Put Your Top Back On!

Ok, since I did not have a camera with me to document this, you'll just have to believe me.

#3 of 5 had a friend over for the night. His mom was going to drop him off after I got home from work. I was inside, and the kids were all outside. Suddenly #2 of 5 ran into the house - almost gasping - "Dad, you have to come out and see ______'s mom's new car..."

Assuming I was going out to see that she had been in an accident, or something like that - I stepped out and found myself face to face with the rumbling V8 of a late 80's model all white Corvette convertible with it's top down - and #3 of 5's Friend's mother behind the wheel. It looked EXACTLY like the one in the photo below (only the top was down...)

VetteThis was an odd sight to see, as this family are dairy farmers. I am used to seeing them in a van, truck, or SUV.

The mom had a big grin on her face, and told me the story of why she was "using" this car. (A visiting relative boxed her in, and so he told her to take his car.) She said she could see #2 of 5's jaw drop as the 'vette rolled up our street, and into our driveway... We had a pretty good chuckle! After a few minutes of visiting, I was asked if I wanted a ride.

I have to admit - first and foremost I am a Ford Guy. I have always had luck with the Fords I have owned, and I have owned several.

'76 Granada
'84 Ranger
'90 Tempo
'94 Escort

My idea of a dream sports car would be a Mustang. Sure I love the looks of the classic (60's era) Mustangs, but when I "came of age" into the world of the automobile (16-18 years old) - my dream car was an 1986 or 1987 Mustang GT. I loved the body style, and in 1988 when they change it, I felt sick. I felt it looked more like a spaceship than a Mustang. But - I am (if nothing else) "cautious" and "reasonable" - so I stuck with my 76 Ford Granada instead.

Regardless of my affinity for Mustangs, and my general dislike of the GM muscle cars (Trans Am, Camero, and Corvette) - I am not "below" an opportunity to take a ride in a genuine US Muscle Car (regardless of it's origin), so telling #2 and #3 of 5 to watch all the kids for a few minutes, I grabbed "shotgun" - and we took off!

The first thing I noticed. Getting into a small two-seat sports car is not for me. Thank goodness gravity worked in my favor! Next, I was grateful that the top was down. Because had the top not been down, my head would have been pushing through the top. The top edge of the windshield would have hit me somewhere between my forehead and the bridge of my nose. The top edge of the windshield actually inhibited my view of the road. And of course, having struggled to get INTO this car, you can imagine what getting out was like.

But even with all these things, the ride was oh-so-worth-it.

  • There is nothing like the throaty rumbling of an idling V8 - except maybe "feeling" it from inside the car while hearing it!
  • I have never had my hair (or what's left of it) blowing in the wind in a convertible before - it was quite an exhilarating experience!
  • My 2000 Saturn 4cyl lacks the "in your seat" g-force factor that a Corvette provides when you (may or may not) "Punch it" a little (not that we did that mind you... That would be "illegal" and slightly "irresponsible".)
  • The noticeable "head turning factor" as you drive down the road in an all-white classic Corvette.

Thanks to K________ for a great trip! It made me feel "young" again!

Just a side note back on the topic of the Ford Mustangs. The body re-design they did around 2005 (the current body style) is one of the best looking cars on the road today. They look even better than the 87's... If anyone from Ford is reading this, and in need of a review for the Ford Mustangs - I'd be happy to take a complementary one off your hands - and give it a full review here on FOF! (wink)


  1. AHHHHHH! My eyes are burning! I always thought we were kind of like brother and sister in all those things we have in common! You have a DISLIKE for GM muscle cars?????? I have to go sit in a corner, rock back and forth, and cry myself to sleep right about now.

    I would not recommend reading my post about the Lakeville Pan-O-Prog car show!

  2. You're going to have to get yourself one of those, just for the head turning alone.

  3. Darn practicality of life getting in the way of a man's dream!

    Reminds me of that Geico commercial where the man's buying insurance for his boat, his motorcycle, his ATV and his wife says, "We don't have these things" and he says, "Uh, yeah, I do...WE do!"

    Cracks me up everytime!

  4. I had a '79 Mercury Monarch, which is basically the same thing as a Ford Granada. It's not exactly something I brag about. I had it for a couple of years before I flattened the leaf springs trying to tow a boat.

    I drove it for a few more months with the back end hanging down and the front way up, always feeling like I was about to launch into space.

    For what it's worth that was one of the last cars I owned that had a carburetor and that I could pretty much do all my own maintenance on. Unfortunately it required a lot of it.

  5. I had to laugh at your title!
    You and Dad Stuff must have the same "height problem" and fitting into cars. When we've gone car shopping, we always have to make sure Dad Stuff fits properly otherwise it makes for a "rough ride" for him. I, on the other hand, don't have that problem. With that being said, the Corvette would be a perfect little ride for me! :)

  6. Krystal - "Dislike" is a pretty strong word... I "prefer" the 'Stang over all the others...

    DadStuff - Yeah, not being an "attention loving" sort of guy... it made me feel a little uncomfortable (yet a little cool too!)

    P&P - My practicality has kept me from many-a-dream in my lifetime.. But probably for the better!

    Terry - Yup... Almost the same car! I wear it (my Granada ownership) like a badge of honor! Say it loud, and say it proud!

    Delightful D - That title... I thought long and hard about that one... I wanted it to have just enough ambiguity to make you think one way - yet totally relate to the post so I can say "What kind of mind do you think I have? and What kind of mind do you have?" I measure up in the 6'4" to 6'5" range - so I have ALWAYS had "headroom" and "legroom" issues...

    As far as the 'vette for you... I'll put in a good word with DadStuff for you!! Plus, if you time it out just right... It would be the perfect "chick magent" for N1S when he gets to be 16!!

  7. Hey, I had a Ford Pinto with a broken driver's seat. Boy did I look hot in that! People used to point at me all the time with big grins.

  8. When I lived out in California I had a 1965 Ford Mustang and to do this day I kick myself for not hanging on to it but had I brought it back to Connecticut I'm sure it would have rusted out long ago after the harsh New England winters. Still, I sure miss it and loved cruising around it and looking "cool".

    I never wanted a Corvette myself but sure wanted a Firebird or TransAm with t-tops for the longest time when I was about 17 or so. Now I drive a Mazda ... sporty yet not over the top!

  9. The wife's dad rebuilt a 67 'Stang in his garage during the last 4 or 5 years of his marriage to my mom-in-law. I think that car kept the divorce papers at bay for a few extra years.

    I really wanted that car when he grew tired of it a couple of years later, but he sold it to a buddy at work instead. :(

  10. A girl I had a crush on back in high-school drove a '65 Mustang.

    It was blue... She was pretty..

    It would have been the PERFECT mix - had I not been such a geek..

    Oh well..

    Hey, have you guys ever heard of this website??

    CARS IN BARNS: Rotting American Muscle

    It's all about stories of vintage classic muscle cars - rotting in barns and fields - and stories how guys (or gals) tried to obtain them and for one reason or another - the owner REFUSES to part with it. Trees growing up through the floor - and out broken windows - "I'm gonna fix it one of these days", etc... Some of the stories will make you sick!

    They have catagories for Ford, Chevy, Mopar, etc...

    Mike, if you head over there, be sure Marge is not in the room... It would be just too disturbing!

  11. I also had a '79 Pinto. A fun car to drive (Butt less than 6" above the ground, always bottomed out on speed bumps) and the best part is - Nobody tailgated me - ever!

  12. Too bad minivans don't come as convertibles. I think my Honda Odyssey would be the ultimate diva-mobile with a T-Top! :) :) :)



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