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May 2004 Corvette of the Month

Silver and Black: Deb Reed and David Grout's 72 and 99

Name: Debbie Reed and my "significant other" Mr. David Grout (co-driver and co-navigator)

Current Corvette: 1972 Black Roadster & 1999 Pewter Coupe

Previous Corvettes: Yes, I actually had a Red 1965 Roadster in 1969. I bought the 72 in 1974.

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you? It was the summer of my 13th year..... when one of my Mom's friends took me for a drive to (get this) Country Club Centre in her brand new 1963 Dark Blue split window coupe. I always dreamed, I too, would have a Corvette someday.

How was this Corvette acquired? I bought the 72 in 1974. I technically am the 3rd owner - this car actually belonged to an old "Corvetter" by the name of Randy Rue ( that will bring back memories to some of the old timers). He sold it to a kid who had it repossessed after missing 1 payment. I bought it out from underneath the repossesser. haha

I ordered the 1999 at the suggestion of a dear friend - Mike Parigini - it was actually built on Valentine's Day 1999. I took ownership of her on March 13th that year. After her long journey from Bowling Green. I rode the train down to San Jose and drove her home.

Modifications: Both cars are about as stock as you get.

Modifications Planned: Nothing except a new set of "sneakers" for the 1999. I'm getting ready for my 3rd set of tires and she only has 25,000 miles - what's up with this....Racing is fun, Racing is fun - I have to keep telling myself that you know!

What do you like best about Corvettes?  The way they handle, the way they look and guess what??? The power!

How long have you been a member of RCC?  I joined River City in 1990 after attending one of their tours to Clear Lake.

What offices have you held or runs you've put on? I've been secretary twice, I've done the Phone Tree twice and currently am Vice President.

What do you like about RCC? The members! They have been my extended family.....a life line when I needed it the most! No matter where my life leads me, I will always have a special place in my heart for this Club and its members.

Other Facts: Well, as most everyone knows, I embarked upon my "open road racing" (ORR) career just to understand my late husband's passion for the sport of racing. We were always building or racing something. We actually met at a racing function - some 30 years ago this coming July. Gosh...time flys! I was always a great race wife, but I needed to make some since of what drove his passion and to come to terms with his death. We always said we had some unfinished business .... a checkered flag! I vowed I would finish that one task for him. Well, I ran my first ORR and was absolutely scared sh**less as Mike and Jan Parigini, Rudy Antonucci, Roger Naramore, Rod and Barbara Stelter, Mike Pollard, Anne and Ed Dunbar, Bob and Brenda Tarter and Jack and Darlene Harris can attest to. Well that is, until the green flag dropped. The rest is history so to speak. 3 first places, 3 seconds, a fourth, a fifth and one very special one......the "Debbie Reed - Fast Babe" and "the sheriff wants to talk to you about your driving" trophy. Thanks to a "pair of genies" And yes, I now have those checkered flags hanging in my office and in my heart I now understand why Allen never really pushed me to race.... - we'd have probably fought over who was going to drive in the next race! From a gal who was afraid to merge onto the freeway to a member of the Fast Babes Club in one very special weekend! Thanks to all my race buddies for all the moral support!

And you ask why I like Corvettes - I suppose it could have been Cobras, Miatas or Volkswagens....but I guess I really have to say it's the members of the River City Corvette Club, the people that I can ... call my friends! I love you guys!