That message apparently resonated with the auto enthusiasts gathered in Penrith. There, in front of its peers, Matt James' spectacular '68 Stingray won the National Roads & Motorists' Association (NRMA) Car of Show Award. James was there to accept the award not only for himself, but also for his family and the men who helped him restore the Corvette to show-class condition.

Currently, James enjoys attending club events and cruises in the Yellow Tale Corvette Corvette. A GM ZZ502 crate motor, a Tremec TKO five-speed, power steering, and Wilwood rear brakes are all on his future-mods list. "I'll take any chance I can to get in the Stingray and go for a ride," he tells us, "because I know my car is one-of-a-kind, and that's the way I've always wanted my Corvette to be."

Spec Sheet
Car'68 Coupe
OwnerMatt James
BlockGMPP 454 H.O.
Displacement454 ci
Compression Ratio8.75:1
HeadsGM cast-iron with rectangular ports
ValvesStainless 2.19/1.88-in
CamshaftGM roller; 211/230-deg duration, 0.510/0.540-in lift
Rocker ArmsGM stamped steel, 1.7-ratio
PistonsGM forged aluminum
CrankshaftGM forged steel
RodsGM forged steel
Intake ManifoldGM dual-plane aluminum
CarburetorRochester 650-cfm
Fuel PumpMallory electric
IgnitionAC Delco HEI
Exhaust SystemHooker headers and sidepipes
TransmissionMuncie M21 close-ratio, four-speed
ClutchRPM super-heavy-duty
Front SuspensionGrand Touring springs, Koni Shocks
Rear SuspensionFiberglass leaf springs, Koni shocks
Rear End3.08 Posi
Front BrakesC5
Rear BrakesStock
WheelsAmerican Racing Torque Thrust II, 17x8-in
Front TiresNankang 245/45-17
Rear TiresFalken 255/45-17
Fuel Octane98
Weight3,080 lbs
Current Mileage61,000
Miles Driven WeeklyAt least 50