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 Bondurant Driving School Introduces Dads to High Performance Driving

Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving is holding a special Rapid Precision Maneuvers Program (RPM) to coincide with Fathers Day on June 20, 2009. The four hour program is a perfect opportunity to give Dads a chance to drive a C6 Corvette, Pontiac Solstice and a Cadillac CTS-V in a controlled environment.

The Rapid Precision Maneuvers is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross event, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn 1.6 mile Bondurant track. Bondurant’s instructors are renowned for their experience and expertise in training and have taught everyone from professional race car drivers to police officers to teenage students.

“Our Father’s Day course teaches valuable driving skills in a fun, action-packed experience,” said Ken Thom, president and general manager, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. “For instance, Bondurant’s exclusive autocross course will show drivers the basics of vehicle balance and visual skills, while the Accident Avoidance simulator poses lane change and braking situations that prepare drivers for quick decision making and evasive maneuvering.”

In addition to driving the Solstice, Corvette and Cadillac, Dad will also have an opportunity to drive the 45 mph racing Bondurant ProKart.

If you want to give Dad a day he’ll remember forever, sign him up for Bondurant’s Rapid Precision Maneuvers program. The cost of the event is $349 if you register before June 1. After that, the price goes to $400. Check program availability and register by visiting www.bondurant.com or contacting Travis McClure at 480-403-7648.


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Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

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SEMA Research: Corvette Owners Quick to Customize

by Keith Cornett on May 18, 2009

SEMA Research: Corvette Owners Quick to Customize

Corvettes and related aftermarket products have always been a big draw at the annual Las Vegas-based Specialty Equipment Market Association’s show. Exhibitors brought 30 customized Corvettes to the 2008 SEMA show and 58 Corvette specific products have been displayed during the past four shows. To find out more about owners and their car customizing habits, SEMA’s research arm profiled Corvette owners and gathered a significant amount of demographic and lifestyle which they shared through a SEMA E-News report earlier this year.

Registration data from Experian Automotive shows that nearly three quarters of a million Corvettes ranging from 1967-2009 are registered throughout the United States with California, Florida and Texas leading the way.

SEMA Research - Corvette Registrations by State

Corvette owners are passionate about customizing, presenting their cars and the automotive lifestyle. 87% claimed to have purchased a custom part or accessory within the last 12 months. Compared with other sports car owners, Corvette enthusiasts are more likely to purchase accessories and electronics.

The top products purchased by nine out of 10 Corvette owners were automotive polishes and waxes (90.7%), followed by exhaust upgrades (54.6%). Nearly half of the top 25 products purchased by Corvette owners are performance related, including intakes, brakes and tires.

SEMA Research - Top 25 Products Purchased

One in four Corvette owners modify their engine control systems, valvetrains and electrical systems, while the most popular accessories include floor mats, license plate frames and alarm systems. Corvette owners who make purchases of specialty equipment often do so within a short span of time after obtaining the vehicle.

SEMA Research - Time to Modification

Nearly seven out of 10 (69%) owners surveyed made their first purchase during the first two months of ownership. And split nearly in half, Corvette owners buy from both traditional brick-and-mortar outlets, including from mail order, installers and at shows, while 51% purchase from Internet retail.

SEMA Research - Venue Purchase and Sources of Information

Other demographic data on Corvette owners includes:

SEMA Research - Age, Education and Income

SEMA Research - Amount Spent in Last 12 Months

SEMA Research - Racing: Watching, Attending and Particiation.

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Corvette Movie Poster: Stingray (1978)

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2009

Stingray

Plot summary from Internet Movie Database:

Lonigan and his partner Tony, two drug dealers, shoot two cops who attempt to set them up, and run away with a million bucks and the drugs, which they stash in a red Corvette Stingray in a used car lot. When they attempt to recover their stash with their leader, Abigail, they find out that two happy-go-lucky dudes, Elmo and Al, have bought the car. They quickly pursue the two along with the police who think that the car’s new owners are the criminals.

Click here for a larger version of the Stingray movie poster.


