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November 2006 Corvette of the Month

Robert and Roberta Hinchman's 1998 Artic White Coupe

Name: Robert & Roberta Hinchman

Current Corvettes: 1998 Arctic White Coupe

Previous Corvettes: My first Corvette was a 1962 roadster, white (of course).

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you? Power/performance, looks, (the girls were doing all the looking), and handling. A good friend of mine had a 1958 roadster, Red, 2 big AFB's, loud as anything I had ever heard and twice as fast. I was all of about 15 years old and from that day I have been hooked. It was a long time between that 62 and the 98 we have now.

How did you come to acquire this Corvette? I had been commuting to San Jose from Stockton every day for eight years. Roberta prodded me (almost constantly) to try for an engineering position with the State. It would then make sense to get that Corvette I had been wanting. I got the position with the State and we moved to Sacramento in October 2001. The Volvo disappeared and was replaced with the Corvette.
What modifications have you done to this car? VaraRam Cold Air Intake, 160 degree thermostat, 30 Lb injectors, Bassani Long Tube Headers, Bassani, X-Pipe, Corsa Indy Pro tips, Hotchkis Sway Bars, Z06 end links, Stainless brake lines, Baer Eradispeed Rotors, Z06 Motorsport Wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 265/40ZR17 on the front and 295/35ZR18 on the back. Also a bunch of chrome goodies for the engine and polished stainless stuff wherever it needed it.

Modifications Planned: Are you kidding?? I am broke now....However, we plan to install the "Kool Mat" system in the front and back for noise and heat reduction in the cockpit, new carpets and rebuild the seats with new foam and 100% leather.

What do you like best about Corvettes? The performance and all the trick things you can do to them to make 'em even faster and handle better.

How long have you been a member of RCC? 3 years. We were voted in the club in September of 2003 or around that time.

What offices have you held or runs you've put on? Haven't held any offices in the club. Along with Hollis and Lisa McNatt, we put on the Great Fall Race. I have a new appreciation for the work that goes into these runs.

What do you like about RCC? The parties........and the runs.....

Other Interesting Facts: Roberta and I have 5 grandchildren that keep us pretty busy when we are not doing things with the club.