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June 5, 1987 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Automotive Writer
I could have done the right thing last weekend. I could have stayed home in sweltering South Philly and continued my atrocious assault on innocent pieces of white pine door trim. But it is hard to stay home on a hot weekend, and commit yet another criminal act in the name of carpentry, when there is a vermilion 1987 Corvette convertible with a full gas tank sitting out by the curb. So we packed a small bag (you don't pack a large bag when traveling in a Corvette convertible)
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May 19, 1989 | By Tom Linafelt, Special to The Inquirer
A red Corvette is the stuff of dreams and legends. But those who tried to win their dream car - price tag $38,000 - in a raffle sponsored by the Brandywine Hospital and Trauma Center in Chester County just ran out of luck. U.S. postal authorities shut down the raffle at the end of last week, saying the hospital had violated the federal law that bars lotteries by mail. Brandywine officials said yesterday that they had received about 3,200 entries at $10 each for the contest and now were faced with returning the money to the entrants.
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February 16, 1986 | By Al Haas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Toyota has just unveiled its 1986 1/2 Supra, a luxurious, all-new high- performance coupe obviously intended to go toe-to-toe with the Corvette and Nissan 300ZX. The high-tech Supra, the hottest piece of equipment Toyota has ever put on the road, will replace the current Celica Supra model. As its new, shorter name and lower, wider body suggest, it is no longer a jazzed-up Celica. It is a completely redesigned performer that Toyota says will get from 0 to 60 miles per hour in a mere 7.3 seconds, and ply the highways at 131 m.p.h.
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May 25, 1998 | By B.J. Kelley
Ah, Memorial Day, the sign of summertime, and a signal to forget all this buzz about the Beetle. The summertime car to go cruising round town is - has always been - the torquey, fill-the-passion-in-your-heart Corvette. I once owned one, a '59. It has high-profile visual personality: rounded fenders, sleek side coves, a sharklike jaws-and-teeth front grille, double headlights, fiberglass body and oh, those lines, so angular, so dynamic. It had muscle: four on the floor, wide wheels, fuel injector V8, 283 cubic inches.
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October 31, 1999 | By Al Haas, INQUIRER AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Question: I've been thinking of trying to pick up a 1984 Corvette in nice condition. It seems to me this car would be collectible, since it was the first year of that body design. I was wondering what you thought of that idea, and the car. Answer: Not a whole lot. The fact that this car was the first of its generation may add a few bucks to its value down the line, but it wouldn't be worth it to me. In addition to being the first, the 1984 was the least of the previous-generation Corvettes.
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November 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An arrest warrant on charges of reckless endangerment has been issued for a Northeast Philadelphia man accused of sending his estranged wife's Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday night, police said. John Kramer, 50, of Mayfair, also faces charges of harassment and violating a protection of abuse order in the incident, which sent police divers into murky water to search for the car, police said. Kramer and his wife are going through a divorce, police said, and his wife told police Monday night she believed her husband, who had keys to the car, had taken the Corvette.
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January 16, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE SAGA OF Kramer vs. Kramer and the couple's red Corvette continued in court yesterday. After a preliminary hearing, John Kramer, 50, was held for trial on all charges in connection with the day he allegedly drove the sports car into the murky Delaware River, dumping it there. At the start of the hearing, Stephanie Kramer, also 50, sat in the witness chair and pointed to the man she called her "estranged husband. " She appeared calm, and he, dressed in a green collared shirt and jeans, sat at the defense table looking at her. She said she had obtained a temporary protection-from-abuse order against her husband in June, and a final one Oct. 27. Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Fields, the wife said between that period, her husband had violated the order several times.
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August 5, 1993 | By Maura Webber, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Little mini-dramas play out each day inside the offices of an unusual car rental business. A bright-eyed couple from Schwenksville, Pa., arrived early one morning to pick up a Corvette for a getaway weekend. It was their third wedding anniversary, and 24-year-old Sheila Canuso had hoped to top last year's gift to her husband, Steve: a belly dancer. A couple of teenagers pleaded to rent a Corvette convertible for their Highland High School prom. Both were fearful they would end up with her family car, a Buick Regal, or worse, a hearse from his father's funeral business.
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November 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JOHN KRAMER has no problem admitting that he jumped out of a speeding Corvette on Monday, sending the candy-apple-red sports car careening into the Delaware River. "I just wanted to get rid of it," Kramer, 50, told the Daily News in a telephone interview last night. "I was sick and tired of everybody fighting over a car I paid $36,000 for. " The saga of how the car - which Kramer says he bought in summer 2013 as a birthday present for his oldest daughter - ended up in the river is a long, bitter story featuring marital problems and personal tragedy.
SPORTS
December 21, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Shaquille O'Neal has some advice for former teammate Kobe Bryant when the rivals play against each other for the first time - stay out of the lane. "If you've got a Corvette that runs into a brick wall, you know what's going to happen," he said in a halftime interview on ABC's "Monday Night Football. " "He's a Corvette. I'm a brick wall. So you know what's going to happen. " O'Neal and his new team, the Miami Heat, play Bryant and the Lakers on Saturday in Los Angeles. The two feuded for most of his time there.
