My 2017 Grand Sport, "Tribute," is an epic story that starts with a terrible Corvette loss! My custom, 2014 Stingray, was my baby and it was with great sadness that I had to let her go after a 100 year flood resulted in a total loss. The C7 Grand Sport had recently been introduced, so I placed my order for one in Admiral Blue. As I waited for my Grand Sport to be built, I thought about how I would customize my new Corvette. When I saw a photo of the 1963 Grand Sport, Chassis #001, I knew what I had to do. After taking delivery at the National Corvette Museum, I trailered the car to Airbrush, Inc., where Steve Ray began his airbrush magic. We eventually decided to remove all of the body panels so that they could be color sanded and clear coated, producing a show-car finish. I was fortunate to be able to assist with the process during visits to Kentucky, reassembling the car and adding new parts. The transformation took approximately six months, but the final result was worth the wait! During the summer of 2017, my wife and I took Tribute to Corvette shows and events from coast to coast, putting 9,000 miles on the car in the month of August alone! Everywhere we stop along the road, Tribute draws a crowd. To date, I have 26,000 miles of smiles behind the wheel and this number continues to grow as we "show and go" across the region and around the United States!