As with so many Corvette restorations that we see posted on Facebook and throughout the Internet, so much of the time the restoration effort ends with the Corvette (or any make or model) being restored to perfection, possibly with a number of great add-ons and upgrades, and then rarely driven except to the occasional car show or club meet. That’s not the case with this beautiful 1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – the goal from the start of the restoration was to restore the Corvette to the beauty it is and to have it fully conditioned for around the town and road trip driving. For example…
Take Dick Kvamme (Owner of Best of Show Coach Works, in Escondido, California) for example. He’s the typical owner of a hot rod restoration shop. He has spent years crafting beautiful show cars, but nothing nice for himself. There was a ’65 Chevelle and a couple of “worn” C1 Vettes waiting patiently for restoration but he never had time to work on his own cars. Eventually, he managed to find enough time to get the ’61 Vette running. Sure, it was a bit beat down, but it was more fun than driving his truck to work.
All the fancy parts are nice, but the real test came once the Vette hit the road. Its first journey was a local jaunt to the Del Mar Goodguys show where it won “Best Bitchen” award. Since then it’s been logging miles and winning car shows all over the place. How many miles? Well, over the course of the summer Dick and his wife, Nancy, ran up over 14,000 miles on the odometer! First was a trip up the coast to San Francisco to visit their daughter Kacey, followed by a “slightly” longer drive to Colorado.
Source: Super Chevy article posted on superchevy.com “1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Sugar Rush”
Photos: Super Chevy article posted on superchevy.com “1961 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Sugar Rush“