A 95-year-old World War II veteran got a special present from his friends, and just in time for the holiday season. He’s the proud owner of a brand-new Arctic White Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT with Adrenaline Red interior.
Bobbie Carson was ready to buy the new Corvette model on his own. But thanks to its popularity and supply-chain issues, the veteran was staring down a yearlong wait, Fox News reports. Chevy had to briefly shutter its plant due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and then they had trouble getting the chips for the car.
But fortunately for Carson, he had been an active participant in a Missouri Corvette owners’ club. And the club’s members really stick together.
Friends Help Procure Corvette for Carson
Carson moved from Missouri to Georgia recently. But his fellow club members didn’t forget him or his dream of owning a new Chevy Corvette.
“His circle of friends got together and reached out to us,” Ed Morse Chevrolet general manager David Bean told Fox. “He’s really well liked in the community and we were excited to be a part of such a deserving effort.”
The Chevy dealership, which is located in Lebanon, Missouri, decided to help out. At the same time, a club member contacted his friend at General Motors. Between the two of them, they managed to obtain a build slot for Carson on Sept. 6, around the time that the 2022 models starting coming out of the Bowling Green, Kentucky plant.
Carson Remembers His World War II Service Clearly
Carson told Fox he was “honored” by the lengths people went to in order to help him get his Corvette. He added that it’s “the greatest car I’ve ever driven” – and he’s been the proud owner of a total of seven Corvettes over his lifetime.
It’s a lifetime heavily influenced if not defined by his military service. At just 18 years old, Carson traveled overseas on a troop ship to Marseilles, France. An Army infantryman in the 42nd Rainbow Division, he was sent straight into the Battle of the Bulge.
“We were crowded into that ship like sardines, and we were escorted over there by six or seven destroyers protecting us from German submarines,” he told Fox. “We were just out of high school and were all athletes in good shape, went through a rugged training course, and then we went straight into battle… Can’t imagine it.”
After that battle, his division proceeded into Germany. They helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp, and Carson recounted how it took them three days to clean out the last of the SS troops there before they moved on to Munich as the war in Europe wound down.
At 95, the retiree, who worked in the process engineering field, has earned some time for joyrides.