Monthly Archives: July 2006

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On Tuesday, July 18, GM will be saluting the Corvette Racing team for its 5th class win at the 24 Hours of LeMans with a parade and presentations in downtown Detroit. The event begins at the Compuware Corporation, who is the primary sponsor of Corvette Racing, with a caravan of Corvette race cars, pace cars and other collector cars though the streets of Detroit including famed Woodward Avenue. The parade concludes at Jefferson Avenue where the lobby of GM’s Renaissance Center is located. At the Renaissance Center, there will be a presentation of the 24 Hours of LeMans trophy and speeches by Chevrolet’s General Manager Ed Peper and Pete Karmanos, Jr, CEO of Compuware. Following the speeches, there is an autograph session with the Corvette Racing drivers. Corvette Racing is an American success story, winning the GT1 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times and defeating marques such as Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Viper in top-level international road racing. The championship-winning Corvette C6.R race cars were developed with GM technical and human resources, and have strong links with the production Corvettes that are sold in Chevrolet showrooms. Source: GM
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The new brochure for the 2007 Corvette will be on its way to dealers soon, but two websites have already broken down the swag in detail. The brochures come with an accessories catalog and a chip guide for the exterior, interior and convertible top color samples. has a nice shot of the accessories catalog showing a photo of two new wheels including a real 10-spoke. has over 40 photos showing the brochure page-by-page. One of the photos shows a nice close-up of the multi-function steering wheel. Interestingly, a quick search on eBay shows a bunch of 2007 Corvette Brochures for sale, so if your dealer doesn’t have them yet, start bidding! Sources: | | eBay
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When looking at the list of Corvettes that didn’t sell during last month’s Bloomington Gold Auction, it’s hard to wonder what might have been if these same Corvettes were being sold at Barrett-Jackson. There I said it – the “BJ” word. Of the nearly 350 Corvettes for sale, 44% went unsold. And we’re not just talking about your average collectible Corvette. We’re talking about the top 1% of collectible Corvettes. We’re talking Corvettes like the 1967 L-88 427/430 hp of which only 20 were produced, and the 1967 L-89 427/435 hp with aluminum heads (pictured) – A Corvette so rare only 16 were produced during the last year of the Midyear production run. In retrospect, it’s not that difficult to understand why these Corvettes were No Sales. Bloomington, like most of the major Corvette auctions, have reserve pricing – a feature that protects the seller’s investment from selling too low in exchange for a higher listing or commission fees. Unfortunately, the Reserve Price is also allowing owners to test the upper limits of market values. If it sells, great. But if not, then on the trailer and out to Arizona it goes. The Gold Auction’s No Sale list is after the jump.

Lot # Year Model Color High Bid
S5401954CORVETTEWHITE $82,000
S201954CORVETTEWHITE $74,000
S821955CORVETTEWHITE $70,000
S5531956CORVETTEBLACK $63,000
S831957CORVETTEGREEN $105,000
S5441957CORVETTEBLACK $86,000
S5321958CORVETTEWHITE $145,000
S601958CORVETTERED $77,500
S547.11960CORVETTESILVER $115,000
S5471961CORVETTEWHITE $160,000
S5561961CORVETTEN/A $63,000
S5311962CORVETTEWHITE $900,000
S311962CORVETTEBLACK $70,000
S5551963CORVETTEBLACK $73,000
S801964CORVETTEBLACK $51,000
F117.11964CORVETTESLVR/BLUE $36,000
S1011964CORVETTERED $36,000
F551964CORVETTERED $35,500
F1121964CORVETTEBLUE $31,000
S5181965CORVETTEBLACK $135,000
S524.11965CORVETTERED $120,000
S5601965CORVETTEBLUE $77,000
S871965CORVETTEBLUE $67,000
S5251965CORVETTEMAROON $62,500
S541965CORVETTERED $60,000
S931965CORVETTEBLUE $55,000
