Larry languished in this self-imposed purgatory until the middle of 2008 when fate stepped in and shifted his project into high gear. His plan had always been to build the car himself, but the realization finally set in that at the rate he was going, the first tank of gas would be bought with his retirement money. His website's community was growing. One of the members of this online family is Frank Sarafine of Prodigy Customs. Larry started talking with Frank about building the Camaro and Frank suggested that they build it for the '08 SEMA show just a few months away. The pair quickly came up with a game plan, and the '68 was shipped 2,200 miles east for the transformation.
By the time the car arrived at Prodigy Customs, they were down to just over 40 days until the Camaro would have to be back on a truck heading west to the SEMA show. Not a lot of time, especially considering the scope of their project. The body was stripped, straightened, and massaged for paint while the chassis was assembled in the next bay. It was madness and mayhem congealed into just over a month of building. To say the build was epic would be an understatement; there's a thread on Larry's website with over 160,000 views and 1,600 comments.
The team at Prodigy did video postings of the build on YouTube a few times a day (type motiv8r into the search bar) and scores of people followed along with the build. As Larry remembers, "About a week before my car was complete, I flew in to help wrench on it. It wasn't long before I figured out I was way out of my league. Everyone at Prodigy Customs and Norris Motorsports, who did the turbo plumbing and headers, worked around the clock. At times it was embarrassing how slow I was. These guys are like car building machines who don't need sleep.
Almost every day working on the car ended just before the sun came up. I can remember putting in a 20-hour day, crashing for a few hours then coming back and finding John Parson and Mike Norris were still there! That was an experience I will never forget, and something I will probably never do again. Spending a week working on the car around the clock, flying home while the car was being transported, getting ready for SEMA and our annual banquet, and then attending SEMA was the craziest couple of weeks of my life. I don't know that I could do it again."
As for the Camaro, well it came out just as Larry had envisioned. He had seen a silver Corvette that Sarafine recently finished and knew that was the color he wanted. After working with artist Ben Hermance, the team had a rendering for how the paint and graphics would be laid down. One unique aspect is the conspicuous use of carbon-fiber panels from Anvil Auto. "I found out the carbon fiber is a 'finger magnet.' Everyone has to touch it and they all assume it's fake. It doesn't even cross their mind for a split second that it might be real carbon fiber," mused Larry.
The silver paint and exposed carbon-fiber stripes are highlighted in red, and the car's MotiV8r moniker is emblazoned on the hood. In regards to the name, Larry explained, "My wife, Susan, came up with it and I chose it because it truly was the big motivation in starting and running my website with a great group of moderators." It's also fitting since Larry's website has helped motivate so many others to get their cars done, and more importantly, drive them.