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Happy birthday to me: Leesburg veteran buys himself a Corvette for his 90th


Cindy Peterson / Correspondent

LEESBURG — On the brink of his 90th birthday, Leesburg veteran Chuck Cook decided to buy himself his dream car, a red 2021 Chevrolet Corvette.

“This is my birthday present to myself,” Cook said. “I’ve owned corvettes since 1981 when I bought my first one. This makes my fourth one in my lifetime. I can’t wait until the pandemic is over so I can get this to all the car shows.”

The car was special ordered through Cecil Clark Chevrolet who made the day extra special for him with a celebration and refreshments for he and his wife, Barbara, and their Corvette club.


Cindy Peterson / Correspondent

“This was the first 2021 Corvette to hit our lot,” Buzzy York of Cecil Clark Chevrolet said. “It was great being able to celebrate with him for his upcoming birthday and also have the first 2021 corvette to come here.”

The 2021 Chevrolet Corvette rear engine C8 Stingray starts at $59,995 and sports a 6.2L LT2 V-8 engine with direct injection, variable valve timing and active fuel management with Chevrolet’s first eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.




Cook spent four years in the U.S. Air Force working on aircraft. He specializes in aircraft instruments and while stationed in Korea, he worked on fighter jets.

Afterward, Cook worked for Uniroyal who later merged with BF Goodrich. In 1981, his next-door neighbor in Michigan introduced him to corvettes and was able to purchase one of the last corvettes from the production facility in St. Louis.

That car went everywhere he went as he was transferred to various places around the States. He later traded it in for a 2001, then a 2014 and now the 2021.

Chuck Cook talks with one of his Corvette Club buddies about his new 2021 Chevrolet Corvette he got for his 90th birthday at Cecil Clark Chevrolet in Leesburg. [Cindy Peterson/Correspondent] Cindy Peterson/ Correspondent

“I’ve been driving corvettes for 40 years,” Cook said. “It’s my fun car. I have a 2018 Equinox as my grocery getter as I call it.”

After moving to Florida, Cook became a founding member of the Touch of Glass Corvette Club for Lake County and many of his club members joined him at the celebration.

“Can’t wait to get it out on the road,” Cook said.


Source: Cindy Peterson, Daily Commercial

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