A reply to an ad Mike placed in a Los Angeles paper yielded the back half of a '61 Corvette body that once graced a drag racer that ran at Pomona. "There was just the body from where the convertible top tucks in--the rest of it forward was gone. My wife, Janice, saw it and said, 'Please tell me you didn't spend money on that--please!' And I said to her, 'You're really going to like this, because when we go to car shows, now we'll have a trunk, and you can take lots of stuff.'" (By the way, Janice's dad is Jim Sugrhue, a member of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame.)
The C1 remnant, painted to match the '67, now sits on a homemade trailer frame, with storage areas in the original trunk and top well. "When we go to car shows, the women like the trailer more than the car," Mike says of the reaction it gets when they go on the road. "They think it's a cute idea."
Speaking of shows, that combination Corvette has logged plenty of miles through California and the West since it was finished. "We've been to Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe several times, we've gone to Big Bear twice and San Diego once," Mike says. "We've also been to Cruisin' for a Cure in Costa Mesa, and we've gone to Carpenteria and Santa Barbara several times--probably as much as 700-800 miles in a stint." Mike says this was all done without the overheating problems that some midyears are prone to. This combination Corvette will soon be joined by a Vette-Rodded '60, with a Chris Alston Chassisworks frame, among other good stuff on and in it that Mike has in the works.
Are you now inspired to make a trailer to complement your Vette? Mike has this advice: If you have time, you need to 'play' with fiberglass for a while. "I think most people can do it," he says, "but you've got to have a creative flair in your head." He notes that you also have to have the right protective gear (such as a respirator, long sleeves, and a fan to blow the 'glass dust away), too. "On that trailer, I didn't know where I was going with it at first," he says of how he came up with its forward end, where there's a Coca-Cola cooler. "I was buying resin from a place that made fiberglass tanks, and they had a scrap bin. In it was the end of a 500-gallon tank. I started with half of one of those, to make that round thing in the front. It kind of fell into place after a while." Just like the way the finished trailer falls into place on its hitch before the C2/C1 combo hits the road again.