Post: Steve Turkheimer
Photos: Steve Turkheimer, Santa Paula Chevrolet
I took my Vette to Santa Paula Chevrolet to have its annual service performed, knowing it needed it prior to the MPCC run. When I left to go home I had an ‘In Awe of Moment’ which I’ll get to later.
As always, we (SCVCC club members) are treated fantastic. I checked in and had a brief conversation with Monty, my service writer, to go over my areas of concern. He assured me it would all be handled along with the bow to stern inspection and a wash. On my way into the show room, I stopped in to John Macik’s office to say hello and thank him for all he does for the Corvette community. Well, that ‘hello’ lasted about 30 minutes. He’s a very approachable man, which says a lot for his organization.
Following our conversation, I went across the street to grab a hoagie sandwich while I waited for my car to be completed. It just felt like the right thing to do. I’m not sure why, it just did, drive-n-eat. After eating, it was now shopping time! I love messing with the sales people. They just have this pre-conceived idea of what I can or can’t drive. It’s entertaining. Anyway, I found the car I want, a 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 3LZ, Ceramic Matrix Gray Metallic with jet black interior, 650 HP. Only $105k. The dream will continue.
I finalized my business for the day, got in my car, and headed east on Harvard Blvd. At the light at Palm, I was waiting for my light to turn green so I could turn right to go the freeway and home. It was then I saw a beautiful young woman. She was a 10 out of 10, waiting to walk across the intersection where I was going to turn. I waited patiently for her to cross and proceeded to make my turn. As I turned, I noticed a middle-aged man in a mid-sized tin can waiting to go straight as the woman crossed the street in front of him. I watched the man watching the woman, or so I thought. Upon completing my turn and driving past the tin can, I caught the ‘in awe of moment’. I realized he was not watching the pretty woman. No, he was watching my car and rubbernecking his head until it was virtually facing backwards. I could see he was in total awe of my car.
I must admit, his reaction was a bit of a surprise, extreme, and made me laugh. This type of reaction happens frequently. It made me think how special it is to have such a great car and to be able to enjoy it year-round. So for now, with a smile on my face and the roar of “The Mighty LS3” at my back, I bid you adieu.