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February 23, 2015 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
The hefty, fortyish guy got out of his last-generation Chevy Silverado pickup, put his hands on his hips, and surveyed my test car: a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray convertible crouched in a shopping center parking lot, ready to spring. "Man, that is one sweet ride you got there," he said, smiling broadly. "Is it as fast as it looks?" "Yep. It goes from a standing start to 60 miles an hour in 3.7 seconds. That's just a little short of the speed of light. " "And it's such a good-looking car," he said, "a real chick magnet.
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January 16, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE SAGA OF Kramer vs. Kramer and the couple's red Corvette continued in court yesterday. After a preliminary hearing, John Kramer, 50, was held for trial on all charges in connection with the day he allegedly drove the sports car into the murky Delaware River, dumping it there. At the start of the hearing, Stephanie Kramer, also 50, sat in the witness chair and pointed to the man she called her "estranged husband. " She appeared calm, and he, dressed in a green collared shirt and jeans, sat at the defense table looking at her. She said she had obtained a temporary protection-from-abuse order against her husband in June, and a final one Oct. 27. Under questioning by Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Fields, the wife said between that period, her husband had violated the order several times.
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November 13, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
UPDATE: John Kramer was arraigned early Thursday and his bail was set at $15,000 on two counts of reckless endangerment and one count each of harassment and violating a court order, according to court records. He has not yet posted the 10 percent – or $1,500 – he needs to be released. Kramer's next court date is set for Dec. 18. JOHN KRAMER wants you to know he's not a bad person. Two days after he sent his speeding red Corvette plunging into the Delaware River in a spat with his estranged wife, Kramer turned himself in to police yesterday to face charges that he'd violated a restraining order, harassed his estranged wife and endangered the police divers who had to fish the car out of the river.
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November 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Northeast Philadelphia man in the middle of a divorce sent his estranged wife's Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday afternoon, police said. About 4 p.m., 15th District police officers were called to the 5000 block of Magee Avenue, where a witness reported seeing a man drive a red Chevrolet Corvette to the bank of the Delaware, where he got out of the car and let it roll into the river. Then, police said, the man ran off. The department's marine unit sent divers into the water, where visibility was almost nonexistent, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
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November 12, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
An arrest warrant on charges of reckless endangerment has been issued for a Northeast Philadelphia man accused of sending his estranged wife's Corvette into the Delaware River on Monday night, police said. John Kramer, 50, of Mayfair, also faces charges of harassment and violating a protection of abuse order in the incident, which sent police divers into murky water to search for the car, police said. Kramer and his wife are going through a divorce, police said, and his wife told police Monday night she believed her husband, who had keys to the car, had taken the Corvette.
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November 12, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JOHN KRAMER has no problem admitting that he jumped out of a speeding Corvette on Monday, sending the candy-apple-red sports car careening into the Delaware River. "I just wanted to get rid of it," Kramer, 50, told the Daily News in a telephone interview last night. "I was sick and tired of everybody fighting over a car I paid $36,000 for. " The saga of how the car - which Kramer says he bought in summer 2013 as a birthday present for his oldest daughter - ended up in the river is a long, bitter story featuring marital problems and personal tragedy.
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November 11, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
HONEY, YOU got to slow down. A man in the throes of a bitter divorce didn't heed Prince's famous advice and let his 1990 "Little Red Corvette" roll into the Delaware River yesterday, police said. Just before 4 p.m., police received reports of a man driving a red Corvette into the river from a fishing pier on State Road near Magee Avenue in Tacony, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. Witnesses told officers that they saw the driver get out of the idling car, which he kept in drive and allowed to plunge into the river, Small said.
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November 6, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE AGGRAVATED assault trial of former decorated Philadelphia cop Richard DeCoatsworth started dramatically yesterday with the prosecutor standing in front of the jury shouting, "Jimmy, help me! Help me Jimmy. Help me!" That's what DeCoatsworth's girlfriend, Sadie Martinez, 29, allegedly shouted after fleeing the Port Richmond home they shared to escape the beating the muscular ex-cop was giving her about 1 a.m. May 9, 2013, Assistant District Attorney James Stinsman told the jury in his opening statement.
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August 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Gloucester County man was killed Saturday morning in an auto accident on southbound Interstate 295 near Cherry Hill. Edward Yost, 33, of Westville, was traveling south on I-295 around 1:46 a.m., when he apparently lost control of his car around mile marker 31.6, state police said. The car, a 2009 Corvette, struck the median guardrail, flipped onto its roof and skidded into oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes. The Corvette collided with a 2005 Acura TL. Yost was pronounced dead at the scene, Grossman said.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Al Haas, For The Inquirer
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. - A concours d'elegance is the royalty of collectible car shows. It features rare, important automobiles that have been exquisitely restored and impeccably maintained. These vehicles, whose values are often expressed in seven digits, don't just show up on the concours grounds. They appear by invitation, and are judged by experts flown in from around the country. The Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance is one of the nation's very best - and most popular. The recent 2013 edition, which attracted 300 vehicles and 25,000 spectators, was held at the island's Ritz-Carlton.
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