‘Vettes parade on the Rockies
FRISCO – An addiction.A sickness.The first sign of Alzheimer’s.”How can you not be?”The reasons are wide and varied for those who are obsessed with their classic American muscle cars.
Several hundred of them arrived last weekend in Frisco for the annual ‘Vettes on the Rockies, which attracts ‘Vette enthusiasts from throughout the nation for a day of showing off and ogling the other vehicles on display.Bob Morse of Perrysburg, Ohio, had a ’59 Corvette when he got married to Sandy. They had three children – and no room for a sports car. The ‘Vette had to go. But once the kids were out of school, he bought a 1995 for Sandy’s birthday and a 2000 for their anniversary.”Economy-wise, they’re the best value you can get in an American sports car,” Sandy said.”This one compares to a $100,000, $200,000 sports car,” Bob said. “But this is an American icon. This is an American dream.”What first caught these enthusiasts’ eyes ranges as wide as the models themselves.
The sleek lines, the humped fenders, the power – always the power.”The engine, the suspension, the handling,” said Tony Atkinson of Breckenridge, who owns a Dodge Viper. “I like to see the modified ones, and the engineering that goes into it. It’s an American muscle car.””I like the performance and the looks,” said Mike Dixon of Eads, Colo., who doesn’t own one of the coveted cars. “And it’s a Corvette on top of it.”He became obsessed when he went for a ride with a friend, and although he has owned a ‘Vette in the past, he sold it and is on the lookout for another.Others had ‘Vettes in their youth, but had to sell them when the kids came along. Once they were out of the house, the inkling for a new Corvette put them in the market.
“I liked them because of that Route 66 show with Buzz and Todd,” said John Fuller of Littleton, of the early 1960s TV show. “I was an Air Force pilot, and it was kind of the thing to have.”He bought one in 1971, sold it when his baby arrived, and bought a new one in 1999 when “baby” graduated college.Like many, Fuller attends the car shows to learn new restoration techniques and compare his with those of other owners. Others are in it for the souped up engines that can jet cars from zero to 60 in 4.6 seconds, or reach speeds in excess of 200 mph.The cars lined along Frisco’s Main Street included classic coupes from the ’50s with chrome bumpers, leather interiors and convertible roofs, to 2004 cars with almost 500 horsepower under the hood. Almost all the hoods were popped, blinding all those who peered into the engine compartment to admire the shiny chrome parts and powerful engines.The paint jobs – even on those cars without flames and pinstripe styling – was immaculate; no smudge or dust speck went without the swipe of a rag.
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