It’s always nice when one of the high-ups at an automotive company is a true car guy and not just a businessman out to earn his paycheck. General Motors’ current head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain, Mark Reuss, is a car guy through and through, a point he proved when he brought out his 1954 C1 Corvette Convertible to Woodward Dream Cruise this past Saturday.
The Detroit News says before bringing the car to Dream Cruise, Reuss drove it to an event put on by local Detroit CBS radio affiliate WWJ in Royal Oak on Thursday. There, Verizon IndyCar driver for Team Penske and Team Chevy Helio Castroneves pointed out Reuss was missing a screw on one of his front headlight covers. The two began to discuss the car and Reuss let the three-time Indy 500 winner sit in the front seat.
Reuss acquired the Corvette in St. Louis about a year ago. He says he had always wanted an older Corvette, but held off for a bit as they are pricey and hard to come by. His C1 needed some work, so after buying it, Reuss worked on making the necessary repairs and restorations. The interior was just finished in time for Dream Cruise, Detroit News says.
Reuss said Dream Cruise is representative of what is done in Michigan and what the state is all about. You get both classic and contemporary vehicles of all kinds participating, making the event one of a kind.
“You’ll see the whole history of the automobile right here on Woodward,” he said
After attending Dream Cruise with his new car, Reuss drove the ‘Vette to the Back to the Bricks car show in Flint. Reuss attended the historic vintage car outing last year, where he was so impressed with what the organizers had put on, he agreed to have Buick sponsor the event in 2014. Like we said before, a true car guy.