Ask DJ Lyons: Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

Do you like vintage cars?

My husband and I attended a car show a few years ago. It was my first car show. He had been to car shows before. This particular one was held in Greeneville, Tennessee.

I was so glad when I happened to bring my digital camera with me the very day we decided to go out for a brunch meal at a restaurant located on the very street of this car show. The restaurant's name was Tipton's Cafe. The street where both were located is West Depot Street.

At this car show, this Chevrolet Corvette String Ray really caught my eye. As I understand it, they primarily featured this type of car from 1963 to 1967. So I imagine this vintage car was made during that time frame. The owner of this car was not around, so we could not find out for sure.

I thought the gold color was pretty. It reminded me of the movie called "Grease" starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. I am not saying this is the same car that they drove in this movie, the one they called "Grease Lightning," but to my eyes, it has a similar look and feel to those cars.

Have you ever seen the movie?

If you haven't seen that movie that was made in 1978, one of the main characters purchases a used car. John Travolta's character and their friends fix it up in their high school shop class. The owner of the car wanted to use it to pick up chicks, so to speak. They end up using the car in a drag race and winning. Both the John Travolta character and the owner of this car called "Grease Lightning" end up getting the girl in the end. They also won the drag race. That means they got to keep their car and got the car ownership papers on the other car.

By the way, John Travolta's character was named Danny Zuko. Olivia Newton-John's character was named Sandy Olsen. Danny Zuko was kind of the "bad boy" and Sandy Olsen was kind of the "good girl" who had to change her ways to get the guy of her dreams in the end. Danny Zuko had to undergo a transformation as well. In the end, they found a way to keep each other.

Kenickie was the name of the guy who bought the used car that they fixed up. His real name is Jeff Conaway. The girl that he ended up getting was named Betty Rizzo. In real life, her name is Stockard Channing. In the movie, he is able to use this car to lure Rizzo out to an area where young people typically would use to go "parking." As is usual in movies, they break up only to get back together in the end. So there is a happy ending for both couples.

The other three guys who helped fix up the car, who were kind of comic side-kicks, were called Doody, Sonny, and Putzie. Their real names were Barry Pearl, Michael Tucci, and Kelly Ward. The shop teacher, who also attended the drag race, was played by Alice Ghostley. Her character's name was Mrs. Murdock.

That movie is what this car reminds me of. To my eyes, it looks just like a car that would be used in a drag race or car chase. It is kind of long and sleek and classy-looking. Check out the picture above. You can also watch a short video of it by clicking CHEVY CORVETTE STING RAY.

Have you ever done any drag-racing? If so, feel free to share details below in the comment section. Also, please describe what kind of car you used, what year it was, and whether or not you won.

One of the YouTube videos below shows a drag race using Corvette Sting Ray cars. They sound loud and noisy, just like you would expect a drag race to sound.

Also, what color cars have you owned?

I have had a silver car, a white car, a green car, a light blue car, and now a dark blue car. My husband has had a bunch of different color cars. Since I have known him, he has owned a white car, then a radium-color car (kind of gold), and now a silver car. He and I both have Nissan Versas. We had to trade our former cars in since his was at 175,000 miles and mine was at 129,000 with a transmission that might have been due to go out soon.

Have you ever owned a Chevrolet car? My first car, the silver one, was a Chevy Nova. If I remember correctly, it was a 1978 car that I got used in 1980. My second car was a Dodge Omni. Then I owned two Saturn cars. I loved them. I also love the Nissan Versa that I now have.

So, getting back to Chevy cars, here are some videos of other vintage Chevy cars I found on YouTube that you can watch. I hope you like them!

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Commercial

1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray

1963 Testing the New Corvette!

1963 Corvette Drag Race

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What is your favorite Vintage Car?

What is your favorite Vintage Car? Why? Please share your comments.

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billyaustindillon 5 years ago

Nice chevy Sting Way review - I thing my favorite vintage cars would be the old Mercedes Benz and Porsche - too may James Bond Movies probably.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Interesting choice, Billy. Thanks for sharing.

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