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Corvette Lifestyles

Saturday morning found me crossing the Gandy Bridge for a drive from Tampa to St. Petersburg for Cars and Coffee, a monthly get-together at the offices of the duPont Registry. The early morning gathering has been a fixture since 2005 but it was only through my new self-help group Corvettes Anonymous that I learned about it. The meet is put on every third Saturday of the month from 7am to 9am at the duPont Registry, the well-known publication for high-end luxury and sports cars. At this morning’s get together, there was a nice mixture of both new and classic cars with Corvettes making a good showing. However, this isn’t a car show, just a chance to meet other like-minded people and enjoy some hot coffee in the early Florida sun.

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Mosly the Corvettes that made a showing were C6′s and C5′s including a couple Z06′s. A nice 1974 was there as well as a ’67 Corvette Coupe. Talking with the owner of the ’67, he said the Corvette had been purchased a couple years ago and he was the 13th owner. Amazingly, the car was mostly original and came with documentation and a box of parts that had been passed from owner to owner. I also met another gentleman named Gary who is in the process of the doing a frame-off on a very special mid-year that will eventually be judged, but I’m not a liberty to discuss it (yet!). I’d again like to thank Tom from Corvettes Anonymous for passing along the Cars and Coffee flyer to me. Through donations and contributions from the Steak-out 3 show held last Wednesday, they donated 1,400 pounds of food to the RCS Food Bank. Tom is planning on being at Carlisle so search for the CA booth and make sure you say hi!
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Christmas in July: A Couple Cool Corvette Gift Ideas

by Keith Cornett on July 18, 2007

1969 Corvette ShelfSince it is 1969 Corvette week at CorvetteBlogger.com, what a better way to display your models and other Corvette paraphernalia than on a replica three dimensional shelf. The shelf measures 20″W x 8″H and 6½”D and features an authentic reproduction of a ’69 Vette grille, headlights and finish. Click here for details: WhatOnEarth.com

V8 Computer Case ModLast week we brought you the Chevy V8 Bar-B-Que Grill, the ultimate mod for the outdoor gearhead chef. Well today, we bring out your inner geek with the V8 computer case mod. Take a couple of computer cases and strap them together in a V configuration, add some valve covers, an 8-pack and a Corvette emblem (another 1969 Corvette reference, btw) and presto, you got the fastest looking computer on the block. Love the ignition key! From our friends at Gizmodo.com
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Corvettes Anonymous…I Have A Problem!

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2007

Corvettes Anonymous...I Have A ProblemMy name is Keith Cornett and I have a problem. My addiction began long ago but it has now grown to the point that it is all I think about. I’ve tried getting help but so far nothing has work. I have subscriptions to multiple “self-help” magazines and have joined several online support forums where those with a similar addiction can meet, swap stories and generally not feel out of place in our society. Symptoms of my addiction include “the fever”, a twitch in my right foot and a constant sound in my ears that can only be described as a roar. Recently a friend told me about Corvettes Anonymous. Another support group I moaned. What can they offer that no else has in the past? Well, there are the informal meetings and get-togethers, and they teach you to embrace your problem, not hide in the shadows. So I read up about Corvettes Anonymous and I liked what I saw. Corvettes Anonymous is a group of like minded individuals from varying backgrounds and club affiliations who get together and have fun. What could be better than that. Best of all, several events are planned each year with the goal of raising money for a Florida food bank and an Alzheimer’s care-giver support service. In fact this Wednesday evening is one of their larger events called Steak-Out 3, a Corvette show held from 6-9pm at a Steak-N-Shake restaurant in Clearwater Florida. Steak-Out 3 features a Best of Show award, a 50/50 Raffle, plus Goodie Bags and a Silent Auction. If you are in the area, check it out as all the proceeds go to the RCS Food Bank. So back to Corvettes Anonymous. The long and short is I joined the group, have admitted that I have a problem, and am now seeking treatment via their online couch. The good news is if you afflicted with the same addiction for Corvettes, you can get help too. Just visit CorvettesAnonymous.com and say “My name is ___________ and I have a problem.”
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Ultimate Mod: Chevrolet V8 Engine = BBQ Grill

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Usually the combination of the words “engine” and “barbeque” bring out the worst fears in any gear head, with visions of a torched engine compartment full of burnt metal and molten plastic. However, two enterprising guys have turned the negative combination of words into a delectably positive one.

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Trent Whatley and Terry Bacon converted a real Chevy V8 engine into a propane gas grill capable of 60,000 BTU’s. It’s the ultimate grill for any die-hard Chevy fan. And I love the fact that it’s mounted to an engine stand. I think these guys may have just stumbled onto a business. Imagine the possibilities. The big block grill for people who like entertaining, the small block grill for everyday use, or customize an old battery into a grill for the greenies. Extending the brand, you got the Hemi grill or the Ford 350 Cleveland grill. The idea is awesome and it sure beats the Weber I got out back.
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Sunday Afternoon Tradition: Washing the Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2007

In my view, there’s nothing better than wrapping up the weekend with a car wash for my Corvette. After a week of work and even more work around the house on the weekend, the car wash gives me a chance to play with the Corvette and get her ready for the next time she’s out.

