Callaway Corvettes have a long history with Chevrolet’s sports car.
To commemorate that history that goes all the way back to 1987, Callaway’s Dealer Program Manager Chris Chessnoe gave key members of the Corvette engineering, product management, and production staff a copy of a new book by Reeves Callaway.
The presentation came during last weekend’s annual National Corvette Museum Bash, where Chessnoe was participating in a Museum Delivery of a new Callaway Corvette.
He talked to the group of GM officials about a 155,000-mile Callaway Corvette demonstrator on display at the Bash, then gave each of them a copy of the new 86-page book, “Callaway Corvette 25th Anniversary Limited Edition RPO B2K,” written by Reeves Callaway.
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From left to right: Art Spong – GM Quality Manager; Tom Hill – Corvette Quality Manager; John Fitzpatrick – Marketing Manager, Chevrolet Performance Cars; Mike Chessnoe – Callaway Account Manager; Harlan Charles – Corvette Product & Marketing Manager; Chris Chessnoe – Callaway Dealer Program Manager; Dave Tatman – Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager; Steve Grilli – Bowling Green Quality Manager; Tadge Juechter – Vehicle Line Director, Corvette. Foreground: 2010 Callaway Corvette SC606 Demonstrator, odometer reading: 155,000 miles.
The new book tells how the commemorative Callaway Corvette model was developed and produced at the end of the 2012 model year. Twenty-five specially prepared Corvette – 14 coupes and 11 convertibles – were built at the Bowling Green assembly plant and then sent to Callaway facilities for final assembly. An 8-1/2″ x 11″ yellow card indicating “Callaway Special Edition” was attached to the outside of each car as it made its way through the Bowling Green plant, then placed on top of the car’s dashboard upon completion.
A few fortunate owners coordinated their National Corvette Museum Buyer’s Tour with the production date and watched their B2K’s being assembled, along with some of the Callaway staff and an enthusiastic Chevrolet crew. In fact, some of the Bowling Green assembly team compared the cars to the RPO B2K of the 1987-1991 era, as they had worked on those cars as well.
To mark the occasion, Chevrolet reinstated Regular Production Option (RPO) B2K, the same option code they had given to the 1987-91 Callaway Twin Turbo Corvettes a quarter century earlier.
In a foreword to the book written by Eli Reeves Callaway III, he says the 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Callaway Corvette is simply the best Callaway Corvette that we’ve ever produced.
“This model carries the DNA of the 1987 RPO B2K Callaway Twin Turbo Corvette and incorporates lessons gleaned from numerous engineering projects undertaken by Callaway since then,” he writes.
After 25 specially prepared 2012 Cyber Gray Corvettes were prepared by the factory, Callaway writes that Callaway engineers then went to work on the new B2K specification, addressing power, handling, aerodynamics, and aesthetics.
“The result: 620 supercharged horsepower, Nurburgring-tested dampers and Callaway-manufactured carbon fiber body components,” he writes. “Commemorative exterior and interior upgrades and unique 25th Anniversary badging and documentation were standard. Exacting engine management system calibration and thorough vehicle testing produced perfect drivability and validated durability, allowing normal servicing by any Chevrolet dealer.”
In the book, Callaway presents some background leading to the construction of the first-generation Callaway Corvettes, how the model evolved over the years, and how, 25 years after the introduction of the 1987 Callaway Corvette, the 2012 RPO B2K Callaway Corvette was born.
“We’re proud of our association with Chevrolet and of the 25th Anniversary Callaway Corvettes that we’ve produced,” Callaway writes.