CJCC member since June, 2005 and former officer
"King of the Impromptu Cruises"
A large group of Club members paid their respects to Al and his family on Sunday, Nov 22. At his funeral on Nov 23, 10 members, 9 Corvettes participated. For the procession to the cemetery, the Corvettes were positioned behind the hearse and, upon command, revved their engines in tribute to Al. Rest in peace, Al.
AL'S FIRST CORVETTE
As Corvette enthusiasts, Al and I were looking forward to buying our first Corvette, the year was 1984.
Al liked the 1978 "Pace Car" and searched for a used one in excellent condition for quite a while with no luck. He did find a 1978 Silver Anniversary Edition in really nice shape with low mileage so he purchased that car and soon after found a "Pace car" that met his requirements. Since I loved his Corvette, I suggested that I buy his "Silver Anniversary" and he can buy the "Pace car". Al agreed and proceeded to negotiate for the car. In true "Al style" negotiations went on for days. Al then called me and said the deal was off, he and the seller were $400.00 apart and neither party was giving an inch.
Needless to say I was disappointed and suggested that if he was willing to throw in $200, I would give him $200 more for the Silver Anniversary Corvette. Al agreed and made the deal for the purchase of the Pace car.
That was the beginning of a very long affair with Corvettes. Al owned that C3 for about 12 years, then traded up to a C4, then a C5, then a C6 Grand Sport.
Al and I attended the "Corvettes at Carlisle" show together every year for 30 years. We were best friends.