This feature is titled “What’s in your garage,” which is appropriate, as for the next four months or so, that’s exactly where you’ll find Satish Iyer’s torch-red 2000 C5 Corvette convertible.
The first nice day of spring, however, and the cover comes off, the top down and a throaty growl will emanate from this roadster’s exhaust.
“My C5 is always garaged and covered except when I drive it in spring, summer and fall,” says Iyer. “It gets pampered with a lot of cleaning, waxing and polishing. I’m a bit paranoid about chipping and scratching of the paint in case of fast driving, and so I’m not overly adventurous with it.”
While Iyer is not, in his words, “an automotive whiz,” he does have an appreciation for classic American muscle cars. His last, a 1987 Camaro IROC-Z, was damaged in his 2007 move from California to Iowa. When the Camaro’s damage was beyond repair, his search began to replace it.
He found his C5 on eBay and had it shipped from its home in Florida, a purchase he has not regretted.
“I’ve always liked the Corvette C5 better (than the newer C6),” says Iyer. “It’s wider, longer, has long sweeping curves and few sharp edges. It has a hand-designed look, not a computer-designed one.”
Since buying the C5 in 2007, Iyer met and married his wife, Kerry. The young couple now have a 14-month-old son. As such, the time spent cruising in the C5 has been less and less, though the time spent in the tan leather seats is enjoyed by both.
“My wife and I simply like to cruise around town with the top down on a nice day,” says Iyer. “We love driving the C5 to the downtown farmers’ market, Valley Junction, the Iowa State Fair and similar places. We get multiple compliments whenever we drive it and turn heads wherever we go.”
Until the snow flies, look for the torch-red convertible cruising the streets of Ankeny on sunny autumn days, its driver and passenger basking in the contentment of one more day behind the wheel.Contact Darren at 953-4822 ext. 304 or email@example.com to recommend someone for an upcoming issue of “What’s In Your Garage?”