NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson, NFL star running back DeAngelo Williams and Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell will get behind the wheel of various Corvette models for the premiere of SPEED’s original series Test Drive. Hosted by Tommy Kendall, the Corvette test drives will take place on the streets surrounding Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C and Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw S.C. The show airs next Wednesday, December 8th at 10:30 pm EST so get those DVR’s set. For a bit of a preview, check out the advance photos we got from SPEED.
I have a special affinity for barn cars. My own 1966 Corvette spent over 11 years locked away in a barn and I still remember the day of pushing it out into the sunlight and loading it on a trailer. On the outside was a thick layer of dust that covered everything. Inside, mice and other rodents had taken up residence in the engine compartment. For an automotive enthusiast, barn cars are the equivalent of archaeology – uncovering someone’s lost or forgotten treasure and making it great again. If you appreciate barn cars and the stories of how they were uncovered, you’ll love the new book by Tom Cotter called “The Corvette in the Barn.”
The Rossi SixtySix and its designer David R paid a visit to Jay Leno’s garage for some quality time with the late night host. Longtime readers of CorvetteBlogger know of our affection for the retro-looking rebodied C6 that the Rossi SixtySix inspires. But now the SixtySix’s first real test comes from a passionate Corvette enthusiast whose collection focuses more on later model performance than classic midyear fiberglass.
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Chevrolet dealer Bob McDorman spent years assembling one of the finest and most diverse collections of Corvettes. With models spanning each year of production from 1953 through 2009, Bob also sought out low VIN Corvettes, pace cars and Corvettes previously owned by GM executives and celebrities. In addition to his Corvettes, Bob’s collection also featured other Chevrolets and tons of memoriabilia that only a dealer could assemble.
Check out our gallery of photos from the Bob McDorman Auction after the jump.
The computer geek in me loved this video. The CorvetteBlogger in me made sure to share it with you! Watch how a remote controlled Corvette toy becomes a modded personal computer.
Here is one customized Corvette you won’t see a SEMA. With the demographics of Corvette owners trending older, I’m sure this won’t be the last Corvette to feature a scooter carrier. Hands down, the kicker of the photo is the “BYE” handicap vanity license plate which shows the owner not only has their faculties, but a keen sense of humor as well.
Admit it. Most of us that drive our Corvettes regularly have had the experience of having to transport a bulky item and your Corvette is the only car available. Others choose to do by towing campers or small trailers. I came across this enterprising owner this weekend traveling south on I75 in Ocala, Florida with a solution to storage space or lack thereof in an early C4 Corvette. The best part of this solution? He was doing an easy 80 mph and the heavy traffic was no problem for the less than aerodynamic Greenwood-kitted Corvette.
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Chevy celebrates the tremendous end-of-the-season win by Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans with this full page advertisement in the Friday, October 8th edition of USA Today.
Corvette Racing C6.R driver Johnny O’Connell hosts an annual celebrity auction at Petit Le Mans to raise money for Alzheimer’s research and The Guest House, an adult day health care facility in Gainesville, GA. We’ll have another post detailing some of the cool race items that were sold. However, the highlight of the evening was when he sang “I want to Rock N Roll All Night” with help from Corvette Racing Crew Chief Mike West and rocker Dan Fastuca.