Featured Member of the Week: 2vette2camaro
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Chris Gibbany. I live in Harrison, Arkansas with my husband Gabe, who is my soul mate and a gear head too, and we are child-free by choice. We build vintage bikes in our spare time, under the name Boneyard Choppers. I started a local Camaro Club here in Harrison in 2005 and became the Arkansas State Rep for the Worldwide Camaro Club in 2005 as well. They have since restructured and I am now a Classic Chevy State Rep. I used to drag race my 78 Z and the only cars I have ever owned have been Camaros and Corvettes. True Chevy all the way!
How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?
When I was a kid I never played with dolls; I fell in love with Hot Wheels, model cars, race tracks and miniature motorcycles when I was about 6. I was totally in LOVE with Dukes of Hazzard, wanting to be Bo of course, and drive the General. I learned to ride when I was 16, actually riding before I learned to drive. The passion has always been with me.
What Rides do you currently own?
1978 Z-28, 1981 Corvette, 1981 Harley Ironhead, 1956 Harley Panhead, 1986 Yamaha TW enduro, and a “secret” chopper. My 81 Ironhead is presently one of this month’s featured rides! My husband has a 1968 Jeep, a 1980 Chevy SWB truck, 1949 Harley Panhead, 1972 CB750 Honda chopper and is building a 1935 VD big-twin flathead and a 1918 Harley T.
What do you like most about your Cool Rides?
The feeling I get when I am driving them or riding them. It just makes me feel good that this is MY vice, and that all of my hard work and dedication has led me to have things that I am deeply proud of and enjoy.
What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?
I have to say that my best memories and the “high” that I get, is before I actually own the ride. Saving up, planning, doing research on what I might want next and constantly talking about it – I don’t think there is anything that compares to that. I know it sounds crazy, but the anticipation building up to, saving for, and dreaming about is just remarkable. Nothing can ever compare to when I got my first car, when I got my first Vette or when I got my first Harley. All the “stepping stones” in my life, what I call my “defining moments” can never be replicated. If I could find a way to sell “FIRSTS” I would be rich!
How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?
I definitely recommend using STA-BIL in your rides and using non-ethanol gas when you can. An oil additive for flat-tappet cams for early cars is a must. Clean and wax the car or bike before storage. Also, marry a mechanic or learn to work on your rides yourself. Helps a bunch!
What was the first car you ever owned?
1978 LT Black Camaro (I had that car almost 15 years). I saved all of my money from when I was a kid getting allowance (instead of a candy bar a day) plus the money I had left over from college scholarships to buy it for $2000. The very next year I bought my 78 Z with all of my money I saved and have had it for 20 years! In 1993 both cars made it into “All Chevy” magazine.
What is/was the BEST car ever made?
I would have to say the Chevy Camaro. The Camaro has ALWAYS been my first love. It was what I dreamed about as a young kid. I remember as a kid when the other kids’ parents would pull up at school and be driving late 70’s Camaros, I just thought that was the best thing EVER.
What is/was the WORST car ever made?
Maybe the Pontiac Fiero. They were all apparently catching on fire. Come to think of it, I haven’t see a Fiero in YEARS…….
How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?
I was on another used car/bike related site and someone mentioned Cool Rides, so I joined right up.
Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?
I raise hedgehogs for a living (www.gothedgehogsbreedingandrescue.bravehost.com) and am one of only about 35 breeders in the US. I have been an extreme couponer for the last 5 years but since the coupons have pretty much dwindled, I have been “playing the credit card game”. I have a blog where I talk about living frugal- www.amazingcheaplife.blogspot.com/.
My world revolves around my cars and bikes. I am VERY VERY frugal and I bought my first Vette (the one I still have) while working for minimum wage. My goal was to have a Vette before I turned 30, and by the time I was 29, I had three of them PLUS two Camaros! I was featured in “Throttle Gals” magazine in February 2013, basically covering my 20 years in the automotive/biker world.
We make less than $25,000 a year but because we put EVERYTHING into our passion, we are able to have some really cool things. It is all about priorities. Everything I own I have worked for and appreciate tremendously. I thank GOD daily for my blessings.