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Corvette Lifestyles

VetteGirl.TV Video Series

If you haven’t yet seen Becky Anderson AKA Vette Girl tearing up some of the best tracks in America in a borrowed Corvette Z06, head over to the internet show’s newly launched website, www.vettegirl.tv. The show is off to a fast start with five episodes already produced and posted, and they can all be viewed on the new site.

Becky’s enthusiasm for going fast is infectious. For those of us that have never taken a Corvette to a track event, its interesting to see what happens next as we’re new to this experience as well. And for you guys who do take their Corvettes to the track, watch out for the Blue DC C5 Z06 sporting the number 13, because the girl driving it only has one thing on her mind and it doesn’t involve following your ugly ass.

Vette Girl – An American Adventure is produced by Patrick Gramm of DigitalCorvettes.com and the quality and content to date have been excellent. A new episode is usually posted every 10 to 14 days and the interesting storyline has turned the series into a must watch for any serious Corvette fan. Make sure you register and you’ll be notified when a new episode is posted. We hear the next track on Vette Girl’s conquest list is Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. Go Vette Girl Go!


Source:
www.vettegirl.tv

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Remarkable 1954 Silver Style Corvette Reborn

by Keith Cornett on July 25, 2008

1954 Style Corvette - Photo credit: James Haefner

While 1954 Corvettes are far from ordinary, VIN #2771 of 3640 produced in the second year of Corvette production took the path that few Corvettes seldom see and has survived to tell the tale 54 years later. This Corvette would become part of an exclusive club known as “style” Corvettes. Style Corvettes were cars usually pulled off the assembly line and sent to GM’s design studios where they would undergo a host of interior and exterior design changes as Chevrolet looked to improve and refine the looks, comfort and usability of the two-seat sports car.

The life span of a “style” Corvette was usually short. It was common for these cars to be destroyed after their “styling” exercises were concluded, but in some instances they were returned as close as stock as possible and resold. In some rare cases, they were kept in their restyled configuration and sold to GM employees or outsiders with ties to the Corvette program

Yet E54S002771 wasn’t pulled from the assembly line like the typical style Corvette. She started out the way most 2nd year Corvettes did – delivered to her new owner with a factory fresh Polo White enamel exterior with Sportsman Red interior. The original owner of #2771 was a GM employee named Roger Crispel. Roger longed for a 1953 Corvette, but being neither a VIP nor a celebrity, the two credentials needed to secure 1 of the 300 Corvettes built in that first year, had to settle on a 1954 model.

Roger received his Corvette in the middle of 1954 and thoroughly enjoyed the car until he started having issues with the mechanicals and the top. His Chevrolet dealer was powerless to help and may have actually contributed to Roger’s problems as at one point the Corvette wouldn’t go any faster than 15 mph. Copies of letters exist today show Roger wrote to Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole, describing his issues with his 1954 Corvette and how his euphoria and enthusiasm for the car had turned to dismay. Cole suggested dropping off the car at GM’s executive garage and Roger was given use of a company car while the mechanical problems could be correctly diagnosed and fixed. GM performance contributor and 3-time Indy 500 winner Mauri Rose signed off on the engine performance once the repairs were completed. Fitted with the second generation top now found on 1955 Corvettes, the Corvette was reunited with her owner.

In 1955 Roger was leading one of GM’s various interior design studios and needed a Corvette for a proposal. Instead of requesting a Corvette off the assembly line, he offered up his own car for the exercise. The first design exercise for #2771 was Shop Order 2536 and was dated 4-14-55. That exercise had the Corvette painted orange and black. “Hideous” is the word that Roger used to describe the appearance of his Corvette at the conclusion of the study.

