During a recent visit to a local
car show in
SW Florida we stumbled on a late model gem. The gem in question shines
as a 07 ZO6 that belongs to Duane Chamberlain, owner of All Ways
Electric in Fort Myers Florida. Duane is a die hard Chevy fan that had
his sights focused on owning a Corvette for a very long time. About 6
years ago Duane and his wife started a business which allowed them to
realize their dream.
Duane’s wife surprised him with a request to go to a local Chevy dealer
and order a ZO6. They were in the market for a black or blue ZO6. When
they arrived at the dealership there was a black Z on the showroom
floor. While filling out the paperwork Duane noticed a blue Z on the
lot. The salesperson told him that the blue ZO6 was a recent return
from an owner that could not keep up with the payments.
The car had about 1700 miles and Duane decided to purchase the slightly
used Z. While at lunch with his son Duane parked his new toy in a
remote section of a restaurants parking lot. He returned to the car and
found a note on the windshield. The note was from the original owner
who offered to give Duane information about the car. The previous owner
gave Duane the rear deck carpet and showed him the air conditioned
warehouse where the car was stored.
first thing Duane did after the purchase was to install a very slick
looking set of after market rims and tires. He decided on a set of 360
Forged custom wheels, 21.5” on the rear and 19.5” on the front. A set
of Nitto Invo’s helps put the power to the ground. The custom artwork
on the hood liner was inspired by NASCAR, Chevrolet Drivers and Daytona
Speedway. The hood liner art work was airbrushed by Steve Ray in
Bowling Green. The lower back tattoo on the girl in the artwork
duplicates a Chevy bow tie w/ tribal tattoo that belongs to Duane’s
wife. Steve Ray’s talent was also applied to the Z’s engine and
The engine also includes autographs by NASCAR drivers Dale
Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson. Engine mods include American
Racing headers and X-pipes which enhance
the Z’s street presence. A Halltech cold air intake, ported and
polished throttle body and an Engine Tune by Aftermath Performance kick
the horsepower up a notch.
Exterior refinements include carbon fiber door handles an APR carbon
fiber rear spoiler, and a front ZR1 carbon fiber spoiler with high
Duane say’s he drives the car like he feels a Vette should be driven.
He enjoys high speed antics and has cranked the Z well beyond the
limits of sanity on many occasions.