This SlideShowPro photo gallery requires the Flash Player plugin and a web browser with JavaScript enabled.

Corvette Lifestyles

NCRS Kicks Off Membership Drive

by Keith Cornett on November 27, 2007

NCRSThe National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) has kicked off a major membership drive and if you own or are in the process of buying a classic Corvette, you really need to consider becoming a member. The non-profit enthusiast group has a current membership base of nearly 16,000 families dedicated to the restoration, preservation, history and enjoyment of the Corvette. I’ve been a member (#36013) for about 6 or 7 years and I can tell you the yearly dues are one of the best investments you can make, especially for those new to the classic Corvette hobby or looking to purchase their first collectible Corvette. As a member of the NCRS, you’ll receive: The Corvette Restorer Magazine
The quartery magazine features 56 pages of the best unbiased technical and how-to articles written by the most famous and trusted names in the Corvette hobby. The NCRS Driveline
Averaging 130 pages an issue, the bi-monthly newsletter is full of articles, but the real draw is the the 600+ classified ads from members for buying and selling Corvettes, parts and information. Expert Help
Unbiased expert Corvette answers from 18 NCRS Technical advisors, as well as access to the thousands of Corvette Restorer articles, NCRS publications, and one of my favorite places to visit on the web, the NCRS Technical Discussion Forum. Corvette Events and Local Chapters
The 45 local NCRS chapters sponsor judged shows, technical sessions, road tours and social events. These events are a great way to meet and learn from fellow members. I’ve often used the phrase that knowledge is power when it comes to buying and selling classic Corvettes. Join the NCRS today by visiting www.NCRS.org or by calling 513-385-8526.
Source:
National Corvette Restorers Society Related:
ProTeam Corvette to Host NCRS Technical Seminar
Wayne Scraba Stepping Down as Editor of NCRS Corvette Restorer Technorati Tags:
| | | |

Holiday Traffic Brings Corvette Fans Together

by Keith Cornett on November 26, 2007

Charlie's 1965 Nassau blue ConvertibleThe Thanksgiving holiday found me driving a rented GMC Acadia from Tampa to Southeastern Kentucky for our annual family reunion. Friday kicked off the second leg of our trip as the family and I journeyed down I26 in South Carolina, picking up I95 on our way to Savannah Georgia. The round trip is about 1,800 miles and offers a lot of time for reflection. Seeing a couple of old cars including a first gen Mustang and a cool candy apple red Oldsmobile 442, I lamented the fact that you don’t see many C2 Corvettes on the highway anymore. Then I came across Charlie and his 1965 Corvette Convertible. Settling in behind the Nassau Blue 1965 Convertible, I set the cruise to 75 and kept a respectful distance. It was in the mid 50′s on Friday, a bit chilly for top-down driving as you can see. And because of the chill in the air and my six year old sleeping in the back seat, I decided against putting down the windows to hear the sound emanating from the side exhaust of the blue Convertible. The feeling of driving a midyear Corvette down a highway is something that can’t easily be explained. It’s just one of those things that has to be experienced for yourself. Seeing Charlie made me wish I was on a road trip in my 1966 Corvette, driving down the highway on my way home from what must have been a cool adventure. I snapped a couple photos of the 1965 Convertible and then made my Savannah exit, leaving Charlie to continue on by himself, never knowing a Corvette brother-in-arms was in that white GMC that tailed him for those few miles. Monday morning came and I was reviewing the photos from the long weekend. Seeing that the 1965 Corvette had a Florida vanity plate, I decided to see if I could track down the driver. Looking first to see if he was a member of any of the forums, I struck gold on my first attempt with the Corvette Forum and sent Charlie the following message:

Charlie: Very nice 1965 Corvette. I was lucky enough to fall in behind you for about 20 miles on I95 in South Carolina just before the Georgia border. I was driving a white GMC SUV. Send me your email and I will forward you a couple of photos I took. Keith
aka keith@vettefinders on the forum…
Charlie responded back within the hour:
Keith: I remember a white SUV that stayed with me for a while. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good. I was headed home from Thanksgiving with my family in Charlotte. I spent the night in St. Augustine and the next morning I stopped at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona. Too many cars to see in one day. I had to be home in Ft. Lauderdale by Saturday night.
I sent Charlie the two photos I took of him in his Corvette, both from the rear as he headed down the highway. Turns out he was on the final leg of an extended road trip which took him and other members of the Sting Rays Corvette Club up to Deals Gap North Carolina for a run on the Tail of the Dragon. Charlie’s Corvette is ideal for highway driving as he dropped a Tremec 5-Speed into it during the second restoration. You can see the former barn car for yourself on page 80 of December 2007′s Corvette Fever Magazine. We passed a couple of more emails during the day and I suggested the two of us meeting up in January at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida to say hello. Charlie, I was tired and bored from the long ride and then I saw you and your beautiful Corvette driving down the road. Thanks for allowing me to tag along! Related:
A Corvette Thanksgiving Technorati Tags:
| | | |