I’m not an obsessive car washer, but I do have my routine down pat. Like a surgeon, I get everything I need from wash to dry ready to go before a single drop of water touches the paint. I’m not really committed to any one product or brand when it comes to detailing products, so no product pitches today. However I am interested in trying Adam’s Polishes when its time to wax again, but that is a blog post for another time.

I’m not going to bore you the details of how some guy washes his Corvette. However, I will share with you something I learned a while back that makes drying a wet car, especially a black car, a piece cake. Your neighbors will laugh at you because this technique totally fits the image of the compulsive car washer.

I wash a section at a time (hood, driver’s side, rear) and then rinse. But when I rinse I always go back and rinse all the sections I washed previously so that when I finish the last section, the whole car is still very wet. Then I pull out my trusty Toro leaf blower and keeping it about 12 to 18 inches from the body, I blow the water off the car, starting with hood and working my way down and to the rear. Black cars are very susceptible to showing water spots, but the blower removes most of the water before it can dry. It’s especially good at getting water from under the emblems and around the lights and exhaust bezels. When I have about 75% of the water off the car, I then finish drying with a couple of microfiber towels.

Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible

Using a blower as part of the drying process you’ll save time and effort and you will use less towels. And best of all, no more water spots!

If there are any C2 Convertible owners out there, I’d especially like to hear how you wash your rear deck where the top folds under. I’m always paranoid that I’m going to soak the interior.

Got any good car washing tips? Let me know!


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41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

by Keith Cornett on June 29, 2007

The date was June 29, 1966 and that young man was my father. Little did he know that his actions, 41 years ago today, would set into motion a chain of events that would forever change the life of his yet unborn son. Think I’m being dramatic? Read on…

Phillip Cornett was working for Ethicon, a division of Johnson and Johnson. That year, J&J awarded the top salesman from each of their divisions a 1966 Ford Mustang. My father won the Mustang, but being a Chevy man he said “What would I do with an old Ford?” The day he picked up the Mustang, he drove it Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey and traded it in for a 1966 Corvette.

1966 Corvette Sales InvoiceThe 1966 Corvette he purchased was the base model, a 327 cubic inch 300 horsepower engine coupled to a 4-speed transmission. It was a convertible, painted Tuxedo Black with Silver interior. The only options including the 4-speed were positraction, an AM/FM radio and whitewall tires. Total cost for the Corvette was $4,639.15. Phillip received $2,439.15 for the Mustang and agreed to make 36 payments of $70.28 per month to cover the difference. With Tags, Title and interest on the GMAC loan, his out-of-pocket cost was $2,530.08

My mother, who was dating Phillip at the time, used to refer to the Corvette “Phillip’s Last Fling”. They traveled up and down the east coast in that Corvette, visiting family and friends on Chesapeake Bay or cruising through the mountains to eastern Kentucky for family reunions.

Phillip and Carole got married the following year, and I came along a year after that.

I grew up in that car, going on drives with my dad, to car shows at the town square, or on parts runs to the local speed shop. The file on the Corvette grew as he rebuilt the engine in the mid seventies. It’s funny now that I’m involved in the same hobby to see who he was dealing with back then. I have receipts from all kinds of parts companies including a couple from “T Michaelis Corvette Supplies Inc”, which we know today as ProTeam.

My father passed away in 1982 at the age of 44. The Corvette sat in a barn in Indiana for eleven years. We would joke with my mother that she was the “Widow” with an old Corvette in the barn. Many tried to buy it but none succeeded. Just prior to Thanksgiving in 1993 she said “Come get it if you want it”. I don’t remember what triggered that conversation, but I do know that my wife and I flew to Chicago from Tampa that following weekend, picking it up before she could change her mind. We made the trip back to Tampa by towing the Corvette on a u-haul car hauler with a pickup truck borrowed from a friend.

Two years later I was doing what I had set out to do in college, selling advertising for a major market television station. But I came to hate that job and frankly it hated me, so in the fall of 1995 we went our separate ways. Filling my free time by surfing the web and teaching myself HTML, I built my first website, The Route 66 Corvette page which was of course dedicated to my 1966 Corvette.

My second website was built for a guy in Colorado who wanted to help people buy and sell Corvettes through a dedicated classified ads website. It was February 1996 and that site was www.VetteFinders.com. Four years later I bought out the owner and as of today, over 12,000 Corvettes have been bought and sold through the website. Other sites came later, www.CorvetteImages.com in 2003 and then www.CorvetteBlogger.com, the first dedicated Corvette blog was launched the summer in 2005.