S1101965CORVETTEWHITE $39,000
S5261966CORVETTERED $135,000
S5451966CORVETTEBLACK $82,000
S5621966CORVETTEBLUE $79,000
S661966CORVETTEGREEN $75,000
S371966CORVETTEBLACK $70,000
S5461966CORVETTEWHITE $70,000
S5491966CORVETTESILVER $60,000
S731966CORVETTEBLUE $56,000
S771966CORVETTEBLUE $37,500
S5171967CORVETTE L-89MAROON $400,000
S5421967CORVETTE L-88GREEN $340,000
S5231967CORVETTEBLUE $290,000
S5671967CORVETTEBLUE $210,000
S537.11967CORVETTEGREEN $141,000
S431967CORVETTESILVER $140,000
S5721967CORVETTEBLUE $139,000
S841967CORVETTEN/A $118,000
S5691967CORVETTERED $110,000
S701967CORVETTEBLUE $88,000
S401967CORVETTEBLUE $83,000
S621967CORVETTERED $80,000
S881967CORVETTEBLUE $75,000
S1051967CORVETTERED $60,000
S451967CORVETTEWHITE $57,000
F701967CORVETTEBLUE $52,000
S5611967CORVETTERED $51,000
F5121967CORVETTEMAROON $32,500
S5351968CORVETTE L-89BLUE $65,000
S481968CORVETTERED $44,000
F791968CORVETTEBLUE $18,000
S991968CORVETTEWINE $16,500
S5091969CORVETTE L-88GREEN $260,000
F5341969CORVETTEWHITE $42,000
S41969CORVETTERED $32,000
F951969CORVETTEN/A $27,000
F1181969CORVETTESILVER $25,000
S1111969CORVETTERED $9,500
S1021970CORVETTEGREEN $19,000
S631971CORVETTEORANGE $130,000
F681971CORVETTEWHITE $20,500
F1201971CORVETTECOPPER $15,000
S221972CORVETTEBLUE $31,500
F5001972CORVETTE LT-1ORANGE $26,250
F851972CORVETTEGREEN $23,000
S981972CORVETTEBLUE $21,500
F141972CORVETTERED $12,900
F1371973CORVETTEN/A $42,250
S21973CORVETTEGOLD $25,000
F5421973CORVETTEBLUE $22,500
S521973CORVETTEGREEN $20,000
F411973CORVETTEWHITE $17,250
F231973CORVETTEBLACK $13,750
F1441973CORVETTEBLACK $11,500
F5321974CORVETTEWHITE $21,000
S281974CORVETTEWHITE $14,000
F1271974CORVETTERED $8,250
F5361978CORVETTEBLACK $26,000
F1541978CORVETTESILVER $10,500
S781979CORVETTEWHITE $22,000
F661981CORVETTEBEIGE $22,000
S181981CORVETTEN/A $16,000
F1531982CORVETTERED $9,700
F1331984CORVETTEWHITE $9,750
F911987CORVETTEWHITE $10,000
F1141988CORVETTEWHITE $10,500
S1041988CORVETTEN/A $10,000
F941989CORVETTEBLACK $25,000
S651990CORVETTE ZR-1RED $25,000
F1341992CORVETTERED $16,000
F1251994CORVETTEBLACK $12,750
F1521995CORVETTEYELLOW $14,000
F5401996CORVETTEPURPLE $18,000
F1161996CORVETTEBLACK $16,000
S952001CORVETTE Z06N/A $23,000
F1482002CORVETTE Z06YELLOW $31,000
S292003CORVETTERED $36,000
F812004CORVETTE Z06BLACK $39,500
F5152004CORVETTERED $36,000
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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America’s preeminent Corvette Auction, the Gold Auction at Bloomington Gold was held June 16-17 in St. Charles, Illinois and over 300 Corvettes crossed the auction block with 56% of the Corvettes selling. To say that I am disappointed that many of the Star cars did not sell is an understatement, but that is a subject that I will be addressing later. With an A-List of Corvettes available including two 1967 L-89 Corvettes (16 produced) and a 1967 L-88 (20 Produced) and the #005 1953 Corvette commonly referred to as the DuPont Corvette, who would have thought the top selling Corvette for the weekend would be a pink 1964 GM Style car that was originally built for the wife of Chevrolet’s Bunkie Knudsen. That Corvette sold for $367,500. Also topping the $300K mark was the #9 1955 Corvette Roadster which sold for $346,500. What I think the bigger news about Bloomington Gold is the list of Corvettes that didn’t sell. The Marlboro Maroon 1967 L-89 Convertible reached a high bid of $400,000 and the 1967 Green L-88 Coupe topped out at $340,000. A 1968 L-89 only reached $65,000 in bidding and was a no sale. The Corvette with the highest bid that failed to sell was the 1962 White Corvette racer built by Zora to be raced at Sebring by a Dallas Chevy dealer. Bidding for that Corvette reached $900,000. There did appear to be many good deals available. Over 65 Corvettes sold under the $20,000 threshold including some early C3’s. Results appear after the jump.Here is the list of Corvettes that were sold at the Bloomington Gold Auction. We will post the list of non-selling Corvettes tomorrow.

