What the Jencos have is a Vette that's built for go and show, equally. "It's fun to take it for a drive," Tom says. Where do they find roads that are up to what this Corvette can deliver? "Up in the Berkshires and in the northwest part of Massachusetts, there's a lot of twisties and stuff like that," says Tom. He adds that they're in a club (Super Car Road Trips) with some exotic-car owners, and they've impressed them in a big way. "The first time that I met them and pulled up with the Z06, it was really quiet," Tom recalls. "We started doing some road rallying with them, and they were shocked. They were like, 'Oh. My. God!'"

No less impressed have been the judges at the shows from New England to Virginia that the Jencos have entered their Z06 in. "Two years ago we showed it at the Boston World of Wheels. We took Best in Class," says Tom. "We had three of the judges come over three times that weekend and ask about it. The final judge came up and said, 'We've been checking out the car all weekend long. Every time I came over, I saw something different that I didn't see the last time.'"

Their show successes (at events that they drive their Z06 to) have resulted in a room of their house filled with trophies, including one that Melissa loves, per Tom. "We went to a show in Connecticut, and we didn't know anything about it beforehand-it was more of an imports-and-lowriders show. If you remember the movie Cars and the Piston Cup in it, we got a big silver-and-gold Best In Show trophy like that at this show. It's incredible!"

Also incredible to many Vette lovers: the mileage that they put on their C5. "We've put 25,000 miles on it over the past 3 1/2 years," says Tom. "It isn't on the road during the winter, but it's driven in good weather six months out of the year."

If you're looking for your first Corvette, Tom has some advice that may come in handy for those looking for their 21st, as well." Don't take your first choice, unless you're sure about it. Take your time and find exactly what you want."

One more thing. You may notice from the picture of Tom and Melissa that they're younger than more than a few Vette owners. "I'm a 42-year-old guy who's a highway maintenance worker who got what he wanted," says Tom, who adds that he waited 38 years to get his first Vette almost four years ago. As you can see, the wait was well worth it.