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Awards & Accolades

Bloomington Gold Officially Inducts 2011 Great Hall Honorees

by Guest Contributor on June 28, 2011

[PICS] National Drive Your Corvette to Work Day

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

Last weekend Bloomington Gold officially inducted their 2011 Great Hall honorees during their 39th annual event. The people being recognized ranged from racers to collectors to restorers. The 10 cars being saluted covered Corvette racing, styling, and high end performance.

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Corvette Z06 Scores Best Rating by Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports’ April 2011 edition ranks the Best and Worst of 2011 and the 2011 Corvette Z06 has earned a “best” rating with a score of 92. A car’s overall road-test score is the result of more than 50 individual tests and evaluations from Consumer Reports subscribers. For years we’ve derided Consumer Reports for its negative reviews on Corvette and what looks to be a bias against American-made cars in general. But it looks like the data is in and they can no longer dispute the fact that GM makes a very reliable car and that Corvette owners love them and would buy a Corvette again.

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1962 Corvette Wins Great 8 Award at 2011 Detroit Autorama

The annual Detroit Autorama is considered the pinnacle of custom rod and car shows. Over the weekend, 100′s of cars and trucks converged on Cobo Hall in Detroit. Even as the cars were being rolled into their display areas, the judges were already sorting through the contenders until they come up with the Great 8 – the top eight cars in the show. Those cars are then considered for the prestigious Ridler Award, named after Don Ridler who in the 1960′s moved the Detroit Autorama to the forefront of custom car shows in the US. This year a 1962 Corvette was selected as one of the Autorama’s Great 8.

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IntelliChoice Names Corvette as 2011 Best Overall Performace Car Value

Good news for Corvette owners. IntelliChoice has named the Chevrolet Corvette one of its Best Overall Values for 2011 models. IntelliChoice analyzes the data on nearly 1,800 vehicles to determine its Best Overall Values in 21 popular buying segments. The Corvette was listed as the Best Overall Value for Performance Cars.

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Report Ranks Corvette as Vehicle with Lowest Insurance Loss

Last week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute released a report on Insurance Loss for vehicles built between 2007-2009. Surprising just about everybody but us, it turns out Corvette owners average the lowest insurance losses.

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Corvette Racing: Vote for Doug Fehan!

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2010

Your emails to the American Le Mans Series nominating Corvette Racing’s program manager were answered and now Doug is one of five finalists for the coveted “From the Fans” award. Doug is currently running second in the voting so we need to get the word out to Corvette Racing fans everywhere to put him over the top.

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O'Connell and Beretta Nominated for ALMS Favorite Driver

American Le Mans has opened up voting for two of its most coveted postseason awards: the Most Popular Driver and From the Fan’s awards. The first round of voting is now open and Olivier Beretta and Johnny O’Connell will be representing Corvette Racing. The top three vote-getters move to a final round with the winner being announced at the end of the season awards banquet on Sunday, October 3rd.

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Corvette Named to KBB's 2010 Best Resale Value Top 10

According to Kelley Blue Book, Chevrolet’s Corvette is one of 2010′s top 10 vehicles for having the best resale value. The survey recognizes those vehicles based on their projected retained value five years from now.

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Corvette Shines in Consumer Reports Owner Satisfaction Survey

Chevrolet’s Corvette has once again made the Consumer Report’s Owner Satisfaction survey. Although specifics weren’t discussed, Corvette ranked third overall behind the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Rounding out the top 6 was the Porsche 911, Toyota Prius and the all-wheel drive Acura TL.

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1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

Every once in a while a custom Corvette will come along that knocks your socks off and this is definitely one of those moments. Named the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, this 1962 Corvette was built by The Roadster Shop for customer Barry Blomquist and showed at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where it apparently made a huge impression on the judges and crowd alike.

The custom Corvette is dubbed the “C1RS” and as you can see, very few of the original components remain. Just about every part of the body was custom built, from the aluminum front end to the hand-formed hood. Carbon fiber and billet trim are featured throughout the roadster while inside the cockpit, Italian read leather seats, alcantara suede accents and an aluminum dash complete the look.

Under the hood you’ll find an LS7 from Turnkey Engines that produces 618 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the Z06 engine is a T-56 transmission. The custom Corvette features a custom suspension components from Detroit Speed & Engineering while Brembo 14 1/2 inch, 6-piston brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year 1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

While technically a show car, this Corvette was built to go and that’s what it did at the Goodguy Nationals. Each of the entries is required to run 3 laps on the autocross course and this 1962 Corvette C1RS smoked the field of 31 competitors and came in first.

“We’ve had this car in our minds for a long time,” Jeremy Gerber smiled. “Our guys at the shop worked tirelessly over an entire year getting this car to Columbus. Barry Blonquist gave us the resources and opportunity to build our vision. We’re thankful to win this award for Barry and the Roadster Shop.”

The only disappointment we have is that we were only provided two photos. Hopefully one of the Corvette magazines will get together with The Roadster Shop’s Phil and Jeremy Gerber for a well deserved photo shoot. If that happens, we’ll be more than excited to share more of the 1962 Corvette C1RS with you.


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GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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