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Twas the Night Before Christmas – Corvette Style

by Keith Cornett on December 24, 2006

I originally posted this last year and thought it would be good to dive into our archives and repost. I like to wish everyone who visits my Corvette blog a very Merry Christmas. I also wish to extend my Christmas wishes to the men and women serving our country in the Armed Forces both home and abroad. God Bless you all!
Twas the Night Before Christmas – Corvette Style ‘Twas the night before Christmas and out in the garage,
There wasn’t a trace of a Honda, Toyota, or Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I’d mess with my classic Corvette for a bit. I popped the release and lifted the hood,
When a deep voice behind me said “looks pretty good.”
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick! We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
Then he said “don’t suppose that you’d trade for my sleigh?
“No way, Santa” I said with a grin,
“But if you’ve got the time we can go for a spin!” His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
Turned into a smile and he said “Sure! Let’s go!!”
So as not to disturb all the neighbors’ retreat,
We quietly pushed the Vette out to the street, Then, taking our places to coast down the hill,
I turned on the key and I let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted took him quite by surprise,
But he liked it a lot, by the look in his eyes. With tires a’ screaming and side pipes aglow,
We headed on out to where the hot rodders go.
And Santa’s grin widened, approaching his ears,
With every shift up as I banged through the gears. Then he yelled “can’t recall when I’ve felt so alive!”
So I backed off the gas and asked Santa if he wanted to drive.
Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees! The Corvette exploded with side exhaust sound!
And when Santa let out the clutch and the tires shook the ground!
Power shift into second, again into third!
I sat there just watching, at loss for a word, Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, it’s one hell of a night!!!” Original Post:
December 24, 2005
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CorvetteImages.com Passes 30,000 Corvette Photos Milestone

by Keith Cornett on December 13, 2006

1970 Corvette in Bridgehampton BlueCorvetteImages.com, the largest searchable Corvette photo image gallery, just recently passed its latest milestone of having over 30,000 Corvette images in its searchable database (30,310 to be exact). The site, which gets its images exclusively from the ads run on VetteFinders.com, allows users to search and view photos by year, body style, special edition, color as well as image perspective. The searchable gallery is particularly useful for searching out color options. Say you found a Corvette for sale in your local paper, but you’re not all that familiar with the Bridgehampton Blue color scheme. Go to CorvetteImages.com, enter Bridgehampton Blue under color and voila, 30 images are available. The website was created more as an afterthought then one having a preconceived strategy. Our 1979 Corvette was being restored and we were trying to decide on a new color scheme. Flipping through our ads, we realized that a searchable database of Corvette photos could help others as well. Visit CorvetteImages.com CorvetteImages.com is part of our VetteFinders Corvette Network, which also includes this Corvette blog, VetteFinders.com and CorvetteBanners.com.
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Couple Raffles Corvette To Save School

by Keith Cornett on December 12, 2006

1966 Corvette Coupe Here’s another example of Corvette generosity. Over the last few years there has been an increase of classic corvettes being raffled for charity. The National Corvette Museum even uses raffles for fundraising by offering new Corvettes several times a year. This is a story of a couple offering their own personal classic Corvette to raise funds and save a school. Gerry and Bonnie Rack have owned their 1966 Corvette Stingray since 1973. Yet the thought of their grandchildren’s elementary school closing due to lack of funds was enough for them to offer the classic Corvette in a raffle in hopes of keeping the school open. The school, Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary in Cincinnati has been open for 153 years and current operating costs are $850,000 year. Because of declining enrollment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese is considering closing the school. The Corvette raffle will raise funds for the school by offering 5000 tickets at $100 each. “Somebody will want it; somebody will take care of it,” Gerry Rack said. “When the day comes, I probably will be sad.” Sad indeed. Gerry bought the Nassau Blue (now Marina Blue) Corvette after serving as an Army mechanic during the Vietnam War. It took 4 years of saving and he finally purchased the Corvette in 1973. He sold it to a friend because he needed the money, but later bought it back. It was once stolen, but he got it back again. The school is somewhat a family institution for the Racks. Bonnie’s father and grandfather both attended. They currently have 2 grandchildren enrolled and seven more on the way. Said Bonnie Rack, “It’s worth it. The kids are worth it.” The Racks generosity is just the latest example of Corvette people who care. For more information on raffle tickets: Click here www.savestpetesschool.org or call 513-967-2247 Sources:
The Columbus Dispatch | The Enquirer Related:
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I just sent out emails to two new subscribers of our email newsletter letting them know that they were chosen to win a Corvette Price Guide. Because response was so good on the first day I decided to pick two winners. Want your chance to win a Corvette Price Guide? Just sign up for our email newsletter (over there on the top right –>) and I might just make your day. Click here for additional details and thanks again for everyone who joined yesterday.
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Win A Corvette Price Guide

