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National Corvette Homecoming To Be Held This Weekend

If you are anywhere near Bowling Green this weekend, prepare to see a lot of Corvettes. The National Corvette Homecoming will be held this weekend with enthusiasts from around the country descending on the birthplace hometown of their favorite sports car.

The Homecoming has been a mainstay in Bowling Green since 1981. Corvette owners can network with other owners, attend seminars and engage in friendly competition for trophies in the judged car show. Corvette celebrities like Assembly Plant Manager Paul Graham, former manager Wil Cooksey and retired GM employee and C4 expert Gordon Killebrew will all be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences.

The festivities will be held at the Sloan Convention Center and nearby Holiday Inn. The only downside for visitors is that tours of the Corvette Assembly Plant won’t be held as the plant is currently on hiatus. For more info and a schedule of events, visit National Corvette Homecoming.


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National Corvette Homecoming

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1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

Every once in a while a custom Corvette will come along that knocks your socks off and this is definitely one of those moments. Named the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, this 1962 Corvette was built by The Roadster Shop for customer Barry Blomquist and showed at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where it apparently made a huge impression on the judges and crowd alike.

The custom Corvette is dubbed the “C1RS” and as you can see, very few of the original components remain. Just about every part of the body was custom built, from the aluminum front end to the hand-formed hood. Carbon fiber and billet trim are featured throughout the roadster while inside the cockpit, Italian read leather seats, alcantara suede accents and an aluminum dash complete the look.

Under the hood you’ll find an LS7 from Turnkey Engines that produces 618 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the Z06 engine is a T-56 transmission. The custom Corvette features a custom suspension components from Detroit Speed & Engineering while Brembo 14 1/2 inch, 6-piston brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year 1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

While technically a show car, this Corvette was built to go and that’s what it did at the Goodguy Nationals. Each of the entries is required to run 3 laps on the autocross course and this 1962 Corvette C1RS smoked the field of 31 competitors and came in first.

“We’ve had this car in our minds for a long time,” Jeremy Gerber smiled. “Our guys at the shop worked tirelessly over an entire year getting this car to Columbus. Barry Blonquist gave us the resources and opportunity to build our vision. We’re thankful to win this award for Barry and the Roadster Shop.”

The only disappointment we have is that we were only provided two photos. Hopefully one of the Corvette magazines will get together with The Roadster Shop’s Phil and Jeremy Gerber for a well deserved photo shoot. If that happens, we’ll be more than excited to share more of the 1962 Corvette C1RS with you.


Source:
GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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Walk Around the Transformer's Corvette Stingray Centennial Concept

This is a short but sweet forty second walk around the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. The video appears to have been shot during production. For a brief instant I thought we’d finally get a look at the interior.

When the driver side door was opened, I was praying for that allusive interior shot. However, you can see the two-tone red/silver seats and it looks like the dash and steering wheel may be red as well.


Source:
twitter.com/JT_Lewis

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1953 Corvette is American's Sensational Sports Car

Fifty-six years ago, the Corvette debuted at the GM Motorama in New York City. Following it’s showing at the Waldorf Hotel, the Corvette went on the road to major cities across the US as part of the 1953 model lineup. Here is an ad for the 1953 Corvette announcing its display at the Michigan Motor Show in early June.

Creating a sensation everywhere! The new Chevrolet Corvette has been received with a storm of enthusiastic approval where it has been shown.

The racy new Corvette sets a new style for a new field – the American sports car. Barely 33 inches high at door level, it has broad low lines and a road-hugging center of gravity. The smoothly contoured glass-fiber body is surrounded by a rakish back-swept windshield. A smart fabric top folds into a concealed compartment in the long rear deck just ahead of a commodious luggage locker. The spacious two-place cockpit is beautifully styled and finished throughout in typical sports car tradition.

As for performance…it’s thrilling. A 160 h.p. extra-high compression “Blue Flame” engine is teamed with the new Powerglide automatic transmission, a combination that makes the Corvette an outstanding performer on any road, under any condition.

