For most car enthusiasts, driving is far more than a task required to travel place to place. There is a genuine passion that many of us share for the act of driving itself, and the connection we share with our machine. That said, we may take this seemingly routine action for granted, as the story of Mike Schickerowski and his C7 Corvette Grand Sport shows us.
You see, before Schickerowski was able to add his C7 Corvette to his home stable, he lived much of his life as a legally blind person struggling with nystagmus. This condition leaves patients with involuntary eye movements that can blur or disrupt normal vision, and obviously stops people from getting behind the wheel. According to a report by Global News, the 44 year old husband and father underwent an experimental procedure in early July in hopes of correcting the issue.
Well as it turns out, the procedure completed out in California was a success. With this life-changing moment out of the way, Schickerowski did what many men his age do: he bought a bright yellow Corvette. In fact, he did so before he had even acquired a drivers license, and without ever seeing the C7 Corvette in person. That is a boss move from a first time driver, and exactly the sort of thing we love to hear. He later passed that drivers test on his first try by the way.
As far as Corvettes go, the C7 Grand Sport is right among the best. Featuring the same pronounced aerodynamic bodywork as the Z06 model, the Grand Sport is ready to handle some serious track duty. The GS retains the less powerful 6.2L LT1 V8 engine found in the Stingray, which also makes it a bit more approachable for a newbie with *only* 460 horsepower.
While in the end this may just be a story about a middle-aged man buying a bright yellow Corvette, it was too good not to pass along. Good on you Mike, and congrats on the American muscle.