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2006

Just sign up for our email newsletter over there on the right (–>) and each day this week I will be selecting a new subscriber to win a copy of our Corvette Price Guide. Our newsletter is emailed once a week and contains a roundup of the news and information posted on CorvetteBlogger.com. Did I mention its free? The Corvette Price Guide features pricing and appreciation/depreciation figures for every Corvette model from 1953 through 2006. Pricing information for options including motors, wheels and AC is also calculated. There are two publications I take to every Corvette show and auction. The Corvette Price Guide is one of them. Subscribe Now!
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Video: Jimmie Johnson and a Z06 Take Manhattan

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2006

Jimmie Johnson is in the Big Apple this week to pick up his $7 million dollar check for winning NASCAR’s Nextel Cup. This morning he drove up to the outdoor set of Fox & Friends in a Le Mans Blue Z06 Corvette. However, the NYPD wasn’t amused with either Jimmie’s parking skills or the fact that he burned a little rubber when leaving. The strategy for handling the cops? Blame it on Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

Source: Fox & Friends

Save the Wave

by Keith Cornett on November 27, 2006

I finally got new tires for my 1966 Corvette and was anxious to go for a cruise. It had been over a month since my rear tire blew some tread and exposed the steel belts. I was on my way to cross one of the bridges over Tampa Bay and low and behold, a dude in a C6 Corvette passed by. I waved at the driver, but got stiffed on the return wave. Now with Corvettes, not getting a return wave is like being introduced to someone at a party and holding your hand out to shake, only to be left hanging.

So let me drop this piece of Corvette history on you, in the hopes of helping new Corvette owners answer the question “Why do these guys keep waving at me?”. This article first appeared in the August/September 1969 issue of Corvette News.

SAVE THE WAVE

Ever since Corvette No. 00001 first met Corvette No. 00002 on the road, their drivers saluted each other with waves. Today, unfortunately, this grand and glorious tradition is wavering.

There’s one item of standard equipment that comes as a pleasant surprise to every new Corvette owner. It’s an instant wave of recognition he or she receives when he meets one of their ilks on the road. The first time it happens, they will be taken by surprise. He immediately thinks:

  1. 1. He has been mistaken for Sterling Moss.
  2. His lights are on.
  3. He has just been given the bird.

Soon, however, the new Vette owner anticipates, indeed even relishes, encountering other Vettes as he drives. During this period, he experiments with his waves, running the gamut from the gaping “yoo hoo” to the ultra cool “two finger flip.” He perfects his timing, making sure he affects neither a too-early wave, nor the jaded “oh brother” too-late variety. Determined not to be one upped, he even develops a defense mechanism for non wavers, usually settling on the “Wave”? My hand was just on the way to scratch my head” approach. (This is especially useful when you’re not driving your Vette, but you forget, and like a dummy, you wave anyway.)

Indeed, one of the most perplexing problems facing a would-be waver is what to do when driving next to a fellow Vette owner. Passing him going in opposite directions is one thing. Greetings are exchanged, and that’s that. But what happens when you pull up next to a guy at a light, wave, nod, smile and then pull up to him at the next light, a block later? Wave again? Nod bashfully? Grin self-consciously? Ignore him? Or take the chicken’s way out and turn down the next side street? If you’re expecting an answer, you won’t find it here. Sad to say, some questions don’t have any.

Girl-type Corvette drivers also have a unique problem: to wave or not to wave. This miss or misses who borrows her man’s Corvette for the first time is immediately faced with this quandary. Should she wave first and look overly friendly, or ignore the wave and look like a snob? Most ladies who drive their own Vettes prefer to suffer the latter rather than take a chance of being misread. For this reason, all girls are excused for occasionally failing to return a well-meaning wave. So are new owners who are still learning the ropes.

There is no excuse, however, for a guy who refuses to return the wave, not out of ignorance, but of arrogance or apathy. While this type of behavior is the exception to the rule, it seems a few owners of newer models refuse to recognize anything older than theirs, while some others simply won’t wave, period. Boo on them. These ding-a-lings don’t seem to realize that they are helping to squash a tradition that had its beginnings back when most of us were still driving tootsie toys.


