Ron downloaded the performance data onto his laptop using Diacom software and e-mailed the information to the Formatos who worked with him-FedEx-ing computer chips across the Pacific until they got the right one for the job.

The Formatos introduced Ron to Howie Cronce, also from Tampa, who worked with Ron by e-mail on a series of modifications that would get maximum traction through the Vette's 11-inch-wide rear wheels.

Ron's a little cagey about how he and Howie actually altered the car's rearend, but it really hooks up on the strip-Ron ran an 11.63-second quarter the last time he raced at Willowbank, and the car travels from 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds.

There's no doubt that Ron has built the show car that goes. The pearl blue C4 picks up awards at any show it goes to, and the quarter-mile times speak for themselves.

But, if you ask Ron what he likes best about his Vette he'll tell you, "I can drive it to the race track on a Saturday night, jack it up, change the rear wheels, run an 11-second quarter, and then drive it home."