as a young man winding his way along the California highways in a Corvette.  Took me back.

I have loved Corvettes ever since my uncle Chuck (the Navy fighter pilot) pulled up in front of our house in a stellar 1964 Corvette Stingray. Coolest car ever.

Ever since then, the idea of owning a ‘vette was paramount in my mind. But, as you know, it is not the most practical nor economical automotive choice available. Never was. Still, the idea of driving a Corvette seemed to me to be the epitome of cool. So I graduated high school (where I drove a 1964 Ford Fairlaine station wagon); I graduated college (where I drove a 1969 Pontiac Bonneville); entered the workforce (where drove a 1977 Mustang); got transferred to New York City (where I reluctantly traded in my beloved Mustang and bought a cheap Datsun because I knew it was fated to be trashed).

But then, one fateful day, I was visiting my parents at their first retirement home in Ocean City MD, when my baby sister pulled into the driveway with a guy who was driving… you guessed it… a snazzy little Corvette. Sibling envy kicked in.

The very next day, I traded in my butt-ugly, orange, and severely dented Datsun B210 and bought myself a brand new 1986 Corvette convertible. No way I was going to let my little sister have my dream car before me. And for the next 2 years, I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Watching my client’s video reminded me of the pleasure I received from driving something that other people envied. I once had an anonymous love note tucked under my wipers when I parked outside a restaurant. The fact that I couldn’t afford it never really occurred to me until I had to face that reality and traded it in for a boring sedan.  But there was no denying… it was fun while it lasted.

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