I had a run in with a Corvette driver in 1989 when I was coming back
from Florida. Its 3:30 am, driving north on Illinois Interstate 57.
Speed limit was 65 mph. I'm driving my 1978 Olds 88 2 door........
I'm the only car on the road. Cruise Control is set at 72 mph. Lo and
behold I catch up to a car and pass it. Its a white Corvette doing 55
mph. I can't see who is driving it.
15 minutes later the Corvette comes flying past me at 90+ mph.
10-15 minutes later pass and the same thing happens. I catch up to the
Corvette who is back to 55 mph. I pass it again on cruise and its out of
10-15 minutes go by and zooooooom!!! there goes the Corvette on my left
side and he /she is of sight in the blink of an eye.
This game goes on for close to two hours. Around Champaign, IL. I even
stopped off at a gas station hoping to put more distance between me and
Back on 57, I'm the lone car on the road again.
Headlights appear as dots in my rearview mirror........they are getting
closer and closer....is it ? could it be? Noooo, It's not the
Corvette.......its a new 1990 Mustang GT 5.0 litre.
As it pulls out to pass me, there is a car right on its rear bumper. As
it gets closer the silhouette is undeniably familiar - and those pop up
headlights!! The Corvette has returned. Both cars roar passed doing 100
Suddenly, I'm alone again on this lonesome road.
: - )
North of Kankakee, IL about an hour later I see red dots on the horizon.
As I get close these dots become more clearer to the eye and more
familiar as the round tail light housings seen on GM's Chevrolet
As I get closer I see its a a white Corvette...Its doing 55 mph again. I
move over to pass it - still cruising at 72 mph. As I get along side of
it, I began to ponder the situation. I wonder what is running through
the mind of this driver. My Olds 88 has a 350 - 4 barrel V8 under the
hood. I may have had the air cleaner cover turned upside down like many
young men did back in the day to allow more air to be sucked into the
carb, and to give that throaty sound when accelerating away from a
As the motor was even with the Corvette's driverside window. I thrust my
right foot down on the gas pedal, The four barrel opened up to a
tremendous roar........and that children is all the Corvette needed to
IT'S GO TIME!! Both cars roared to life! The speedometer on my car
rapidly closed in on 85 mph mark (I think the speedometer only went up
to 85 on this car), but it went faster than that. In just under 10
seconds the Corvette had gone from 55 mph to who know's what. In the
blink of an eye it was gone - out of sight - and out of my life forever.
The 2 1/2 hours I had to drive yet were uneventful.
I never saw the Corvette again.
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