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Corvette Lifestyles

Vette Magazine Needs a Writer. Interested?

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2006

Vette Magazine's BenefitsI found this “want ad” posted at CorvetteForum.com and thought what a cool job that would be. While not interested in a full-time gig for myself (maybe freelance, baby!), the benefits are intriguing (the Z06, not the chicks). I thought I would pass this along in case there are any other aspiring Corvette writers in Tampa that might be interested. Associate Editor Wanted Primedia is seeking an associate editor to work on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac magazines. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ writing experience, general automotive knowledge (specific knowledge of GM performance vehicles preferred), and an associate’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s preferred). Photography skills are a plus but not required. The ability to work independently with a minimal degree of supervision is paramount. Job duties include developing feature and technical articles, coordinating and writing magazine departments, editing copy, and performing various other tasks as directed by the magazines’ editors. Some travel is involved. The position is based out of Primedia’s Tampa, FL editorial office. Compensation depends on qualifications and includes a full benefits package. To be considered, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample(s) to vette@primedia.com, using “Associate Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. For more information on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac, please visit www.vetteweb.com and www.highperformancepontiac.com. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Corvette Power Video

by Keith Cornett on August 13, 2006

We’ve featured some of the Corvette montage video work previously by director C6Q8 and his latest one doesn’t disappoint. Featuring burnouts, drag racing and cruise footage from mostly late model Corvettes (C4-C6) and the editing and music are top-notch. This is Part 1 of his trilogy entitled Power, Passion, Precision. Check it out.

Source: C6Q8′s Corvette Fan Film Website

Corvette to get iPod Integration

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2006

Corvette, as well as 56 other models under the GM corporate umbrella will soon have a factory device called the “Personal Audio Link” that allows owners to hook up their iPods and play them through their factory audio systems. Rollout of the PAL will begin in October this year and by then of 2007, most GM vehicles should be equipped with the device. The Personal Audio Link uses existing radio software and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio bank. XM does not have to be activated for the system to work. Similar to FM Modulated systems, the XM integration offers improved sound and contents (artist, title, genre) are viewable on the radio’s display. The radio controls on the Corvette’s steering wheel will allow drivers to adjust the system volume. Personal Audio Link Key Features – At a Glance

  • Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicle’s factory installed audio system
  • Charges iPod when ignition is on
  • Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays
  • Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist
  • Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds
  • Select “shuffle” function to mix music
  • Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list
  • Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title
  • Control volume from steering wheel controls
  • Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)
  • Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
The Personal Audio Link will be sold through dealerships for under $160. Source: GM
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Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2006

I was browsing some blogs tonight when I came across a post at JeffSandquist.com about some photos on Flickr that depict the final resting place for a stolen Z06 Corvette. Obviously, our sympathy lies with the owner of the Corvette and not at all with the car thief if that was the case.

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A Corvette Wave to JeffSandquist.com. Jeff just recently got his first Corvette and that story is worth a read. Photos: Flickr
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Corvette – Performance Car with Economy Benefits

by Keith Cornett on July 31, 2006

With gas prices now averaging over $3.00 per gallon there is much talk about what the average person can do to conserve. My advice? Sell your SUV and buy a Corvette. What most of the uninitiated don’t realize is how well the Corvette can do on gas mileage, especially highway mileage. It’s not uncommon to hear owners tell how they average in the high 20′s or low 30′s on their highway driving trips. And with Corvette’s onboard computer, mileage is easier than ever to review, not only between destinations, but over the life of the Corvette as well. Here are some quotes from a thread on CorvetteForum.com about owner’s gas mileage experiences:

