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New Port Richey, FL

Veterans Day 2023

It's beautiful car show weather in sunny Weeki Wachee

FLORIDA CHRISTIAN HOT ROD ASSOCIATION 07/01/2023 (my last show before starting cancer treatments)

It took quite a while to get My New Vanity Plate, but it finally arrived today. (getting a lot of thumbs up)

New Vanity Plate 06/26/2023

Top View

After The Rain...She didn't melt. 07/18/2023

Classic Cars of Spring Hill Florida Christian Hot Rod Association

Lance Hubschmitt Memorial Car Show Bradenton, Florida: 02/19/2023

Yummy !!!

Lance Hubschmitt Memorial Car Show

My Man-Cave Vette Display

Bowling Green, KY

Sarasota, FL

My new HighFlo Performance / Sweet Thunder Exhaust waiting to be installed (see new video below). It took me a while to find exactly what I wanted and trust me, this setup is awesome. https://highfloperformance.com/

Corvette didn't always call Kentucky home, however, in 1953 the first 300 were built by hand in Flint, Michigan, just after General Motors unveiled the Corvette as a ""dream car"" in the Motorama show in New York's Waldorf Astoria hotel. The following year, production moved to St. Louis. In June of 1981, Corvette production transferred from St. Louis to Bowling Green, Kentucky. GM began production of the esteemed Corvette in Bowling Green in 1981, and the facility has remained the exclusive home of the Corvette for over 30 years. Known around the world as America's sports car, the Corvette exemplifies the definition of innovation.

An American legend, the Chevrolet Corvette is the world’s longest-running continuously produced passenger car, having been built in its various iterations since its humble beginnings in 1953. After a starring role in early 60s television drama Route 66, the Corvette became synonymous with freedom and adventure and became widely known as 'America’s Sports Car'. A genius but unofficial marketing move with NASA’s astronauts by a Florida based Chevrolet dealer, offering them “special” lease terms to be seen driving Corvettes, ensured that even America’s space heroes drove Corvettes.

Whilst American car makers faced very dark times during the 1970s and 80s, under pressure from European and Japanese imports as well as increasingly hard emissions and safety regulations, the Corvette was a rare shining light that kept the American dream going. Although similar cars like the Camaro were meeting their downfall, the Corvette braved the storm and emerged on the other side as an American icon.

The venerable C5 (1997-2004) was the first modern Corvette to challenge the world’s best sports cars on truly level ground, the first Corvette to take a class victory at Le Mans, and the last Corvette to feature those oh-so-cool hidden headlamps. But the fifth-gen Vette came very close to not existing at all. According to Russ McLean, platform manager for the model, General Motors management made the decision to “sunset” America’s most iconic sports car in the Nineties. McLean and a group of rebels ignored the decision and continued development of the Corvette, much of it off the books and on their own time.

Eventually, the big wigs came back around to the idea of building the C5. Celebrated as world-class upon its debut, it would go on to win everywhere from the SCCA Solo Nationals in Topeka to the Mulsanne straight in France. Now caught in that uncomfortable middle ground between new-car smell and classic-car kudos, the C5 is arguably the greatest performance bargain on the market. It can still cut the mustard on a road course, at the drag strip, or at a Saturday night cruise-in.

CORVETTE LS1

Vararam VRB2 Ram Air Power Ducts (I highly recommend this option for the VRB2)

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE: 03/22/2022 New ATI Harmonic Balancer installed. I thought about doing this job myself. However, thanks to YouTube, I decided it was too much of a job for me. I'm thankful I didn't try it on my own. It's a big job. (see Important Advice Video below if you own a C5 or C6)

$44,554 in 2000 = $76,614 in 2022 / Cumulative rate of inflation 72%

AMERICAN ENGINEERING

Often referred to as the world’s largest moving automotive event, the National Corvette Caravan is a celebration of America’s Sports Car, culminating in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum. Hosted only once every five years, the next event is slated for Labor Day Weekend 2024 and will mark the Museum’s 30th Anniversary.Regional caravans will form and join other caravans as they travel across the United States to meet in Bowling Green, Kentucky for four days of festivities at the National Corvette Museum. It's all a part of the Corvette ownership experience !!!

07/29/2023

07/29/2023 BROOKSVILLE, FL

07/29/2023 BROOKSVILLE, FL

07/29/2023 BROOKSVILLE, FL

07/29/2023 BROOKSVILLE, FL

** HANGIN' WITH FRIENDS / Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023 **

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Vette Show, Spring Hill, FL 12/26/2023

Thanks for driving by. If you enjoyed the show, please leave a "THUMBS UP" and come back soon. I frequently update with new pics and info. Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and stay safe.


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Mario on Dec 13, 2023 said:

Big thumbs up Dave on your revamped Page! Happy Holidays to you and yours, Mario.

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ghpcnm on Dec 13, 2023 said:

Thanks, Mario. I'm still updating with new pics. This is car show season in Florida...YIPPEE !!! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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Mario on Dec 13, 2023 said:

Merry Christmas to you Dave and to your wife. This turned out to be a good year for the both of you! Semper Fi tough guy!

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Mario on Dec 27, 2023 said:

Big Thumbs Up Dave! Great Vette show and I love all the C1 Vetttes in the show.

Have a happy and Healthy New Year 2024! Semper Fi, Mario

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ghpcnm on Dec 27, 2023 said:

Happy New Year my friend. This is my favorite time of the year here in Florida. Within a 50 mile radius of my home, there is a car show or meet every day (seriously). I can't make it to all of them, but I go when I can. It's fun and the folks are so nice. We have a great time together. Wish you were here.

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Mario on Dec 28, 2023 said:

Wow a car show every day! That sounds like Heaven to me Dave! I gave you another Thumbs Up, #500! You're living in a paradise and I am very happy for you. Stay well and a Happy and Healthy New Year 2024 to you and your wife. Semper Fi, Mario

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Mario on Jan 10, 2024 said:

I see your wife's SSR in blue but who owns the black one parked next to it? Could that be yours Dave?

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ghpcnm on Jan 10, 2024 said:

YES...that is my SSR !!! Under the advice of my wife, I decided the time had come for me to give up Corvette ownership permanently. As you know, I have experienced some serious health issues over the past six months. Thankfully, my health continues to improve, but it had become more and more difficult for me to get in and out of the Vette. I had to make a choice and after a lot of thought, I decided to sell the Vette and purchase an SSR. My wife's beautiful SSR convinced me to make the move and so I began my search for the perfect (for me) SSR about a week ago. There were only 24,000 of these little trucks produced over their 4 years of production. Fortunately for me, a large percentage of them are located in Florida. Therefore, I had little trouble locating exactly what I was looking for. I am a happy man.

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Mario on Jan 10, 2024 said:

I am very happy for you Dave! You're living your dream and living your life the way you want! You now have His and Hers SSR's. How cool is that!

Good Luck to you and your wife my friend, live long and prosper Marine! Semper Fi, Mario

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Anonymous on Jan 12, 2024 said:

Hey Dave, Happy New year and a huge CONGRATS on your new ride, or your wife's new ride. I have been Corvette'less for nearly 6 months now and the withdraw symptoms are lessening. Oh I still visit the Vettes for sale pages and tease myself but they say variety is the spice of life.

I am truly glad your recovery is continuing praise God and it allows you to follow other aspects of life.

I will say the SSR's make you part of a unique collector crowd. I've attended many car shows and when I see one, I always put my hand under my chin and rub saying: Hmmmm, I wonder if I should try this.

Best wishes to you and your wife on a fulfilling life and continued healing of body, mind and spirit.

We can ALL use that........can't we????

Rob

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