C5 as an Art Form
Barrios from Baton Rouge La, is the proud owner of a show winning 2002
C5 coupe. Larry purchased the car in 2009 and was
immediately bitten by the "mod bug". The cars unique paint scheme was
designed and applied to compliment the interior and engine
compartments. The prep and special paint work took over five
months to complete. Both the engine and interior have been
treated to hydrographic overlays in a matching blue marble finish.
with the "show" Larry added some "go" to the equation. The heads and
the throttle body were ported and polished. A custom exhaust system was
fitted and the tranny was beefed up to handle the extra power. After
the computer was modified with a tune the car puts out a very
respectable 435 horses at the crank.
wheels give Larry's car more show and stopping power is accomplished
with a set of drilled and slotted zinc coated brake rotors with ceramic
pads and custom painted calipers.
Larry's rolling piece of
modern art has won sixty five awards at various venues throughout the
state of Louisiana. The car won the ISCA best paint street division in
the New Orleans World of Wheels. Larry tries to show his pride and joy
at every opportunity. He like most of us involved in the Corvette Hobby
has discovered the passion people have for their cars.
is a current board member in the Baton Rouge Corvette Club and a member
of the Greater New Orleans Corvette Club. Larry's daily driver is a
1997 C5 that is pushing 145k miles and running strong. That's a real
testament to the engineering success of the fifth generation Vette.
Most of the 200k plus C5's that were produced by GM in its seven year
run are still on the road.
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