Former Corvette Engineering Chief to Launch Podcast

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Former Corvette Chief Engineer Dave McLellan who led the Corvette platform from 1975 through 1992 is planning on launching a Corvette podcast on his forthcoming website CorvetteChief.com. Appearing on the Podcast Answer Man, Dave says his 18 years at the helm of Corvette in addition to his close proximity with Corvette fans will be the basis of planned topics. McLellan followed in the very big footsteps of Corvette’s first Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov who retired in 1975. Under McLellan’s watch, new technologies were introduced to Corvette including ABS, traction control, airbags, keyless entry and extended mobility tires. He produced the first 140 mph Corvette in more than a decade and his crown achievement was development of the original King of the Hill, the Corvette ZR-1.

“I interact with enough Corvette folks in a years time that I have a pretty good sense of the kinds of questions that people want to ask about the car, or about me or about you know the guys who are doing the car today.” Said McLellan, “It makes the most sense to start out just talking about things I know and are interesting to me and that I think will be interesting to other people and then let it branch from there and that’s where feedback is very useful.”
The new podcast will be produced by BitCastMedia.com and will be appearing on Dave’s soon-to-be-released website, CorvetteChief.com. We’ll keep an ear to the intertubes for more details when the site goes live.
Source:
Podcast Answer Man Related:
Video: Building the Last C4 Corvette Technorati Tags:
| | | |

Corvette Returns to Water with Malibu Boats

by Keith Cornett on October 3, 2007

Malibu Boats Corvette EditionThose of you who are knowledgeable in Corvette trivia know that the name for Corvette came from Chevrolet’s Chief photographer Myron “Scottie” Scott, who turned a dictionary to the letter C and found the name of “a speedy pursuit ship in the British Navy”. With a fresh licensing deal from General Motors, Malibu Boats will be helping Corvette return to her roots by building the new Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V, a water sports boat based on the design of the 2008 Corvette C6. This isn’t the first time Malibu Boats has produced a Corvette for General Motors. In the 1990′s Malibu produced boats with styling cues from both the C4 and C5 Corvette. Now, the 3rd generation Corvette Sport-V will be available in both Coupe and Z06 editions. The Z06 package includes the 512 horsepower 7.0 liter LS7 and features Z06 emblems and trailer wheels. Previous versions of the Malibu Corvette featured a Corvette styled hood, an instrument panel styled like a Corvette dash and a bucket-seat interior trimmed in the Corvette pattern. Actual Corvette emblems are strategically placed inside and out, while openings for the bilge vents have been integrated into the transom and styled like Corvette taillights. Even the dual exhausts carry Corvette-style extended chrome tips, while the matching trailer flashes four frenched taillights and genuine Corvette alloy wheels with Z-rated Goodyear tires. The new Corvette Limited Edition Sport-V will be unveiled at the Malibu Boats Dealer meeting in November and should be in showrooms this winter. Based on previous sales of the C4 and C5 Malibu boats, these limited production boats won’t be available for long.
Source:
WakeWorld
Popular Mechanics Technorati Tags:
| | |

The Corvette Restorer Magazine from the NCRSThe National Corvette Restorers Society announced that Wayne Scraba will be stepping down from his Managing Editor position of The Corvette Restorer magazine. Under Scraba’s tenure, The Corvette Restorer Magazine was redesigned and now has a very professional quality normally associated with high-line publications. So now the search begins for Wayne’s replacement, and as we like to highlight cool jobs that surround our hobby, here is the job description if you are interested in becoming the next Managing Editor for the venerable NCRS publication: 1. Solicit, edit verify and assemble suitable reprinted materials
2. Develop original content
3. Manage a production schedule
4. Control an operating budget
You must have the ability to travel to selected (five to seven) NCRS events held around the country, gathering story ideas and photographical assets. Interested? Contact Dick Whittington at 336-957-6106 for details.
Source: NCRS.org Technorati Tags:
| | |

Vettes and Jets on the Lex

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2007

A couple guys from my Corvette Club (Tampa Bay Vettes) made the 1,100 mile trek from Tampa, Florida to Corpus Christi, Texas to take part in Vettes and Jets on the Lex last weekend and luckily for us they set up a temporary blog so we can follow their adventures. If you’ve never seen 300 Corvettes on an aircraft carrier, it is a site to behold. According to the local paper, the event broke a record for most cars on an aircraft carrier and raised almost $60,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project and United Service Organizations of South Texas. After this event, Richard and Wes are heading north to Effingham, Illinois for Mid America Motorworks annual Fun Fest.

