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Summer Vibes ’16 | Part 2
No sleeping in today
It’s 5am on a Saturday morning and my iPhone alarm is going off. The sound woke me up to darkness. The sun still hadn’t come up and I’d been up late putting my TSX back together and washing her for Summer Vibes. Unfortunately, getting the group together for an event in Lakeland, with members spread out from St. Petersburg to Hudson, meant an early start. With everything packed up my fiancé and I hit the road a few minutes early. Stopping at Starbucks for some much needed caffeine to help us through the day. It’s now 79°F.
Summer Vibes ’16 | Photo Dump
Summer Vibes ’16 | Part 1
Summer Vibes 2016 presented by ILDS
Lakeland Center | Saturday | July 9th, 2016
Keeping an eye on the weather forecast before Summer Vibes we knew we were in for a scorching day. This event wasn’t ILDS’s first attempt at a summer meet though. Cars and Beaches was the predecessor to Summer Vibes and was always a good time. Not knowing what changes were in store I was looking forward to this new event. Knowing the quality of ILDS events I was confident that we would have a good time.
Arriving at the Lakeland Center early let us get set up in the shade under some trees. The cars selected for “Limelight” rolled in as we watched from the comfort of our tent. Having attended many events in the Southeast, I can say that ILDS kept everything flowing and organized. This meet attracted a wide variety of vehicles. Stanced Euro’s, lifted trucks, exotics, Japanese VIP inspired builds, and everything in between attended. There was definitely something for every enthusiast to enjoy.
As the sun rose, so did the temperature: with the feels like staying over 100F for most of the day. Luckily, for everyone there was a great selection of food trucks to stay fed and hydrated. There was even a smoothie truck and shaved ice which was a blessing on a day this hot. The Lakeland Center worked well for this event. There was plenty of space for everyone to be comfortable, while not feeling left out of the action. Walking around, it was clear that every detail was thought of and planned out to make sure everyone had a good time. ILDS even supplied a row of misters in the shade, near the DJ, to help people cool off.
Almost 30 years of living in Florida means I expected the heat. As a result we came prepared. With a tent, coolers, ice, sunblock, and especially the several cases of water we had no issues dealing with the temperature. Our location in the shade provided a nice location to cool off from the acres of black top pavement.
Meet vs. Show
Meets are always a nice change of pace from the competitive atmosphere of the big shows. Giving us a chance to relax and hang out with friends. Summer Vibes was no exception. We were able to catch up with friends from all around the state and see the progress on some of our favorite cars. It was also fun to meet some new people and see builds that we’d only ever seen online.
One of my favorite cars from Summer Vibes was one from ILDS Faction. JJ’s widebody WRX, which almost didn’t make it. He was trying to finish a complete makeover with all new body work and a color change. With the paint still drying it turned every head as he pulled in, and deservedly so, it stood out from the crowd. With a very aggressive stance and his unique twist of Subaru’s Hyper Blue color I’m sure everyone got pictures of it.
All in all, ILDS put on another great event, and even with the heat, I’m already looking forward to next year.
Tampa Bay Ray | ’67 Stingray
Tampa Bay Ray
Thom’s 1967 Corvette Stingray
It’s nearly the 4th of July and what better way to celebrate than to feature a Classic American Car.
A History Lesson,
For over 60 years Chevrolet has been working on the Corvette. Crafting an American icon that has improved with each generation. My personal favorite is the second generation and I managed to get some time with this beautiful ’67 recently.
This car is nearly 50 years old. The majority of our audience is less than half of that age, so before an interview with the owner I decided to throw in a quick history lesson on the Corvette and what led to the success of the second generation.
Rushed into production in 1953 the Corvette was considered a flop by many. During its early years a solid rear end, six cylinder engine, 2 speed automatic, and use of parts borrowed from other models led owners and reviewers to not even consider it a sports car. Public opinion nearly made GM write off the Corvette project all together.
While worrying about cancellation and still on a tight budget, for this unproven car, the Corvette team began to shape this iconic sports car. They started fitting V8 engines, a manual transmission, fuel injection, and worked on improving the fiberglass bodies. By 1962 the Corvette had finally cemented its place in the Chevrolet line-up.
In 1963 Chevrolet brought the world the Stingray. The C2 Corvette showed the world Detroit was serious about building a sports car. Immediately you see the striking exterior. Inside of the beautiful package GM stuffed independent suspension, a V8, and better weight distribution. Reviews for the second generation Corvette were great. Its power, handling, and grip were ahead of the time. The C2 Corvette was track ready straight from the showroom floor.
1967 Corvette Stingray, 327 Small Block
features on the car. However, that 327 badge tells the truth about the small block hiding underneath.
According to the GM build sheet the side pipes were a factory installed option on this Stingray. The odd part about that choice is the original owner declined the radio option, which at the time was only $37. That oversight led to this being an unusual ‘radio-delete’ model since the majority of owners opted for the radio install. To enjoy music over the sound of the side pipes you may notice the aftermarket head unit installed under the dashboard. The speakers are in the rear hatch area and as with the radio and hood everything is removable to go back to original.
Thom, the owner of this Corvette, is a judge for the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS). You might assume he knows the ins and outs of all Corvettes, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Not surprisingly though the C2 happens to be his favorite generation. He was sure to mention that this is the 15th ‘63-‘67 Corvette that he has owned. He seems to have an unconditional love of Corvettes and I really don’t think he will stop enjoying them anytime soon.
Normally there would be a ‘modlist’ down here… however, the modifications to this car are intentionally minimal.
- C2 Corvette big block hood (original is in storage)
- Aftermarket head unit and speakers
- C2 Corvette OEM distributor shield (This is from a C2 equipped with the optional radio and keeps interference from the ignition from effecting the radio)