A second Corvette design proposal was floated a few months later and once again Roger offered up his own 1954 Corvette as the subject. This exercise was Shop Order 10028 and was dated 2-11-56. The Corvette was repainted in a finish that Roger himself created. The color was described as having a goldish-silver hue and so he named it “Sahara Silver”. The interior was redone in a two-tone black and silver alligator leather trim and the original beige top was replaced with black canvas which really complimented the silver exterior and black and silver interior. Other styling enhancements included an engine-turned gauge bezel, a prototype three spoke Corvette steering wheel, vertical “shark-fin” headlamp fittings and a center armrest storage console.

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1954 Style Corvette 1954 Style Corvette 1954 Style Corvette

The “shark-fin” headlamp fittings are one of the more interesting aspects of the second design proposal. 1953-1955 Corvettes are well known for their wire-mesh basket headlight covers, but due to laws in several states that prohibited obstruction of the headlights, the vertical shark-fin was tested as an alternative to the production headlamp baskets. In the end only two sets were made with one set installed on this 1954 Corvette while the other set found its way to GM Design Chief Chuck Jordan’s own Corvette.

The details of the two separate style exercises were well documented as Roger kept fastidious records. The 2-inch GM binder retained with the Corvette details the progress of the design proposals and numerous photos show the corvette undergoing the work in GM’s design shops. The Corvette itself is documented with the shop order (SO) id and date stamped on a metal plate that was then riveted to the Corvette’s cowl.

Sometime in the early Seventies, the Corvette was sold to Bruce Vollmer who restored the Corvette back to its original Polo White with Sportsman Red interior. The custom parts like the shark-fin headlamp splitters, dash, steering wheel and top all remained on the car. Shortly after this restoration, #2771 was parked in a heated garage where it remained for 30 years. Family, work, and money are often the reasons why cars are parked and forgotten and such was the case with this 1954 Corvette Roadster.

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Corvette restorer Werner Meier knew #2771′s second owner Bruce Vollmer and had seen the Corvette in person. He had also seen the two-inch binder that documented her time in GM’s design studios. Knowing the special history of the Corvette, Werner often tried to convince Bruce to let him restore the car, but to no avail. Finally, the time was right and the Corvette was sold to well known automotive collector Ken Lingenfelter (no relation to John), who had the car transported to Werner’s Masterworks Automotive Services in Madison Heights, Michigan for restoration.

Werner used the data and pictures from the second design exercise as the basis of the restoration and the results of his eight months of labor are stunning. Much of the chrome had to be redone and Werner concentrated much of his talents on improving the fit and finish of the panels and gaps that early Corvettes are notoriously known for. Werner also had to take special care when working on the car’s custom pieces like the “shark-fin” headlight splitters. They were showing deterioration when he received the car and should anything have happened to them during the restoration process, there was no supplier call to order a new set.

The future of #2771 remains to be written, but looks to be much brighter since becoming one of the cornerstones of Ken Lingenfelter’s 150 car collection. Ken recently shared this Corvette and several others as E54S002771 made her public debut at the NCRS Michigan Regional Meet in Novi in Mid May 2008.

For a pricing perspective we turned to Vette-N-Vestment’s Bob Kroupa who said that documented style Corvettes are very rare and when they do reach the open market, they usually sell for a premium price. Bob mentioned the recent sale of two style Corvettes that were sold during 2006′s Bloomington Gold auction as a comparison. Both were owned by the former President of Chevrolet Bunkie Knudsen. A pink 1964 automatic coupe with air that was styled for his wife sold to collector Bob McDorman for $367,500 while Mike Yager of Mid America snatched up Bunkies personal frost blue 1964 Coupe for $278,250.


Source:
Masterworks Automotive Services
Corvette Forum

Photo Credits
Al Steiger – North Oaks Corvette Club
James Haefner – Haefner Photo
John Hinckley – Michigan NCRS

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Fire Chief Selects a 1978 Corvette for Command Car

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2008

Corvette Documentation

Dennis, Massachusetts Fire Chief Mark Dellner has added a new vehicle his fleet – a “fire engine red” 1978 Corvette outfitted with a light bar, graphics and a siren that can be heard two miles away. Chief Dellner says the use of the Corvette as his personal command and control vehicle makes perfect sense: “when I have to get to a fire, I have to get there fast.”

