Saturday, July 3, 2004

Both ends covered: speed, comfort

Bob Craig stands next to his 1997 C5 Corvette Coupe and his son Beau Craig, 18, is standing inside of the sun roof of his 1985 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz.
First car: A 1967 Austin Healey Sprite that his parents bought him for his high school graduation. "That was my first little red sports car."

Dream car: "I think it's in the garage."

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Bob Craig, 53, says he doesn't know why they call it a midlife crisis - he's having a great time.

Sure, he's got a stereotypical midlife-crisis car, a 1997 C5 Corvette Coupe. But he also has what he calls the world's newest 1985 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz, so he says he has both ends of the automotive spectrum covered.

The dark brown Cadillac, which Craig drives to his job as an engineer at WKRC-TV (Channel 12), boasts only 55,000 miles. Craig says it was previously owned by "a little old lady who mostly drove it to church on Sundays" - his mother.

She gave it to him last year, shortly before she passed away. After Craig's father fixed it up, Craig and his son drove it from Craig's parents' home near Phoenix back to Anderson Township.

"It's about as anti-Corvette as you can get," he says. "It's basically a 2-ton leather couch with wheels."

The Caddy may be cool - so much so that Craig's son took it to his prom - but it's the carmine red Corvette that Craig says he's crazy about.

He says he had wanted one since he was 7, and finally bought his in November 1999 from a friend.

Craig takes the Corvette out on weekends and to Corvette races (in which he doesn't participate, just observes).

His license plate says FNTASTK, after the name of his Corvette Web site, Fantastic Plastic.

"It's a lifestyle as much as a car," he says.

Lauren Bishop

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