Born: October 1940 Passed: February 2015 Wife: Elsie Joined Corvettes of San Diego: August 27, 2004 Corvette: 2008 Coupe, Crystal Metallic Red
James Wesley Stone better known to Members of Corvettes of San Diego as Jim, along with his wife Elsie, joined the club on August 27, 2004; just one year after the club was established. How did the club get this valuable member? One Friday night, Jim was Cruisin’ Grand in Escondido with two of his grandchildren in his, C5, 2001 Magnetic Red, Corvette convertible. Always looking for new members and participants in our annual car show, Corvette Dreamin’, one of our club charter members ran in to the street to give him a car show flyer and the rest is history. Anyone sporting a Corvette with a license plate, VETKIDS, had to be a true Corvette aficionado. And he was!
In 2006, Jim sold his 2001 Vette and purchased a beautiful C3, 1982 Collector's Edition. Later he sold the C3 and in 2013, he found a Corvette gem, purchasing a fantastic, extremely low mileage, C6, 2008 Crystal Metalic Red Corvette. Tucked away, Jim also had a 1978 C3 Dark Blue Coupe, which is still in Elsie's possession.
Jim and Elsie embraced the club, becoming very involved. Jim served as the club secretary twice, entered his car in many car shows, and traveled with the club on numerous short, fun runs and several long distant trips. In addition, Jim developed a computer program to handle our Corvette Dreamin’ registrations, classification groups, and scoring tabulations, all wonderful, time-saving contributions to making our car show more efficient. He continually maintained the data base of car show entrants for future events and sent out emails on behalf of the club whenever necessary.
Jim restored his father’s 1947 Chevy truck and proudly brought it to the All Car Lovers’ Show hosted by the Elks Lodge 1684 and Corvettes of San Diego.
Jim had a most lovable, dry sense of humor. He was always willing to step in and lend a hand even when his health made it a challenge. Friends, family and Corvette owners will miss this quiet tower of strength, who for years beat the odds of the dreadful mesothelioma.