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Old 05-10-2005, 11:32 PM   #1
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"No one loves these vettes"



The lost Corvettes of Brooklyn
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By: Poncherello

After reading the article on NY Metro.com I decided I needed to see these cars that we all love so much.

I started my quest on Friday morning, I located what I thought was the garage after a lengthy search. The garage I located was locked and turned out to be the wrong location. I was thinking to myself on the way home, "there is no way I can just forget about this". So I started to research the area a little more and low and behold on Tuesday I located the condominium complex that housed this garage. After a brief chat with the security guard I was on my way to the parking spaces that time seems to have forgotten.

As I walked down the ramp into the darkened bowels of the building I couldn't help but wonder to myself "why has no one come to rescue these unattended prizes". Once inside I encountered a lone janitor who directed me to the garage manager. Having located the manager and inquired of these jewels....his initial response was "no corvettes in here", I thought to myself, "that can't be...this has to be the right place".

As the manager walked off I turned back to him and said, "Sir, I know it's been a while but I know this is where we parked them". He turned around with a smile and responded, "they're just where you left them, right over there". He pointed to the darkened corner of the garage to a chain link fence that seemed invisible at first glance. As I approached the gate there was a lone Corvette out side blanketed with 15 years of dirt and dust......fingered in the dust on the rear window was "No one loves these vettes", How true that seemed at the moment.



Once I opened the gate and stepped inside it was like stepping back in time. It was as if the world around us was non existent. It was surreal, I wasn't sure what to think At first I just squeezed between the cars parked bumper to bumper some touching the car in front or behind. I had never seen so much dirt and dust in my life. Walking by each car I noticed that on the driver seat was a single sheet of paper with the captions "Year, Make, Model, Description". The handwritten ink on each page was faded to the point that it became unreadable. As I stood there in the middle of history I just wondered why, why would anyone just leave these American icons uncared for and unloved.

These are original, unmolested examples of America's finest sports car. Each car looks to be in pristine condition except for some minor bumper damage on a few of the late 70's cars. Not even a tear in the upholstery of the older ones. Some of the mid 50's cars appear to sit on their original tires, flattened from years of no use. It seemed as if these cars screamed for attention, to be taken out and driven as they had originally been intended.

I silently walked through the cars, taking pictures and looking in the open windows at the seemingly haunted interiors. The side of nearly every car has a strip of paper taped to the side showing how Peter Max wants to paint them as part of his art project, a project he says he will revitalize. It's hard to believe that there are hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of vintage cars just discarded like broken toys.

It's enough to make one scream. The thirty minutes I spent there seemed like five. I was so overwhelmed that I know I didn't get every picture I wanted. I'll definitely be back there again. As I closed the gate and walked out past the manager he asked if I knew the owner......I responded, "no, I'm just someone who cared enough to come for a visit".

I hope you all enjoy looking at the pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them. Feel free to ask any questions you like.

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Old 05-11-2005, 12:04 AM   #2
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Those pictures are incredible. The writeup is fantastic as well. Thanks for this contribution.
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Old 05-11-2005, 12:16 AM   #3
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I wonder what the chances are of these going up for sale? Of course the poor man (me) won't have a chance

Was there any Big Block C2's? Do you think we could pose as the owners, and just tow all of them outta there Heck I'll drive from California to N.Y. to pick one up
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Excellent work...

Should you and your IMF team choose to accept this assignment, your next challenge will be to get ahold of Peter Max to discuss getting these Vettes cleaned up by DC volunteers..

As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This post will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Ponch.
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Old 05-11-2005, 12:34 AM   #5
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Ponch,

Very well written and I'm sure the pics are very representative. Thank you for going to all the trouble.

I'm so stunned and saddened by the pics that I can't think of anything to ask right now. So many of them with windows down and interiors drying out. It looks like Max had already started to desecrate these wonderful cars. I hope he never has time to fulfill his talent-less, evil plans.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:11 AM   #6
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Good work.
Lost Vettes were found.

Now try finding Osama Bin Laden.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:52 AM   #7
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How many were there? Is this the MTV give away? Where they gave away a vette for each year. Not sure what year that was, I just remember seeing them all on a transporter on MTV. Believe me I wanted to win that contest. This is awesome, someone needs to contact the owner and give these vettes come love. Ill take a C2 if they are giving them away. When should I come and get it? HAHA, I wish. What are the years? Great find. Would love to see more pics. What are the other cars in the back ground? Is this a parking garage? How many people know about this? I have some vette love to give.
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:57 AM   #8
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Sorry, I have another question. Why do they all or some have a stripe down the side of the cars. Several have about a 4" stripe that changes colors as it goes down the car. What is that?
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Old 05-11-2005, 02:02 AM   #9
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Angry damn it

It's a corvette graveyard

I wish I was in the states so I would rescue a couple of those
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If I were there I would take one of each model
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Re: Excellent work...

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Should you and your IMF team choose to accept this assignment, your next challenge will be to get ahold of Peter Max to discuss getting these Vettes cleaned up by DC volunteers..
I'm only 2 hours away, sign me up
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P.S. Ponch: Arrest Peter Maxx for violating our senses!!!! Or at leastthrow him in back of the truck with the road kill.
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Excellent thread and thank you Poncherello!

Poncherello, that was EXCELLENT!!!!!!!

Thank you for taking the time getting those pictures. This is gotta be one of the best threads I have ever seen here on DigitalCorvettes.

Any chance of putting this up as a sticky?

I think all the members here should see this. The title almost threw me off. I originally thought it was going to be about something else before I clicked on the thread as I was unsure what the title meant. But, boy was I pleasantly surprised!

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Excellent work...

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Should you and your IMF team choose to accept this assignment, your next challenge will be to get ahold of Peter Max to discuss getting these Vettes cleaned up by DC volunteers..

As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This post will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Ponch.
I believe I have found my mission in life......
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Thank you for getting those Pictures! Its really sad how someone can just let these amazing cars just sit there.

any plans on going back?
If you are it would be cool to know the Vin #s on the 53 & 55 because of their real limited productions.
Thanks again Ponch, you rock
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