<VV> My Corvair 50th Anniversary Odyssey

Rick Norris ricknorris at suddenlink.net
Fri Oct 2 20:48:01 EDT 2009

You guys came within  1.5 miles of the house here and I didn't even hear a 
horn honk as you passed by Exit 39!
Weeda even fed ya!


> it is now 7:30 PM. EDT and I am almost home after a 1500 mile round trip 
> to deliver my 1964 sedan to the National Corvette Museum. I began this 
> journey 3 days ago when Allen Bristow arrived at my home in Virginia Beach 
> about 9:30 PM. with his truck, camper, and trailer. We loaded up my car 
> and headed out west on I-64, finally crashing for the night in the 
> Waynesboro Wal-Mart parking lot about 3 am.  We were back on the road by 
> 10 am. and arrived in Bowling Green, KY that evening. After a relaxing 
> dinner it was off to another Wal-Mart parking lot for a slightly longer 
> night's sleep. Up again Thursday am. (Oct 1st), we made our way over to 
> the NCM and off-loaded the car into the display area. We treated ourselves 
> to three hours at the museum before starting the long trip back, finally 
> arriving at Allen's home in Stafford, VA at 1 o'clock this am.  We both 
> caught some more zzzs and were up by 8 this morning whereupon we proceeded 
> to transport 3 of Allen's Corvairs 10 miles to th
> e Chevrolet Dealership in Fredericksburg for a showroom display this 
> weekend. Allen let me drive his 1969 convertible (#5997 - the LAST Corvair 
> convertible), so I  did get to drive a Corvair on the 50th anniversary. 
> After all the cars were safely tucked away in the showroom Allen took me 
> to the local Avis dealer where he had arranged for me to rent a car for my 
> return trip to Virginia Beach. I fought the weekend traffic on I-95 and 
> I-64 until I reached Newport News airport where I dropped off the rental 
> and was picked up by my wife, who works nearby.  After fighting the bridge 
> tunnel traffic we decided to catch dinner at a Red Robin and are now 
> approaching home.
> So the price of putting my Corvair in the museum was only about 3 days of 
> lost wages, roughly $600 in fuel and food, several hours of lost sleep and 
> a huge debt of gratitude to Allen and both of our long suffering but 
> supportive wives.  Now I can start planning how to get her back home at 
> the end of the year!
> Please visit the display if you can and make my trip and all the efforts 
> of the organizers and other car owners worthwhile.
> Happy 50th Birthday, Corvair!
> Bill Hubbell
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