Corvette collector looking forward to Cool September Days
After parking his 1967 Corvette Sting Ray in his yard, Sid Oblad walks into his garage and turns on oldies music for his other Corvettes, 1962 and 2002 models.
“I’ve never done a car show without a Corvette,” he said.
Oblad, 68, has participated in the Cool September Days Car and Truck show since the late 1980s. This year, he decided not to participate as a contestant, but will instead help register cars for the show and sell raffle tickets throughout the whole event from today through Sunday at the Horizon Casino Resort.
“I don’t need more trophies,” he said. “They’re not that great to have when you get older. They get dusty.”
Oblad’s trophy collection wraps from his garage into his bathroom and ends in the living room. He said he still has 10 boxes full of other awards for his cars.
This will be the 22nd car and truck show fundraiser hosted by the International Good Samaritans, an organization that provides free rides home to intoxicated drivers in the area. Oblad said the organization provides a great service for people.
After buying his first Corvette, a 1959 model, in 1960, Oblad has restored more than 30 Corvettes, and he doesn’t plan on quitting until his license is taken away.
“Once you’re retired, you’ve got a lot of time,” he said.
When bringing these roadsters back to life, Oblad enjoys doing all of the work himself. The paint job he did on the 1967 Corvette — the one he’ll display at the show — took him five months to complete. He prefers to rebuild his own engines, as well.
“You always need more horsepower,” he said.
The 1967 Corvette Sting Ray at the show has a 435-horsepower engine.
Oblad moved to the area in 1972 from Canoga Park near Los Angeles. Drag racing has always been a part of his life, and he still enters and drives in more than 10 races and car shows a year.
Even if people aren’t interested in cars, Oblad said the fundraiser provides other events that will appeal to everyone, such as a craft fair, a ’50s-style concert by Method on Saturday night and raffle tickets for a 1952 Chevrolet pickup truck and a 2007 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy motorcycle. The winning tickets will be drawn on Sept. 22.