Oranje Vette

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This "Oranje Vette" (pronounced: Oh-RaN-ya) was purchase by its third owners Doug and Jennifer Van Der Weide in April of 2016. Doug has always dreamed of owning a 1973 Corvette, and orange is his favorite color. "I love old cars because they have so much style, especially the 1973 Corvette," said Doug. "Cars today - every car - looks the same."  Doug has always wanted a Corvette and singled out the '73 because it was the last Stingray with a chrome bumper, at least on one end. This is the only year that a rubber front bumper and chrome rear bumper were used at the same time. This is also the first Vet with radial tires, and it was the last year for the small spoiler at the back of the car. Doug also prefers the earlier '70s Vettes that had recessed windows as opposed to the wrap-around bubble windows in the later models. It is a very distinct Vette compared to some other models.

While purchasing a different car for his wife at Southlake Auto Mall , Doug was talking with his good friend, and car salesman, Earl Nymeyer whom Doug purchases all of his cars from... they were discussing "dream" cars. When Doug described his dream vehicle (a '73 Orange Vette), Earl said, "We have one in back." The rest is history.

This car was actually named after his favorite soccer team which happens to be nick-named...."Oranje,"(pronounced: Oh-RaN-ya). Oranje is the national soccer team for the Netherlands (KNVB).  Doug and Jennifer have been married for over 30 years and have three grown children, and a daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. They enjoy spending time together and taking the T-Tops off the Vette and going for a cruise. "A lot of guys who compete with old cars, don't drive their cars." Doug & Jen's philosophy is - "it's no fun having it if you don't drive it."  

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Netherlands National Football (Soccer) Team

The Netherlands national soccer team (men's Dutch team) represents the Netherlands in the International soccer league. It is controlled by the Royal Netherlands Football Asssociation (KNVB), the governing body for soccer in the Netherlands.  The team is colloquially referred to as Oranje,  after the House of Orange-Nassau. Like country itself, the team is sometimes (also colloquially) referred to as Holland. The Dutch hold the record for playing the most World Cup finals without ever winning the tournament. They finished second in the 1974, 1978, and 2010 Word Cups, losing to West Germany, Argentina, and Spain respectively. They won the UEFA European Championship in 1988.



The Netherlands national football (soccer) team famously plays in bright orange shirts. Orange is the historic national color of the Netherlands, originating from one of the many titles of the ruling head of state, Prince of Orange, which is also the color of the same name. Nike is the kit provider to the national team, a sponsorship that began in 1996, and is contracted to continue until at least 2026. 

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