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The Speed Business Premiers - First 3 Episodes Now Live

The Speed Business is a web-based documentary/reality show detailing a behind the scenes look at Blackdog Racing and team owner/driver Tony Gaples. Produced by Patrick Gramm (Vette Garage, Vette Girl), the show promises to take the viewer to places race fans rarely see…in the pits, in the garage and behind the wheel right in the middle of all the action as Blackdog Racing campaigns in the 2005 SCCA Pro Racing “Speed World Challenge” series.

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Forgotten 1969 Corvette Pulled from the Weeds

by Keith Cornett on December 20, 2010

Forgotten 1969 Corvette Pulled from the Weeds

This 1969 Corvette T-Top Coupe had been left in the care of mother nature for an extended length of time with predictable results. No explanation as to why it came to be parked and left to the weather and rodents. Was it as simple as “it’s not running right, I’ll fix it next week” or maybe “not sure what the knocking noise is but better not drive it”?

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Bloomington Gold Makes Changes to 2011 Corvette Judging Schedule

by Guest Contributor on December 20, 2010

Bloomington Gold Makes Changes to 2011 Corvette Judging Schedule

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

The 39th annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show will see major changes this year as organizers have shuffled the weekend’s judging schedule again for the 2nd time in the last few years. The June 23rd – 26th, 2011 event to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL will divide up its Survivor, Gold Certification, and Benchmark judging across 3 days for this year’s show. Previously, Survivor judging had been on Thursdays, Gold Certification on Fridays, and the drive-through awards ceremony on Saturday morning.

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Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

The builder of this hot mess that was once a C5 Corvette Convertible appears to have spared no expense in bringing his vision of the sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica to the roads of Istanbul, Turkey. With all that custom body work, the massive wing held down by 20 bolts, and the Zonda-style exhaust, the finishing touch is the Battlestar Galactia sticker on the rear. Now, if I remember the TV show correctly, Apollo and Starbuck flew “Vipers” but why get hung up on semantics. Those with weak constitutions or acid reflux issues should turn away now.

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Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Zora Arkus-Duntov

Fifty-Seven years ago today, an assistant staff engineer working for Chevrolet recognized the burgeoning hot rod market was made up of young men who invariably turned to Ford parts and accessories for performance. The engineer also deduced that once these men progressed in age and income, they would trade in their jalopies for used Fords and then for new Fords. For Chevrolet to be able to compete for these new performance-minded customers, the company’s anticipated V8 engines should also be made available with a ready line of engineered performance parts including cams, pistons and valves. And so the assistant staff engineer wrote a memo to his boss detailing this epiphany.

Little did Zora Arkus-Duntov realize the paradigm shift that would take place after he penned his now famous letter “Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet” on December 16, 1953 to his boss, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole.

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Send The Corvette Driving Enthusiast on your Christmas List to Bondurant

Want to give the ultimate Christmas gift this year? Then consider giving your Corvette fanatic (our yourself!) a gift certificate to Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. Gift certificates are good for driving and karting courses as well as Bondurant merchandise. The best news is that you can save up to 25% on all gift certificates though December 31st. Want to see what there is to do at Bondurant? Check out the video after the jump and then call 800-842-RACE to make your plans.

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Santa’s Helper Drives One Fast Sleigh

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Santa's Helper Drives One Fast Sleigh

From LancasterOnline.com:

Santa Claus, or perhaps more accurately, his helper and lookalike Dan Knarr, traded in a reindeer-powered sleigh for a sports car Saturday as he made his way to several local holiday appearances via Corvette. (Vinny Tennis/Sunday News)

 

Corvettes on CraigsList: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Corvettes on Craigs List: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

The description calls this Corvette a “very unique find” and I think most of us would agree that it should have stayed lost. The same family in Tennessee has had the Corvette since 1968 and in 1972 they added the custom nose and bondo-crafted rear flares. The front actually looks like the 1958 Corvette XP-700 concept that was penned by Chuck Jordan, the GM head of design who passed away last week. Unfortunately, that’s all that this craigslist special has in common with XP-700.

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[VIDEO] Jimmie Johnson Driving Corvette Racing’s C6.R

by Keith Cornett on December 10, 2010

[VIDEO] Jimmie Johnson Driving Corvette Racing's C6.R

One of the highlights of Wednesday night’s Test Drive: Corvette on SPEED was the segment where NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson gets behind the wheel of Corvette Racing’s C6.R. Jimmie is no stranger to Corvettes, but from his comments while pacing the road course behind a stock 2011 Corvette ZR1 with show host Tommy Kendall, he is blown away by power and grip of the factory race car.

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2011 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

by Keith Cornett on December 10, 2010

2011 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The National Corvette Museum has released the names of the 2011 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees. Corvette race car driver Ron Fellows, GM Designer Clare MacKichan and NCM Member #1 Ray Quinlan will join the likes of Zora Arkus-Duntov, Harley Earl and Dick Thompson in the Hall of Fame. Once inducted, their names will be hung in the rotunda of the Corvette Museum’s Spire in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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