We’ve all heard the expression before “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. This would mean that the wolf came to the door dressed in a demure and timid fashion in an attempt to gain the sheep’s trust and thereby turn the herd into a giant buffet. This would be a misnomer in this case. What we’ve got here actually started out as a rather intimidating wolf and has since been turned into the fiercest tiger you’ve ever come across.
It’s been a while since we’ve had a Corvette roaming the streets of our blog here, so we thought we’d do something about that today. We’re heading back to the wonderful “Vette to Victoria” event that was hosted here in Victoria this spring by the Victoria Corvette Club. It was a three-day cavalcade of great people, fun events and incredible cars. Let’s waste to no time, shall we? Get strapped in, let’s go for a ride…
Back in the day when we were roaming the streets in our hot rods, a “sleeper” referred to a car that was deceiving in its looks. Usually a little ratty looking, these cars almost always had humongous doses of horsepower under the hood. This was an attempt to lure unknowing folks into engaging in a race that would ultimately result in a firm and resounding schooling for the unsuspecting competitor.
This car is nothing like that at all. A C6 Corvette is not something to be trifled with under any circumstances. But, what happens when you take one of the world’s most advanced platforms and then begin to modify it in an attempt to go faster? You end up with a gorgeous modified Corvette like the one we are showcasing here today. One that literally breathes fire.
This story actually starts the night before the big Show ‘n Shine on Saturday morning. The weekend began to unfold with a meet ‘n greet hosted at one of our local hotels. As we arrived to sign-in for the weekend and meet the folks who came far and wide to participate, rumors began to circulate that there was a horde of horsepower sitting deep underground in the parking facility. It actually wasn’t a rumor, the place was buzzing from both participants and people who just happened to be staying at the hotel who noticed the incredible collection amassing downstairs.
Our prime goal, of course, was to photograph as much of the event as possible. After a few hello’s and other pleasantries we immediately headed down to the lower garage to see what the hubbub was all about. And oh boy, did we find it.
As we toured the underground shooting all sorts of incarnations of the Corvette, we turned a corner to see this Atomic Orange C6 sitting at the end of one of the arms of the parkade. It was up on a hydraulic jack as the owner went about the busy task of polishing the ZR1 rims. We were drawn to the car right away…
As we enjoyed a conversation with the car’s owner it became quickly evident that this car was highly modified. It’s this combination of subtle modifications to the body and appearance of the car and the not-so-subtle modifications under the hood that make this Corvette stand right out in any crowd.
The ZR1 rims and the louvered hood are the first clues to the admirer that something special this way comes. Closer scrutiny reveals the fenders have been flared to accommodate the wider wheels… and that’s where the love affair with this car begins. Those flames we see in the photograph above in the engine compartment are not just for show. They decorate a forced-induction monster of an engine in art that could be displayed proudly on the wall of any guy garage out there. And apparently the judges at this years event agreed.
This car won more awards than any other, if my memory serves me correctly. At the Concours level of presentation the attention to detail to collect awards like this is astounding. The car must be absolutely perfect from top-to-bottom, from stem-to-stern. And this car was that, and so much more. It was really a work of rolling art.
I’ve just never seen art scurry down the road creating a sonic boom, that one is new to me.
Many thanks for joining us here today as we stroll the lot of the “Vette to Victoria” event. We’ve got plenty more cars coming in the next few months, so please do stay tuned!
As always, we really love to hear from all our visitors, so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have!