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June 2008 Corvette of the Month

Steve and Pam Cameron's 2004 Magnetic Red Coupe

Name: Steve and Pam Cameron (and yes we own it together, and we both drive it.)

Current Corvettes: ALL CORVETTES ARE RED - Our car is a 2004 Magnetic Red Coupe

Previous Corvettes:  This is our first Corvette.

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you? Steve: In 1959 I first fell for a 1954 Corvette owned by a gardener that worked in Sacramento's William Land Park. He drove it to work and parked it on the street by my house every day. At 8 years old, I thought it was beautiful. I knew nothing about fiberglass or power, but I thought it was a lot better looking than my next door neighbor's 1950 Morgan. In 1963 another neighbor bought a silver Split Window Coupe. I just about died, it was so awesome.
Pam got to borrow an old boyfriend's C-4 Corvette for a couple months--she thought it was a hoot.

How did you come to acquire this Corvette? In 2002 we bought a sailboat.  It was a nice boat, but each year we used it less and less.  Pam kept trying to get me to sell it because we never had any time to use it.  However, I kept resisting.  Finally, she told me, "if you sell the sailboat, we could buy a Corvette...and you know we will use a Corvette a lot more than we are using that sailboat."   

In the summer of 2005 we were going up Hwy 50 to Lake Tahoe on a Sunday afternoon. Returning from the lake we saw about 35 Corvettes winding through the curves between Strawberry and Myers.  We kept remarking about the colors of each one, and listing those we liked the best.  The Mag Red Corvettes just sparkled from the sunlight and we agreed if we ever got one, red would be our first choice.

 So in the spring of 2006 we sold the boat and began looking for our Corvette.  We went to a Rivercats game with Hollis and Lisa McNatt and they invited us to go on the RCC Lake Tahoe run they were planning for September 2006.  We tried to find a Corvette we liked before the run, but it didn't turn out.  Instead we took our Tomahawk kit car on the run.  We had so much fun and we felt so accepted by the members on that run that we knew we had to find a Corvette and join the club soon.  A month after the Tahoe run we had the Mag Red Corvette we wanted.

What modifications have you done to this car?  Our Corvette came with a Borla exhaust and we've purchased a bra and a couple of interior pieces to make it more comfortable for long rides.

Modifications Planned: We plan to put a lot of miles on it.

What do you like best about Corvettes? Corvettes are beautiful. It doesn't matter what year your Corvette was made, it will always be one of the most beautiful and desirable cars on the street. We especially love the fact our Corvette is relatively practical. The coupe holds enough luggage for us to travel for a week. We have a whole lot of power and still get 25 miles to the gallon--that's twice the mileage of our truck and just a little less than our Honda CRV (neither of which have heart-thumping acceleration.)

How long have you been a member of RCC? We joined in 2006, shortly after going on the Lake Tahoe run.

What offices have you held or runs you've put on? We haven't held any offices, but we are planning a run for next year.

What do you like about RCC?  The members are so much fun. We've met a number of people with varied interests and personalities (you know who you are...) that the social activities are never boring.

What other interesting facts might others enjoy knowing about you? Steve is an attorney for Caltrans and Pam is a nurse/assisted living consultant/geriatric care manager. We like to travel (lately it's been in Mexico) and attend wine tasting events. We are members, and used to be very active, in the Northern California Kit Car Club. We also have a Tomahawk roadster (a 1978 Datsun 280Z with a fiberglass body and powered by a Chevy LT1 with a 6-speed transmission.)