Next up were the brakes. After flushing out the lines and replacing the components, the original drums were turned, and new pads fitted. For the next nine months, David freshened up the interior, including constructing a fiberglass cover to repair the transmission tunnel's "easy access" hole, which resided there to facilitate quick trans and clutch changes. Other than re-covering the driver-side seat bottom, replacing the carpeting, and installing gauges to cover the hole where the radio used to reside, David left the interior as it was at the time of purchase.

Hours of family time devoted to restoring the brilliance of the paint and detailing the car just added to the anticipation of finally getting it back on the strip. After replacing the tires with new Goodyear rubber, the car was taken to Houston Raceway Park and let loose. On its second full pass, the Vette turned a 12.58, not too far off its previous AHRA times. After destroying the transmission on a routine 6,000-rpm launch, David rebuilt the gearbox, and the old Vette resumed its march down the tarmac. That the car's engine was built in 1982 and routinely sees 7,500-rpm shifts is a testament to the fanatical attention to detail that Spencer and Knape put into the car. Even in the blistering Texas heat, the Vette runs consistent 12.30s, with a best of 12.29 at 109 mph.

Thanks to the addition of the Vette, the Dudley racing team-consisting of David, his father H.R., and daughter Jessica-was awarded the 2005 Race Team of the Year by a local car club, and an outstanding performance award was bestowed upon David for his point-total achievements in the Texas Muscle Car Club Challenge Series.

The red Vette was a very popular car with the fans and media during its original racing career, and the same holds true today. In fact, the car was awarded an Editor's Choice award at the 2004 Super Chevy event held in Baytown, Texas. Competition these days is limited to races throughout Texas and the surrounding area, but watching the '62 compete in the King Muscle class at a Texas Muscle Car Challenge series-against both classic and modern musclecars-was a treat for all fans of racing. After all, how many authentic Sportsman racing entries are still pounding the strip while wearing their original paint and period-correct drivetrain? Some 22 years after its last AHRA win, this red '62 Vette still waves the Corvette flag with authority.

SPEC SHEET
CAR: '62 CORVETTE
OWNER: DAVID DUDLEY
BLOCK: '64 327
DISPLACEMENT: 331 CI
COMPRESSION RATIO: 11.5:1
HEADS: CASTING NO. 3782461 (300HP 1962 HEADS)
VALVES: MOROSO STAINLESS, 1.94/1.50-IN
CAMSHAFT: GENERAL KINETICS SOLID; 310/314 DEGREES
DURATION, 0.579/0.590-IN LIFT, 108-DEG LOBE-
SEPARATION ANGLE
ROCKER ARMS: STAMPED STEEL, 1.50 RATIO
PISTONS: TRW FLAT-TOP, SEALED POWER RINGS
CRANKSHAFT: STOCK, PREPARED BY CHROME-A-CRANK IN MEMPHIS
RODS: STOCK WITH ARP ROD BOLTS
INTAKE MANIFOLD: HOLLEY STRIP DOMINATOR
CARBURETOR: HOLLEY 650 DOUBLE-PUMPER
FUEL PUMP: HOLLEY BLUE ELECTRIC
IGNITION: MALLORY DUAL-POINT W/MSD 6A, MOROSO BLUE
MAX PLUG WIRES, CHAMPION PLUGS
TOTAL TIMING: 39 DEG
POWER ADDER: NONE
EXHAUST SYSTEM: HOOKER 1 5/8-IN HEADERS, NO MUFFLERS
TRANSMISSION: BORG-WARNER SUPER T10 FOUR-SPEED
CLUTCH: MCLEOD CLUTCH AND PRESSURE PLATE
SHIFTER MR. GASKET WITH REVERSE LOCKOUT
FRONT SUSPENSION: GM FACTORY, SWAY BAR DELETED; MOROSO FRONT
SPRINGS AND DRAG SHOCKS
REAR SUSPENSION: STOCK WITH JENKINS COMPETITION ADJUSTABLE
TRACTION BARS, MOROSO DRAG SHOCKS
REAREND: MARK WILLIAMS DANA 60 WITH 5.13 GEARS, MARK
WILLIAMS RACING SPOOL AND AXLES
FRONT BRAKES: GM HYDRAULIC DRUMS, 11.0-IN
REAR BRAKES: GM HYDRAULIC DRUMS, 11.0-IN
WHEELS: CRAGAR SUPER TRICK 3.5X15 (FRONT) AND 7X15
(REAR)
FRONT TIRES: GOODYEAR 28X4.5X15 FRONTRUNNERS
REAR TIRES: GOODYEAR 28X9.0X15 SLICKS
FUEL OCTANE: 105
RACE WEIGHT: 3,150 POUNDS
BEST E.T./MPH: 12.29 AT 109 MPH
BEST 60-FT. TIME: 1.55
CURRENT MILEAGE: 54,500
MILES DRIVEN WEEKLY: 5