Completed just days prior to its formal debuted at last summer's "Cruise Paradise 2003" or "Big Island Cruise," Taroma's Vette was an instant hit with the locals, as well as with the 64 visiting cruiser attendees who brought their cars over from the Mainland to attend the two-week-long event.

Ralph is quick to credit brothers-in-law Greg and Royden Wong with lending a helping hand on the five-year project. "Without their help and help from my lovely wife Joyce, (who happens to own a pretty mean '68 Camaro of her own,) the car turned out even better than I expected!"