"Brent stated from day one that he wanted a Corvette people would enjoy. He required class with attitude, a Corvette that would cause people to look twice but retain its original design integrity. It took approximately 5 years, but we never lost sight of our final goal--a smile on the owner's face," Johnson says.

"I still haven't stopped admiring my Corvette," Lockton says. "The job was fantastic. Every day I still find parts that are completely rebuilt and improved on over the standard Corvette. When I compare it to other Vettes, I keep thinking to myself, `The wait was definitely worth it!' I try to drive the car every opportunity I get. The next trip will be to Canberrafor the 21st National Corvette Convention. I can't wait."

Car '68 convertible
Owner Brent Lockton
Block 350 iron
Displacement 355 ci
Compression ratio Unknown
Heads Ported Brodix aluminum
Valves 2.02/1.60
Camshaft Crane roller
Rocker arms Yella Terra roller, 1.5-ratio
Pistons Forged aluminum
Crankshaft Large-journal forged steel
Rods Forged I-beam
Intake manifold Edelbrock aluminum
Carburetor Holley Race Series
Ignition Crane Fireball
Exhaust system Block-hugger headers, J&D Corvette side pipes
Transmission Muncie M20 four-speed
Clutch Hayes with lightweight flywheel
Driveshaft Stock
Front suspension Lowered with heavy-duty springs and shocks
Rear suspension Lowered with heavy-duty springs and shocks
Rearend Stock
Front brakes Stock discs, rebuilt by Race Brakes of Melbourne
Rear brakes Stock discs, rebuilt by Race Brakes of Melbourne
Wheels GM Rally, 15x8
Front tires Mastercraft Avenger GT 225/60R15
Rear tires Mastercraft Avenger GT 255/60R15
Fuel octane 93
Weight 3,152 pounds
Current mileage 31,480 miles
Miles driven weekly Approximately 20