Grandfather’s 1962 Corvette Holds a Special Place in his Grandson’s Heart

Share This Page!

These days, most teenagers get excited about Honda Civics and other small, low-slung imports. Corvettes are often thought of as a toy for an old guy going through a mid-life crisis. However, not so for one teenager from Puyallup, Washington.

When Blake Nelson was born, Paul “Papa” Gaetz made a promise to his grandson that one day, he would inherit his grandfather’s pristine, 1962 Corvette. As Blake got older, his grandfather would pick up from elementary school in the Corvette and the two would often grab ice cream and cruise around Puyallup. To Blake, it wasn’t like having a grandfather, but rather a best friend.

In 2009, Gaetz passed away from brain cancer; just six days before Blake’s 10th birthday. The Corvette stayed parked up until six years ago when Blake’s grandmother, Yvonne decided to move and Blakes parents took possession of the car.

Since then, Blake got involved playing sports in school just like most young boys do and the car sat covered in the family’s garage. However, recently, Blake, now 17, acquired his driver’s license. As a result, the 1962 Corvette that created all of those fond memories for Blake, slowly worked its way back into the forefront of his thoughts.

His parents basically told him he wouldn’t be driving the car until he reached 40 years old, however they thinking of letting him take the car to his high school senior prom next year.

Before he can do that, he needs to learn how to drive a manual stick-shift, and overcome the heavy clutch that’s mated to the 300 hp, 327ci V8 engine.

After all this time, the 1962 Corvette that his grandfather cherished has continued to have an emotional impact on Blake and keeps him connected to his granfather.

Blake plans on keeping the 1962 Corvette exactly how it is because that’s how his grandfather would have wanted it.

Good for you Blake! You own a very special Corvette. Take good care of it, and it will take good care of you and provide you with endless miles of driving enjoyment!

Source: The News Tribune


Rob Loszewski @

Robert M. Loszewski is the Owner and Site Administrator of the Corvette Action Center; a quality-driven Corvette news and information web site that he started in 2000. Over the years, Loszewski has built the Corvette Action Center into one of the largest online repositories of Corvette information going all the way back to 1953.

Published by

Recent Posts

Chevrolet Rips the Cover off the all new 2020 C8 Corvette!

For those of you that tuned into the live unveiling of the all new 2020 C8 Corvette just a few…

8 hours ago

[LEAKED!] 2020 C8 Corvette Photos are Leaked Prior to Unveiling

Esquire Magazine made a major booboo when they published an article online about the 2020 C8 Corvette ahead of the…

10 hours ago

Watch the Live Unveiling of the 2020 C8 Corvette Right Here!

The day has finally come for Chevrolet to finally reveal the 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette to the world. The live…

21 hours ago

2020 Mid-Engine C8 Corvette to Debut as a Stingray Model

This morning, Chevrolet has verified that the 2020 mid-engine C8 Corvette will debut this coming Thursday as a Stingray model.…

4 days ago

[VIDEO] Owner Watches as his Modified 2014 Corvette Goes Up in Flames

It's never easy to see any Corvette get into an accident or go up in flames, and this one is…

1 week ago

Chevrolet Will Live Stream 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette Reveal

A week from this coming Thursday, on July 18, Chevrolet will officially pull the wraps off the 2020 C8 Mid-Engine…

2 weeks ago