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Corvette was made to fly

June 21, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

As the second owners of a special 1998 C-5 Corvette, Bob and Eileen Leonard of Canfield are enjoying it. The car is unique in many aspects as the first owner had a passion for the movie Blue Thunder, about an attack helicopter.

"This car was named after that movie," Eileen said.

The words "Blue Thunder" appear on the rear tail section of the car and the interior has been expertly redone to reflect the name as well, including custom upholstery.

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Bob and Eileen Leonard of Canfield enjoy making the local cruises in their 1998 Corvette C-5.

For Bob, it was a perfect fit as he had served in the Air Force. Three years ago Bob and Eileen bought the car from the original owner and have been having fun with it ever since. They enjoy frequenting many area cruises and car events, even though they claim no club affiliation.

"We are not members of any club," Bob said. "We just know everyone."

They were at the Austintown Senior Center on June 12 when the Mahoning Valley Olde Car Club cruise featured the Mahoning Valley Corvette Club. It was a perfect time to showcase "Blue Thunder."

"We bought the car because we wanted to enjoy ourselves," Bob said. "We love going to fund-raising events to help out."

To date, Bob and Eileen keep Blue Thunder in the northeast Ohio area. It has not been out of the state yet and the furthest trip it made was to Cleveland.

Bob was all smiles when he said, "Cleveland was the farthest. We made it up and back in 20 minutes."

One event Blue Thunder could be seen at next month is the 24th Annual Corvette and Steel Car Show, scheduled for July 22 at Greenwood Chevrolet.



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