Featured Member of the Week: MAPPIO


1966 Chevelle Malibu

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Mike Appio I live in Groton, CT.  I build Submarines for a living after spending 13.5 years in the Navy stationed on them.

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

I first got the itch in High School when my step dad got me my first car. it was a 1966 Chevelle Malibu Convertable 230cid straight six 2 speed powerglide, one barrel.  It was so slow but it looked so good and I would shine it like crazy.  I would “cruise the loop” as we called it every weekend with my friends.  I loved the feeling driving that car gave me.

1966 Chevelle Malibu

What Rides do you currently own?

I own a RestoMod 1966 Chevelle Malibu 572 6 sp.

1966 Chevelle Malibu

What do you like most about your Cool Rides?

 It looks mostly stock and very subtle till I start up the beast.

1966 Chevelle Malibu Construction

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

I got to win my first car show against my step dad and his GTO.  It was the only time we ever got to enjoy our cars together.  He passed away shortly after and it will me my best memory.

Malibu vs. GTO

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

I store my car in my car trailer over the winter. If you don’t have a temperature controlled garage, use camper desiccant around, in and under the hood to keep the moisture down due to temp changes.

1966 Chevelle Malibu

What was the first car you ever owned?

A 1966 Chevelle Malibu Convertable 230cid straight six 2 speed powerglide, one barrel.  Red with a white top and red interior.

1966 Chevelle Malibu

What is/was the BEST car ever made?

 64-71 Chevelles

1966 Chevelle Malibu

What is/was the WORST car ever made?

 Any Ford made.


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

 A friend sent me a link and on Facebook.

1966 Chevelle Malibu

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

There is nothing better then feeling you get when you drive something that people stare at and you know they wish it was theirs.