Wayne Bickley’s 1996 Black Corvette and its supercharged 396 cubic inch V8 was the epitome of performance. Unfortunately, it was also a target of California’s stringent emissions laws. So instead of fighting the man, Bickley went the opposite direction by dumping the gas-powered V8 engine for an electric motor and a batch of 16-volt batteries. How is the performance of that black Vette now? Check out these videos to see for yourself.
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The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.
Fifty-eight years ago today, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line which was located at a small factory on Van Slyke Road, next to the Flint Truck Plant. On June 30, 1953, the chevrolet workers who built the first Corvettes gathered around VIN 001 for this group photograph. In that first year of production, only 300 of the Polo White two-seaters would be built and all were assembled by hand.
The opportunity to participate in the Saint Bernard Classic Corvette giveway is quickly coming to a close. This year’s classic Corvette is a numbers matching 1965 convertible powered by a 396/425 horsepower V8. The drawing is Sunday, July 10th and you only have a limited time to purchase tickets. Find out more about Saint Bernard’s classic Corvette giveaway and check out the walk-around video after the jump.
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We finally had a chance to check out the new 2012 color, Carlisle Blue, in person last weekend at the Bloomington Gold show. This was on the same car which we spotted on Lance Miller’s Facebook page. A constant stream of people surrounded the new Grand Sport convertible and its 2012 stable mates in the GM booth most of the weekend. Click past the jump to see more of Corvette’s newest shade of blue.
In case you were unable to make it to Carlisle, PA back in May for the Premiere of The Quest, the acclaimed documentary about the Briggs Cunningham Corvettes that raced for the first time at 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1960, we’ve got good news. The movie has been booked for an encore showing during Corvettes at Carlisle. The movie will be shown Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets now because this event is sure to sell out!
Today was the 11th annual National Drive your Corvette to Work Day. It’s the one day where we try to get as many Corvettes on the street as possible. The holiday gets people talking about Corvettes as well as the opportunity for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners. Did you drive your Corvette to work today? Send us a photo and well add it here to our growing collection.
For the last eleven years, the Friday closest to June 30th is chosen as the day to drive your Corvette to work. Mid America’s Mike Yager came up with the concept as a way to show just how popular Corvettes are. The date for this year’s National Drive Your Corvette to Work day is this Friday, June 24th.
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It was a busy Father’s Day weekend here at CorvetteBlogger.com. We kicked off back to back car shows first by participating in the Canterbury Vette Fest held in Lake Orion, MI. This was the 7th annual event at this location hosted by the GMC Corvette Set club. Mother Nature and roughly 100 Corvettes made for a fantastic day on the grounds of Olde World Canterbury Village. Corvettes from all generations were sprinkled about the scenic streets, sidewalks, and green grass of the village. The event was free to spectators and raised over $3,000 dollars for the Leader Dogs for Blind. Check out some pics from the event after the jump.
While visiting the NCM during the Bash, I was going through the different galleries when I came across a group of people watching a video of hockey highlights. One lady turned to me and said “What does hockey have to do with Corvettes?” I replied that the highlights are of Craig Anderson who wears Corvette Racing’s Jake on his goalie helmet. Of course the next question was “Who is Jake?” and that took some explaining as well, but I digress.
Goalie Craig Anderson, who plays for the Ottawa Senators, has been a lifelong Corvette enthusiast and has owned Corvettes since he was 18. His current ride is a 2007 Corvette Z06. His love of Corvettes comes from his father, NCM Board Member Richard Anderson, who has owned and raced the sports car in SCCA events.