Lot # Year Model Color Sale Price
S527 1953 CORVETTE POLO WHITE SOLD-undisclosed
S563.1 1954 CORVETTE BLUE $95,550
S566 1954 CORVETTE WHITE $89,250
S539 1955 CORVETTE RED $346,500
S543.1 1955 CORVETTE WHITE $98,175
S67 1956 CORVETTE BLACK $115,500
S71 1956 CORVETTE WHITE $50,400
S38 1957 CORVETTE WHITE $86,100
S81 1957 CORVETTE RED/BGE $64,050
S106 1957 CORVETTE RED $64,050
S563 1958 Retrovette R-5 PURPLE $153,300
S568 1958 CORVETTE YELLOW $124,950
S533 1958 CORVETTE YELLOW $116,025
S564 1958 CORVETTE BLUE $112,350
S12 1958 CORVETTE RED $50,400
S543 1959 CORVETTE SILVER $131,250
F516 1959 KIT CORVETTE RED $127,050
S537 1959 CORVETTE TURQ/WHITE $100,275
S53 1960 CORVETTE RED $70,350
S554 1960 CORVETTE MAROON $69,825
S536 1961 CORVETTE BLACK $105,000
F518 1961 CORVETTE BLK/SLVER $91,350
S50 1961 CORVETTE RED $84,000
S541 1961 CORVETTE RED $62,475
F46 1961 CORVETTE SILVER $47,250
S551 1962 CORVETTE MAROON $128,100
S557 1962 CORVETTE FAWN $110,250
S501 1962 CORVETTE RED $94,500
S565 1962 CORVETTE WHITE $90,300
F526 1962 CORVETTE RED $76,125
F31 1962 CORVETTE MAROON $62,213
F47 1962 CORVETTE RED $44,100
S519 1963 CORVETTE RED $136,500
S515 1963 CORVETTE BLUE $118,650
F538 1963 CORVETTE BLACK $92,400
S558 1963 CORVETTE SILVER $84,000
S573 1963 CORVETTE RED $68,250
S75 1963 CORVETTE RED $44,625
S91 1963 CORVETTE BLUE $43,575
S510 1964 CORVETTE PINK $367,500
S507 1964 CORVETTE BLUE $278,250
S522 1964 CORVETTE BIG TANK TAN $89,250
F105 1964 CORVETTE WHITE $47,250
F69 1964 CORVETTE WHITE $40,425
S90 1964 CORVETTE RED $38,850
F54 1964 CORVETTE WHITE $36,750
S27 1964 CORVETTE WHITE $34,650
F49 1964 CORVETTE RED $30,713
S506 1965 CORVETTE BLACK $249,375
S524 1965 CORVETTE BLUE $173,250
S59 1965 CORVETTE GREEN $67,200
S58 1965 CORVETTE SILVER $64,050
S55 1965 CORVETTE BLUE $63,000
F39 1965 CORVETTE WHITE $53,550
F511 1965 CORVETTE YELLOW $52,500
F135 1965 CORVETTE BLACK $50,663
F90 1965 CORVETTE BLUE $47,250
F4 1965 CORVETTE GREEN $36,750
F123 1965 CORVETTE WHITE $36,750
S552 1966 CORVETTE SILVER $170,100
S68 1966 CORVETTE BLUE $102,900
S23 1966 CORVETTE BLUE $100,275
S64 1966 CORVETTE RED $97,125
S11 1966 CORVETTE MAROON $77,700
S47 1966 CORVETTE BLUE $65,625
F111 1966 CORVETTE BLUE $63,000
F129 1966 CORVETTE YELLOW $59,850
F42 1966 CORVETTE RED $52,500
S57 1966 CORVETTE SILVER $50,925
F64 1966 CORVETTE WHITE $50,400
S528 1967 CORVETTE RED $262,500
S521 1967 CORVETTE COPO SILVER $199,500
S508 1967 CORVETTE GREEN $173,250
S500 1967 CORVETTE YELLOW $168,000
S514 1967 CORVETTE RED $162,750
S34 1967 CORVETTE RED $150,150
S76 1967 CORVETTE RED $148,050
S505 1967 CORVETTE BLUE $81,375
S570 1967 CORVETTE MAROON $68,775
S24 1968 CORVETTE BLUE $64,575
S1 1968 CORVETTE MAROON $57,225
S550 1968 CORVETTE SILVER $28,875
F59 1968 CORVETTE SILVER $28,088
F151 1968 CORVETTE RED $27,300
S49 1968 CORVETTE WHITE $24,675
