today i learned – sun 10th mar 2019

if you watch the grand tour, you’ve probably already learned this fact πŸ˜‚

#tdil the reason why the majority of old school american astronauts all drove corvettes πŸš€

when you think of the american spacemen that were going to the moon and stuff, it seems only right to think of them driving ‘vettes 😎 you know, because they were rockstars πŸ™ŒπŸ»

apparently the reason why they all drove ‘vettes isn’t actually what you’d expect … rather than it just being cool, it was also hella cheap 😏

you see, when alan shepard became the first american in space in 1962, general motors wanted to give him a corvette as thanks for his bravery πŸ’ͺ🏻

he wasn’t allowed to accept the kind offer though πŸ˜• astronauts were essentially government employees, meaning that they cannot except free things πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

that’s where a general motors dealer named jim rathmann comes in 😏 he created a special lease deal for astronauts that allowed them to have a corvette for almost free πŸ™ŒπŸ»

more precisely, it allowed them to lease a corvette for just $1 πŸ‘πŸ» as you can imagine, six astronauts instantly took advantage … one of which was neil armstrong πŸš€

ands that’s that in a nutshell 😁 fun times, aye πŸ™ŒπŸ»

laters πŸ’ͺ🏻 #tdil

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