LIMA — Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the moon in 1969. The United States had won the race to the moon, and the country was ecstatic. A lot of “firsts” occurred during the late 60’s, as the sales brochure for the 1969 Chevy Corvette read, “Putting you first … keeps us first.” Gas was 35 cents a gallon in 1969, so the big engine in the 1969 Corvette was nothing to worry about. The Chevy Corvette was introduced in 1953, and is still in existence. The third generation Corvette, patterned after the Mako Shark II concept car, was introduced for the 1968 model year and was in production until 1982. The little sports car had made it’s mark on our country, as a Corvette has been used 12 times as an Indianapolis Pace Car.
Eric Lackey, of Lima, brought his 1969 Chevy Corvette Stingray to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. The design of the Stingray never goes out of style with the sharp curves and long nose. This is truly a classic and will remain a classic for all time.