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Corvette Jumpsuits and the History of Douchebaggery

by Keith Cornett on July 24, 2009

Corvette and the Cannes

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If you’re following Corvettes on twitter you’ve probably seen the term “douchebag” mentioned on more than one corvette-related tweet. The good news is after searching google the historical archives, we’ve discovered where the term first originated and how it unfortunately became associated with Corvette owners.

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Hood or no hood? Comments?


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Mercury on Design

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Upgrade Your Corvette’s Rear with LED Brake Lights

by Keith Cornett on July 23, 2009

Upgrade Your Corvette's Rear with LED Brake Lights

One of the hot new upgrade trends for Corvette owners is replacing the standard tail lights with new LED lights. The benefits of LED lighting are many. They are very reliable and will last for a long time. Lights containing many LEDs are brighter than standard bulb-powered lights and because they draw less power than standard bulb lights, they are easier on the battery.

We checked with our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts and they gave us this list of their best selling LED tail lights. The good news is that the process of installing these lights isn’t complicated and can be completed in an hour or two.


Corvette Custom Bubble Taillight, LED, 1974-1982

Easy To Install, Brighter Than Original 1157 Bulbs, Complete Lens & Housing. $49.99 ea.
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Corvette LED Taillight, Red, 1980-1982

Replaces Original Taillight & Bulb. 19 Red LED’s With Red Lens. Installation As Easy As Changing A Bulb. $41.99 ea.
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Corvette LED Taillight, 1984-1990

Replaces Original Taillight Assembly & Bulb. 19 Red LED’s For Brighter Light. Installation As Easy As Changing A Bulb. $49.99 ea.
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Corvette LED Taillight Kit, 1991-1996

The kit includes 4 tailllight housing assemblies, one electronic flasher and instructions and all necessary installation hardware. $289.99 kit
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Corvette Taillight Kit, LED, 1997-2004

This kit provides a unique red hexagon pattern. The LED’s light faster than conventional bulbs thus alerting drivers behind you sooner that you’re braking or turning. $349.99 kit
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Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


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Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Ad Watch: Virginia's Corvette Cash Lottery Commercial

The Virginia Lottery has introduced a new scratch-off game featuring a Corvette as the grand prize. To promote the scratch-offs, a commercial featuring four generations of Corvettes was produced. Here’s a look behind the scenes of the production of the Virginia Lottery’s Corvette Cash commercial shoot.


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Virginia Lottery via CorvetteConti.com

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APB: Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office just confiscated a Corvette Z06 from a baddie and turned it into an unmarked police car. This has been confirmed by several in the Raleigh area who have seen the car lit up like a Christmas tree along I40 as well as the guy who installed the light bar.

Posted on horsepowerjunkies.com was this quote supposedly from a Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy:

That SUM BITCH is BADD! It was a drug seizure vehicle, and the county nor the state spent a dime on that car except to put gas in it. All of the lights and equipment in the car is recycled from another cruiser that has been retired. The only way you will get away from this car is if you go through a parking lot with speed bumps, or cross a median.”

According to others that chimed in, the vehicle was donated by a local drug dealer who paid cash for the car. Other than time spent installing the light bar, no other expenses have been incurred in turning this Corvette into a police car.

“No expenses” may be the case, but wait until the Sheriff’s office needs to come up with $2K for a set of new tires!

Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC
Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC    


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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…