The students at Los Angeles’ Norwalk High School learned about the 1978 Mark Hamill movie “Corvette Summer” in the worst possible way this week when the 1969 Nova that they spent seven years working on was stolen from its parking spot in front of their teacher’s house at around 3 AM Monday morning.
According to witnesses, the car was picked up and taken away in just seconds by a dark colored tow truck in an operation that closely resembles those used by repo men. The car, which was purchased by auto shop instructor Ken Cook as a rolling wreck for just $600 several years ago, had been transformed through the work of more than 400 students into formidable street machine that Mr. Cook claims is currently worth between 25 and 30 thousand dollars.
News of the theft hit the local airwaves Monday evening when Los Angeles’ CBS affiliate KCBS ran a story on their PM newscast and then posted to their website. The car was last seen where it had been parked and is missing its hood, which had been removed while students worked to resolve an overheating issue. The license number is NHSRACE. Anyone with information on the car’s whereabouts is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Pico Rivera station at 562-949-2421.