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Zora’s Ashes Rest at Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on January 19, 2007

Zora Arkus-DuntovAt the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, there is an exhibit to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the man that many call the “father of the Corvette”. Not to go off on a tangent, but I disagree with the term, after all, the Corvette was born from the mind of design genius Harley Earl and Zora came on to the scene after seeing the Motorama Corvette in 1953. However, once at GM, no man had greater influence on the direction of the Corvette than the Belgium-born engineer. From 1953 through his retirement in 1975, Zora guided the performance and technical innovations that became synonymous with the name Corvette. He was the man responsible for such advances as disc brakes, independent rear suspension and limited-slip differentials. All these innovations became standard features on most automobiles, but they were first found on the Corvette. Prior to his death in 1996 from cancer, Zora made plans for his collection of papers, engineering designs and other memorabilia relating to the Corvette, and also made known his wishes as to where his remains would be located. And that was one of the places he loved the most, the National Corvette Museum. Bobbie Joe Lee, the NCM’s marketing and media relations manager said, “Zora asked that his ashes be brought here. He was the engineer who turned the Corvette into the world-class sports car it was meant to be.” As part of the Corvette Museum’s Zora Arkus-Duntov exhibit, an urn with his cremated remains is on display. His 1974 blue and silver Corvette is parked nearby. According to Bobbie Joe, Zora made several trips to Bowling Green to help promote the Corvette Museum. “He was at the groundbreaking ceremony,” Lee said. “That’s when he asked that his ashes be put in the museum. When his wife dies, her ashes will be placed in the urn with his.”
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The Kentucky Post
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Wanted: Owner with Modded Z06 Seeks Competition

by Keith Cornett on January 15, 2007

When you have a high performance sports car that you just dumped a bunch money into, usually you can’t wait to hit the streets to see what she can do against the competition. One enterprising poster on the D.C.’s Craiglist takes it a step further. He’s advertising. His ad seeks some pretty heavy hitters for “Performance Evaluations” including an AMG SL65 and a Ford GT. Oh, and if your law enforcement, you need not apply. Here is the advertisement:

I own a modified corvette 2002 Z06 and would like to do some testing versus the AMG SL65 V12 Twin Turbo and/or Ford GT Supercar…for straight-lined acceleration performance evaluations. Will pay for gas. I’m not law enforcement.
Law enforcement need not reply to this ad.

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Corvette Cruise: The 5 Bridges Run

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2007

Last year in a post called “Ten Things To Do After Buying Your First Corvette”, I talked about joining a Corvette club and participating in events with other Corvette owners. At the time I wrote that, I was unaffiliated with any local clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. Well, New Years came around and one of my resolutions was to join a Corvette club and do some shows, events and cruises. So last week I joined Tampa Bay Vettes, a club that boasts an active membership of over 250 people. Today, I participated in a cruise called the 5 Bridges Run with over 50 Corvettes that made a 100 mile circuit across the five major bridges of Tampa Bay. It was a blast. 50 Corvettes rolling down the road is an awesome site. Corvettes from all years participated, from C1 to C6. I shot some video, which was a bit difficult when driving, but I think it captures the fun and excitement of the cruise:

If you are not a member of club, perhaps you need to make it one of your resolutions to join a local club as well! Click here for a list of Corvette Clubs.
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Corvette Museum Auctions Parts on eBay

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2007

Corvette Museum Parts AuctionNeed some parts for your Corvette? Of course you do. Now, not only can get what you need for your ride, but you can help keep the dream alive by purchasing your parts through the National Corvette Museum’s auction listings on eBay. A donation of several pallets of new manufactured Corvette parts from Guide Corporation is allowing the Museum a unique fundraising opportunity. The parts are being placed on eBay and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Museum. Most of the Corvette parts are NOS and include grills, chrome pieces, headlamps, lenses and more. A current check of the auction shows 30 active listings with parts raging from C1 to C5. Also included are a few auctions for non-Corvette parts, but hey, the proceeds from all sales go to the Corvette Museum. Make sure you check out the listings often as new parts are being added each week.
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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:
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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