STREET MACHINE OF THE YEAR
Brothers Phil and Jeremy Gerber of Roadster Shop made a bold statement to the entire Automotive universe (let alone the Pro-Touring scene) when they rolled out Barry Blomquist’s C1RS ’64 Corvette roadster at the 2009 PPG Nationals in Columbus. Designed by Eric Brockmeyer and built in-house at Roadster Shop, C1RS showcased the design acumen of Jeremy Gerber and the coachbuilding skills of the RS team of fabricators. It wasn’t only the best looking car in the field, driver Phil Gerber set Low ET of all fellow competitors with an AutoCross lap of 32.222. The entire front end was custom formed from sixty-thousandths sheet aluminum including the grills, grille surrounds, front bumper and grille bar. The project was a showcase for Roadster Shop’s new-for-the-time line of C1 chassis and when combined with Forgeline center lock race wheels, Brembo brakes and grippy low-pro rubber it made for a lethal package. The 618 horsepower LS7 provided plenty of growl while the racy red leather interior with carbon accents provided an air of sports car lineage. Rumor has it, nobody at RS headquarters involved in the project took a day off for an entire year getting it ready for Columbus.