F52 1968 CORVETTE GREEN $22,050
S36 1968 CORVETTE RED $17,850
S112 1968 CORVETTE MAROON $11,918
F138 1968 CORVETTE MAROON $9,600
S21 1969 CORVETTE BLACK $89,250
F58 1969 CORVETTE YELLOW $54,600
S108 1969 CORVETTE YELLOW $47,250
S502 1969 CORVETTE BLACK $42,000
S33 1969 CORVETTE YELLOW $37,800
S113 1969 CORVETTE BLUE $32,288
S4 1969 CORVETTE RED $32,000
F45 1969 CORVETTE SILVER $29,663
F25 1969 CORVETTE RED $18,113
F3 1969 CORVETTE SILVER $16,800
F99 1969 CORVETTE BLUE $13,440
F126 1970 CORVETTE BLACK $23,625
F105.1 1970 CORVETTE BLUE $22,575
F89 1970 CORVETTE RED $17,850
S39 1971 CORVETTE RED $42,525
S15 1971 CORVETTE GREEN $36,750
S79 1971 CORVETTE BLUE $27,300
F75 1971 CORVETTE ORANGE $26,250
F87 1971 CORVETTE YELLOW $19,950
F61 1971 CORVETTE BLACK $19,425
F502 1971 CORVETTE RED $18,638
F56 1971 CORVETTE ORANGE $17,325
F156 1971 CORVETTE GOLD $17,325
F35 1971 CORVETTE BLACK $12,863
S13 1972 CORVETTE ORANGE $32,025
S26 1972 CORVETTE ORANGE $30,450
S109 1972 CORVETTE WHITE $29,138
F19 1972 CORVETTE WHITE $27,300
S97 1972 CORVETTE RED $24,150
S6 1972 CORVETTE RED $18,113
F63 1972 CORVETTE PEWTER $16,800
S107 1972 CORVETTE RED $13,545
F108 1972 CORVETTE RED $11,865
F104 1972 CORVETTE RED $11,025
F145 1972 CORVETTE BLUE $9,300
F12 1973 CORVETTE ORANGE $17,325
F149 1973 CORVETTE RED $14,490
F103 1973 CORVETTE YELLOW $13,913
F101 1973 CORVETTE WHITE $10,500
F62 1973 CORVETTE SILVER $8,900
F5 1974 CORVETTE RED $16,538
F150 1974 CORVETTE RED $14,280
S529 1975 CORVETTE WHITE $58,800
F44 1975 CORVETTE WHITE $3,800
F57 1976 CORVETTE ORANGE $15,750
F93 1976 CORVETTE ORANGE $8,300
F92 1976 CORVETTE BLUE $6,500
F16 1977 CORVETTE BLUE $6,500
S538 1978 CORVETTE N/A $30,450
S5 1978 CORVETTE BLACK $25,725
F7 1978 CORVETTE SILVER $20,213
F27 1978 CORVETTE BLK/SLVR $16,800
F6 1978 CORVETTE SILVER $15,855
F10 1978 CORVETTE SILVER $12,600
F128 1978 CORVETTE L-82 SILVER $12,108
F24 1978 CORVETTE SILVER $11,340
S512 1979 CORVETTE BLACK $22,050
F36 1979 CORVETTE YELLOW $10,000
F15 1979 CORVETTE RED $7,500
F33 1979 CORVETTE GREEN $7,500
F510 1980 CORVETTE RED $12,863
S114 1980 CORVETTE BLACK $8,700
F124 1980 CORVETTE TAN $6,500
F110 1981 CORVETTE SILVER $10,500
F98 1982 CORVETTE N/A $19,950
S3 1982 CORVETTE GREEN $17,063
F84 1982 CORVETTE GOLD $11,813
F8 1982 CORVETTE BLUE/SLVR $10,000
F102 1984 CORVETTE BLUE $9,250
F155 1984 CORVETTE SLVR/BLUE $5,900
F74 1986 CORVETTE RED $19,425
F60 1986 CORVETTE BLACK $16,275
F122 1986 CORVETTE RED $10,500
F21 1986 CORVETTE TAN $8,900
F82.1 1986 CORVETTE BLACK $8,250
F521 1987 CORVETTE SILVER $19,688
S513 1989 CORVETTE BLUE $58,800
F11 1989 CORVETTE BROWN $11,025
F26 1989 CORVETTE RED $11,025
S51 1991 CORVETTE ZR-1 RED $39,375
F77 1991 CORVETTE RED $18,375
F34 1991 CORVETTE WHITE $7,750
F9 1992 CORVETTE WHITE $22,050
S35 1992 CORVETTE ZR-1 WHITE $21,263
F29 1992 CORVETTE RED $6,000