According to Chief Dellner, the Corvette will also be a public relations boon. “Actually, no, it’s just keeping up with the times,” said Dellner. “Young people like to see that public officials are ‘with it,’ and the Corvette projects the image they expect.”

“We had a little trouble mounting the light bar just behind the T-top, but it fits beautifully. Also that massive chrome siren can be heard two miles away. This little baby will get me through town at 80 miles an hour. This car was the official pace car for the 1978 Indianapolis 500. Tell me, what better car is there in which to race to a fire?”

The town’s police chief Mike Whalen has received calls from concerned citizens about the prospect of the Fire Chief’s Corvettes racing through town at 80 mph. His only comment was “Does it come in blue?”

Check out the full tongue and cheek post of the Fire Chief’s new Corvette at capecodtoday.com
Source:
capecodtoday.com Related:
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Reminder: Friday is Drive Your Corvette To Work Day

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2008

Corvettes at a Ford Dealership on Drive Your Corvette to Work Day
Just a reminder if you haven’t made plans yet. Friday, June 27th is the 8th Annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work Day” sponsored by Mid America Motorworks. Every year on the Friday closest to June 30th, the day production started on the 1953 Corvette in Flint Michigan, Corvette enthusiasts celebrate the official birthday of America’s Sports Car by driving their Corvette to work.The annual event was launched in 2001 by Mike Yager and Mid America Motorworks with the goal to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible. If you do drive your Corvette to work, take a picture and send it to clubs@mamotorworks.com. Mid America Motorworks will post the photos on their website.
“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Mike Yager, founder and “Chief Cheerleader” of Mid America Motorworks, the world’s leading supplier of Corvette parts and accessories. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. And it is a chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners
Last year, I celebrated Drive Your Corvette to Work Day by making a video of the drive into downtown Tampa to the datacenter where my websites are hosted. It was a fun experience and I would recommend to any Corvette owner to make plans to include your favorite car for tomorrow’s commute to work.


Source:
MAMotorworks.com

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[VIDEO] VetteGirl.TV Video Series Makes Debut

by Keith Cornett on June 5, 2008

VetteGirl.TV Video Series

Becky Anderson is a typical mother of three, but after meeting Patrick Gramm of Digital Corvettes and Vette Dogs fame, she trades in the minivan for Patrick’s 2002 Z06 Corvette race car. “Becky has no qualifications whatsoever to be a Corvette race car driver, except for her enthusiasim and desire to go really fast.” This is the set up for the first episode of Vette Girl, a new weekly video series that chronicles Becky’s pursuit of speed. According to some of the comments from Patrick, the show has grand aspirations for 40 episodes this year.

Here’s the first episode which has Becky taking the broken Z06 to the shop and acutally gets a lesson on performing some of the mechanical upgrades herself:

New episodes of Vette Girl’s racing adventures will be shown on DigitalCorvettes.com when available. Also, check out the forums for discussing the videos.


Source:
DigitalCorvettes.com

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Split Window inspired Corvette Speed Boat

So let me get this straight…A car named after a boat is used as the design inspiration for another boat? Swedish designer Bo Zolland takes the classic design cues from a 1963 Corvette split window coupe and applied it to this ultra cool speed boat design. It’s the ultimate Corvette Corvette! While these boats are just concepts, there is actually a swedish company taking orders to build you the real deal.

More photos after the jump.

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Zolland offers up several different power plants that these retro speed boats can be powered by, including the 496 or 502 Mercruiser, LS9 Marine or the 550 hp Volvo Penta Diesel. In the red example about, we believe Bo goes off the deep end by mounting what appears to be dual Viper V10s just feet behind the passenger cockpit. We think if you are going through the process of recreating the original sting ray, it should at least be powered by a pair of modern 7.0L Chevy LS7s, right?


