While they were at it, the Katech crew also installed an Exedy twin-disc clutch and a B&B Bullet exhaust system featuring 3-inch stainless-steel pipes and round tips. They then upgraded the stock IRS with 4.10 gears and swapped out the factory suspension for a set of four Pfadt adjustable coilovers and "Pfatty" competition sway bars (1.5-inches diameter front, 1.25-inches rear). Though Katech doesn't perform header installs, Recabo also had the engine treated to Kooks long-tube headers with 1 7/8-inch primaries and 3-inch collectors.
Finally, at Corvettes at Carlisle in August 2007, the magic moment came. Recabo's C6.R tribute was delivered from Detroit and became the center display at the ACP Motorsports tent. "I didn't even see it come off the truck," Recabo says. "When I looked upon it for the first time, it was beautiful. The yellow valve covers with the black [intake] manifold was simply awesome."
The next year, Recabo added a set of CCW Corsair wheels wrapped in gummy Michelin Pilot Sport rubber. He also upgraded the interior using components from Caravaggio Corvettes (GT race seats and covers), DSVettes (leather door panels, steering wheel, and console cover), APSIS USA (carbon-fiber console, steering-wheel inserts, dash, and door-panel inserts) and Livermore Performance (Autopower four-point bolt-in race bar), performing the majority of the installation himself. Last fall, after seeing the 2009 Corvette Racing GT2 cars, he added a ZR1 carbon-fiber roof and halo, supplied by ACP Motorsports.
On September 25, 2009, at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, five senior drivers from Corvette Racing (O'Connell, Magnussen, Gavin, and Beretta, plus Fellows) autographed the C6.R clone. "I've known the drivers for so long. I was very excited to have them see the completed project," Recabo says. "Magnussen told me, 'Give me the keys, I'm going to take it on the track right now.'"
Though Recabo's tribute has never actually seen usage on a professional track, he thoroughly enjoys showing it off at events and sharing his passion for Corvette Racing with other fans. "Now I use the car mainly for enjoyment, occasionally taking it to car shows and summer cruises, and, of course, to some ALMS and Grand Am events, where it is a hit with both the race teams and the crowds. After trailering it to Petit Le Mans last year, I had a blast driving it through the paddock and parking at the Corvette Corral."
With two tribute cars in his garage, it's likely that Recabo will keep his eyes on Corvette Racing's future-generation race cars, and it's a sure bet he'll build a third tribute someday. "I'm looking forward to the C7.R race car sometime next decade," he says. "Luckily, I have car lifts in the garage, so I promise there'll be just enough room for my next tribute to Corvette Racing."