"My life with a Callaway..." Let's hear your ownership and vehicle experiences...

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"My life with a Callaway..." Let's hear your ownership and vehicle experiences...

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Realizing I've had my one Callaway Corvette for over 20 years, I thought it would be interesting to hear your Callaway Story.

Let's hear how you found your Callaway...

Let's hear how life has been in the course of ownership, or about your experiences with the company.

Would love to hear your Callaway Story, as would others, I am sure :hi
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Ok, I’ll bite.
I owned a 1985 Corvette coupe which always visited the local dealer service department. One day while waiting around I stumbled upon a new black/tan 1987 CTTC coupe sitting outside under a canopy at this Miami Chevy dealer lot.
Six months later I’m back at the dealer and the same CTTC is still undercover and unsold and covered in dust. It was a mess and my first “introduction” to a Callaway Corvette.

In October 1988 I put a deposit with a MI dealer and with Callaway for their first conversion of the ZR1 (#001) which weren’t even being delivered by GM to customers until the 1990 model year.
In 1992, I took delivery of my custom candy apple red “CR1” and still have it today. Car was wicked fast in its day with 475 hp. which was more than a Ferrari’s Testarossa. It’s still bad ass.

There’s more...
Between the 1988 deposit and 1992 delivery, I sent my 1991 convertible to Callaway and had them install a CTTC. It may be the last customer ordered CTTC since it’s not an “RPO B2K”. Reeves hand wrote the order in December 1991 for this “500 Series” car. Kinda cool.
Still have this car too.
Cheers COG brothers!
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And fast forward ~34 years and I’m driving one of my Callaway Corvettes at Sebring Raceway earlier this month. Crazy to think this Callaway Cars stuff started in my late 20s and I’m still playing around with them into my early 60s. Let’s keep rolling!
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CC 89X2, you started this topic so lets hear your top 3 “experiences” like below...
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Road trip stories? Running from the law? Come’on man!
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I started with The A-Team and its famous white Vette with red striping.

When buying all magazines covering Corvette on holiday in germany I stumbled upon a magazine featuring the Sledgehammer and immediately fell in love with the aerobody design.
And still am today.

I owned an 1986 Coupe z51 from 1999 till 2001 and in the meantime I bought everything Callaway Turbosystems I could lay hands on and started building my first Callaway Volkswagen Turbo.
Now I own 2 and enjoy them a lot.

Several stages in life like having kids and building my own house are keeping me from buying a Callaway aerobodied Corvette but lucky as I am a good Corvette Friend of mine in the Netherlands bought a 1991 so I can experience the car and enjoy the beauty of the aerobody in person.

I have a weak spot for C1 projects and love finding all sort of stuff digitally and on ebay
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Here's my story:

Back in 2016, I was being re-assigned from Maryland to Naples, Italy, and owned a pair of C4 ZR-1s at the time. I truly loved the ZR-1s but had been contacted by another ZR-1 owner in Switzerland about selling one to a buyer out of Germany. We had negotiated a price and all of the transfer details to the point that I considered the sale to be a done deal and was just waiting for the wire transfer of the initial deposit. While waiting, I happened to see a beautiful black/black, modified B2K Aerodody coupe for sale and began talking to the seller about purchasing in as a replacement for the "sold" ZR-1. The Callaway Aerobody had always been high on my want list and I loved the idea of owning both of the "premiere" cars of the C4 generation. Within a couple of days I had convinced myself that I MUST have that B2K and made the purchase. Eventually, the German buyer of the ZR-1 backed out of the purchase, so I found myself storing three cars instead of two as I headed off to Italy for a couple of years.

