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John 28.02.2007 17:30

"Pekka" Florida License Plate
 
I'm looking for an old friend I knew in New York/New Jersey. His name is Pekka K. His last name was hard for me to pronounce and remember. It began with a K and it was started with Kon or Kor and had four syllables.
He moved back to Helsinki in the mid to late 80's with a new wife and a current model Red Corvette with Florida license plate that said "PEKKA" I'm not sure if he kept the car.
I would like to find and contact my old friend. Does this ring any bells with anyone?

John V.
Palm Beach, FL

Corvette63 28.02.2007 19:31

Hi John, and welcome to the board!

I know only three Pekkas who own a Corvette and have lived in the USA:

Pekka Berkeles from California, VettePekka, and Pekka Leino. Pekka Leino has lived in Florida, at least, to the best of my knowledge :-k None of these three people is not necessarily the person that you're looking for.. I wish I could've helped you more.

Good luck with your search!

Finnshark 28.02.2007 20:37

Hello John! I hope you can find your old friend! I do not know him, but I try to hel as much as I can. I remember an old story in an old finnish car magazine where a guy imported a new red C4 Corvette from USA when he moved back to Finland. I do not know if this is your guy though. I do not have old V8-Magazines at hand right now, but maybe somebody else can check the story for you! I think it was in late '84 or early '85.

About the surname, if it started with Kon- or Kor, it could be for example: Konttinen, Korpela, Kortelainen, just to name few. Do you remember any more about the last name? Did it end with -nen? That "suffix" is really common in finnish surnames.

Good luck to your search! I'm sure that someone from our old guys will remember your friend. These cars were really rare here at that time. ;)

Corvette63 28.02.2007 20:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Finnshark
I do not have old V8-Magazines at hand right now, but maybe somebody else can check the story for you! I think it was in late '84 or early '85..


I can check if I find that magazine on next weekend! ;)

Pappatunturi 01.03.2007 08:48

Hello John!!

What a great mission to find your old friend.Do you have any pictures ? Any other friends who might remember more about this Pekka ? Do you have any how old he was during the stay in FL ?

Ill make some calls and get back to this.

John 08.03.2007 18:36

Thanks for the help!
 
Pappatunturi:
No pics, but he was an avid tennis player, attended university in New York City. He worked for Nokia at that time(maybe still) and when I last saw him in St. Pete Florida around 86' he was in his early thirties.

corvette63:
Any luck with those old magazines?

Finnshark:
I checked my old phone books but could not find an entry. Some of the names like Kortelainen sound possible but I don't think I ever used his last name while we knew each other.

Thanks again all!
By the way, are all you guys in Finnland or just Finnish?

Regards,
John

Corvette63 08.03.2007 20:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by John
Pappatunturi:
No pics, but he was an avid tennis player, attended university in New York City. He worked for Nokia at that time(maybe still) and when I last saw him in St. Pete Florida around 86' he was in his early thirties.

corvette63:
Any luck with those old magazines?

Finnshark:
I checked my old phone books but could not find an entry. Some of the names like Kortelainen sound possible but I don't think I ever used his last name while we knew each other.

Thanks again all!
By the way, are all you guys in Finnland or just Finnish?

Regards,
John


John, I didn't remember check the old articles of V8-Magazine, but I promise that I will check those later, I try find them on next weekend if possible.

Nokia won't give their list of employees. But if here anybody works for Nokia, so maybe he/she can ask, if anybody knows something about Pekka Kortelainen.

John, I sent PM for you ;)

Peku 08.03.2007 21:17

Hi John and the rest of the gang,
Quote:

Originally Posted by corvette63
I didn't remember check the old articles of V8-Magazine


I happened to have all the magazines in my bookshelf so I went through years 84 to 86. I found three articles of C4’s shipped from the USA but none of the owners were named Pekka :(

Quote:

Originally Posted by corvette63
I know only three Pekkas who own a Corvette and have lived in the USA: Pekka Berkeles from California, VettePekka, and Pekka Leino.


Well corvette63, now you know four since I meet the criteria up above :)

Pappatunturi 08.03.2007 21:21

So far no luck with my investigations.I called one "old school" friend of mine who did modify almost all personally imported cars to meet finnish regulations during early 90s . However he promised to keep me informed if he gets any info about this. I think we really need to find him -this is a great story of corvette friendship !!

Finnshark 08.03.2007 21:35

Quote:

Originally Posted by John
Thanks again all!
By the way, are all you guys in Finnland or just Finnish?


Almost every one of us lives in Finland. But we do have couple of originally finnish guys living in USA too in this forum! Maybe they will chime in when they notice this thread!

Pappatunturi: I agree with you, this mystery needs to be solved!

By the way, where Nokia had offices at that time? At least in Tampere and Otaniemi(?), anywhere else?


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