At the same time, Corvette Center (in Newington, Connecticut) was massaging the body to perfection and applying multiple glistening coats of the Diamont Specialized Red to every surface, from top to bottom. And once the body was reunited with its frame, Rich and Barbara installed a new, stock, black leather interior, deviating from factory specs only with a custom, black leather wrapped steering wheel and a Custom Autosounds Pioneer stereo system.
Then came a final, four-week thrash to get the Vette ready for its debut at the Memorial Day '99 weekend Super Chevy Show at Epping, New Hampshire. In its inaugural showing, the '67 scored a class win and, in six additional shows since has copped a total of 16 awards, including two for Outstanding Paint, an ISCA Outstanding Sports Car, a Celebrity Pick and NCCC Best of Show at the 1999 Corvettes at Carlisle, and most recently, VETTE Magazine's Best Corvette at the 2000 Super Chevy Show in Epping.
But this Corvette is most definitely not a piece of "garage furniture." Weather permitting, it sees plenty of road duty and, as Rich relates, "The car rides remarkably well. It handles like it's on rails and it's got more power than you could ever use." Which sounds just about perfect to us!