When I was going thru flight school at NAS Pensacola in 1982, I surmised that I needed a vehicle to match the ambiance of my ‘wings of gold’. So, since I was single, I purchased a split-window 1963 Corvette coupe from a local Chevrolet dealership. This beautiful, ‘Ermine White’ Corvette was sitting, exposed, on their used car lot, and it was a match made in Naval Aviation heaven. I unfortunately did not do my research at the time (my small brain between my legs overrode the gray matter between my ears), as the white beaut Corvette that I nicknamed ‘Scooter’ did not carry the original 327ci that she rolled off the factory with. Anyway, I was filled with the Navy ‘Blue and Gold’ testosterone, and Scooter was a definite pussy magnet. View attachment 28075 Fast forward to 1992. I got married in 1985, and was stationed at NAS Moffett Field. My son was born in 1988, so I decided to trade in Scooter for a Honda Accord station wagon. I know, what were you thinking? Well, priorities took priority…spilled milk. Fast forward to 2003. I recently retired from the military, and was working at Offutt AFB. I got a hair up my arse and decided to purchase a 1966 Ford Thunderbird (her callsign was ‘Liz’). Had to do a total rebuild of Liz, some after photos are attached. View attachment 28076 View attachment 28077 View attachment 28078 I nicknamed this car “Liz”, short for Elizabeth Taylor. Because in order for her to have all the nice lines and right curves, it cost a lot of money. I parodied Admiral ‘Bull’ Halsey’s response (when he was asked by the Saturday Evening Post so many years ago), why a U.S. warship is referred to as “she”. He replied, “A ship is referred to as ‘she’, because it takes so much time, money and effort to make her look pretty”.