F504 1993 CORVETTE RED $26,250
F139 1993 CORVETTE RUBY RED $25,200
F106 1993 CORVETTE RED $20,213
S14 1995 CORVETTE RUBY RED $32,025
F43 1995 CORVETTE N/A $14,805
F109 1995 CORVETTE BLACK $13,650
S534 1996 CORVETTE BLUE $65,100
F136 1996 CORVETTE SILVER $16,800
F97 1996 CORVETTE BLACK $14,175
F147 1996 CORVETTE SILVER $9,750
F83 1997 CORVETTE RED $25,200
F117 1997 CORVETTE WHITE $19,950
F82 1997 CORVETTE RED $18,113
F524 1998 CORVETTE PEWTER $36,750
F506 2001 CORVETTE Z06 YELLOW $31,500
F523 2002 CORVETTE BLACK $33,990
F53 2004 CORVETTE GREY $32,960
F130 2006 CORVETTE SILVER $44,290
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Shawn S. submitted the following Corvette pricing question via Yahoo! Answers and we decided to take a look at it. Shawn’s Question: What is a 1977 corvette worth? Our Answer: Our Corvette price guide has an average 1977 Corvette Coupe valued at $10,000. Our High price is $13,000. Prices are fairly low compared to other years because the 1977 Corvette had the third highest production total ever with 49,213 produced. Most 1977 Corvettes came with the base engine, the L48 350/180. Just over 6,000 Corvettes came equipped with the optional L82 350/220 engine and just over 2000 came equipped with the optional 4-speed. So of the 1977 Corvettes, the most valuable was the L82 coupled with the 4-Speed manual transmission. The good news is that our appreciation figures for the 1977 model are 5% for one year and a whopping 19% over five years. Source:’s Corvette Price Guide
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Apparently Dale Earnhardt Jr is in the process of upgrading his car collection and to make room for the new toys (a new Z06?), he is auctioning his 2005 Corvette coupe on eBay. The Coupe has been repainted a custom black cherry-pearl with custom air-brushed flames. Custom 20/22 inch Asanti wheels adorn the 6-Speed Corvette as well. The winner will have the option of having Dale Jr’s signature on the dash, as well as the opportunity to travel to Dale’s home in North Carolina to pick up the Corvette from the NASCAR star in person. Bidding started at $59,999.99 and the current high bid is $60,099.99 with just two bidders so far. The auction runs through Saturday, July 15th.

Dale Jr's 2005 Corvette Dale Jr's 2005 Corvette Dale Jr's 2005 Corvette
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GM reported that Corvette sales were up 21.6 percent year to year with 2,938 deliveries vs 2,417 deliveries in June 2005. Calendar year sales are also up 14.6% with 19,063 Corvettes sold in 2006 vs 16,634 in 2005. While GM is getting hammered by the press and pundits for having a 25% decline in total sales, mostly due to the success of last year’s employee pricing program, Corvette remains a bright spot for the General as the 2006 model year closes out.
