‘91 Corvette ZR1 finds new home with Queen­stown man

Record Observer - - Community - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

QUEEN­STOWN — A Queen­stown man has found his pas­sion be­hind the wheel of a 1991 Corvette ZR1. Bob Veitch of Queen­stown said af­ter tak­ing a ride in his friend Don­nie Love­less’s 1990 ZR1 Corvette, he knew I had to have a ZR1.

“I am some­what of a car en­thu­si­ast and al­ready owned three other corvettes,” Veitch con­fessed, “but now I needed to con­vince my wife why this car is so spe­cial and one of a kind.”

Af­ter months of search­ing and a few dead ends, Veitch found the car of his dreams in Fred­er­ick­ers­burg, Va. The ZR1 Veitch found was a two-owner car with bright red ex­te­rior, red in­te­rior and 8,953 orig­i­nal miles. The orig­i­nal win­dow sticker price showed $65,583, and the owner’s bill of sale was $78,082.

Veitch noted that find­ing a car of this cal­iber in orig­i­nal con­di­tion with such low miles, was noth­ing short of sur­pris­ing and be­ing able to track the car’s prove­nance was an added coup.

Veitch had done his re­search and knew the ZR1 corvette was pro­duced from 1990 un­til 1995 with only 6,939 cars of this type pro­duced. The LT5 V8 en­gine was an alu­minum en­gine man­u­fac­tured and as­sem­bled by Mer­cury Marine, in Still­wa­ter, Okla., said Veitch, and then shipped to the Corvette Plant in Bowl­ing Green, Ky.

Power is the im­pres­sive fea­ture be­hind the ZR1’s en­gine; the en­gine was built with 11.0:1 com­pres­sion, 4 camshafts and 32 valves, and a ca­pa­bil­ity of 375 horse­power. Veitch said the car came with two power keys, one for nor­mal ig­ni­tion that would give up to 210 HP, and the sec­ond key, the “Power Key,” al­lowed the ve­hi­cle to reach 375HP, full power.

Jok­ing, he said, “You prob­a­bly would’t give that sec­ond key to the valet.”

In tri­als in Stock­ton, Texas, on March 1 and 2 of 1990 Veitch said the ZR1 set an endurance record. In that 24-hour pe­riod the ZR1 trav­eled 4,221 miles at an av­er­age of 175.7 mph.

Of course, find­ing a car like that was too good to keep to him­self, and Veitch said now that he had his car he wanted to take it to car shows. The first show Veitch de­buted his ZR1 at was in April at the Na­tional Corvette Re­stor­ers So­ci­ety Show in Havre de Grace. The ZR1 re­ceived A Top Flight Award, scor­ing 98.3 per­cent cor­rect­ness, based on date coded com­po­nents when it had left the as­sem­bly plant. (Point scor­ing is a strin­gent scale used to iden­tify the fac­tory cor­rect­ness of the ve­hi­cle.)

Veitch said, af­ter the Havre de Grace show, he had planned to at­tend the C-4 Corvette Show in May at the Na­tional Corvette Mu­seum in Bowl­ing Green. He wasn’t sure if he was go­ing to be able to at­tend be­cause he had been ill and hos­pi­tal­ized for three days. Veitch said he had been home from the hospi­tal about a week and was un­de­cided still about go­ing, but three days be­fore the show he re­ceived a call from the ZR1 Group, C-4 Body Style, ask­ing if he could dis­play the ZR1 in­side the Corvette Mu­seum dur­ing the three-day event. Veitch said he made up his mind very quickly and said, “Yes!” At the event, Veitch said he and his wife were hon­ored to meet Gor­don Hil­l­abrew, the GM ZR1 en­gine spe­cial­ist.

In July, Veitch re­ceived a call from the Na­tional Corvette Re­stor­ers So­ci­ety Gallery to dis­play his 1991 ZR1 at Au­gust’s Corvette Carlisle in Carlisle, PA. They had no­ticed Veitch’s car in April at the NCRS show in Havre de Grace and wanted it for dis­play at the Carlisle show.

At the con­clu­sion of the four-day event, Veitch was pre­sented with an NCRS ap­pre­ci­a­tion plaque signed by the own­ers of Carlisle Events, Bill Miller, Bill Miller III, Judy Miller and her son Lance Miller. Veitch said he couldn’t have been more pleased or hon­ored to be in­cluded amongst such well known car en­thu­si­asts.

“This ZR1 was def­i­nitely a di­a­mond in the rough,” said Vetich, “[To find] this car that had had it’s sec­ond owner for 17 years, and had been stored in his barn and not left the farm since June 2012 ... I brought the car home washed and pol­ished it and it ob­tained all these Na­tional Hon­ors, and my wife agrees it is a spe­cial car. Life is good.”

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At the Na­tional Corvette Mu­seum in Bowl­ing Green, Ky., Bob Veitch and his 1991 ZR1 Corvette.

At the Na­tional Corvette Mu­seum in Bowl­ing Green, Ky., Bob Veitch and his 1991 ZR1 Corvette.

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