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Corvette Lifestyles

Le Mans: Corvette Racing and the National Anthem

by Keith Cornett on June 15, 2007

Paul Reed Smith Guitars has been a sponsor of Corvette Racing for the past three years. So it’s no surprise that PRS axe-wielding crew member Mike West would try to get some “air-time” for their sponsor at the Le Mans Garage. And what a better way to do so than a rendition of the USA’s National Anthem. In France. Right next to Aston Martin’s Garage.


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A Very Busy Week for Corvette Fans

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2007

This week in June is unique as there are two major events that are going on that will appeal to different parts of the Corvette Enthusiast spectrum. The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show kicks of on June 14th and runs through the 17th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. Judging for the Survivor class begins at 1:00pm. On Friday, the show will be in full swing with Gold and Benchmark judging underway and of course our favorite event, the Gold Auction begins at 3:00pm. We will have our usual preview of significant or unique Corvettes that we feel are that will be the ones to watch as the week progresses. To follow the events online, visit the Bloomington Gold website. The second major event we are following this week is Corvette Racings defense of their 24 hours of LeMans crown. As you know, the first half of the ALMS season hasn’t been all that exciting due to the lack of a competitor in the GT1 class. But all that changes in France as 15 cars are entered in the GT1 class. The team has one five LeMans championships in the last six years and this week the team may be facing their greatest challenge. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of LeMans is Wednesday and Thursday. The Race kicks off for us in the United States on Saturday morning. As always, we will have updates following the progress of Team Corvette throughout the week. I’d like to also thank Richard Prince of Richard Prince Photography for supplying us with several new photographs that will serve as our header this week. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rprincephoto.com.
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June 29th is Drive Your Corvette To Work Day

by Keith Cornett on June 10, 2007

Friday, June 29th, is the date of the 7th Annual Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, sponsored by Mid America Motorworks. In honor of Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, enthusiasts across the United States make “America’s Sports Car” their commuter car for the day. Every year, the Friday closest to June 30, Corvettes official birthday, is chosen to observe Drive Your Corvette To Work Day. Mid America Motorworks promotes Drive Your Corvette To Work Day among Corvette owners and clubs. The goal is to have as many Corvette owners as possible drive their car to work that day. Launched in 2001, Mid America Motorworks’ Drive Your Corvette To Work Day is an annual event celebrated by thousands of Corvette owners.

“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.”
Those of us who work in home offices face a special challenge in celebration Drive Your Corvette To Work Day. Do we simply back out of the garage and then pull back in? Drive to one of the launching points and then turn around and drive home? I haven’t quite worked out the logistics of how to celebrate DYCTWD. But for those of you that do, make your plans now. Many larger clubs set up a launching point for members to leave from one central location so if you are in a club, make that inquiry now.
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Shut Up And Drive: My Saturday Corvette Cruise

by Keith Cornett on June 9, 2007

I just haven’t been able to get my 1966 Corvette Roadster out as often as I’d like to lately. Work and family commitments generally limit me to the weekends anyways and the last few weekends have really been busy. But earlier this week, a post over at CorvetteConti.com made sure I got my car on the road this weekend. Rick was writing about the latest batch of Blue Devil/SS Corvette photos that surfaced via Popular Mechanics showing a Velocity Yellow mule when he wrote the following “Not sure who surfs the net more, me or CorvetteBlogger.com” Jokingly, I commented “Come to think about it, I am looking a bit pale.” But that statement made me realize I needed to get out this weekend. My late Saturday afternoon drive took me down one of my favorite drives when pressed for time: Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd to the Marina at Davis Islands. Just a quick trip actually, less than half an hour, but time well spent. I took the following photo with my camera phone.

