Featured Member of the Week: cor66vette

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Carl Marco. I live in Florida with my wife and three sons. I am a retired lighting company high voltage electrical worker from New York. I am an avid hunter and past participant in competitive shooting. I volunteer as an instructor for a local youth shooting program and coach two Little League teams. Before I was as active as I am with my sons, I entered my car in many a car shows and am happy to say I earned numerous trophies. Now, on occasion and when time allows- and when one or all of my sons accompany me- I will enter my car in a local show.

How did you first get interested in this hobby/passion?

I spent my teenage years growing up in a suburban neighborhood on Long Island where most, if not all the kids my age were into cars and hot rods. Being dirty and greasy from working on cars was something to be proud of. There were two brothers, twins, who were allowed to drive their dad’s ’59 black Cadillac up and down the block. They would let me drive it once in a while and I was only 14. I was hooked. There was another neighbor whose uncle on occasion would let him borrow his ’61 Impala 409. I would take out my dad’s ’59 Chevy Impala (without him knowing). That was a beast of a car with a big 348 ci V8. It was a car crazy group and I was accepted. Mind you, we were all about 14 or 15 years old at the time.

What Rides do you currently own?

Beside my wife’s and my daily drivers, I have a 1966 Corvette roadster- 327/350 4-speed- a 1968 Harley Davidson Electraglide and a 1972 Harley Davidson Superglide. I recently let go of a mint ’76 Cadillac El Dorado convertible. I loved that car.

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

I love the fact that I can work on them. I’ve yet to have anyone besides myself work on any of my vehicles. I get huge satisfaction knowing that if something needs repair I can handle it. And I like knowing that I can teach my boys the ins-and-outs of motoring the way it used to be … and still is for me.

What is the best memory you have with your favorite ride?

When I looked at the Vette for inspection/purchase the car was a bit of a distance away. We turned that trip into a family vacation. It would be the first time my sons stayed at a hotel. The next morning following our arrival at the hotel, while we were in the hotel parking lot waiting to meet the seller, my wife said she would know if  this was THE car if it took her breath away. As the car approached us in the parking lot, with its gleaming shining paint and chrome, my wife had the biggest smile on her face. Hers was the largest smile I ever saw with the exception of the smile on my face. That family vacation was one of the best we ever had. I’ll always remember the Vette with the fondest thoughts and memories largely because of that family outing.

How do you store your ride(s) during infrequent use, and what maintenance tips can you provide for readers?

Each of my rides has a battery maintainer hooked up 24/7. I drive each vehicle minimally once a month for at least a mile or two making sure the engine reaches operating temperature. I have a moisture absorbent hanging in the interior of the Vette that I change out regularly. I keep fuel stabilizer in the gas tanks which I keep full. I’m a clean freak so I wash and wax them even though they are spotless.

What was the first car you ever owned?

My first was a 1957 Chevy, 2 door, 283, 3 speed on the column. I paid $50.00 for it.

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

I am a Corvette guy for sure. I consider the mid-year Vettes to be milestone in auto engineering and style. I am currently looking into an ’03 Anniversary Edition Coupe. I have always felt that the newer Vettes are technological marvels and the best performance cars for the money.

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

I once owned a 1970 Opel Kadet. I vote that the worst, at least the one I had was.

How did you first hear about the Cool Rides Online website?

I frequent Corvette forums but wanted a different slant on the car hobby. I enjoy sharing with car enthusiasts who own all types of cars- not just Corvettes. I google-searched car forums and checked out a few. When I checked out Cool Rides, the camaraderie seemed evident between the forum members. I think the contests sponsored here do a lot to better the car hobby through involvement. I haven’t been disappointed and am glad I am here.

Is there anything else you’d like the Cool Rides Online members to know about you?

Well, without putting anyone to sleep, my appreciation for cars goes beyond simply having them. I’m a car guy not just a car owner.