Is your Corvette a restomod? Today more people than ever are updating tired and worn classic Corvettes with modern day drivetrains, suspensions and interiors to create a turn-key driving experience.
And with their popularity comes the recognition that these Vette Rods deserve! Recognizing this fast growing segment in our hobby, Corvettes and Carlisle has announced that Vette Rods will be the focus of this year’s “Chip’s Choice” special display.
“Vette Rods are becoming more and more mainstream by the day,” says Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events and event manager for Corvettes at Carlisle. “Many people love the old body styles, but would prefer having all the current everyday amenities a new car provides. A Vette Rod is just that… something that looks old but has all new components to make it feel like you’re driving a new car,” continued Miller. “We’re excited to showcase some of the best Vette Rods in the country! If you have one, please be sure to submit a picture and description of your car on our website. We’re thrilled about this year’s Chip’s Choice and hope you are too!”
Corvettes at Carlisle shares the following story about one of the featured Vette Rods (pictured above) that has been invited to the August show:
Jason Lemek is a 39-year-old enthusiast who has been part of the Corvette scene his entire life. According to him, it’s a “family hobby,” that he’s happy to be involved with. Lemek’s ’63 is a show-stopper that started as a simple convertible salvaged from his dad’s scrap yard.
“My dad didn’t have any ’63 coupe bodies, so I got the ’63 convertible, but at that point I figured that I wouldn’t be putting the car back to original,” said Lemek. “The original motor was long gone, along with all the factory parts, so I decided to build something that I wanted to enjoy and make it look more like a ’67.”
While Lemek got a ’63 body, he didn’t get much more. From a bare shell with missing front clips, doors and fenders to the black and red beauty that will be on display in Building T in August, the process was lengthy and included many great friends, family members, companies and overall support.
Today, the car is driven, has some blemishes because of it, but most important, it’s a project that Lemek is proud of. It’s also something that anchors the Vette Rod display that is the basis of Chip’s Choice in 2018! Vette Rods are rapidly becoming a way of life within the Corvette community too and judging by sale prices at a recent nationally televised broadcast, their values are starting to exceed the value of a similar Corvette in its original form.
If you would like to have your Vette Rod considered for inclusion into the Chip’s Choice display at this year’s Corvettes at Carlisle show in August, apply online with photos and a description of your Vette Rod to Corvettes at Carlisle.
Corvettes at Carlisle