Source:
AutoUnleashed

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GM’s Free Corvette Restoration Package

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2008

Do you own a classic Corvette? If so, grab your phone and have your Corvette’s vehicle Identification Number (VIN) available because GM offers a free Corvette restoration package for those of us living in the States. The package contains year specific data sheets including production numbers, facts, options, original pricing, colors, chassis and engine info including casting numbers. A second part of the restoration package includes some basic information on storage and care, period ads, clubs and museums and a list of GM Restoration Parts dealers.

The package is available by calling 800-222-1020 and asking for your Free Corvette Restoration package. It usually takes between a week or two to receive. I heard about this and received my package years ago, but a recent tip on the Forum reminded me about it.

I’m not sure what the cutoff years are but is sounded like the request is good for at least C1 to C3 owners and perhaps even early C4′s as well. This is a nice touch from the General to offer this free information for Corvette owners on cars sold 30, 40 and even 50 years ago. And as one forum member stated, you can’t beat the price!


Source:
CorvetteForum.com

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Supercar Mashup: 1993 Corvette Diablo FI Stingray

by Keith Cornett on March 13, 2008

1993 FI Stingray

We are intrigued by this mating of two of the world’s most recognizable supercars – Corvette and Lamborghini – creating what the owner has renamed the FI Stingray. The car features a 1993 Corvette Chassis and custom front-end mated to the rear end of a Lamborghini Diablo. The Corvette was spotted at the 2008 Canadian International Autoshow last month in Toronto.

So, was this experiment successful? Click the Comment Link below and let me know what you think.

1993 FI Stingray


Source:
Madwhips.com

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1964 RightHand Drive Corvette

Vette Magazine has a great feature about this 1964 Corvette barn car. What’s unique about the story is that the barn (and car) was located in Australia. Peter Bowen, a finance broker in Toowoomba, Queensland went to buy a ’67 Camaro, but it was full of rust. Then he saw the distinctive shape of the 1964 Corvette and negotiated the sale over the course of several weeks.

Bowen had the Corvette converted to righthand drive by Corvette Queensland, a company that specializes in LHD to RHD conversions. With the interior flipped to RHD as well, it almost gives you the sensation of looking into a mirror. The Corvette underwent a body-off restoration that took some six years to complete, but as you can tell from the photo it was worth the wait.

Visit Vette Magazine to read the entire article and view the photos.


Source:
Vette Magazine

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Carlisle Details 2008 Corvette Show Plans

by Keith Cornett on February 18, 2008

Got a Red, White or Blue Corvette? If you’re planning on attending the Corvettes at Carlisle show later this Summer, you might want to sign up for this year’s participant highlight – an aerial display of the American flag created with 104 Red, White and Blue Corvettes. The flag will be created and displayed on Friday, August 22nd and all participants will receive free parking and a free digital copy of the photo.

If you’re interested in being part of this display, click here for the registration form.

Other Corvettes at Carlisle displays include:

Chips Choice:
Corvettes at Carlisle is jumping headfirst in the “Resto-Mod” craze by hosting a gathering of these special built Corvettes. The chosen Corvettes are determined by a “quality selection process” which consists of uniqueness, overall appearance, desirability and build quality. If you want to be consider for this year’s Chip’s Choice Invitation, contact Lance Miller via email at lancem@carlisleevents.com.

Anniversary Reunions:
Lance and his team will gather an array of 1958 Corvettes for the 50th anniversary display. As this is also 30th anniversary for the 1978 Corvette Pace Car, look for a gathering representing the Black and Silver Indianapolis 500 Replicas.

Lance Miller, Senior Director with Carlisle Events commented, “This year’s event is going to be one for the record books. Each year demonstrates how a love for Corvettes can bring such an array of great people together at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. I consider them to be my friends and family and I know we share the same passion for life. Life is good!”

Corvettes at Carlisle is planned for August 22-24 at the Carlisle, PA Fairgrounds. More details can be found at CarlisleEvents.com.


Source:
CarlisleEvents.com

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