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Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 8, 2009

Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

As found over at the Bat-Blog, one of their readers bought a custom batmobile made from a 1958 Corvette. The car has 8,019 original miles as it was stored for 30 years. According to the buyer, “BATCAR” is listed as the type of vehicle on the Corvette’s title. Blasphemy or Cool?

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Bat-Blog

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Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2009

Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.

Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.

 

Corvette Z06 Pace Car Leads The Pack at NASCAR's Allstate 400

Yesterday was the running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. As in the past, the Corvette Z06 was chosen as the Pace Car and we got to say that the graphics package consisting of red and charcoal work very well. The Festival Corvettes, which are the silver Convertibles, were also on hand for the weekend and are used for ferrying drivers and track officials and VIPs to various events during the week leading up the race.

Check out the gallery of photos from Corvettes at the Allstate 400.

Corvettes at the Allstate 400 Corvettes at the Allstate 400 Corvettes at the Allstate 400
Corvettes at the Allstate 400 Corvettes at the Allstate 400 Corvettes at the Allstate 400
Corvettes at the Allstate 400    


Source:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Photo Credits: Bret Kelley, Chris Jones, Ron McQueeney

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Corvette Jumpsuits and the History of Douchebaggery

by Keith Cornett on July 24, 2009

Corvette and the Cannes

Designed for people like you who make things happen.

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.
Click here for details
 
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.
Click here for details
 
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.
Click here for details
 
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
Click here for details
 


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.


Source:
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    


Source:
HorsepowerJunkies.com Related:
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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.


Source:
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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