A 90-Year-Old Veteran Takes Delivery of His New 2021 Corvette Z51 Coupe


A 90 Year Old Veteran Takes Delivery of His New 2021 Corvette Z51 Coupe

For those aging enthusiasts who fret that the C8 might be their last Corvette, don’t give up so easily.

For inspiration, just take a look at Leesburg, Florida veteran Chuck Cook, who just celebrated his 90th birthday with a Torch Red 2021 Corvette coupe!

“This is my birthday present to myself,” Cook told the Daily Commercial newspaper. “I’ve owned Corvettes since 1981 when I bought my first one. This makes my fourth one in my lifetime. I can’t wait until the pandemic is over so I can get this to all the car shows.”

Cook was all smiles in several photos taken at Cecil Clark Chevrolet, where he picked up his new mid-engine Corvette earlier this week with his wife, Barbara, and several friends.

His Stingray – hot off the assembly line in Bowling Green, Kentucky – features Adrenaline Red interior and optional Trident Spoke Machine Face with Sterling Silver wheels, among other options/

Cook was just 50 years old when his next-door neighbor in Michigan introduced him to “America’s Sports Car,” leading Cook to purchase one of the last ’81 Corvettes assembled in St. Louis.

Based on his youthful appearance now, it appears Cook may have discovered the fountain of youth.

After four years of serving his country in the U.S. Air Force where he specialized on aircraft instruments, including fighter jets while stationed in Korea, Cook joined Uniroyal which later merged with BF Goodrich. As he was transferred around the country, Cook’s ’81 Corvette followed him until he traded it for a 2001 C5 which then led to a 2014 C7.

“I’ve been driving Corvettes for 40 years,” he says. “It’s my fun car. I have a 2018 Equinox as my grocery getter as I call it.”

After retiring to Florida, Cook helped found the Touch of Glass Corvette Club for Lake County, and several members of the club were there as he picked up the car.

“Can’t wait to get it out on the road,” Cook said.

Make sure you check out the Daily Commercial to see all the photos taken during this special Corvette delivery.


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  1. WOW! Chuck you look great for 90 years young. Maybe the secret to staying young are all the Corvettes. Happy Birthday and keep getting in & out of that Corvette.

  2. Hang in there. I’m 86 and just took delivery of a 2021 Red mist, Z-51, 3LT coupe this afternoon #1056. When I took delivery of my 2014 Corvette, I also said this is my Last Corvette. Owned my first one in 1964 and the 2014 was #37, Bought both new and used all those years so when I got the 2014 it was logical, “This is my last Corvette”. Never ever say those words.

  3. Great Story…I just turned 79 two months ago, and was wondering how much longer I would still the abilities to drive, let alone drive a Corvette. I guess 90 must be the new 70. Lots of miles to go yet. I’m still just as much a Corvette guy now , as I was at 19, when I bought my first Corvette (1957 283/ 270 HP 4-speed)

  4. Loved the story about Chuck But except for age (I am 82), I have beat as I took delivery of my first Corvette from the factory (a fuel injection white with red interior) in 1960 with my sixth being Stingray 4217 435hp green roadster and same in 1968 where I vowed to never get another one until a mid engine was developed1 And here we are with a Corvette Museum delivery of my white convertible (tn interior) 60 years later! Finally
    , a mid edngine!

  5. Hey Greg, Very nice response.
    God willing one day you will be a senior and I hope no one will insult you for getting older.
    God bless this gentleman with his new C8!
    Wisdom for some comes with age, I hope one day you will have some.

  6. Chuck – you’ve got a few more birthdays on me, but you are my idol. I’m on my 4th and I’m hoping to AT LEAST get to 90 so that I can also treat myself to a new Corvette. At the rate technology is going, we probably won’t even have to drive it – the challenge will be getting out of the seat. Best wishes to you for many more years with your Corvette.

  7. Hey Greg. I’ll take your bet on that. Don’t sell us “Old Vets Short”. We didn’t get here by being stupid. To be an Old Vet makes you a rare person and to be “Young enough at heart to drive a Corvette. You are indeed rare. As an 86 year old Vet that just took delivery of a 2021 C-8, I’d consider it an honor to sit down with this Gentleman over a cold beer, and talk “Corvette”. My money says the car will never even get a scratch on it as long as he owns it.

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