1966 Corvette on Davis Islands
For those of you that haven’t been able to get out with their vettes lately, I say a quick Corvette cruise is better than no cruise at all.
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One of the most influential voices in the Corvette Collector market has recently started his own blog. Terry Michaelis, owner of ProTeam Corvette Sales has been posting for a month or so on tmichaelis.com, and already the blog contains some great information about buying classic Corvettes. His first blog post was actually in January following the sale of the Last Sting Ray at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Funny thing, he posted the video of the sale that I captured and shared here on CorvetteBlogger.com A few years ago I was at the Winter auction in Kissimmee Florida when I noticed this guy wearing a ProTeam shirt. He was walking around a midyear Corvette that was second or third in line for the block. He had a cigar in his mouth and another 10 or so in his chest pocket. As he walked around the car, he ran his fingers along the outside wheel wells as his face maintained a sort of detached interest in the car. Yet you could tell that he was studying that Corvette hard. Right then I knew that this was a guy that knows Corvettes. A mutual friend of ours is Bob Kroupa from Vette-N-Vestments. Bob provides our yearly Corvette Pricing Guide as well as serves as our online Corvette appraiser at VetteFinders.com. Bob once said that facts that Terry carries around with him is staggering. He’s got all those numbers in his head and can tell in just a minute or two whether or not a Corvette is original. I’ve run into a Terry a couple of times since then, almost yearly at the Mecum auction held each January. He probably doesn’t remember me from Adam, but that’s all right. I always try to say hello. ProTeam is sometimes derided in the hobby but I’ve never fully understood why. Terry and his staff travel the country buying investment-quality Corvettes and selling them at a profit. A buyer of a ProTeam Corvette can be guaranteed a super clean original Corvette that will provide a decent return on investment. And when you got 150 or so of these classics under one roof, that says something. Whenever I see a new Corvette blog, I always try to say hi. It’s great that we are getting different viewpoints and the knowledge that Terry shares will make us all smarter when buying or selling Classic Corvettes. Stop by Terry’s blog and give him an online Corvette wave.
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2007 Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace CarRace fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday will be in for a treat as 300 Corvettes and Camaros will lap one of auto racing’s most revered tracks. The lap around the historic 2.5 mile oval by Corvette and Camaro owners is sponsored by Chevrolet to celebrate the Corvette being selected as the official Pace Car for the 91st Indianapolis 500 race. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Corvette and Camaro owners will drive the lap around the track and then gather for a group photo at the Speedway’s Yard of Bricks. The drivers will then be treated to an evening at the Chevy display with food, live entertainment and a display of all nine Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace cars.

“The premise for this program was to create an opportunity for our Corvette enthusiasts in the Indianapolis area to help us celebrate Chevrolet’s heritage pacing the Indianapolis 500,” said Terry Dolan, manager of Chevrolet Racing. “When our dealers approached five car clubs in the Indianapolis area about the idea there was unanimous support. Our 300 spaces to participate filled up very quickly.”
Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace will be on hand to participate in the discussions and this year’s Corvette Pace Car driver Patrick Dempsey will stop by to meet and greet Chevrolet’s Corvette enthusiasts.
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Marty's 1965 CorvetteYou Corvette owners know what its like to have Corvette Fever. You tend to live for the moments you get to spend in the drivers seat. Fun for you is spending a Saturday afternoon washing and waxing for the Sunday cruise you’ve been planning. When the Corvette gets sold, you start thinking about a replacement. Or perhaps you want the New/Classic combo. You realize that living without one is just not an option. Marty Klaus of Sunrise Beach also have the fever. So much so that since he bought his first Corvette in 1971 after retuning home from Vietnam, he has owned 212 Corvettes. Currently he has three Corvettes in his stable. Two fully restored 1965 Corvettes and a 1966 Corvette that is currently being restored and will be sold through his business, Klaus Classics. Marty also tells the story about how his future wife Peg visited a restoration shop he owned and was looking at a 1965 Convertible. Marty told her if she bought that car, “it would change her life”. She did and then later, all because of that Corvette, the two got married. Visit the LakeSunLeader.com to read the entire article.
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Project Gotham Racing 4: 1963 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2007

Screenshots from the coming Project Gotham Racing 4 will have Corvette racing fans screaming down straight-aways and jockeying for position on the curves to get their hands on this very cool driving game. First, you’ve got love the fact that these photos are technically another round of Corvette spy photos which have been making their way around the internet. But the detail of the game just continues to amaze as these photos show.

