“My other car is a Corvette,” Larry told the girl as he opened the passenger door and ushered her inside. “Well, it’s on order, anyway.” Her response was a sustained giggle, followed by open laughter, and who could have blamed her? The old Datsun was clearly on its last legs, with a wooden 2x4 propping up a collapsed driver’s seatback. Larry was telling the truth, but there was no way to prove it; his order for a mahogany ‘76 would end up sitting at the factory for quite a while. “I wanted a four-speed manual,” he recalls, “and they were only shipping automatics.” After six months or so, his dealer called and told him his ship had come in. In the meantime, Larry had closed a very different sort of deal: that laughing girl in the passenger seat of a worn-out sedan had agreed to be his wife, modest personal transportation notwithstanding.
Read the full article on Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/people/a-corvette-race-against-time/
Thank you so much Hagerty for what you did for Larry. It is good people like you as well as those connected with Chevrolet and Reliable Transportation that makes this world a better place to live.
I’m 73 and had Corvettes since I was 21. I currently own a red 62, but that’s not why I am writing. I share Larry’s love for Corvettes. It’s kinda like the old saying ‘if I hafta explain, you wouldn’t understand’. I am humbled & in awe with all the people who made this happen. God bless them all for their love & compassion for making Larry’s dream come true. And...God bless & keep you Larry & enjoy that beautiful C8.
Almost a ditto: I'm '72 and was 21 when I got my first '62. I now have a Black '62 and totally concur with your "God bless them" for making it happen. As for Larry, you have fun in your dream car buddy!
Thanks to Hagerty and to all that made it happen! :^) A real positive thing you did.
Great story and sounds like the dealership he bought it from was also great. I wonder if they have any more open spots I might slip into? Truly a beautiful looking automobile.
Good Day - what a great story - whether you are a Corvette lover or not (I happen to be one with a 90 ZR1 + 96 LT4 and 00 coupe) it's so nice to read about good hearted people doing exceptionally nice things for good people. Larry has a beautiful car and I hope he can enjoy it for many miles. As I've grown older (grown older / not grown up) I thrive on stories like this. My very best to you Larry
There are a lot of great people in this world and it is great to see all the above step in to make one long time car enthusiast dream come true under these uncertain times. A big shout out to all involved. Ted in Ontario,Canada
I'm a car guy (52 owned at last count) and a three time cancer survivor. I think I understand what a celebration of life and love this is for Larry and I congratulate him. To hear what everyone did on behalf of him and his situation just confirms, to me, that there are still some really fine people out there. Thanks
That was a wonderful thing you did for Larry. I live not too far from Tacoma, so maybe one day in the not too far future, I will try to get in touch with Larry, and we can go for a cruise in our Corvettes.
To all those involved that made this happen, that is what America is about, helping others when needed. Larry, as an owner of a '55 and a '93 Ruby Red 40th anniversary, I get it.
Praying that you get much more time than you think to drive your new baby...
With all that is going on in the world, it’s stories like these that bring back that sense of community and spirit that we need to hear about. I became a first time corvette owner recently after dreaming about it for years. I feel a sense of attachment to Larry and the all the people involved to make dreams come true. Makes me proud to be an American!
That was a fantastic story and what being car guys are all about. I wish Larry to fully enjoy his C8 to the max. Now I know why I have have been a life long Chevy owner. Your the best and thank you Hagerty for bringing the story to us all.
Great story! A good reminder that there are many, many good people left in this world. We need more stories like this! Also, it's a challenge to the rest of us: Go live while you're alive.
What a great story! Thanks for publishing it and to all the wonderful people that made it possible. Larry, as a cancer survivor a positive attitude is very important to winning this battle. That new C8 should help you stay positive.
The sun is shining outside my office window but it sure is misty inside today...
Larry, from one Corvette guy to another, I wish you many smiles and happy miles in your new C8...keep 'er going!
To All who made this incredible act of kindness happen, THANK YOU! You make us car people proud!
I have purchased a vehicle from a Blasius dealer in Connecticut. Probably the easiest car purchase I've ever made--no pressure and no games. So, it doesn't surprise me they stepped up to make this happen.
WOW, that is one of the most amazing and touching stories I have heard. This is what this hobby is all about, the love for the cars and the great people that keep it going, and it is hard for people outside the hobby to understand our love and devotion to these cars. I wish Larry well, and I hope he enjoys the C8 for as long as he can!
What a wonderful story! And what a beautiful Corvette! Words just don't cover how wonderful this whole experience was for this man! A lot of wonderful people made this happen!
Larry here; To Jack Baruth at Hagerty, Tony Hull and Jim Frageau of Blasius Chevrolet-Cadillac in Waterbury, CT, thank you, thank you and thank you. After communicating with all those other dealers I never thought this would happen. You guys rocked my world and I will for ever be indebted to you all. This is truly a dream come true. The weather report sez clear skies and 80 this weekend---it's road trip time.