This is a car of which we can say with complete sincerity, “You have to see it to believe it. The Corvette is schedule for limited production during the last half of 1953.

Click here for a larger version of the 1953 Corvette – America’s Sensational Sports Car.


Source:
Corvette Museum

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First Corvettes Rolled off Flint Assembly Line 56-years Ago Today

Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.

Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.

Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.

The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”

Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.


Source:
How Stuff Works

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43 Years Ago Today a Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette

Today is the 43rd anniversary of my father’s purchase of a Tuxedo Black 1966 Corvette from Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey. If you are a new reader of CorvetteBlogger, my original post on this topic from June 2007 will tell you a lot about me and my love of Corvettes. It also gives me a chance to pay tribute to my day who I lost in 1982.

Read the original post: 41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

 

1967 Corvette Sting Ray Burnout at Bloomington Gold

It’s always fun when you see a guy riding a classic Corvette hard. In this video from last weekend’s Bloomington Gold parade, the owner of this Riverside Red ’67 Coupe decides to show how a real burnout is done.

From Corvette Forum Member 67-427ci:

Saturday evening we were invited to attend a picinic held by the Fox Valley Corvette Club which is quite a gathering out in the country. The parade of approximately 500 corvettes goes past the picinc site and is quite a site to see. A few volunteers are out at the road to help control traffic while more cars than I can count stop and do their best attempt at a burnout. Since there were no good C2 attempts made some old guy in a Red Coupe gave it a try.

Stones, indeed!


Source:
67-427ci@Corvette Forum

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Ninth Annual

I hope all of you are aware that Friday is the 9th annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day. On this day, Corvette enthusiasts are urged to take to their Corvette to the road as a way to say happy birthday to the Corvette, which first rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30th, 1953.

The idea for the “Drive Your Corvette to Work” comes from Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks, who launched the event in 2001. The yearly event is held on the Friday closest to June 30th. This year, Mid America Motorworks wants to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible to show support for General Motors. Many believe (us included) that the Chevrolet Corvette is GM’s greatest contribution to the automotive world.

“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Yager. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. Wave to other Corvette owners: it’s a perfect chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”

If you participate in “Drive your Corvette to Work”, take some pictures and submit them to Mid America Motorsports via clubs@mamotorworks.com and they will be posted at www.mamotorworks.com/corvette

Check out the video of us driving our Corvette to work from 2007′s “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day.
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Mid America Motorworks Related:
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Corvette Movie Poster: Corvette Summer (1978)

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2009

Corvette Summer

It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.

You’re going to have the most turbo-charged, chrome-plated, plush-lined,
high-gloss, super-speed customized time of your life.

Click here for a larger version of the Corvette Summer movie poster.


Inspiration:
movieposter.com
Internet Movie Database

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 Bondurant Driving School Introduces Dads to High Performance Driving

Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving is holding a special Rapid Precision Maneuvers Program (RPM) to coincide with Fathers Day on June 20, 2009. The four hour program is a perfect opportunity to give Dads a chance to drive a C6 Corvette, Pontiac Solstice and a Cadillac CTS-V in a controlled environment.

The Rapid Precision Maneuvers is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross event, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn 1.6 mile Bondurant track. Bondurant’s instructors are renowned for their experience and expertise in training and have taught everyone from professional race car drivers to police officers to teenage students.

“Our Father’s Day course teaches valuable driving skills in a fun, action-packed experience,” said Ken Thom, president and general manager, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. “For instance, Bondurant’s exclusive autocross course will show drivers the basics of vehicle balance and visual skills, while the Accident Avoidance simulator poses lane change and braking situations that prepare drivers for quick decision making and evasive maneuvering.”

In addition to driving the Solstice, Corvette and Cadillac, Dad will also have an opportunity to drive the 45 mph racing Bondurant ProKart.

If you want to give Dad a day he’ll remember forever, sign him up for Bondurant’s Rapid Precision Maneuvers program. The cost of the event is $349 if you register before June 1. After that, the price goes to $400. Check program availability and register by visiting www.bondurant.com or contacting Travis McClure at 480-403-7648.


Source:
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

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