By Derek Mau
I’m supposed to be on vacation in Hawaii. The plan was to spend a few relaxing days visiting relatives, friends and some quality time with the GF. Early Saturday morning I passed by the Honolulu Zoo driving up to Diamondhead to do some hiking. What caught my attention was a row of modified and restored Corvettes with very shiny paint and their proud owners polishing the chrome with their micro-fiber cloths. Whoa! What is happening here?
What I stumbled upon was the local Corvette Club of Hawaii holding their annual Labor Day weekend car show – Corvettes in Paradise – and one of the club members had secured a permit to have this year’s contest next to the Honolulu Zoo. Sunny skies, warm tropical breezes, and beautiful women in bikinis strolling on the boulevard. You couldn’t ask for a better venue for a car show. Below are a few examples of what was on the lawn this warm and tropical day in Waikiki.
This is a ’67 Vette owned by Tim Smith. Under the hood is a stock 427 motor rated 390 hp from the factory. Tim has owned his pride and joy for 9 years and purchased this restored beauty from another local Corvette enthusiast. Looking at the motor in Tim’s vette reminded me of the big block 402 motor I had built up during my high school years and smog laws for a ’71 Chevy Nova weren’t very strict.