Fastuca was heartbroken. How could he enjoy his just-completed C5 after hearing his tour manager's story? "One of the most significant parts of my childhood wasthe time I spent with my older brother as hebecame a huge Corvette enthusiast," Fastuca says. "He was my hero, and he was absolutely crazy about Corvettes. Remembering these times made me realize that what Joe needed was something new he could share with his son.
"That's when I decided to give up the car. Now, Joe and his son spend hours working on the Corvette, going to runs and shows, and even to the track. It's these times spent that are so important.
"I lost two brothers last year to cancer--including the one who shared his Corvette time with me--and I can tell you that for me, the Corvette hobby goes way beyond lap times or horsepower ratings. It's about the relationships forged between father and child, husband and wife,and among like-minded owners that make this little plastic car . . . a lot more than just a little plastic car."
Within weeks, Fastuca found a new project: a Velocity Yellow '06 Z06 sourced from West Coast Corvettes. Using Corvette Racing's C6.R as his visual inspiration, Fastuca asked Guldstrand to create a street version of the legendary race machine.
"By this time, Scott Brown and I had also become close friends, so Scott had equal input and did tons of work on this car," Fastuca says. "[He and Guldstrand] used the same successful formula on my C6 that they did on my C5: a stock block, modified heads, a Quality Motorsports cam [Fastuca's favorite piece on the car], great airflow, and a purpose-built Pfadt suspension. Then, Scott provided the tuning to really make the modifications come alive. Thanks to the two of them, the C6 has about 75 more hp--and nearly as much torque--as the actual C6.R race cars."
With the drivetrain completed, Fastuca turned his attention to the car's looks. He added a race-spec rear spoiler, a Chaffey custom paint scheme, an LG Motorsports World Challenge hood, an APR Performance carbon-fiber front chin spoiler, and CCW C140 Corsair wheels wrapped in Michelin PS2 ZPs. Topping it all off is a full complement of authentic C6.R graphics.
"Through Guldstrand, I have become friends with some awesome people in the Corvette Racing program. Doug Fehan, Gary Pratt, Daryl Clasen, and many others have been very good to me during the build-up of these cars. With all they represent, how could I not pay tribute to them through the look of the cars?" Fastuca says.
Next came the interior work. Fastuca installed a carbon-fiber console, gauge-cluster plate, and chrome start button from TKO Performance; DSVettes colored leather replacements for the armrest, door grab handles, shift knob and boot, brake handle and boot, and steering wheel; Lloyd mats; and Jet Black logos for the seats and other surfaces.
After a year, the C6.R tribute car was complete, and once again, it was time to celebrate. "There'sbeen a common thread throughout my life: Never settle for the ordinary," Fastuca says. "I get bored quickly and expect more out of things than most people. With my guitar playing, I always wanted to be the loudest, most over-the-top player in the industry in terms of the music and my personal image. My goal with my two Corvettes was to have them represent my inner feelingsand be true statements of who I am. For that, it took Dick Guldstrand and Scott Brown.
"I just can't say enough about the goodness of Dick Guldstrand," Fastuca continues. "At the end of the day, when he's finished working on customer cars or limited-edition Corvette-based supercars, we end up at my house watching Corvette videos I've recorded. Pretty soon he'll start waving his hands--which means to pause the show--and tell a story about whomever or whatever the show just addressed.