A Camino, California resident is hoping that someone out there can help get his red 1962 Corvette back after it became the fourth classic Chevy stolen in Monterey during Car Week earlier this month.
The owner, named Pat, says he was in town for the Rolex Motorsports Reunion. After he and his wife had dinner on Saturday, Aug. 17, they returned in the Corvette about 8:30 p.m. to a bed and breakfast in the 300 block of Central Avenue in Pacific Grove, then turned in for the evening only to wake up the next morning and find their prized possession of the past 20 years missing!
“Another guest at the inn arrived at approximately 9:30 hours and noticed the Corvette was not in the designated parking location,” Pat says in a post on Corvette Forum. “They didn’t think too much of it because it was still somewhat early. Additionally, there were 8-10 people eating dinner not more than 20′ from the car!!!!! Very bold on the thief’s part!”
Pat says he had the keys and believes he would have heard the car engine if the thief had cranked the Corvette.
Pacific Grove police Cmdr. John Miller believes the thieves probably used a trailer and says that would not have attracted attention since that’s a common sight during Car Week.
Now Pat just hopes someone will have a clue that will lead to the return of the car, which has a California license plate of BZE636.
“Please be on the look-out for my car in the pictures provided,” Pat says on CorvetteForum.com. “The hood is very distinctive as well as the front wheels. The color is russo red and is much deeper red than appears in this photo. This pic doesn’t show the hardtop. Unfortunately I just placed the hardtop on the car after recently restoring the entire top!”
If you have any information about the theft, call Pat at 916-719-9442 or the Pacific Grove Police Department.
The Corvette was the fourth classic Chevy stolen during Car Week, a rare occurrence, according to Miller.
“During GP we’ve experienced this, because there are so many motorcycles in town and they’re relatively easy to just roll up onto a trailer,” he said. “But during Concours, we haven’t had any thefts in my (four) years here.”
That all changed on Aug. 16 and 17 when two 1961 Impalas and a 1957 Bel Air were stolen, according to the Monterey Police Department and the California Highway Patrol.