Yesterday I decided to do a highway run solely to determine gas mileage per gallon. I fueled up at a station right off the expressway and drove 80 miles. (I know, maybe too short of a trip.) I set cruise control at the speed limit, 65, until approaching Chicago, then 55. (Got a lot of strange looks doing 55 on I355 around the City). Average MPG on the DIC, and verified by refilling at gas station after ride, was 31 mpg! I have a 2006 A6 with 9,800 miles on the odo. So yes, the Vette truly is an economy car. I made a trip from Jacksonville to Orlando a couple of weeks ago on Traffic Disadvantaged I-95 and Construction Challenged I-4. Managed 75-80 mph most of the way and got 28.5 mpg. The car does really great. On our 6300 mile trip we average 28 mpg, 31.3 mpg being the highest for a tank. Average speed for the whole trip was around 70 and I know I saw 105+ a few times. Just finished a 4358 mile trip, WI, MN, SD, ND, WY, MT, ID, and WA. Average mph 60.4, Average mpg 26.6. Yes, this is an economy vehicle with lots of perks. My car has about 5500 miles on it. According to the DIC, i am averaging 20.5 miles per gallon for the life of the car. That is pretty evenly mixed between freeway and city driving.
Of course, if you drive it hard or do a lot of stop-and-go city driving, your miles per gallon stats will suffer, as it would in any car INCLUDING A PRIUS. Boy, that’s an oxymoron…the thought of someone performance driving a Prius. The next time you’re thinking about buying a new car and you want performance AND economy, think green…Bowling Green. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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2007 Atomic Orange Corvettes Debuts

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2006

I finally saw some real-world photos of the 2007 Corvette with the new 83U Atomic Orange Metallic and I have to say that it is a stunning color. I have posted a side by side with the discontinued Daytona Orange Sunset Metallic and you can definitely see the difference between the two. Atomic Orange is, well, more Orange than the Daytona Sunset.

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Based on 2006 Productions numbers, I really don’t see this color being any more popular than DSOM. What did the numbers from 2006 tell us? 50% of Corvettes manufactured are either going to be a shade of red (32%) or black (20%), figures that should remain fairly constant throughout the 2007 model run. Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic was ordered on 1,729 Corvettes, about 5.1% of production. Atomic Orange, while benefiting from being the new color, is not different enough to increase this percentage substantially. That being said, Atomic Orange will be a popular color for those who want to be a bit different than the rest of the crowd. And who knows, perhaps in 20-30 years we’ll look back on either of these two shades of Orange with the same genuine affection that we now have for Warbonnet Yellow. Source: DigitalCorvettes.com
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2007 Corvette Brochure Hits The Net

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2006

The new brochure for the 2007 Corvette will be on its way to dealers soon, but two websites have already broken down the swag in detail. The brochures come with an accessories catalog and a chip guide for the exterior, interior and convertible top color samples. CorvetteConti.com has a nice shot of the accessories catalog showing a photo of two new wheels including a real 10-spoke. AutoSpies.com has over 40 photos showing the brochure page-by-page. One of the photos shows a nice close-up of the multi-function steering wheel. Interestingly, a quick search on eBay shows a bunch of 2007 Corvette Brochures for sale, so if your dealer doesn’t have them yet, start bidding! Sources: CorvetteConti.com | AutoSpies.com | eBay
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Racing Across the US in a Classic ’54 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 27, 2006

Arthur Alvis and 15 year old son Elliot are cruising across America in a 1954 Red Corvette. But the drive isn’t for pleasure. It’s a race, but one based on precision, not speed. They are competing in the Great Race, a road race featuring antique cars 45 years old or more. Drivers are awarded points on the accuracy of a driver and navigator to match a time and average speed over a predetermined course. Each day the drivers are given a new set of written directions which have instructions like “Take the first road to the right”. GPS is not allowed. Team Alvis, who hail from Wichita and call themselves the Kansas Flying Monkeys, a reference from Wizard of Oz, departed Philadelphia, the starting point of the Great Race on June 24 and as of Monday were in 27th place. There are 90 or so contestants driving originally equipped antique cars as well. Driving a classic Corvette 4,000 miles across the US does have its pitfalls. Passing through a thunderstorm in Pennsylvania, Arthur had to drive with one hand out the window, running a squeegee across the windshield. the wiper assembly came loose leaving him with only one wiper. While some of the interior got soaked, Arthur doesn’t sweat it. He says the ’54 is not a show car. “It’s plastic…it won’t rust.” Follow the Kansas Flying Monkeys in their quest to win the Great Race and take home $250,000 in prize money by visiting the Great Race website. Good luck guys…we’re all counting on you! Source: Kansas.com
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Gus Grissom’s 427 Corvette a No-Sale

