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July 2006 Corvette of the Month

Bruce Wildman's 2000 AWL Silver Convertible

Name: Bruce Wildman

Current Corvettes: 2000 AWL SLVR Convertible and a 1978 Limited Edition Indy Pace Car, Black over Silver with a Red accent stripe.

Previous Corvettes: These are my second and third Corvettes, my first was a Elkhart Green 1993 L-82 Coupe

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you? I was sixteen when my friend brought over a brand new 1954 Polar White Corvette that his Dad, who was a big shot at Chevrolet, let him use that night. We had tons of fun, and I said then that I would have a Corvette some day.

How did you come to acquire this Corvette? I bought the Pace Car from Roy Thompson in 1979. He was the brother-in-law of Terry Porter who was a club member and also had a Pace Car Mine is an L-82 his was an L-48. I bought the 00 car on EBAY from the original owner in Seattle Washington.
What modifications have you done to this car? The factory exhaust system has been replaced with a dual exhaust system with monolithic catalytic converters. This modification improved both performance and mileage plus it is SMOG legal. On the 00 car, the wheels have been chromed and all of the Jack Harris items have been added, otherwise its all factory.

Modifications Planned: None to either.

What do you like best about Corvettes? The feeling they give me when I drive them.

How long have you been a member of RCC? I am an original member, so about 28 years.

What offices have you held or runs you've put on? President twice, Treasurer 3 times, member of the board of directors for about 25 years. I have put on many runs over the years. Lately I have put on several runs to the River Delta which were well received by those who attended.

What do you like about RCC? The club members and the lasting friendships I've made over the years.

Other Facts: 12 years ago I retired from Corporate America . After I retired I was fortunate to begin a new career in the automobile business. My hobby since High School has been cars. Now I buy them almost weekly for friends and friends of friends. Since I started in the business I have personally owned over 300 vehicles and have bought many more for clients. Neat way to practice my hobby, don't you think?

When we have the River City Corvettes birthday party and I see all the members who attend, I think back to the early days of our club when all the club members fit into my family room. WOW!!! I have many interesting River City Corvette stories to tell on how the club got to where it is today. It hasn't been easy with many ups and some downs. Here's some club trivia; who started the first raffle to benefit the club treasury?