Top of the Morning, June 26, 2014
With Corvettes headed to town for this weekend's Bloomington Gold show, we turned to 60-year-old St. Joseph resident and Corvette Club of Illinois heavyweight Art Rapp for a tuneup.
"I saw my first Corvette when I was around 10 years old while riding with my father in his 1960 Chevy pickup," Rapp said. "We met the Corvette on Route 33 near Palestine which was a first-generation C1 — red with white alcoves — and I asked my father what that car was? I remember him saying it was a kid in one of those damn hot rods! Fifty years later I am one of those geriatric kids with a "damn" Corvette hot rod with a bunch of good friends in the Corvette Club of Illinois and am grateful for all."
Should I be wearing earplugs this weekend?
You won't need earplugs but maybe a bib or something to catch the drool you will have from Corvette envy.
Are you worried about a speeding ticket?
Not really. Virtually all Corvette owners are responsible citizens who enjoy the cars creating new memories and reminiscing about good times. Corvette people are a family and when you buy one you get adopted in the Corvette world whether you like it or not. Many police have Corvettes and I hope they feel the love this weekend.
The best stretch of road to drive is ...
I would first tell them to come to the show at the State Farm Center just to explore what is there as it has a lot to offer. Any road on the Gold Tour route on Saturday after 5 p.m. would be the place to watch a couple thousand Corvettes pass. Windsor, Curtis Road between Mattis and Staley, and Staley Road north would be prime viewing to watch the parade of Corvettes after 5PM on Saturday on their way to and from Monticello. Just don't forget the Corvette tradition and wave!
Was your first car a Corvette?
I wish. My first car was a 1962 Chevy Impala but I still remember when I saw my first Corvette which would have been a C1. Not sure if it was a '59 or '60 but besides that one and the '61 that I could not afford to buy in college could be the reason I have always wanted a '61-62 Corvette.
In 10 words or less, why do Corvettes rule?
Corvette is THE All American Sports Car Legend.
What kind of music should be playing on every Corvette's radio?
Might start with a little non-car music by the Rolling Stones with "Start Me Up," then move into Prince ("Little Red Corvette"), Beach Boys or the George Jones Corvette song.
Favorite Corvette movie scene?
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "True Lies" when he took the car salesman, Bill Paxton, out for a wild test ride in a C1 ('59) spinning it around and putting it back in the parking space back on the sales lot. The next would be "Con Air" when the C2 ('67) was dragged by a cable and ultimately dropped by the airplane. Who could forget the '59 Otter had in "Animal House," "Route 66" and the list goes on.
What kind of look will I get when I pull my minivan up next to your 'Vette?
Hard to describe, I guess I might be jealous that you have more cup holders. I can assure you that I am not looking at your minivan thinking about trading the Corvette for a minivan with wood on the sides. Until then, just listen to all the minivan songs on your radio if there are any. They must play those songs at soccer games.