Someday my son Phillip will know what it’s like to be behind the wheel of this car, shifting quickly though the 4-speed while the wind blows through the open cockpit and the exhaust roars. Perhaps he will think of me the same way I think about my father, riding shotgun silently beside me like Private Malone.

But that’s the future.

Today I sit at the computer in my home while my kids play close by. The phone will ring and I will answer a question from someone wanting to buy or sell a Corvette. And this story that I posted on my blog will be read by a couple thousand people.

All because a young man bought a 1966 Corvette Convertible 41 years ago today…

Thanks, Dad.


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Today is National Drive Your Corvette To Work Day and so I thought I would do just that. Despite the fact that I work in a home office, I was able to get the Corvette out on my weekly trip to our server hosting center to change out my backup tapes. As I mentioned in my earlier post today, this is also the 41st anniversary of my father buying the Corvette, so it was a nice way to celebrate that milestone as well.

Even if you didn’t or couldn’t drive your Corvette to work today, just get it out soon and enjoy yourself. These cars were meant to be driven!
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Colin Powell’s Passion for Corvettes and Speed

by Keith Cornett on June 25, 2007

Colin Powell and the 2005 Indianapolis Pace CarYou know you’re still a public figure despite a three year retirement from public service when word of your shopping for a new Corvette makes “Washington Whispers“, a political rumors column at US News and World Report. That’s what happened this week with former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Powell presently owns a red 2005 Corvette but is looking to upgrade to the new 436 horsepower 2008 Corvette. According to the column, Colin Powell said this about Corvettes:

“You know they have this Z06 that’s 500 horsepower,” he says with awe. “They loaned me a Z06 for three days to see if I liked it,” he tells us. “I loved it, but I would be in jail by the end of the week because that thing was going 90 mph in second gear, and I didn’t know how I was going to use the other four gears.” Afterward, he made this mental note: “Powell, you are 70 years old. Stick to 400 horsepower. You don’t need 500.”
If shopping for a Corvette makes this much news, imagine when the retired General actually takes delivery. Perhaps he would consider an R8C delivery at the Corvette Museum?
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The Ten Commandments of Corvette Ownership

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2007

The Vatican’s release of a 10 Commandments on Driving has sure started a lot of conversations on the auto blogs and forums. The Church is hoping the list will remind drivers to be charitable to others and lessen the occurrences of Road Rage. Interestingly, the most common response I’ve seen to the list is that the Church only needed one commandment: “Move over when a faster car approaches you from behind”. But my favorite response has been the posting of The Ten Commandments of Corvette ownership by “Pewter Dream” on the Corvette Forum. They are:

  1. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s Corvette.
  2. Thou shalt not worship any other car besides Corvette. For there is but one automotive God.
  3. Thou shalt not (tell) kill (stories).
  4. Thou shalt not adulterate your Corvette with ricer wings and flares.
  5. Thou shall honor all of the mothers and fathers in the history of the Corvette.
  6. Thou shalt not give false testimony…at your speeding ticket hearing or about your Corvette’s horsepower or 1/4 mile times.
  7. Thou shalt not misuse the name of Corvette.
  8. Thou shall remember the day your Corvette came into your life and keep it holy.
  9. Thou shalt not steal a glance at that shiny Corvette next to you at the car show and wonder if he is a Rejex, Adams or Zaino fanatic, and then go home and start another “which wax is best?” thread.
  10. Thou shalt not make for yourself a shrine to your Corvette.
Do you have a Corvette Commandment that should be on this list?
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The sponsoring dealer of my Corvette Club (Tampa Bay Vettes) received their allocation of the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car this week and offered club members a preview of the limited edition convertible Friday Afternoon. Ferman Chevrolet is offering the Corvette on a first come – first serve basis. MSRP is listed at $67,420 plus the $825 delivery charge. The replica Pace Car is everything I thought it would be. The graphics are well done but not overpowering like the case in some previous years (remember 1998 anyone?). I especially liked the embroidered logos on the seats, the matching fuel rail covers and of course the “winged tire” Indianapolis 500 badge on the quarter panel. Someone told me when I was taking photos that I should just download them off the internet, because they would be better. I laughed and said “Yes, but these are mine!” So while this is old news, photos and all, the experience of seeing the car up close and personal makes it all new again. Car people would understand that.

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So after the preview and some free pizza, the ride home turned out to be an event all unto itself. As it was a club event, I wore my uniform, the 1966 Corvette Convertible pictured below. And while the ride home normally takes about 25 minutes, I got caught in the middle of Florida afternoon rain shower. This is only the second time since 1993 that I’ve been caught in the rain and the first time since having the car painted. Needless to say, the cockpit leaked horrendously so I pulled under the Crosstown overpass until the worst pass. The joke about Florida is true…if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. Soon, the heavy rain slowed to light sprinkles and I was able to finish my drive home.
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