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The fourth installment will feature over 200 racetracks from 10 different locations and a bevy of cars from the 63 SWC Corvette to the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano. The game is set to be released in 2008.
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Northern California Corvette Association Today marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of America’s first organized Corvette club. On May 9, 1957, 47 members incorporated The Northern California Corvette Association. They came together to meet other owners and find more ways to have fun with their Corvettes. As the club history page on the NCCA website tells, the club was born out of the desire for Corvette owners to join together in a mutual admiration society wrapped around their Corvettes. The club has planned several activities to celebrate the anniversary, including a Show and Shine, Black and White Ball and a two week caravan to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Sounds like a great club to be part of if you’re in the region.
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Top 5! The Cars That Defined Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 7, 2007

Automotive enthusiasts love to compare their favorite cars to cars made by the competition and Corvette owners are no exception. We’ll put our beloved American sports car against any comer. But its not just owners that engage in this practice. Comparisons to the competition often start at the factory and often with a car that only exists on paper. In our top 5 list, we take a look at the cars that have served to make the Corvette a world class sports car. #1 – Jaguar XK120
1953 Jaguar XK120In 1952 Harley Earl was designing the first American 2-seat sports car. Sitting in the design studio while the Corvette was being drawn was the Jaguar XK120. The XK120 had the characteristics that Harley was aiming for: huge long hood, minimal two seat passenger area and a short rear deck. This same philosophy would be the basis for the Corvette for more than 50 years. #2 – Shelby Cobra
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake In 1963 Carroll Shelby’s Cobras were cleaning up at the track. The cobra was a pure racing machine and it dominated the racing circuit in the mid-60′s. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov had a plan for the Cobra and it was called the Grand Sport. While the Grand Sport project only resulted in the production of just five cars, they easily returned Corvette to the winners circle. Technology and testing from the GS program filtered down to the production Corvettes. Chevrolet’s big block 427′s replaced fuel injection and by 1967, the L88-equipped Corvette was beating Cobra on Sundays and winning in the dealer showrooms on Monday. #3 – Dodge Viper RT/10
1992 Dodge Viper RT/10In 1991 Dodge introduced the Viper and the American horsepower war was back on. The Viper was the Corvette reincarnated. Long, lean and with a massive engine, the Viper was built for performance first. The Viper debuted with a V10 rated at 400 horsepower, 25 more than the 375 hp Corvette ZR-1.Other characteristics of the Viper included side exhaust and an AC delete option (no air conditioning). Vipers would dominate the performance arena until the arrival of the C5 Z06 Corvette in 2001. #4 – Toyota Supra
1989 Toyota SupraIn the late eighties, GM was in the beginnings of the C5 project with a projected launch date of 1993. The competition at the time was mostly Japanese and the lead competitor was the Toyota Supra. Toyota threw down the challenge first, calling their late 80′s Supra Turbo a “Corvette-Killer”. As the C5 Corvette was being drawn, it was the Supra that it was benchmarked against. By the time the C5 Corvette was actually produced in 1997, the Supra’s influence had waned until about only 40 Supras per month were being imported into the US. #5 – Porsche 911 (Carrera)
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera2005 brings us the C6 Corvette and the competition has shifted from Dodge and Toyota back to European manufacturers like Porsche and BMW. During development, the C6 Corvette was measured time and again versus the Porsche 911, literally. Chief Engineer Dave Hill would talk how the C6 Corvette was shortened to roughly the same dimensions of the 911. Interestingly, the Porsche Carrera, the sixth version of the 911 was also introduced in 2005. Targeting Porsche, a car known world-wide for quality and performance at a price normally double that of the regular production Corvette was a gutsy move by the Corvette engineering team and based on the performance of the C6 Corvette Z06, the gamble was a success.
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I highly recommend you read “All Corvettes Are Red” by James Schefter and “Corvette 50 Years” by Randy Leffingwell, both available at Amazon.com
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