Before our story concludes, we must share the anecdote behind the nickname "Handy Kandy." Jeff tells VETTE that every car at a car show needs a gimmick to attract the attention of adults and kids alike. Knowing this, Jeff began putting fake rubber hands in and around his Can Am and saw instant success from the results.

The hands are everywhere-on the hand brake (see accompanying photo), in the engine compartment, in the exhaust pipe (for show only, naturally), and anywhere else he can find a place for them. Jeff tells us the hands are the perfect addition, bringing people right up to the car and giving Handy Kandy the gimmick its name deserves.

While it's already spent 29 years on the show circuit, Handy Kandy is sure to figure prominently in many more show seasons to come. Jeff is confident that his son Matthew-already a car-show veteran and Corvette-trivia expert at age 13-will continue to campaign the car when he ultimately inherits it.

It looks like Jeff Plotkin was immune to this case of Can Amnesia. His Can Am Corvette's creation spanned six presidents and 27 years, outliving the culture of the era in which it was born. Maybe we're glad we can't remember those bell-bottoms and Adidas tube socks, but we're grateful for this reminder of a very special era in Corvette customization. The next time someone asks us, "What's a Can Am?," we'll send them to this story of Jeff Plotkin and his Zaino Brothers-built, Eckler's-based Can Am Corvette-and in turn solve yet another mysterious case of Can Amnesia.

Spec Sheet
Car: '75 Can Am Corvette
Owner: Jeff Plotkin
Block: Chevrolet iron
Displacement: 350 ci
Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Heads: Milled GM aluminum Quick Burn
Valves: Lunati, 2.00-/1.5-inch
Camshaft: Lunati; 0.592-/0.613-inch lift, 237-/244-deg duration
Rocker Arms: Lunati 1.6-ratio roller
Pistons: Lunati
Crankshaft: Lunati Pro Series
Rods: Lunati
Intake Manifold: Edelbrock RPM Air-Gap, port-matched and polished
Carburetor: Modified Barry Grant Demon 750
Fuel Pump: Barry Grant
Ignition: GM HEI
Exhaust System: Hooker 1 5/8-inch side-mount headers, ceramic-coated by
Jet-Hot; 4-inch side pipes with Spiral Turbo Specialties
Transmission: Tremec TKO five-speed with Keisler prefit kit
Clutch: Ram Super Duty
Driveshaft: Custom, shortened to accommodate Tremec five-speed
Front Suspension: Heavy-duty coil springs
Rear Suspension: Heavy-duty leaf springs
Rearend: Stock with 3.36 gears
Front Brakes: Stock discs with stainless steel sleeved calipers
Rear Brakes: Stock discs with stainless steel sleeved calipers
Front Wheels: Western Wheels 15x8.5
Rear Wheels: Western Wheels 15x10
Front Tires: BFG Radial TA, 255/60-15
Rear Tires: BFG Radial TA, 295/50-15
Fuel Octane: 93
Weight: 3,000 pounds with driver
Best 60-ft Time: NA
Current Mileage: 18,000
Miles Driven
Fewer than 10