And enjoy it he does. "It has got to be one of the best engines to drive, because the LT-1 is a high-revving, solid-lifter engine," Charlie says. "It has a 4.11 rear end--it's awful on the highway, but just driving it around on country roads and small turns, it's a lot of fun." That fun driving adds up to about 2,000-3,000 miles a year, which Charlie says is a lot more mileage than some other Vette owners would accumulate. "Corvettes are meant to be driven!"
That mileage also included several blasts down the quarter-mile, at the East Coast Corvette Show & Go, held at Englishtown, New Jersey's Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. "I thought, 'You know what--this car was ordered with a 4.11 rear end--it was bought to race on the dragstrip'," he recalls about one particular trip to "The Bridge." "So, in 2005, I raced it there." Never having drag raced a car before, and with a little help from a buddy on when to launch it, his best time and speed were 14.652-seconds/95.22 mph--without taking the Rallye wheels' trim rings or center caps off. "The guys at Englishtown picked me as their favorite Corvette that drag raced that day," Charlie says of the award he brought home from that event. "I was sitting up in the stands because I'd been eliminated earlier that day, and I'd had my fun, but they called my name on the loudspeaker, took pictures of the car and gave me the "Track Selection" trophy that barely fit in the car!"
But he's received other distinctions that did fit, including three invitations to the Fun Field at Corvettes at Carlisle. Charlie's LT-1 was picked for CSP Calendars' Corvette Originals 2008 calendar, as the July '08 feature car. "I always used to see a lot of cars from the West and Midwest on their calendar," Charlie says. "I got in touch with them and said, 'Look, you've got to come East and put some East Coast Corvettes in your calendar." Which they did, and they photographed it in front of the old Carlisle Army Barracks. "It's pretty cool to have your car on a calendar," Charlie adds with pride.