Category Archives: Corvette

I still hate the smell of “Rich Corinthian Leather.”

“Boys, guess what I drove home.”

My Dad worked for car dealers while I was growing up in Statesboro, Georgia. He began at a Toyota dealership, then transferred to another marquee, Chevrolet.  Subsequent moves to the local Ford and Dodge dealers whet my appetite for automobiles.  Dad would often leave with the family car in the morning and show up for supper with another ride that was a “steal of a deal” or, in other words, the used car manager knew nobody else would buy it.

AMC Pacer, AMC Gremlin, & two big arse Pontiac Woodies

We ended up with a an AMC Pacer, an AMC Gremlin, and two Pontiac Station Wagons with big V-8 engines that some college professor traded in…Dad couldn’t resist the faux wood glued to the side slabs of the tanks and came home with both of them.  Those cars set him back about $150…yes, for…two…automobiles.  We parked them end-to-end in the back yard in Edgewood Acres.  Subsequently, Mr. Hubert Clark, our next door neighbor built a wooden fence for “privacy”…and to keep me and my brother out of his pool and from chasing his pretty daughter, Rosemary.

Keg Parties next door in Edgewood Acres 

Mr. Bob Worthington, our other neighbor, took the eyesores in stride. He just invited Father Lucree and some of the (From The Land of Black Socks and Sandals) Catholic Brigade in Edgewood Acres for a keg party and 27 successive renditions of “Michael Row the Boat Ashore” on Saturday night after Mass.

Of course, I think Mr. Bob enjoyed sticking it to Dad knowing that the soft acoustic guitar and those out-of-tune harmonies floating in through the screened-in windows were keeping the owner of Edgewood’s biggest fleet of used automobiles from enjoying a good night’s sleep.  After all, my Baptist preacher Dad had to be ready to throw some brimstone in the fire on Sunday morning.  And, after a bad night’s sleep, he had no problem throwing more wood on that smoldering pile.

“..take a ride, ride, ride, ride on Heavy Metal…(and fiberglass)”

One of our neighbors, Mr. Kenny Stone, was a newly minted lawyer from the University of Georgia.  As a reward for passing the bar, he got married and bought a Corvette…a ’78 or ’79.  He’s a friendly guy and babied that black beauty.  Like every one of my first kisses with a neighborhood honey, I plainly remember that I only managed to snag a ride in that C3 once…the first time I had ever graced the seat of a Vette.  Sweet; it smelled good…had red leather and, man, were we low to the ground!  I didn’t mind being bitten by the Mako Shark-inspired design and I’ve wanted a 1980-1982 ever since.
Corvette C3 from Maxie Price Corvette World on the showroom floor

“Volare'” and…

the F-U-R-Y

and the Plymouth “Hell Hath No” Fury for style.  One time, Dad “accidentally” backed the Fury into my Mama’s car twice…within ten seconds apart.  He didn’t drink at all and I can only guess that he was going to test-drive another Chrysler laden with “Rich Corinthian Leather” aka Pitted Vinyl with Vaseline smeared on it.
Enjoy the Plymouth Fury commercial with Arthur Godfrey and then relive the olfactory paradise that drove women wild in the Cordoba.  Just deliver those sweet nothings to your lady with that smooth Ricardo Montalban’ accent and…steamy windows here we come!

A 1967 Mercury Cougar and a 1967 Ford Mustang…ones that got away

I still have an affinity for vehicles and yeah, we had a bunch of four doors that fit all of us since we were a very close family. The Vette’s were a totally impractical choice for our ride but we did have a pretty burgundy ’67 Ford Mustang and a metallic green ’67 Mercury Cougar whose only blemish was a front seat that had a few small cracks.  A little old lady really did have own the Merc and it was gorgeous to be twenty years old.  Dad still regrets selling both of these.  They were fun to drive and had nice lines and we loved cruising around in them.  It’s funny but I can remember how that Cougar seemed almost new inside and out.  I think I’m gonna be sick.

Here’s a commercial for the ’67 Cougar…Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It’s got the big cat (a cougar, I guess) that growls. I always liked those ads.

Lincoln Mercury sponsored “THE FBI” with Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and you have to admit the intros were good.

