’62 Corvette to take centerstage during automobile show


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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!” 


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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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