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Old 06-18-2012, 05:33 PM   #1
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Read about it here: Guy Loses Three Corvettes in Garage Fire

I feel bad for the guy. He lost a restored '66 Sting Ray, a C3, and a 1991 Corvette. Still with all that hardware, he must've been doing pretty good before the fire. Just bad luck for it all to go up like that.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
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That white 91 was a ZR-1.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #3
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NOW, that is a bad day. Sheesh.
He probably had insurance. A car you've had for 40+ years is not just a car, its a part of you.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:06 PM   #4
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A sad day indeed...
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:07 PM   #5
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Tough loss. At least no one died or was hurt.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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wow that sucks i feel bad for him ! at least know one got hurt tho !
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I PRAY HE WAS INSURED ! ! !
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:53 PM   #8
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That would be heart breaking. I can't even imagine how sick I'd feel to watch that.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #9
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Read about a few over the yrs...many toys and NO insurance cause they werent driven. Stupid.

Hope he gets a decent payout to find some replacements.
Keep that insurance up to date! You never know what can happen
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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Curious; Will home owner insurance cover anything on uninsured cars that are stored inside the garage? I know it covers contents but what about vehicles.
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:34 PM   #11
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I don't care if you don't drive it if it has serious value which corvettes do you have insurance on it.

I'm sure he did but money doesn't replace that kind of loss.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:02 AM   #12
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I don't care if you don't drive it if it has serious value which corvettes do you have insurance on it.

I'm sure he did but money doesn't replace that kind of loss.
Collector Car insurance is not that much considering. If you can't afford to insure them then you need to rethink having them. I feel very bad for the fellow. He had owned the '66 since 1968. I have a little MGA roadster I've owned since '77. It's part of the family.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:58 AM   #13
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He's been deeply involved with the local Corvette club as long as I can remember. Super nice guy, total Corvette through and through.

Probably the worst guy for this to happen to. He buys something and keeps it... forever. I like my cars but sell them after awhile and rarely get attached. These were his family, as was a lot of the momentos. Very sad.
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:43 AM   #14
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Does anyone know what caused the fire?
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:50 AM   #15
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Hopefully all will workout for him.. I remember a video of Reggie Jackson with tears running down his face as he watched his warehouse full of [nearly 100 cars] HEMI muscle cars,Many Corvettes,LS6 Chevelles.3 brand new never driven Classic Camaros... Burning to the Ground in Calif. Wildfires about 10 years ago. Here was a wealthy man,but you could see the passion he had for his cars in his eyes...
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This is the worst thing that could happen to an enthusiast. the only bright spot is doing it over gives you a chance not to make the same mistakes you made the first time. That is after you pry your soul out of the fetal position.
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Curious; Will home owner insurance cover anything on uninsured cars that are stored inside the garage? I know it covers contents but what about vehicles.
NO! How do I know this? I THOUGHT that's how it worked... until this happened.

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I thought since I didn't drive the 68 (was starting a restoration on it) that if anything happened while it was in the house, homeowners would cover it... so I only had liability insurance on it. Oops....

As someone said above... fortunately no one was hurt. The 68 had been in my family since new and I remember riding around in it with my father who died when I was five. I was feeling very sorry for myself while standing in the garage looking at the rubble (there was a headlight sitting there that really set off my mood...) then suddenly I realized it was 3 days after the fire and I thought "3 days... we could be having a funeral right about now" and I realized my family was safe and unharmed... and that's all that really mattered...

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First and foremost thank you to the CF editor who started this thread. My name is Shannon Davis I am the President of the Central Illinois Corvette Club. Where John is my Govenor and has been for over 20 years. I got the call Friday morning about what happened at 610a and left work at 1230p on Friday to go to Staunton which is an hour away. where John lives. Several other member went also. It was a very devastating site to see. Me and another younger member we both had tears in our eyes looking at what was the most horrific site a person could see knowing how John is about cars. John simply has lost everything. He does not even have a daily driver. Everything is a total loss. Several cars, trucks, hotrods, waverunners, motorcycle and tons of other memoribilia. All is lost. Nobody was hurt but he feels completely lost. He had 45 years of his life in those garages. He feels that he has" lost everything" an if fact he has but, he has his life and he has a tremendous amount of support around him right now. He does have insurance but I will not disclose his personal business. But all I will say is State Farm. John is a racer in the NCCC MidWest region and the NCCC Midwest Govenor. Please all keep him in your prayers and hope for the best for him!! Thank you all so much.

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I remember a video of Reggie Jackson with tears running down his face as he watched his warehouse full of [nearly 100 cars] HEMI muscle cars,Many Corvettes,LS6 Chevelles.3 brand new never driven Classic Camaros... Burning to the Ground in Calif. Wildfires about 10 years ago.
Reggie Jackson lost his warehouse due to spontaneous combustion from lindseed oil soaked rags in his warehouse that went up in flames.
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Collect insurance payout, buy ZR1. It will ease the pain.
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