We first saw the prototype at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in 2001 and immediately loved it! I walked through the show and the next day when I returned to get more information about the car, it was gone.
The next time I saw the car was in August 2002 in Monterey, California. At that time I got information about how to contact Steve. I had to figure out how I was going to fund this car. I decided to sell my 1967 big block, put it on E-Bay, sold it, and then purchased a donor 2002 convertible, also on E-Bay. Some people might think I'm crazy to sell a '67 for this car, but after owning and driving both cars, there is no comparison between the attention this car gets vs the '67 plus it drives well, is faster and has the amenities; it's a win-win deal for me!
After delivering the donor C5 to Steve, we had quite a time selecting the color since I was trying to get the color I had seen in a picture. Steve sent me chips back and forth and we finally came to the color I selected, which is a beautiful pearl gold. It is the first and only one we are aware of at this time.
I finally took delivery of the car at the Concours de Elegance in Monterey, California in August 2004. It took me over an hour to take delivery of the car because of the people who saw this car being unloaded wanted to talk about the car .. and it wasn't even part of the show. I have entered this car in several car shows, and they have been pre '72 car shows; however, the organizers have entered my car as a retro '53 and have been very pleased to have it in their shows. It has been fun, the responses to this car is phenomenal, and I'm usually "a bit hoarse" from talking at the end of the day.
I have owned Corvettes for over 30 years including all generations. I own a total of five now and a new convertible on order and I have never had a car that is so satisfying to drive, gratifying to show and proud to own.