Returning to the states in 2018, I took a trip to Virginia to purchase a house for us to move into. Since we knew what school district we wanted to live in, it only took me a couple of days to view what was on the market and get a house under contract. I found myself with about a week of free time until I needed to return to Italy to finish work, and I happened to see a'92 Supernatural convertible listed on ebay. I knew that I'd need a car immediately after we arrived, and not knowing if there would be any issues bringing the three cars that I had out of storage, I decided that I should do something worthwhile with my time and buy this one, too. After a short conversation with the owner about history and condition of the car, I bought it sight unseen, flew to Los Angeles, met the owner and immediately drove the car cross-country back to Virginia. Seems very risky now, but the only issues that I had on that drive was some debris in the radiator that caused it to run hot in traffic (until I figured that out and cleaned it) and the failed Bose amps that prevented me from using the radio. That was my first experience with a Supernatural, and I've loved having that as a daily driver ever since.

Finally, as I was being re-assigned from Virginia to Washington in 2019, I found another Supernatural (this one was a '95 Aerobody coupe) for sale. Since it was a black/black car that matched my B2K, I couldn't pass it up and had the car sent here ahead of my arrival. I've only owned that for about a year and a half, but have really enjoyed that the most. Looking forward to getting all of the cars together in Maryland next month when we move back, and finally getting the B2K back out of storage and on the road again soon. These cars, along with the ZR-1 that I still own, were the cars that I dreamed of as a teen and feel incredibly lucky to drive them each time I get behind the wheel. I've often considered getting a C12 or a C16 (and may still do that someday), but I'm not sure that they would bring me more enjoyment than I get from these special C4-based cars.

Pictures are: '95 Supernatural in WA, '92 Supernatural convertible in WA, and original three cars (2 ZR-1s and the B2K) in MD right before they went into storage together. White ZR-1 is now sold, unfortunately.

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Here's what I thought was a funny story from my FIRST experience with driving a Callaway Corvette:

In 1999, I had been looking at new motorcycles. I wanted the new CBR1100xx in gray, which was for 2000. Nobody had it... Looked at Aprila and some others, but nothing jumped out. On the way home, my wife reminded me of the red Corvette up on the hill which I thought was gorgeous. It was a red 1989 AeroBody Convertible.

We stopped and knocked on the door. Fella answered and we got to talking about the car. It was not his first Callaway, and he was a bit of a horse trader, it seemed. Anyways, he asked if I wanted to drive it, which I politely declined.

Driving home, my wife said she would NEVER hear the end of it if we didn't go back... So we did... My Mom watched the baby and wife and I went back to talk to the guy...

The car had around 10k mi and was a 6 speed. It was Red / Red/ white top. #69 for 1989

We drove around the block and the car was wonderful... Getting back to the guy's house, he flipped me the keys and told me to be back in an hour.. Okay...

So much fun!!!!

Next day, I called Old Lyme. A guy named "Reeves" answered, and there was a lot of noise in the background... He said he knew the car. When I asked what he thought of it, he said something to the effect of, "Whoever ordered the car had no taste". "Very ugly car in those colors".

Needless to say, I could not buy any Callaway where the man himself, would not own it. I mean, it looked like a giant rolling valentine. Pass.

So that's how I came to drive my first Callaway, and my first talk with Reeves on the phone. :beer
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Great stuff guys! Well done. Keep it coming.
Big John, Surf, Dakota, Jonster, Magic D, Callaway4Fun, Critt99,others, jump in and divulge!
My kiddo below, a “next gen” Callaway enthusiast, got her driver's permit last week…
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kingforward wrote: Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:33 pm Great stuff guys! Well done. Keep it coming.
Big John, Surf, Dakota, Jonster, Magic D, Callaway4Fun, Critt99,others, jump in and divulge!
My kiddo below, a “next gen” Callaway enthusiast, got her driver's permit last week…
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You did teach her how to drive a manual transmission?
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kingforward wrote: Wed Jun 30, 2021 9:33 pm Great stuff guys! Well done. Keep it coming.
Big John, Surf, Dakota, Jonster, Magic D, Callaway4Fun, Critt99,others, jump in and divulge!
My kiddo below, a “next gen” Callaway enthusiast, got her driver's permit last week…
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You did teach her how to drive a manual transmission?
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