U.S. Air Force veteran Chuck Cook turned 90 this year, and celebrated his ninth decade of life in a rather exciting way: buying himself a brand new 2021 Corvette Stingray.
Cook, a resident of Leesburg, Florida, purchased his Torch Red Corvette from Cecil Clark Chevrolet. The dealership went the extra mile for Cook, holding a celebration complete with refreshments and decorations and inviting his Corvette club along to celebrate with him.
“This is my birthday present to myself,” Cook told the Leesburg Daily Commercial. “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.”
Cook’s love affair with the Corvette started when his former next-door neighbor in General Motors’ home state of Michigan introduced him to the car. His first Corvette was a 1981 model-year C3, which he later replaced with a 2001 model-year C5. He then upgraded to the C7 Corvette when it first launched in 2014.
The 90-year old is a die-hard GM fan and also has a Chevrolet Equinox in his garage for running his daily errands.
“I’ve been driving corvettes for 40 years,” Cook told the Daily Commercial. “It’s my fun car. I have a 2018 Equinox as my grocery getter as I call it.”
Cook seems to have a penchant for performance, as he ordered his 2021 Corvette with the optional Z51 Performance Package. As a reminder, the Z51 package includes the following features:
- Z51 performance suspension
- Performance exhaust
- Performance rear axle ratio
- Electronic Limited Slip Differential (eLSD)
- Z51 rear spoiler
- Front splitter
- 245/35ZR19 front and 305/30ZR20 rear high-performance tires
- Heavy-duty cooling system
GM Authority is wishing Mr. Cook many more healthy, happy years of enjoying his 2021 Corvette Stingray.