And for those of you who bothered to read this far, here’s a commercial for a Mercury Cougar with Farrah Fawcett Majors:

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Maxie Price’s Service Department

Three "Corvette ZR1's" on the showroom floor at a Chevrolet dealership
Not Grandpa’s Chevy….over $300k in 3 cars.

The last several times that I have been in my local Chevy dealer, Maxie Price, I have dealt with Steve Kelly in the Service Department. Steve always remembers my name and he is professional, friendly and he gets the work done with a good attitude. They have a comfortable lounge area too with two big televisions and coffee if you get there early. Now if I can just save up for a ‘Vette ZR1. You can call him if you want at (678) 527-8058 or 1 (800) 731-2065.

You can even walk around the lot and look at the ‘Vettes and somebody will ask to help you if you need it. The times that they asked me, there was no pressure just a little friendly banter.

Why am I writing this? Because it is unusual to find people that seem like they care if you are a satisfied customer. I think my brother-in-law Steve does. Just kidding, we aren’t related and I never saw him before I met him at Maxie’s.

Red and white 1958 Chevrolet Corvette close-up photo of front end and hood, reflections
1958 Chevrolet Corvette…Georgia car

This past Friday, Steve handled the emissons on my Chevy. Something was wrong with a fuse so they had to fix it but they didn’t charge anything for that. When I was leaving, I dropped my credit card, and drove off without it. I got down the road and realized I’d lost it. Before I could get home, Phil (one of the other service writers) had called to say he found the card and would hold it for me. We had a laugh about how they had just bought pizza for the whole dealership with it. But the laugh was on them since the credit limit is only $100.

Wanna buy a spiral-bond notebook for a Corvette Stingray fan? Available nowhere else.

Front cover of a customized rare spiral notebook, "orange Corvette Stingray LT-1 hood"

Photo of the "orange 1970 Chevy Corvette LT-1 from the passenger side, "fun notebooks"

This beautiful, spiral notebook is made in the U.S.A. of 12 point glossy stock covers that are laminated for durability. The 72 pages of standard-rule paper are 50# offset, perforated, and three-hole punched. These are not available anywhere else–you will own something truly one of a kind! I captured the photos myself and own the rights.

These four close-up photos are of a perfect-spec 1970 orange Corvette Stingray with the LT-1 option. All 4 covers (inside and outside) are of the same car. I believe the color of the car is Ontario Orange and I hear that not more than a couple thousand of these cars were ever made. Note that the outside back cover has a small area devoted to how to contact me under the word “VETTE.” I added this for anyone who would like to make use of my resource for these beautiful creations.

The price is $12.95 for one notebook (includes media mail shipping to the Continental United States only). I will ship the next business day after receiving payment. Thirty notebooks are available for now. I reserve the right to make more depending on demand. My plan is to make this into a series based on iconic vehicles.

All notebooks are guaranteed to meet your standards. If not, please retain the bubble mailer envelope to return ship. Please contact me should you wish to make arrangements to return the notebook. Returns will only be accepted for notebooks in new, unused condition.

If interested in buying, please send an e-mail to me at john@johnrobertconley.com and I will forward our Paypal account information to you.  I’m not putting the PayPal link on here because I want to make sure that I have the notebooks in stock. (I’ve heard horror stories of people ordering unavailable products through Paypal and don’t want to deal with that.)  Also, currently WordPress only allows a “Donate” button for Paypal.

Close-up photo, "orange 1970 Corvette Stingray LT-1", "rear tail light"

Photo of orange 1970 "Corvette Stingray" from driver's side on a "beautiful notebook"

Maxie Price’s Service Department dudes are cool.

If you need your vehicle serviced, give Phil Ferrara or Steve Kelly a call at Maxie Price Chevrolet in Loganville, Georgia. Phil stayed late on a Saturday to take care of my old Toyota with 186k miles on it.  He even had a good attitude.  He didn’t stay around just for me;  there were other nicer vehicles than mine that needed service too.  However, I didn’t get a rush job because my Avalon was an old beat up ride with interior parts falling off and a strange-smelling trunk. (Although, I did notice him using anti-bacterial rinse after shaking my hand.)

We have a Suburban that was purchased there new so I’ve got to know him and Steve.  They’ve been there several years and are professionals in the best sense of the word.

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P.S. If you like Corvettes, I took pictures of the ones on the showroom floor. They’re on Flickr and the link is below:

1970 Corvette LT-1 Stingray