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February 2009 Corvette of the Month

Jeff and Sandie Glorioso – 2003 Electron Blue Z06

Name: Jeff and Sandie Glorioso

Current Corvette: 2003 Electron Blue Z06

Previous Corvettes: 72 LT1 Blue, 88 Anniversary, White

What first attracted you to Corvettes? When was that or how old were you?  In 1984, I sold my GT350 Shelby because I needed a car that handled better for Auto Cross. I would have needed to cut the fenders of the Shelby to get larger tires on and didn't think that would be a good idea. However, I sold that Shelby to Larry Crossan for $9,000. Looking back, that wasn't a good idea either! The Hoosiers would fit under the Corvette easily. I won my first Bsp San Francisco championship in a Corvette. I have never thought twice about owning a Corvette and enjoy mine for everything from a daily driver to competition.

How did you come to acquire this Corvette? I designed a large garage for the owner of Folsom Chevrolet. He taunted me with the Z06 every time he would come for a meeting. Finally, one weekend he came by for the last meeting and said "drive me back and keep this for the weekend". I never took it back!

What modifications have you done to this car?  This is one of the most perfect cars I have ever owned, the only thing I changed was to put on Koni double adjustable shocks and K&N filter. This was for autocrossing.

Modifications Planned: As I said "perfect car" NONE!

What do you like best about Corvettes? The way they handle. The closest thing to flying without leaving the ground.

How long have you been a member of RCC?  I think 14 years.

What do you like about RCC?  The fun people that become close friends and learning about the car.

What other interesting facts might others enjoy knowing about you? Our daughter, Shauna Glorioso Marinus, started autocrossing in our Corvette at the age of 16. She won many championships in the Corvette in the women's class. In 1998 she became the first women in the history of SCCA Solo 2 to ever win an open class (men's). After that she went onto get a contract driving for Mazda and Tri Point Engineering in the World Challenge Touring series, in which she was the first women to ever be on the podium and also the first women to take the pole.

An interesting trip for Sandie and I was going back to the Solo 2 Nationals. We drove back to Kansas on our Kuhmo's, competed on them and placed in the top 3! After all the miles, Kuhmo would give us new shaved ones to drive back on, which was very interesting especially when we would get into rain. My wife would get white knuckles and say a few things to me that I won't share. I love the long distance drives in the Corvette, you just get lost in the drive as you become one with the car.

We went to Cancun this summer with Chuck and Joyce, Barbara and Ran, where we found that driving a Corvette is easier and safer than sailing a boat!