The couple who had owned a black on black fuel injected 1965 Corvette coupe for the past 48 years are celebrating the return of their beloved C2 Sting Ray that was stolen earlier this summer during the Bloomington Gold show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Gary and Vicki Pasch traveled from their home in Rockford, Illinois on Friday to pick up their Corvette, which was discovered in a rental storage unit.
“We could hardly wait to get there and get this,” Gary told a reporter for IndyStar.com.
“It was important to get her and be able to lay my hands on it,” Vicki added.
While the car did suffer some harm, including fire damage under the hood, it’s nothing that can’t be fixed.
In fact, Gary’s friend of more than 40 years – Tom Ricotta of Ricotta’s Automotive and his son Thomas – will be repairing the mechanics of the Corvette, which also will need some body work and paint to get back to its previous condition.
Gary says he loves the shape and style of the car. “Luckily I married a woman that is a car person,” he explained. “Sort of convinced her that this is what we needed… And we’ve got it.”
Leaning over to kiss his wife, he smiled and said, “It’s back home.”
Vicki recalled how she had helped restore the Sting Ray many years ago.
“I enjoy being involved in the car, so I remember…” she said, walking over towards the car before patting the front fender, “wet sanding this whole area. And that was how many years ago?”
“It was in Colorado in 1974,” Gary said.
“So he taught me how to wet sand, and this was my fender,” she said, laughing as she put her hand on the driver’s side front fender.
The Corvette was stolen from the parking lot of the Comfort Suites on Fortune Circle West about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 23 as the couple was in town for Bloomington Gold.
We first told you about the theft back in early July when Gary had posted this message on Corvette Forum asking for help in finding the car:
Thank you for all the comments that all of you have posted, and the work in trying to get our Corvette back. I am the owner of the stolen Corvette. Yes, my wife and I are devastated. This was part of our family. We are trying to get the information out to as many people and sites as possible. Thanks again to all those wonderful people out there who are helping out. – Gary
Fortunately, the story had a happy ending for the Pasches.
“We’ve had this thing for 47 years, now 48,” Gary said, “and this has been a part of our family history. And that’s what it’ll remain. We have new chapters to write, and we’re gonna get it back on the road. It may take a while, but it will be back on the road someday.”
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