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Drive It While You Still Can! Dale Mosti’s 1962 Corvette #goDRIVEit

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Dale Mosti grew up in the car business. His grandfather, an immigrant from Italy and new entrepreneur in America, started the first and only Buick dealership in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, in 1914. Dale's father, who worked at the dealership, eventually opened his own local gas station/service station, so Dale inevitably started working on cars at a very young age.

While in high school, the Vietnam War had started, and Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army. For the first time in his life, he wasn't able to tinker with cars on a weekly basis, but right after he got out of the army in 1967, his mind raced straight back to cars. Specifically, he told his dad he wanted to buy a Corvette. Together, Dale and his father found a 1962 Corvette with only one owner to its history. In July of that year, Dale officially became a Corvette owner.

Dale worked as a mechanic for a local dealership during the week and for his dad at the service station on the weekends, eventually getting married. Dale and his wife, Janet, drove the Corvette everywhere, even to the laundromat to do the weekly wash. Then they started a family and began to use the Corvette less and less—even buying a more practical vehicle. Between being parents, busy work schedules, and taking care of their own aging parents, life just got in the way, and the Corvette came out of the garage less and less. Eventually, it never came out at all.

Because the less you run a car, the more problems it develops.

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Fast-forward to 26 years later. Dale finally found the time to rejuvenate his Corvette that had been hidden under a tarp, but he had developed severe arthritis and his vision was becoming problematic. He had always suffered from glaucoma, but it was reaching a new level. After hearing from the eye doctor that he didn't have many more years of driving vision, he and his family decided it was time to get Dale and the Corvette back on the road again.

After almost being ripped off by a local scammer who told Dale he should just scrap the car because it was "falling apart from rust," he found a small shop in Linesville, Pennsylvania, called C.A.R.S. He had the Corvette towed there, and two months later, in June 2016, Dale took a ride in his Corvette for the first time in 26 years. He's been driving it ever since, but his eye troubles have worsened significantly over the past eight months.

Now, he can no longer drive.

Dale doesn't want to sell the car or let it sit again, so he taught his daughter, Dena Mosti, how to drive the Corvette. Recently, the two of them have been taking it to some local car shows. There is some stiff competition, and Dale never expected to win anything, but was thrilled and honored to receive an award in the GM Class at the Cecil Car Show on August 19, 2018.

Proud of his victory, it's as if you could hear Dale singing along to one of his favorite songs by Johnny Cash as he and his daughter headed on down the road in the Corvette:

Goin' places that I've never been

Seein' things that I may never see again

And I can't wait to get on the road again....

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