Tulsa Chevy Lovers Not Giving Up On GM

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009, 10:12 pm
By: News On 6

By Dan Bewley, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Chevy lovers in Tulsa are concerned with GM's recovery, but say American made cars are still the best in the world.

"I think people that like cars it makes sense and people that don't, it doesn't," said Chevy Club organizer Dale Turner.

The club held its weekly cruise at Fuddrucker's on Tuesday night.  It's a chance to show off and pass the time with fellow car lovers.

"What we do is we go in there and eat hamburgers, we come out here, drink root beer, and sit around and tell lies about our cars," said car enthusiast John Upchurch.

Nearly all of the cars are from the General Motors stable.  News that GM has filed for bankruptcy protection has the American car enthusiasts paying attention.

"You know, it makes me nervous," said organizer Dale Turner.

Dale Turner organizes this weekly event.  He says Americans love their cars and want to see GM succeed.  The worry out here is what happens if GM or any other American auto maker falls to the economy in crisis. 

"Repercussions of it going away, with all the retired people and all the people it would involve, I think is what would really be bad," said Jerry Stone.

Turner believes General Motors will come out of bankruptcy as a better company, but he is worried about potential regulations that might change some of GM's current better performing vehicles.

"There's rumors they're not going to build the Corvette anymore.  That's a very nice car and it gets 33 miles to the gallon on the highway," said Dale Turner.

The Corvette is just one example, Turner says, of the ingenuity of American engineers.  He just hopes his grandchildren will someday feel the same about their U.S.-made cars.

The cruise meets every Tuesday from 5 p.m. until dark during the summer.  You can find them in the Target parking lot at 71st and Highway 169.