Jim Messner lives in Cochrane, Alberta, just outside of Calgary. His C6 Corvette Roadster is his retirement car, and he and his wife love taking their convertible on road trips. Next up: cruising with thousands of other Corvette owners for the National Corvette Caravan, all the way to Bowling Green, Kentucky, the home of the Corvette factory and museum.
Jim, how did you become a gearhead?
I got started with cars because my grandfather was into cars. I guess you could say it's in our genes! My motivation is that I've owned special interest and fast cars all of my life. I raced stock cars most of my adult life and dabbled in drag racing a bit too back in the ’70s.
Tell us more about your Corvette Roadster - what’s going on under the hood?
My 2007 C6 Corvette Roadster has a 6.0-liter engine with 400 hp and 400 ft. lbs. of torque. So far, the mods I’ve done include a Vararam cold air intake and a Corsa cat back exhaust system. Inside, I had the gray interior console parts hydro-dipped to look like carbon fiber.
Although I haven’t entered the Corvette into any formal car shows yet, I go to quite a few car meets and hot rod nights around Calgary.
What are your favourite upgrades? What are you planning on upgrading next?
So far my favorite upgrade is the Corsa exhaust. The factory exhaust was too quiet! I’m planning on more upgrades and it will only be a matter of time before I purchase from TDot. I like that it’s a Canadian company with FREE shipping—makes it so much easier on us car guys!
Some of the next little mods coming up are LED lighting, backup and front-end cameras to avoid damage when parking because this car is really low. I’m also looking to add more hydrographics such as carbon fiber engine covers, a new radar detector (this car does NOT want to do the speed limit for some crazy reason!), and then headers and a new lumpy camshaft. Who knows where it will end?
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