A World War II veteran and longtime fan of the Chevrolet Corvette got his dream car with a bit of help from new friends.
Bobbie Carson, 95, wanted the latest mid-engine Stingray model, but he faced a yearlong wait due to the model's popularity and the coronavirus pandemic.
"They shut the plant down because of COVID, and then, they had a problem getting chips for the car," Carson said.
The World War II veteran had just moved to Missouri, and upon joining the area's Corvette owners club, members of Carson's community decided to help, Fox News reported.
"His circle of friends got together and reached out to us," said Ed Morse Chevrolet General Manager David Bean. "He's really well-liked in the community, and we were excited to be a part of such a deserving effort."
He picked up the Stingray 3LT, which had arctic white paint with a red interior, at the National Museum on Oct. 1.
"I think it's the greatest car I've ever driven," said Carson, who has owned seven Corvettes since, starting in 1985.
He bought the cars for his wife of 76 years, who recently died, said Carson. The veteran had previously worked in the process engineering industry.
"I usually had a company car, but my work was all over the world, so I didn't use either of them too much," he said.
The first trip he remembers taking is the one he took aboard a troop ship to France in 1944 as an 18-year-old infantryman of the 42nd Rainbow Division, he added.
After they landed, Carson and his unit were sent to the Battle of the Bulge.
"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," he said.
The unit was one of the first to arrive and liberate Dachau Concentration Camp, and it liberated Munich in the war's final days, Carson said.
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