Vettes and Jets on the Lex
For additional photos from Richard and Wes on their trip to the USS Lexington and Mid America Motorworks’ Fun Fest, Click Here.
Source:
Vettes & Jets on the Lex/Fun Fest Blog
Vettes & Jets on the Lex Related:
Cars and Coffee (and Corvettes!) at the duPont Registry Technorati Tags:
| | |

Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2007

=I just ordered the new book by Mid America Motorworks’ Mike Yager, the aptly titled Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible. The book sounds like an interesting concept and I am looking forward to reviewing it. Every model year has its own chapter that delves into the historical and technical details and provides insider tips for buyers and sellers. The book is huge with over 300 pages of commentary, graphs and photos and is priced at $24.99 plus shipping. My NCM E-Newsletter says that for every copy sold through the end of the year, Mike will donate $5 to the National Corvette Museum. As an added bonus, Mike will also be personally signing each copy sold. I’m looking forward to receiving this book and after I’ve had a chance to review Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible, I’ll share my thoughts and observations. Mike Yager’s Corvette Bible can be ordered at Mid America Motorworks or by calling 800-500-1500.
Source:
Mid America Motorworks Related:
Corvette’s Mike Yager Named To Top 50 Car Collector List
VetteFinders.com Releases Annual Corvette Price Guide Technorati Tags:
| |

CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates Second Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2007

Whew, the years are just flying by. As the headline suggests, this week is the second anniversary of the founding of CorvetteBlogger.com. It’s been a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed myself. The blog has come a long way since I first got started back in 2005. As I drive into the third year of being a Corvette Blogger, I am confident about the direction this site is heading and I thought I would share that with you. The blog will continue to focus on valuations with an emphasis on buying and selling Corvettes because that is really what interests me. The growth of the market and interest from new owners keeps our hobby strong and vibrant. When purchasing a Corvette, knowledge is power. It’s my goal to inform you on which models are worth pursuing and why, as well as which models you may want to bypass. Corvette news plays an important part of this blog. We scour the Corvette world to bring you the latest on what’s happening. Most of all, I try to avoid being part of the echo chamber by not only telling you what is making the news, but giving you an analysis of how it may impact the Corvette hobby. And finally, the trifecta of this blog’s content is living the Corvette Lifestyle. The Corvette lifestyle is what binds us and brings us together no matter what model or year you own and it’s why I put my heart and soul into this blog. You may have noticed if you’ve been reading over the last few months that I’ve been posting stories of how the Corvette lifestyle relates to me personally. It’s important for me that you see that I am living the dream… not just talking about it. The blog continues to be very well received and it’s wonderful reading comments from people with various viewpoints. Please! If you’re on the site and you see a post that hits home, or if I get something so completely wrong, let me know by leaving a comment. Lastly, what can I do to make this blog better. If you have some ideas that you think other Corvette enthusiasts would be interested in, please let me know. So thanks again for being a part of this website and get ready for another year of outstanding Corvette coverage!
Related:
CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary Technorati Tags:
| |

CorvetteBlogger at the Beach…

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2007

Just a quick note to let you know I’ve been out a few days and will be out a few more. For the rest of the week I will be working extra hard doing this…

CorvetteBlogger at the beach
Life’s a beach when you love what you do. See you next week!

Saturday Night Hangout: Corvettes @ Insty Tune

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2007

Saturday came and with it the quest to meet other local Corvette drivers. I hit the Corvette Florida forum and the consensus for a Saturday night cruise-in in Tampa is Andreh’s Insty Tune in North Tampa. Held every Saturday, the informal gathering meets from 5-8pm. Perfect. So leaving the house around 6pm I headed up to Insty Tune. When I got there, the parking lot held 15 other Corvettes, almost all of them backed into their parking space with the hoods up.

Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa Corvettes at Insty Tune in Tampa
At the gathering I met some new people as well as saw some familiar faces from my Corvette club, Tampa Bay Vettes. Corvettes from nearly all generations were represented, with only the C1 missing. One of more interesting Corvettes was a 2004 Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06 which was also one of the loudest cars I have ever heard. The Z06′s license plate frame say’s it all “Loud Pipes Save Lives”. Yea, I think Zora would have approved.
Related:
Cars and Coffee (and Corvettes!) at the duPont Registry Technorati Tags:
| |
Page 67 of 79« First...102030405060...6566676869...Last »