Harkening back to the days where dealers collaborated with speed shops to produce branded high performance versions ala Baldwin Motion, the HTR-GS640/SC is the creation of Howard Tanner of Redline Motorsports and Dan Carlton of DeNooyer Performance Chevrolet. Take a Grand Sport Corvette, add an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger and host of other upgrades and you got a 640 horsepower ZR1-fighter for just over $82,000.
The last time we spoke of Todd Schnitt, his 2009 Corvette ZR1 was on the assembly line in Bowling Green and he was sharing photos of the assembly process with his listening audience. Schnitt makes our Corvette news again, but this time its because of an option he ordered for his new 2011 Corvette ZR1 – The Corvette Engine Build Experience. Next week, Todd becomes be the first customer in Corvette history to build his own engine for his 2011 ZR1.
When Lance Miller set out to return the #3 Briggs Cunningham 1960 Corvette and its driver John Fitch to Le Mans for the 50th anniversary of the cars win, he was accompanied by Corvette collector and documentary filmmaker Michael Brown who captured the experience in HD. A fall release of the feature-length documentary as well as a book are expected. While we wait, a trailer of the coming film has been released.
Fitting nicely into our recent theme of green Corvettes comes this video from somewhere in Europe featuring a Corvette Z06 powered by natural gas. The oval track was measured at 400 feet in circumference and our hero in the lime-green Z06 drifted 25 complete rotations for a total of 9,925 feet. The previous record is mentioned in the video at 6,285 feet.
Since the early eighties, Corvette America has been churning out reproduction door panels for the Corvette. Today they manufacture the highest quality panels for 1956-1996 Corvettes and replacement door panels for the 1997-2004 C5 Corvettes are currently in development. Here is another video from their manufacturing plant based in Reedsville, PA that goes behind the scenes to show you how quality replacement door panels for America’s sports car are made.
Last time we were on the subject of Corvettes painted green, we were talking Dark Bowling Green Metallic and the color similar to that which was featured on the Allstate 400 Corvette Grand Sport that ran at the Brickyard a couple weekends ago. Well, today we’re going to take you the opposite direction with a color so green, you’ll either love it or hate it. Here is a custom 2010 Corvette Grand Sport offered for sale by Colorado Chevy Dealer Purifoy which borrows the limited edition Synergy Green from Camaro and gets all crazy with it. You think that exterior is bold, when you see Jake embroidered on the seats, you’ll be green with envy.
Mid America Motorwork’s Chief Cheerleader Mike Yager recounts this Corvette barn find he investigated earlier this month. The Corvette in question was this Venetian Red 1957 roadster that had been locked away in a nailed up barn for over 35 years.
Corvette America has been making seat covers for America’s Sports car since 1982. Today, their US-based manufacturing plant turns out vinyl and leather seat covers in stock and custom colors for 1959-2004 Corvettes. Check out this great behind-the-scenes video that shows how they are made.