You Won't Believe the Light Show This 2011 GS Corvette Convertible Puts on For LA Fans (Video)
Karen Bedell was born and raised in Baton Rouge, along with her older brother, Keith Jarvis. Being only one year younger than her brother, Karen was very close to Keith growing up, and developed a love for the things that he loved. Those things included dirt bikes and muscle cars. It is to Keith that Karen attributes her appreciation of fast cars, which grew into the passionate love for Corvettes that she has today.
Karen says that she has had an appreciation for “the four round taillights that hold a reputation of pure performance” since childhood. But, it was not until 2009 that she stopped to take a look at what was to become her first Corvette, a pre-owned Navy Metallic coupe. Impressed with the handling of the car on her first test drive, she was finally able to convince her husband of 38 years, David, to let her take HIM on a test drive as well. But, she did not exactly win him over with her expertise behind the wheel:
"I guess my driving skills did not impress him. He got motion sickness, told me to hurry up and let him out and he left that place in a hurry. I told them, 'I'll take it.' To this day, he has never driven my Corvettes but does a great job of hanging on for dear life and supports my owning and driving a Corvette."
A Woman 'All About Corvette'
It is a good thing that David supports his wife in the Corvette arena, because, as Karen describes herself, she is a woman, “all about Corvette.” Currently she is driving a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport convertible, which she purchased showroom new in August 2011. After putting four sets of tires on the car over a period of two years, it is easy to imagine why Karen says the Grand Sport is built for the way she drives—another Danica, some say!
Today Karen and David live in Denham Springs, LA. Their children are all grown, with kids of their own. But, Karen is not just your everyday grandmother of three, although her 16-year-old grandson loves to brag that his grandmother drives a Corvette convertible. “It’s our turn again,” Karen says of her and David’s life today, “and this two-seater fits our need to just get up and go.”
Classic vs. Contemporary
Karen says the dealership found her the exact car she was looking to drive, with the black, red and chrome giving her the sporty, classy look she was seeking. She loves cleaning it, which she compares to petting a sleeping panther—and, boy does she clean it! Although some people will assume that the car stays garage-bound most of the time, she actually drives AND cleans it daily, including the engine, and has done so for over 60,000 miles thus far. Because it is her regular vehicle, Karen prefers having this contemporary racer over a classic. The frequent use and many out-of-town trips she makes to car shows just would not be practical for most classic Corvettes, she explains.
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