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2007 Corvette Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

by Keith Cornett on February 11, 2007

Last week the National Corvette Museum announced the 2007 inductees to the Corvette Hall of Fame. The newest inductees will be recognized as part of the 10th Annual Corvette Hall of Fame ceremony on August 31st. Being inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame is the highest honor given to those people for their contributions for preserving the past, present and future of Corvette. The three inductees of 2007 are world class Corvette racer, Doug Hooper, Corvette C4 consultant and specialist, Gordon Killebrew, and GM designer and stylist, Carl Renner.

Doug Hooper started racing in Corvettes in 1959, with a 1957 convertible. He won the Times Gran Prix in 1962 in a 1963 Split Window Coupe Z06 Corvette. He is an honorary director of the National Corvette Racing Association and ran Doug’s Corvette Service in North Hollywood, which became one of the premier Corvette repair shops on the west coast. Gordon Killebrew in well known in C4 circles. Gordon spent 25 years consulting and providing technical training and materials to Corvette dealer technicians. He was an integral part of the Corvette Action Center, a customer service program that handled technical service calls from Corvette owners world-wide. Gordon was the proof editor of the C4′s service and owner’s manuals, as well as edited bulletins and campaign recalls for the GM Tech Center. Carl Renner was part of “Project Opel”, the original Corvette Motorama project design team. As a senior designer in GM Motors styling department, he took an active part of the entire design process of the 1952 through 1957 Chevrolet models. A trusted member or Harley Earl’s special pojects crew on the “Ninth Floor”, he participated in shaping the first Opel – the future Corvette. The grille of the first Corvettes was based on some of his earlier designs.
There are currently 31 members of the Corvette Hall of Fame. Previous inductees include Harley Earl, Zora Arkus-Duntov, David Hill, Dave McLellan and John Lingenfelter.
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Corvette Featured in Chevy Super Bowl XLI Commercial

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2007

It was called the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl XLI spot and Corvette makes three appearances. A red midyear (63 or 64?) was shown first, immediately followed by Corvette Racing’s Number 3 C6.R. Was that Johnny O’Connell rapping? The spot ended with Dale Earnhardt Jr in a convertible C6. Check it out again:


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PRS Custom Guitar Commemorates Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2007

Ron Fellows Custom PRS GuitarIt’s a good week to be Ron Fellows. First, the Canadian-born C6.R pilot gets a very special limited-edition Z06 Corvette named after him for his nine years of accomplishments in the ALMS with Corvette Racing. And now, he’s presented with a one-of-a-kind custom Paul Reed Smith guitar that resembles the paint scheme of his signature Corvette. PRS Guitars has been a sponsor of Corvette Racing since 2005, and since the hookup, has built 400 custom Corvette Z06-branded guitars, offered in the same colors as the Z06. The special PRS guitar is based on the PRS Corvette Standard 22. Ron is a guitarist and already owns a PRS guitar.

“Having a car named after me is amazing…having a one-off guitar made to commemorate this moment makes it even more special. Let’s face it, I’m just a Neil Young wannabe. I love music; this instrument will have a great home in my growing collection of wonderful guitars”, says Ron Fellows. Jack Higginbotham, President of PRS Guitars adds “We have enjoyed a great synergistic relationship with Corvette and the Corvette Racing Team. High performance, made in America, high quality and an aspirational appeal are just some of the common ties that help to form the partnership. We own Corvettes, put them on track, and enjoy the performance and quality that has been engineered into the cars. We hope that owners of PRS guitars derive the same pleasure as we do from our Corvettes.”
You can see the PRS guitars at PRSGuitars.com
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TIVO Alert: Corvette on Speed’s Victory By Design

by Keith Cornett on February 2, 2007

This is the show hosted by Alain DeCadenet. The Corvette episode is 60 minutes long and is followed by a 30 minute “Making of” episode. Knowing that Alain was able to procure and drive various one-of-a-kind, tens-of-millions-dollar-value Ferraris (Including important race cars) for that marque’s episode, the Corvette episode should be real interesting. The show airs tonight at 9:00 pm Est on Speed with a reairing at 1:00 am EST. Looks like a member of CorvetteForum.com has volunteered to post a copy of the show in the morning. If there is a link available, we’ll link you over to it.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: Corvettes ‘N Clouds

by Keith Cornett on January 31, 2007

Something about this photo just stopped me dead in my tracks. Of course I am a sucker for Cross Flag emblems and I like a highly-polished paint job. Perhaps it was the blue contrasting with the colors of the flags and the reflections of the clouds. Whatever the case, I thought it was worth sharing. Extra credit is given for those who can name the year(s) of the Corvette this emblem was used.

