Corvettes Reduce Governor Cuomo to an Almost Childlike State

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo marches during the 2011 NYC LGBT Pride March on the streets of Manhattan on June 26, 2011 in New York City. Thousands of revelers also had reason to celebrate since New York state legislators approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage which Governor Cuomo signed in to law on Friday June 24. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images) Photo: Jemal Countess/2011 Getty Images

Unlike vocal subway devotee Mayor Bloomberg, Andrew Cuomo identifies as a "car guy." According to a charming New York Times report, he lived up to that title on Sunday with a trip to a car show in Nassau County. There, the governor — "car-obsessed ever since his teenage days" — proceeded to regress a little:

He showed a clear weakness for Corvettes, particularly those with their hoods propped open. He admired the elongated quarter panel of a 1969 Buick Electra and a salmon-colored racing stripe on a black late-model Ford Mustang. He was so smitten at times that he ignored signs imploring visitors to look but not touch.

Apparently, all those cool rides made him sort of self-conscious about his own vehicle, a sky-blue 1975 Corvette he purchased while in college. As he shyly explained to a reporter, "I use it — it’s not a show car by any means. I leave it in a parking lot, so the car isn’t as clean as these cars. It’s far from perfect.” Aw! Good thing Nassau County's Edward P. Mangano had a special prize on hand — one for the "best, if only, gubernatorial Corvette at the show." The trophy seemed to restore the governor's confidence a bit, allowing him to try out some adult humor: “I look at that car now and I smile, sometimes — the memories of days gone by. There’s no back seat in the Corvette, so that’s not where it is.” Much too fast, indeed.

For a Governor Partial to Corvettes, a Chance to Indulge His Inner Gearhead [NYT]