"It's killed," says Page. "It's won pretty much every show it's been in. It's won every Corvette show that it's been in." But that's not all. "We took it on the ISCA 2010-2011 circuit, and it [was named] the International Class Champion for Sports Cars for 2011." Not bad for a car that wasn't designed or built to compete at that level!

One look will tell you why it won—and why it'll never be confused with a bad kit car. And it doesn't drive like a bad kit car, either. "It's amazing," says Page. "It feels like you're driving a new car."

If you're looking to combine classic Sting Ray styling with contemporary Corvette power and handling, Page has two key pieces of advice. First, be patient, regardless of whether you're building the car or having a shop do it. "Especially if you're doing something like the carbon-fiber roof, rocker panels, or front splitter that we did. If you're doing something that nobody's ever really done before, it takes time and patience to get it right."

The other piece of advice? Start with the best car you can find. "Spend a little extra money and get a good donor car," says Page, "because it will save you thousands of dollars once you get it to the shop."

Spec Sheet: '64 Coupe
Owner J.W. Lovett; Tulsa, Oklahoma
Built By Heartland Customs; Purcell, Oklahoma
Block Stock LS9 cast aluminum with cast-iron cylinder liners and six-bolt main bearing caps
Displacement 376 ci
Compression Ratio 9.1:1
Power Adder Stock LS9 Eaton Roots-type supercharger, 10.5 psi boost (max) with integral liquid-to-air intercooler
Heads Stock LS9 "rotocast" A356T6 aluminum
Valves Stock 2.16 titanium/1.59 sodium-filled
Camshaft Stock hydraulic roller
Rocker Arms Stock 1.7-ratio
Pistons Stock forged aluminum
Crankshaft Stock forged steel
Rods Stock forged titanium
Intake Stock (integral with supercharger case)
Fuel Injection Stock 48-lb/hr
Fuel Supply Stock dual-pressure system with electric pumps
Ignition Stock coil-on-plug
Exhaust System Custom-fabricated with LS9 manifolds (Jet-Hot–coated), Borla mufflers, electronic cut-outs, and 2.5-inch pipes
Transmission Tremec T-56 "Godzilla" six-speed manual with polished case
Clutch McLeod dual-disc
Driveshaft Custom-fabricated polished aluminum, 3.5-in diameter
Suspension Corvette ZR1 modified with QA1 coilovers and 1-in front/rear sway bars
RearEnd Dana 44 with 3.55 gears
Brakes Stock Corvette ZR1 with six-piston Brembo calipers, 15-in front and 14-in rear carbon-ceramic rotors
Wheels Chrome Corvette ZR1; 19x10-in front, 20x12-in rear
Tires Nitto Invo 285/35ZR19 front, 345/25ZR20 rear
Fuel Octane 91 (minimum)
Current Mileage 15 (until car is done showing, then owner plans to drive it)