Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars | July 29, 2017

I just got home from this month's Cars & Coffee at Gateway Classic Cars of Orlando, in Lake Mary. I left before the end of the event since it looked like rain, but got caught in it a few miles down the road. Thank God for an a/c that works, otherwise, I would've suffocated in my Vette.

I arrived at GCC early this morning in order to secure a good (read, "shaded") parking spot but this being Florida in July, it was already muggy at 8:30 am.

Above: Another C3 at today's Cars & Coffee.
The folks at Gateway always take care of everyone by providing not only a great venue but also fresh coffee and plenty of pastries, which is greatly appreciated.

This is one of the few events I attend where you can have loads of fun and gain a few pounds at the same time. Just kidding!

Here are a few pics of my car, as well as Vincent Giglio's beautiful 1974 Corvette coupe. Every time I see his car it reminds me of how great the factory side pipes look on C3s. One of these days I will have to get a set.

Enjoy the photos.

Below: My 1976 Corvette Stingray.

Above: If you've been following my blog for a while you know by now that I love my '76 Stingray and, therefore, I keep posting photos of it, even though you've seen enough of it.

Below: Vincent's 1974 Stingray Coupe "Split Bumper."

Above: Not as dark as my Stingray's shade of red but also a non-factory color. 

Above: OEM side pipes look right on C3s or any vintage.
Above: Pretty stock other than for the aftermarket steering wheel, radio, and cup holder.

Above: I've always liked this nose emblem a lot better than mine.
And one of the reasons why the one on my car is gone.
Above: '74s had a functional cowl induction system.

Above: Corvette L-82 motor... with a few upgrades.

Above: And now you know why '74s are referred to as "Split Bumper" Corvettes.

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