Corvettes N Clouds
Check out Smenzel’s photostream on Flickr, who seems to have a thing for classic automotive badges and hood ornaments.
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Vette Magazine: A Conversation with Reeves Callaway

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

Reeves Callaway and the 2007 Callaway C16Back in the 80′s, Callaway Cars became the first GM Authorized tuner of new Corvettes offered through Chevrolet dealerships. Callaway’s twin-turbo B2K program (the RPO code for the Callaway option) became the genesis for a company that would go on to produce the 254 MPH Corvette Sledgehammer, the 450 HP SuperNaturals and the radically modified C12. Basking in the glow of his latest project, the Callaway C16, Reeves Callaway takes some time to talk with Vette Magazine about why one of the most recognized brands in the Corvette tuner industry has gotten back into the game. In addition to the C16 program, Callaway offers a variety of performance options for the C6 Corvette, most notably the Callaway Superchargers. And talk about turnkey! A customer can order a new Corvette, have it shipped to a Callaway facility where it is modified and tested, and then shipped to the dealer for delivery. The modified Corvettes carry a 5-Year, 100K Mile warranty to boot! But perhaps some the biggest news out of the interview is Callaway’s intention to return to LeMans with 2 Callaway cars competing in the GT2 class. Reeves claims there are a lot of hurdles to cross before the final commitment is made, most notably development and sponsorship issues. Click here to read the entire interview at Vette Magazine.
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Corvette Assembly Plant Wants Owner Feedback

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2007

Bowling Green Assembly Plant's WebsiteThe Bowling Green Assembly Plant has launched a new feature on their website called owner feedback. Tom Hill, the Vehicle Assembly Engineering Manager was at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee a week ago to meet with owners and to get the word out about the Owner Feedback section. The Corvette team has made a big commitment to listen to owners opinions, comments and problems. They especially want your thoughts on how GM can make future Corvettes better. To participate, visit BowlingGreenAssemblyPlant.com and click the yellow Owner Feedback button at the bottom. You will be required to enter your Corvette’s Year, VIN and mileage. Tom said that Chevrolet has given the green light for developing the the C7 Corvette. Now is your opportunity to help shape the next generation Corvette.
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Integrate Your Ipod To Your Corvette With IConnect

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2007

Integrate Your Ipod To Your Corvette With IConnectA few months ago, news came from GM about the Personal Audio Link (PAL) that would allow you to “plug-in” your iPod and give you control of the player through your stereo and steering wheel controls. Of course, like all GM announcements, months or even years can pass between the announcement and the actual availability of the product. If you want to play your iPod though your stereo now, you have a variety of choices but none seem to have the integration with factory GM radios like SmartPark.net’s iConnect. Corvette Forum member Bill aka “wmhpmp” was looking for just a solution for connecting his iPod to his 2006 Corvette convertible and had heard about the IConnect. Like GM’s PAL, the IConnect is attached through the XM radio control unit and allows full control of your iPod player. You don’t have to be an XM subscriber to use the IConnect, just have a radio that is XM capable. Check out Bill’s photos and text of his installation of the iConnect on the Corvette Forum. The iConnect is an approved Apple device. Full song/Artist and playlist information is shown, and your iPod is recharged while plugged into the iConnect. The iConnect retails for $249 and carries a three year warranty. It is available through new car dealers.
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Where are the 427 Corvette Emblems, GM?

by Keith Cornett on January 24, 2007

Z06 Corvette with 427 BadgeIt’s been almost a year since GM dangled the 427 Emblem in front of the Corvette masses. As Rick from CorvetteConti.com says, it’s an accessory that should have been on the Z06 Corvette from day one. Having received the new 1st Quarter 2007 Accessory Booklet, the much sought-after badge is still not available. Rick spoke with GM Accessories who say that the part should be available at the beginning of 2nd Quarter. Showing the 427 badge on the new Z06 Corvette connects the legacy of the legendary big blocks of the sixties to the new highly efficient 7.0 Liter 427 ci 505 horsepower LS7 engine. Come on, GM. We need some badges!!
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Zora’s Ashes Rest at Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on January 19, 2007

Zora Arkus-DuntovAt the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky, there is an exhibit to Zora Arkus-Duntov, the man that many call the “father of the Corvette”. Not to go off on a tangent, but I disagree with the term, after all, the Corvette was born from the mind of design genius Harley Earl and Zora came on to the scene after seeing the Motorama Corvette in 1953. However, once at GM, no man had greater influence on the direction of the Corvette than the Belgium-born engineer. From 1953 through his retirement in 1975, Zora guided the performance and technical innovations that became synonymous with the name Corvette. He was the man responsible for such advances as disc brakes, independent rear suspension and limited-slip differentials. All these innovations became standard features on most automobiles, but they were first found on the Corvette. Prior to his death in 1996 from cancer, Zora made plans for his collection of papers, engineering designs and other memorabilia relating to the Corvette, and also made known his wishes as to where his remains would be located. And that was one of the places he loved the most, the National Corvette Museum. Bobbie Joe Lee, the NCM’s marketing and media relations manager said, “Zora asked that his ashes be brought here. He was the engineer who turned the Corvette into the world-class sports car it was meant to be.” As part of the Corvette Museum’s Zora Arkus-Duntov exhibit, an urn with his cremated remains is on display. His 1974 blue and silver Corvette is parked nearby. According to Bobbie Joe, Zora made several trips to Bowling Green to help promote the Corvette Museum. “He was at the groundbreaking ceremony,” Lee said. “That’s when he asked that his ashes be put in the museum. When his wife dies, her ashes will be placed in the urn with his.”
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