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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