SPEED’s Chop Cut Rebuild Builds a Grand Sport Tribute: 2

Starting on the morning of March 18, 2010, Laurent attacked the C6 ?Vette like a man on a mission. Front bumper, rear bumper, rear fenders ? all removed. The rear window, gone. The interior was stripped down to its barest essentials.

With the first segments in the can, it would be a month before the CCR
team would return. When they did, the CSOC team had applied the
fiberglass and filler to the rear and the seductive shape, with the
split-window treatment, was taking shape. Dan Woods got an education in
the art in applying fiberglass, which was chronicled in front of the CCR
cameras.

e08-0312ae.jpgAs the bodywork progressed, maintaining a rigid schedule, attention turned to the mechanicals. In addition to the planned modifications under the hood, the GS was treated to a comprehensive suspension upgrade with components supplied by Pfadt Race Engineering in Salt Lake City, Utah. But there was a complication in the build process.

With winter moving into spring, the economy impacted the build. Mike and Laurent had to deal with several small family-owned suppliers going out of business, threatening to derail the build process. The solution was to purchase a second Corvette to install the mechanical upgrades while the body fabrication would proceed on the initial car.