Corvette Timeline Tales: 10.7.53: Movie Star John Wayne receives 1953 Corvette #051

Its not known how much John Wayne liked the Corvette, if at all, or even how long he had the car. There are many web pages mentioning The Duke’s ’53 Corvette but nothing concerning his opinion of the little plastic Chevy. But at a towering 6-feet, 4-inches, I can’t imagine he was very comfortable behind the wheel. Years later Wayne was known for preferring big vehicles. He had a customized 1966 International Harvester Travelall with the livery, “War Wagon.” Through the ‘70s Wayne had three George Barris custom station wagons. His customized 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari station wagon had a raided roof so that he could wear his trademark cowboy hat! So, how much do you think he liked the Corvette? Read More


9-27-52 – General Motors officially begins using the name “Corvette” for its new sports car

Last month we told you about Chevrolet PR-man Myron “Scotty” Scott’s induction into the National Corvette Museum’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Scott was the man responsible for coming up with the name “Corvette” for Harley Earl’s “American sports car” show car concept. The working name for the two-seater had been “Opel.” How uninspiring! (Hey Man! Did you see the new Op?”) Over 300 names were rejected before Myron Scott found the word, “Corvette” in the dictionary. I wonder if a copy of that last is still around? Read More


Corvette Timeline Tales: 9-18-64 – CBS airs the last episode of the Route 66 TV show

After 116 episodes, CBS pulled the plug on their anthology drama series, “Route 66.” Herbert B. Leonard and Stirling Silliphant created the series as a spinoff of their popular “Naked City” series. “Naked City” was set in New York City and “Route 66” was set in a different location for every episode. Watching the series is a genuine travel log of early 1960s America, in black and white. The “Tod Stiles” character (played by Martin Milner) was in the entire series. The character “Buz Murdock” (played by George Maharis) exited the show midway through the third season and was replaced by the character “Lincoln Chase,” a recently discharged Vietnam veteran, played by Glenn Corbett. Read More


Corvette Timeline Tales: 9.13.01 – TV Show Route 66 Inducted into Cruisin’ Hall of Fame at Route 66 Rendezvous 4-Day-Event in San Bernardino, CA – Vids

Actor and star of “Route 66” Martin Milner accepted the award. Dateline 9.13.15 (videos at the end of this post) – What a cool concept for a weekly TV drama. Two dudes, tooling around America, working odd jobs, looking for adventure, flirting with pretty girls, and generally being good-guys on white horses. Only instead of… Read More