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Corvette Lifestyles

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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Kerbeck Corvette has launched a new series of Corvette podcasts called VetteCast. Their inaugural VetteCast featured an interview with Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows. Ron talks about why he’s at Kerbeck (picking up a RF Z06 for a sponsor), his current and future racing plans and what it’s like to have a signature Corvette named after him.

Ron Fellows on Kerbeck's VetteCast Ron Fellows outside the Kerbeck Corvette Showroom Ron Fellows signing the engine cover of his signature Z06 Corvette
Kerbeck Corvette has two Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 for sale and while there, Ron signed the engine covers. The cars are #40 and #63, which is Ron’s car number for the 24 Hours of LeMans. To listen to podcast or subscribe through LiveTunes, visit Kerbeck.com/podcast. Kerbeck promises more podcasts with an emphasis on news, interviews, technical information and event updates.
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Stingray TV Show Coming to DVD

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

1965 Corvette Sting RayStingray, the NBC show from the mid 1980′s is returning later this year on DVD, according to producer Stephen J. Cannell’s website. The show starred Nick Mancuso as the mysterious Ray, who travels from place to place in his classic 1965 Corvette, fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He accepts no money for his help, only the promise of a favor which Ray will come and collect at some future date. The show aired on NBC from 1986-1987 and 23 episodes plus the 2-hour movie pilot were shot. I remember an episode where Ray was being pursued by a black helicopter with mini-guns and they shot out the tinted black rear window on Ray’s Corvette. It will be a real treat to see these episodes again, and just in time for Christmas!
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Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2007

(Editor’s Note: Read in the style of Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) Hollywood super-couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit up L.A. eatery Mastro’s Steakhouse for a romantic evening out on Tuesday. The dressed-up pair arrived in style in Tom’s classic 1958 Silver Blue Corvette, which he drove. Tom, 44, and Katie, 28, spent over two hours in the restaurant, before heading back home.

Tom and Katie in their 1958 Corvette. Tom and Katie exit their 1958 Corvette. Celebrity bodyguard is the ultimate in anti-theft devices.
What I really like about these photos is the #3 shot with bodyguard. I would imagine the conversation was something like: Tom: “Hey, were going to grab a bite to eat. Stay and watch the car.”
Bodyguard: “It will be here when you return, sir. BTW, Sir. Do you think this suit makes me look fat?”
Tom: “Hell, no. you look good. Besides, the suit matches the Silver Coves. See you in a couple of hours.” Update:
Apparently, Tom had a little trouble starting the 1958 Corvette when leaving the restaurant. Surrounded by photogs, one in the crowd yells out “Mission Impossible”. See the video at TMZ.com
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LS2 Corvette Engine Animation/Screensaver

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2007

YouTube.com user gmijoe sent me a link to this really cool animation showing the assembly of the LS2 Corvette engine. As the engine is being assembled, it is rotated for the best view and parts “fly-in” and are bolted on. There is also a version that can be used as a screensaver as well.


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