"Bred for Speed"
Massa from Massachusetts spent her early years around her two older
gear head brothers that raced Corvettes and Harley Davidson's. Her
brother Billy loved fix up Corvettes and completely modify them for
drag racing at nearby New England Raceway.
always knew when her brother was getting close to home as the sound of
his engine would know announce his presence to the neighborhood.
That memory has prompted Linda to place an after market exhaust first on
her list when modifying a Corvette. She loves the untamed sound
of a big powerful Chevy engine.
At the tender age of
eighteen Linda's brother took her for a ride in his 454 cubic inch 71
Stingray. The power and sound of the side exhaust on that car was very
exciting . Her brother taught her how to drive a manual in that car.
That did it, in Linda's words "it was a complete thrill". At the time
Linda was driving a beefed up Chevy Nova. The Nova was nice but it but
could not compare to the Vette. To make a long story short she was
bitten by the Corvette bug and forever hooked
first Vette was a 2000 coupe. In an attempt to replicate that big block
sound she installed a Corsa competition exhaust system complete with X
pipes. Other mods included a short throw shifter, ram air induction ,
and a race tune. Linda drag raced their C5 at Moroso (now Palm
Beach International Raceway) in South Florida.
latest toy is a 2009 C6 that she named "Zena". The car has been
modified and includes a set of custom Pfadt headers , Corsa Competition
pipes, MG short throw shifter, a low temp. thermostat and ram air
Lingenfelter ram air Hood helps with the air flow and a race tune helps
pull all that high performance together for the track.
has taken several high performance driving courses was instantly hooked
on "go-fast" fun. She told that "the car was designed for that
and you really get to test out your driving skills". She
installed a Sparko racing seat with a three point harness to keep
herself firmly planted while on the track. Linda says the "car people"
are awesome. Hats off to a true car enthusiast!
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