’62 Corvette to take centerstage during automobile show


Charlie Oaks stands with his strange 1962 327 Turbo Fire Chevy Corvette in his expostulate that will be featured during this weekend’s Fathers’ Day Car Show in downtown Sharon.

SHARON — On homecoming weekend in 1962, Charlie Oakes saw a ‘62 Chevy Corvette convertible, white with red interior, on a campus of what was afterwards Youngstown University. 

“I told my crony I’m going to buy that automobile one day,” a 77-year-old Hermitage proprietor said.

Oakes finally got his possibility in 1999. He bought a automobile he now has sitting in his expostulate — a looker if there ever was one. He bought a automobile for $28,000, from a place right down a highway from a university, that makes Oakes wish that, maybe, it’s a really same automobile he saw 56 years ago. 

This Sunday, Oakes’ Corvette will be the featured automobile during a 36th annual Father’s Day Car Show ‘18 in Sharon. 

Oakes’ all fiberglass Corvette is a 327 cubic-inch four-speed with 250 horsepower, customary transmission with no energy steering or energy brakes. Everything is strange — to his believe — and it’s one of a final Corvettes to have a case and headlights though covers. 

“I like my cars a approach they were in ‘62,” he said.

Chevy made 14,531 Corvettes in 1962, Oakes said, shouting as he added, “Where did he get that number? we done it up!” 


Charlie Oaks shows off his other cars such as a 1966 427 Turbo Jet Chevy Corvette Stingray and his 2014 Corvette, which is parked behind him.

Oakes was usually joking, that he does simply and often. 

But in a some-more critical tone, he wonders how many 1962 Corvettes are left, and how many were broken in automobile accidents or are sitting in a garage, that Oakes pronounced is a misfortune place for a automobile to be. 

“The thing about cars — we can’t let them lay around,” Oakes said. “They have to be driven.”

Other than a day he bought a car, his favorite memories are of pushing his slicked-back beauty in parades. He likes to see others suffer his car, too. 

Unlike some men, Oakes does not name his cars. He saves a names for his girlfriends, he said, shouting some more. 

He owns dual other Corvettes, a blue 1966 and a red 2014 convertible, though Oakes’ favorite is still his initial adore from Homecoming 1962. 

He generally likes a white on a Corvette. It’s not a tone only any automobile can lift off, he said.

“It’s unique. It’s a final year of a aged era of cars,” Oakes said. “… It was a final of a oldies.”

His Corvette takes him behind to a time when these were a kinds of cars people used to drive, he said.  

Oakes’ mindfulness with Corvettes began when he was operative with his father in a friend’s yard. The crony owned a 1958 Corvette, and contingency have beheld Oakes staring. 

“He pronounced to me, here’s a keys. we wish we to take a ‘58 Corvette for a ride,” Oakes said. “I only gathering it genuine delayed down a road, and we only got hooked.” 

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