GM is doing it again for an elderly Corvette enthusiast whose stolen Corvette was returned to him last year after being stolen on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit 33 years earlier.
You may remember that George Talley, then 71 years old, didn’t know how he would get his recovered Corvette back to Detroit from Mississippi, where it was finally located by AAA.
Well, GM’s Mark Reuss, executive vice president for GM Product Development, stepped in and offered to have GM ship the car back to George’s home in Michigan.
But that wasn’t enough for GM.
After hearing that George’s dream was to drive the Corvette in the annual Woodward Dream Cruise this summer, GM has come through again and will cosmetically refurbish Talley’s 1979 Corvette, hopefully in time for that event.
“The car obviously needs paint work,” says Greg Wallace of the GM Heritage Center. “The interior probably was the worst part so we’ll replace the interior and give the car a tuneup – make the brakes work, the brakes hardly work at all.”
An appreciative George is thrilled with the offer.
“Ever since this first happened from the first call last year,” Talley told a WXYZ-TV news reporter, “GM has been absolutely wonderful. I couldn’t thank them enough.”
Says Wallace: “It’s gonna be our pleasure to make his dream come true with the Woodward Dream Cruise.”
“I’m gonna feel good, I’m gonna feel real good, amazing,” George says, “to get this car back – and it’s such a classic. Everybody that sees it, says wow!”
This year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, billed as the “World’s Most Popular Car Cruise” and largest one-day automotive event, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine. In reality, though, it’s turned into a week-long event, starting on the previous Monday.
Here’s hoping that George Talley, sitting like a cool dude behind the steering wheel of his refurbished 1979 Corvette, will be among the estimated 1 million people who attend the Dream Cruise this year!
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