The Dark Lord of Rock n Roll
Miller’s interest in Corvettes began in his early teens. Steve’s
father, who owned a classic 67 GTO, once expressed his longing for a
Corvette Stingray. That confession remained with Steve and his interest
in America’s only true sports car was born. In the early 80s Steve’s
other passion was Rock n Roll. MTV was in its heyday of excess and
delivered rock bands like Kiss, Twisted Sister, and Judas Priest to
teenager’s living rooms on a daily basis.
graduating high school Steve realized his young dreams and bought a
1986 C4. The car had a special order color scheme, black on bottom,
silver on top. As what usually happens, life and finances soon got in
the way and Steve had to part with the car.
forward 17 years. In 2002 Steve put together his current band
ALIVE-N-KICKIN' with the purpose of bringing back some of the excess of
the MTV 80s. The idea and hard work have paid off. His band has become
one of the premier hard rock acts in the Mid-Atlantic region.
2007, with his music career and family life on track Steve started
feeling that fire burn for his Corvette passion. This time
around Steve wanted a car that would represent his new
and his Darth Vader like persona. Steve performs in black garb and
stands over 6'3". He embraces his nick name with pride. Old Darth had
his own unique fighter craft so Steve felt it was time to get one of
his own. That fighter craft took on the name of ZR1.
1990 Z car arrived at 6am the day before Thanksgiving in an enclosed
trailer. As the delivery guy fired up the car inside the trailer, every
light in his neighborhood came on! Steve’s first impression of the car
was how menacing and evil it looked. It took no time at all to know
what was going on his plates. LORDVDR had found his new ride!
1990 ZR-1 in stock trim sports an all aluminum custom built 32V dohc
v8. It was dubbed the "King of the Hill" Corvette! The engine was
designed and built by Lotus and Mecury Marine. This was an outrageous
experiment that GM has never repeated.
The car was previously tuned and massaged by the Vette Doctors in
Amityville New York. They retrofitted the car with new fuel injectors,
a performance chip and a Hurst shifter.
warmed over LT-5 ran a best of 12.2 on the 1/4 @120mph. This was very
pleasant surprise considering the car had a set of street tires and was
piloted by a very inexperienced driver.
the black on black finish of the cars rear has been lowered to even the
cars stance and provide an even more menacing look. The windows and
targa top still bear the Arizona tint. The blacked out taillights round
out the whole Dark Lord look
Sound plays a very large part in Steve’s life, its no wonder that his
ride mimics this. The growl on this particular Z is enough to make the
ground rumble! Wagner headers feed out to the cats then to 3 inch
straight pipes with resonators at the rear! There is nothing subtle
about the sound of this car.
car's sound actually found its way onto the bands new album. Steve
recounted that the band had an instrumental piece that opened at the
start of one of he bands albums. Steve said the song sounded like a car
racing. The drum intro sounded like a car starting. The middle section
sounded like shifting thru the gears. The end of the musical piece
reminded him of racing away!
band took the car to an old industrial park and set up some recording
equipment. They blasted around and did a few burnouts recording various
sounds from startup to takeoff to a 100mph flyby. During an editing
session several speakers were damaged when the 135 decibel sound of the
Z’s burnout was transferred.
The original title of the tune was "Magnum opus", after adding the car
tracks the tune was renamed "Life at 180". It is the opener on the
album, and can be heard on the bands website at www.Alive-N-Kickin.net
keeps LORDVDR in a constant state of showroom condition and is never
raced or abused. He enjoys taking it to car shows and has won several
trophies.. Steve plans on starting work on the car interior this year.
He is determined to keep the car as original as possible, and will
defer any future engine mods. The dark Z fits Steve’s character
perfectly! Both the Z and Steve are from an era of excess when “more
was best”. In Steve’s words “the 80s rocked and I'm all about flaunting
it” Never underestimate the power of the dark side.
The Vette Nuts