In 1971 Corvette racer and race car builder John Greenwood was approached by BF Goodrich tires to campaign two Corvettes competing on the company’s new Lifesaver Radial street tires. Three BFG Corvettes, wearing numbers 48, 49 and 50, were built for the campaign in FIA-sanctioned races including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Featuring ZL-1 racing engines and the patriotic stars & stripes livery, the BFG Corvettes were an instant hit with the fans as Greenwood’s Corvettes were the loudest and proudest at the track. One of the BFG Corvettes, the #49 car, will be one of the featured cars for sale at RM Auction’s Monterey event in mid-August.
Wayne Bickley’s 1996 Black Corvette and its supercharged 396 cubic inch V8 was the epitome of performance. Unfortunately, it was also a target of California’s stringent emissions laws. So instead of fighting the man, Bickley went the opposite direction by dumping the gas-powered V8 engine for an electric motor and a batch of 16-volt batteries. How is the performance of that black Vette now? Check out these videos to see for yourself.
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The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.
We’re not sure what sparked the fire that caused this torch red C5 Z06 to burn to the ground, and the original poster didn’t say, but judging by the way the flames are dancing along the ground, it definitely looks fuel related. A lot of money went into this car for the opportunity to play in the 1000 hp club and in just a few minutes it was all gone.
Fifty-eight years ago today, the world’s first production Corvette rolled off its Flint, Michigan assembly line which was located at a small factory on Van Slyke Road, next to the Flint Truck Plant. On June 30, 1953, the chevrolet workers who built the first Corvettes gathered around VIN 001 for this group photograph. In that first year of production, only 300 of the Polo White two-seaters would be built and all were assembled by hand.
The opportunity to participate in the Saint Bernard Classic Corvette giveway is quickly coming to a close. This year’s classic Corvette is a numbers matching 1965 convertible powered by a 396/425 horsepower V8. The drawing is Sunday, July 10th and you only have a limited time to purchase tickets. Find out more about Saint Bernard’s classic Corvette giveaway and check out the walk-around video after the jump.
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Visitors to Bloomington Gold’s Great Hall this year were immediately greeted by barn fresh and very rare 1957 fuel injected Corvette recently rescued from years of storage before reaching the main display area. The car was presented with all the dirt, dust, and debris still present on it. The Bloomington Gold folks were taking a survey to learn the public’s opinion on what to do with the car. To help out, take the survey after the jump and we’ll forward on the results.
Chevy put out this brief preview of the Autobots that are featured in the next installment of the Transformers movie franchise. Sideswipe, the autobot that reverts to the Stingray Corvette concept is featured prominently in the preview.
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We finally had a chance to check out the new 2012 color, Carlisle Blue, in person last weekend at the Bloomington Gold show. This was on the same car which we spotted on Lance Miller’s Facebook page. A constant stream of people surrounded the new Grand Sport convertible and its 2012 stable mates in the GM booth most of the weekend. Click past the jump to see more of Corvette’s newest shade of blue.
In case you were unable to make it to Carlisle, PA back in May for the Premiere of The Quest, the acclaimed documentary about the Briggs Cunningham Corvettes that raced for the first time at 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1960, we’ve got good news. The movie has been booked for an encore showing during Corvettes at Carlisle. The movie will be shown Thursday, August 25th at 8:00 pm. Get your tickets now because this event is sure to sell out!