Source:
Corvette News via the CorvetteActionCenter.com

 

A Corvette Thanksgiving

by Keith Cornett on November 23, 2006

Thinking about Thanksgiving, I was reflecting about my family and the precious gifts live brings to us in ways that we might not stop to consider. Of course as my thoughts tend to do, they took a turn towards Corvette and the gift that this fabulous car has brought to my life. So I thought I would spend a couple of minutes to list the things in the Corvette World that I am thankful for. My Dad
It’s been 24 years since my dad passed away. He purchased new the 1966 Corvette Convertible that would eventually make its way to my garage, as well as the top image of this blog. The story of how he got the Corvette is classic. The short story I’ll tell here is that he won a ’66 Ford Mustang in a sales contest, picked it up from the Ford dealer and drove it down to the Chevy dealer to use as a trade-in for the Corvette. Purchased the year before he married my mother, the Corvette got the nickname of Last Fling. He loved that car and his passion became my passion. However, I would give it all up in a second just to have him back. VetteFinders.com
Nearly 11 years ago I quit my advertising sales job with a TV station in Tampa to “do something on the internet”. At the time I didn’t know what, but I knew it would work itself out. In Oct 1995, I built my first website – the Route 66 Corvette Page – dedicated to my 1966 Corvette. That eventually led me to become the webmaster and then eventual owner of VetteFinders.com, my Corvette classified ads company. The best part of the business is I get to talk about Corvettes everyday. Corvette People
Owning a Corvette is like being a member of a very large fraternity. Corvette people are some of nicest and interesting people you could ever hope to be associated with. There is nothing like a getting together a group of people in hitting the road on a cruise. Also, when mentioning Corvette People, I am also saying thanks to those that design, engineer and assemble this great automobile. And let’s not forget the people in the past like Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov and Larry Shinoda, Dave Hill and Dave McClellan. All deserve a toast for their service to Corvette history. The Sunday Drive
A Corvette cruise is good for the soul. It can cleanse the mind like nothing else. Straightaways, twisties and two lane blacktop is my church. The 327 cubic inch is my choir and the 4-speed transmission is, well, a 4-speed. Sometimes I’ll put up to 200 miles on her and not realize how much time has passed. Seeing another Corvette on the road and giving and receiving The Wave. Damn, I feel like going for drive right now. The Restoration
My friend and VetteFinders partner Chris said after a full day of prepping the ’66 Corvette for the painter, “You have to kill it first so that it can be reborn“. He wasn’t kidding. Stripping the car down to exposed fiberglass and then watching the car being reborn was a total religious experience. Buying parts and then installing them, only if they were good enough, became my mission. And then finally the satisfaction of reaching your goal, knowing how much time, sweat and tears you have invested is one of the sweetest rewards you could ever have. I could go on and on but will end this here. Wrapping up this post, I am thankful for the opportunity to blog about Corvettes (nearly) everyday. Thankful for my family who puts up with my obsession. And most of all, thankful for God for whom without none of this is possible.
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Fifth Gear’s Road Test: Corvette vs Viper SRT-10

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2006

Those that read this blog regularly probably know that I don’t do too many comparisons – putting the Corvette next to X and seeing how it performs. That just stems from my bias. The Corvette stands on its own merits and doesn’t need comparisons to make it look better. So why this post about Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato putting a C6 Coupe against the Dodge Viper SRT-10? It’s not the compare and contrast that makes this video, its the fact that these guys get two great cars on a track and just have a blast with them. Burnouts and power slides galore! So sit down, shut up and hang on, because this is a fun ride!

Source: TechEBlog.com
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Couple Donates $1.3 Million to Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2006

The National Corvette Museum's Expansion PlansThe largest gift in the history of the National Corvette Museum came this week from Wisconsin couple Ivan and Mary Shrodt. The $1.3 million dollar donation will be used for the planned 50,000 square foot expansion of the Museum that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009. The couple has no kids, but a stable full of Corvettes. They were in Bowling Green to take delivery of a 2007 Black Z06 Corvette, the sixth Corvette in their collection. While in Bowling Green, the Corvette Museum held a reception for the Shrodts, who hail from Sherwood, Wisconsin. A major fundraising effort is underway to pay for the expansion of the Museum, which includes the Corvette Library Archive, a larger store and the Corvette Cafe. Click here for more on the National Corvette Museum’s Expansion Project. Source: StarTribune.com Related: My Corvette Museum New Members Kit

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