Teenage flame turns into lifelong love of 1957 Corvette

By Matthew Avery
Chicago Daily Herald

Of all the people living near Bob Drews in Des Plaines during the 1960s, one neighbor in particular left a lasting impression. His name was Frank and he had a 1957 Corvette parked in his garage.

"It was set up for going fast; equipped with a roll bar, race tires and a high performance engine," Drews said. "Frank frequently competed at Road America, Meadowdale Raceway and Blackhawk Farms Raceway."

As a teenager, Drews helped crew in the pit lanes and saw firsthand what his neighbor's Corvette could really do. A decade later and the allure of that special Chevrolet hadn't left him, but rather intensified. He now wanted his own.

In the fall of 1971, Drews, who still lives in Des Plaines, came upon a classified ad for a 1957 Corvette and drove to Kenosha, Wis., to check it out. This icon of motoring was tucked away in a dusty barn and covered by an old canvass tarp.

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