by Susan O’Neill
KANEVILLEâ€”Kaneville resident Stuart Lee bought his first Corvette when he turned 21.
â€œIt was a Nasauu blue with a white interior,â€ he said with a sigh. â€œIt was the only car I drove for nine years.â€
At 64, Lee currently owns his third Corvette, a 1994 version. The color of this model is called black rose, a really dark maroon, he said. When asked why Corvettes, his response was, â€œThey’re just sporty.â€
Lee stood on the corner of Harter and Main Street roads on Saturday night, along with a number of other Kaneville residents and people from farther away. They were watching what was expected to be 5,000 Corvettes round the corner at Harter and Main, not once, but twice.
The drivers were in town for the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA show, held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles last weekend. Corvette owners from all over the country have gathered together for this Corvette show since 1973, when they first met in Bloomington, Ill., to show off their cars and swap parts with each other.
A highlight of the show is the Bloomington Gold Tour, during which the Corvette owners strut their stuff for the surrounding communities.
â€œLight it up,â€ yelled Bob Moore from the sidewalk, as another red Corvette squealed around the corner.
Moore, Kaneville Village President Bob Rodney’s son-in-law, was there to watch and dream of the day he might own his father’s Corvette. Moore said his father and his two uncles each own Corvettes.
Gregg Kreyling, a 61-year-old man from St. Louis, was attending the show with his 2001 red Corvette.
â€œMost of the people driving them are older,â€ he said. â€œThey’re the only people that can afford them.â€
Greg Kreyling, 61, of St. Louis attended the Bloomington Gold Corvettes USA Show in St. Charles, but opted to watch the parade of cars in Kaneville. Photo by Susan Oâ€™Neill
Kreyling bought the 2001 car six years ago for $32,000. If he were buying the car now, he said it would cost $60,000 to $65,000 or more.
This year, Kreyling was watching the tour rather than riding in it. He said it was better to see them in action rather than parked at the golf course at the resort.
â€œIt’s (speed is) what they were made for,â€ he said, as another car roared by.
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