By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
When a large diesel Ford pickup backed into Kevin Lowe’s 2006 Corvette while on a cruise in March 2011, he saw an opportunity, not a disaster.
The friendly Newcastle Corvette owner had his fully customized yellow-and-black vette on display at this year’s Corvette Expo XXI Saturday at the Chisholm Trail Expo Center.
Like others at the show, Lowe has a photo album detailing the 13-month journey he undertook, with help from his son-in-law, to get his dream car onto the road.
“We’re really proud of it, since we did it ourselves,” he said. “I’ve been doing cars all my life as a hobby.”
Following the collision, Lowe said he stripped the car down, replacing certain parts, like the seats, with newer customized ones. Taking in all the details could eat up an entire afternoon. Very little of the car has gone untouched.
“The doors are about the only thing,” Lowe said. “It’s all been sound-proofed.”
Lowe’s son-in-law did the paint, with them making their own “paint booth” in his 1,300- square-foot garage at home. The photographs in the album on the fender showed the two piecing the Corvette back together, adding the extra touches.
“It’s a passion of love,” Lowe said. “It’s a driver. I don’t ever put it on a trailer.”
He said he is into the details of the car and doesn’t believe a project is ever entirely done.
Lowe works for Oklahoma Department of Transportation producing videos. His Corvette has starred in a few videos with Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Oklahoma Safe Riders program.
Lowe also is a member of the Non Club Club of Oklahoma, which embraces everyone who wants to attend shows.
“What’s great about car shows is you might have a clunker next to you, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “If you have a car, you’re in the club.”