So, was the Corvette the solution to a lifelong dream? Joe thinks so. He points to the many people he and Sue have met. When their 10th wedding anniversary was coming up, Joe ordered a yellow '03 Corvette for her. Then he wrote a letter to Dave Hill, chief Corvette engineer. "I asked Dave if he would hand the keys to Sue at the Birthday Bash. He responded with a yes. Sue thought she was going for a tour of the Museum with everybody else. When she spotted Dave Hill, she kept poking Joe, saying 'It's Dave Hill. It's Dave Hill.' " Joe laughs because four months earlier, she didn't know who he was. Hill didn't give away the surprise. He asked who the delivery was for, and the Museum official turned and said, "Sue Carlozo." Joe says, "Her jaw dropped when Hill handed her the keys. We have pictures."
Joe says he could kick himself for not buying a Corvette sooner, but he's thrilled to have one now.
Joe Carlozo's '01 Corvette CoupeExterior Modifications*Ronal wheels (18x9.5 front; 19x10 rear) with Michelin Pilot Sports tires (235/35-18 front and 295/30-19 rear). Wheels are gloss black with Torch Red accents and chrome outer ring*Wilwood cross-drilled and slotted rotors*C5 logo tire-stem caps*Splash guards, gloss black*Chrome fullsize front bumper and rear-hatch C5 logo*Chrome smaller-size C5 logo on B-pillar*Billet C5 badge on side markers*LED taillights, diamond-cut backup lamps with 1457 bulbs and diamond-cut side markers*Z06 screens front and Z06 functional brake ducts*PIAA foglamps*Billet LS1 emblems*Sylvania Silverstar 9006 & 9007 headlight bulbs*Screens: front brake duct, side vents, rear*Corsa Indy Pace exhaust with 311/42-inch Pro tips and X-pipe*Rocker rails, frame savers, and skid plates*Stainless steel front & rear "CORVETTE" letters*Hotchkis front & rear sway bars*Z06 calipers*GM DuraStop ceramic brake pads with Goodridge stainless steel brake lines*Stainless steel brake-pad cover*License-plate holder, gloss black*License-plate cover, clear*Turn-signal bar, gloss black*Corvette decal Torch Red stripes for hood*Windshield logo, "CORVETTE" in chrome reversed
Engine*Blackwing Hi-Performance air filter*Chrome engine accents*Various engine cover parts, gloss black*Battery cover, gloss black*C5 carbon-fiber power duct*Painted USA flag*Custom display plaque*Red hose kit
Interior*door sill with C5 logo*Billet HVAC knobs*Billet-aluminum speedometer/tach bezel*Billet-aluminum gas and dead pedals*Torch Red rear speaker grilles*Window valet*Hardwired V-1 radar detector*Integrated three-car garage-door opener in visor*Vette Essentials custom Torch Red & black interior (seat covers, brake boot, shifter boot and knob, steering wheel, armrests, travel pouches, door handles*Steering-wheel logo*Lloyds Super Bright Torch Red mats & cargo mat with black C5 emblem and black binding*Passenger airbag decals