by Keith Cornett on June 26, 2006

The 1967 Corvette Convertible owned by Astronaut Gus Grissom was a no sale on e-Bay today as the high bid of $310,100 failed to reach the seller’s reserve price. While we do not know what the reserve price was, we did speak with Dr. Marv Friedman to find out what his plans are for selling Grissom’s 427/435 land rocket. Marv said he has listed it twice now on eBay and that this was the second and final listing. The first was in May 2006 where the Corvette reached a high bid of $375,000 but still failed to reach reserve. If the car didn’t sell via eBay then it would tailored out to the Barrett-Jackson auction in January 2007. “I have already spoken with Craig Jackson to make plans to bring the Corvette out to Scottsdale in January for the 36th Barrett-Jackson Auction”, said Marv and continued, “We’re making plans for Jim Rathmann, the former Florida car dealer who sold the Corvette to Gus and who was good friends with him and his wife Betty, to be on the podium to introduce the Corvette.” Marv said that while he did have some offers on the Corvette, one substantial offer would have resulted in the Corvette being taken out of the United States. Marv declined the offer but acknowledged that the winner of the bidding for the Corvette at Barrett-Jackson could end up doing the same thing. Marv mentioned that he is also working on establishing a Gus Grissom Scholarship at Purdue University, where Gus attended college. 2007 will mark the 40th Anniversary of the fire that took the lives of Gus Grissom and fellow astronauts Roger Chaffee and Edward White during a launch pad test at the Kennedy Space Center. View the eBay listing which has some great stories about Gus and his Corvette as well as lots of photos and documentation.
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A One-Of-A-Kind 1967 Corvette. Really!

by Keith Cornett on June 24, 2006

A One-Of-A-Kind 1967 Corvette. Really!

The great thing about being involved in the Corvette hobby is that there is always something new to learn. For example, you may have heard of a COPO Corvette – which stands for Central Office Production Order, an ordering mechanism designed to allow certain customers (usually dealers) the ability to order non-standard components together. Usually with Corvettes, COPO orders had non-standard colors or interiors, or was ordered with some special options, or no options like radio/heater delete for racing. Another type of order was called the SO – Shop Order – which usually originated from the Chevrolet Engineering Center or the GM Styling Studio. The third and less common was a variation called the F&SO – Fleet and Special Order.

Well, that last one was news to me. Just last week at the Bloomington Gold show, there were a few examples of COPO Corvettes and styling cars that went through the auction. Today though I got a preview of the next Corvette Magazine issue and writer/photographer Richard Prince has a great article detailing a F&SO 1967 Corvette that was built for one of the great Corvette salespeople of 1950′s and ’60′s – Bob Wingate.

When you’re the top Corvette salesman in the country for 5 years running, opportunities from the manufacturer come your way. And in 1967, that opportunity came in the form of a 1967 Coupe outfitted with a 427/435 engine, 3.55:1 Positraction and a Wide-Ratio M20 Four Speed, along with American Racing’s Torq-Thrust Alloy Wheels with Blue Streak tires. The Corvette was painted in Goodwood Green with a white racing stripe and had the six taillight modification that was popular back then.

Bob drove the Corvette all over the western United States promoting Chevrolet products. He did some drag racing and autocrossing in the Corvette, and when the 1967 model year was coming to a close, Bob sold the Corvette and was allowed to keep the proceeds as his bonus.

The kid that bought Bob’s Corvette blew the original engine within a few months, and a few months later was involved in a wreck on the I-10 that totaled the car. Or so Bob thought.

Fast forward twenty-five years later. A Southern Californian named Bob Radke buys a project car and although he didn’t know it at the time, it still had the tank sticker. And unlike all other tank stickers Radke had seen, in the upper right hand site in the box marked COPO/F&SO there was a number in it.

Through diligence and hard work, Radke was able to track down Wingate (he was listed in the phone book!) and from there a bond was formed as Radke set out to restore the Corvette. After 7 years, the Corvette has been restored to its former glory. I love these kinds of stories and the article is very written with awesome photos to boot!

The full article can be found at: Corvette-Mag.com

Photo Credit: Richard Prince

 

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