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We love rumors. Especially when they are about something that we wish would be true. In the case, the rumor is about the horsepower of the Blue Devil Corvette – itself just a rumor until a month or so ago when GM said it was gonna happen. Now the rumors are about details and this one comes from a tipster over at so we are just doing our civic duty to report it (and then drool over the prospects of what might be). The rumor comes from a guy that knows a guy who is a Master Mechanic for Chevrolet and recently visited a seminar for servicing the supercharged LS9 that will power the Blue Devil Corvette. According to him, the new engine will output 700+ horsepower.

My VERY RELIABLE source tells me the new Corvette is going to come with 700+ N/A HP!!!! I didn’t believe him until he said he went to the class that shows them how to repair the engine. My source has been a Master Chevy mechanic his entire career. He also mentioned there will be 2 new supercharged CTS-V and the convertible (forget the name) Caddy’s. The design of the supercharger actually puts the intercooler inside the intake manifold, cooled by a front end radiator.
With recent news that the new Viper will come in around 600-650 hp, this is good news indeed. Er, I mean, we can only hope that this rumor will stick! Source:
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Jeremy Clarkson, host of the ever popular UK television show Top Gear, hates all things American – especially American Cars. Listening to him is a chore and I almost wish someone would kick his bloody ass, as that would be a very American thing to do. Recently he got his hands on a C4 Corvette somewhere out in a desert and thought it would be cool to destroy it. Using a helicopter equipped with mini-guns capable of firing 8,000 rounds a minute, Clarkson hunts his robotic driven prey and shows just what horrible shot he is. I’d bet this was his first time shooting a real gun. Finally after the helicopter’s pilot gets right up on the Corvette’s rear (and the guy steering the Corvette drives a straight line) is he able to hit it, blowing the gas tank and stopping it dead. Like any ass with a gun, he begins monologuing about how “Hank (the remote-controlled robot driver) is never gonna keep his Corvette” and “that Corvette is never going to be sold by the time we’ve finished with it”. With the Corvette stopped in its tracks, he shoots away and accomplishes his goal of destroying the car. It’s only fitting that this video is posted on July 4th. While I am sorry to see a Corvette killed by a pompous British TV host, at the least the car died in a hail of gunfire on the open range all for the benefit of a television audience – and that my friends is a very American way to go.

Hat Tip: Gleeful Gecko
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The sanctioning body for GT1 class has had it in for Corvette Racing this year, and finally at Lime Rock on Saturday it pays off for Aston Martin. With a string of 12 consecutive wins, Corvette Racing is the dominant team. Over the last few years champions and challengers alike (Viper and Ferrari) have fallen to Corvette Racing. This year, in a bid to make the GT1 class more competitive, the sanctioning body of the ALMS is attempting to level the playing field by making changes to Corvette Racing’s car setup, most notably weight. In March at Sebring, the first race this year, the weight for the #3 and #4 Corvettes were required to be an additional 122 pounds heavier. Following the stunning win at LeMans, the longest track on the ALMS Tour, Corvette Racing’s Corvettes were required to be an additional 199 pounds heavier, have smaller intake restrictors and a smaller fuel tank capacity than its rivals when racing at Lime Rock on Saturday, the shortest and one of the most congested, technical tracks on the circuit. And despite these sanctions, the #3 Corvette finished in second place with only 0.33 separating them from the GT1 Class Winning 009 Aston Martin DBR. I don’t wish to take anything away from Aston Martin’s win at Lime Rock, but image the #3 Corvette being nearly 200 pounds lighter and maybe one less pit stop due to a smaller fuel tank and you get the picture. This should have been a win. Carbon Fiber body panels and a hydroformed steel chassis drops the weight of the Corvette C6.R to an astonishing 2,425 pounds (500 pounds less than the 2006 Corvette Z06). Millions of dollars have been spent by General Motors and Corvette Racing in developing the kind of advanced racing machine that wins 12 straight races. And then when it dominates, it is punished in the “spirit of competition”. Competition breeds success. Competition makes not only the champions better, but the challengers as well. Imagine the NFL telling a team that their wide receivers were too fast and then required them to wear five pound ankle weights during the game. Changes the game. Maybe not a lot, but 0.33 seconds is enough.
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