Ever fantasised about owning a car that could run the quarter mile around the seven second mark? Ever then wanted to drive that same car home as a totally street-legal, registered vehicle? It might sound like an odd idea, but for 58 year-old roofing contractor, Rod Saboury, that was exactly what he had in mind when he started work on his 1963 Corvette.
Even though the Corvette is capable of running the quarter mile in 6.95 seconds and jumps from zero to 60 mph in just one second, it can also happily trundle to the shops for a loaf of bread and carton of milk, all while keeping on the right side of the law.
Saboury doesn?t need to use all 1790 kW (take that, Veyron owners) to grab attention with the car though. "It's like driving a UFO on the highway," he says of his creation, thought to be the world's fastest street-legal car.
The Corvette isn?t just about quick quarters though, earlier in the month Super Chevy magazine dubbed it their inaugural Car of the Year.
Saboury is no stranger to producing wildly competitive drag cars. During his 40-year involvement in the sport he has produced 15 supercharged sprinters, all noted for their incredible speed. Two previous Corvettes have been US National Muscle Car Association pro street class champions and Saboury has set eight world-record times.
Though Saboury has a penchant for speed he is a strong supporter of getting street racers off the streets and onto the controlled environment of the strip. "Racing on the street can kill somebody; come to the track and see what can be done in a safe, controlled environment," he said.
Incredibly, even with its wild hot-rod red paint scheme, massive rear treads and twin parachutes at the rear, Saboury claims the car doesn?t attract too much attention from the Maryland State Troopers. "I went driving down to Ocean City recently, and I was told that they were going to be mean to me, but they were all waving at me.?
Despite being a fully-functional road car, the Corvette may not be entirely suited as a daily driver, using about 23.5 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
Saboury reckons the car comes into its own on the strip. ?I've never had anything in my life like that, I bet you it has to be similar to the thrill of sky diving, because it's something that kind of frightens you in one way, but the adrenalin rush is something that you can't wait to do it again."