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[VIDEO] SmokinVette.com Featured on Jay Leno’s Garage

by Keith Cornett on April 30, 2009

SmokinVette.com Featured on Jay Leno's Garage

We’ve always known TV host Jay Leno was into Corvettes, but how cool is it that he invited Alex and Greg from the SmokinVette.com Corvette Forum to bring their Corvettes down to his Garage for a little show and tell. Both these Corvettes are highly modified and Jay seemed to be extremely interested in Greg’s rear mounted turbo setup. After the show and tell, Jay takes the Corvettes for a ride.

We just recently joined the SmokinVette.com Corvette forum and we’ve found another cool place to hang out and talk Corvettes. Make sure you take a look at the Virtual Car Show that is currently running as you can win some of the $10,000 in cool cash and prizes.


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www.SmokinVette.com

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The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving recently hosted the crew of SPEED TV’s “SuperCars Exposed” and that episode is airing this evening at 9pm EST. The show will feature host Tanner Foust test driving the Evolution MotorSports EVT850 performance system for the Porsche 997 Turbo. Later in the episode, Faust will go head to head against Bondurant’s Chief Instructor Mike McGovern who’ll be driving one of the school’s 2008 Corvette Z06s.

The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is one of the largest driving schools in the country, featuring a 15-turn, 1.6 mile road course. The school is an official partner of GM and also hosts the 2 day Corvette ZR1 school that’s included in the purchase of the top-of-the-line Corvette.

“What a thrill to have the ‘SuperCars Exposed’ team and the amazing technology of Evolution MotorSports’ products running laps around our race track,” said Bob Bondurant, CEO of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. “We always enjoy hosting TV crews and conducting media events at Bondurant because our high-performance track is ideal for capturing exciting driving scenes on camera.”

“SuperCars Exposed” airs tonight at 9pm EST with a replay Tuesday morning at 9am. If you like what you see, make sure you visit Bondurant website for a list of upcoming courses and specials. Some courses are now 15-40% off and make sure you check out the Father’s Day RPM event.


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Bondurant
Photo Credit: Matsiltala @ Flickr

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SmokinVette.com Virtual Car Show

The SmokingVette.com Corvette Forum has launched their second annual online “Virtual Car Show” and the list of cash and prizes is impressive. There are two categories open to participants – Corvettes and non-Corvettes. Registration is free. Simply upload 2-3 photos to www.SmokinVette.com and you’ll have a shot at over $10,000 in prizes including the grand prize of a BendPak Four Post Lift!

Here are a list of prizes for the C1-C6 Corvette Category:

  • Grand Prize: BendPak HD-9ST-C Four Post Lift!
  • 1st Place: Kooks Custom Headers
  • 2nd Place: Bob Bondurant 1 Day Z06 Experience
  • 3rd Place: Pfadt Adjustable Sport Shocks
  • 4th Place: Flowmaster Complete C6 Axle back Exhaust
  • 5th Place: V.I.O. 1.5M (Fully integrated video system), POV Mount Kit and POV Pouch
  • 6th Place: Patriot 225/229 .580”/.590 114 LSA CAM, Patriot Gold Springs and Hardened Pushrods
  • 7th Place: Escort 9500i Radar Detector
  • 8th Place: Speed Lingerie Corvette Bra C4, C5 or C6
  • 9th Place: Atomic Autosports C6 Smoothie Fuel Rail Covers
  • 10th Place: Memphis Car Audio (2) PR Subwoofers 10”, 12”, or 15”
  • 11th Place: Detail Dude Interior AND Exterior Essential Kits
  • 12th Place: DS Vettes Custom Leather shift Boot for C5 or C6
  • 13th Place: MadVette MotorSports C6 Pre-Cut Insulation Kit
  • 14th Place: $100 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com

Prizes for the non-Corvette category:

  • Grand Prize: $200 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 1st Place: $125 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 2nd Place: $100 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 3rd Place: $75 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com

The contest opened on April 14 and already there are 12 pages of entries and comments. You can check out the entries in this thread.

The “Virtual Car Show” runs through May 14, 2009 and winners will be announced no later than May 21st. If you decide to do any car shows this season, the SmokinVette.com “Virtual Car Show” should be at the top of your list.


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www.SmokinVette.com

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 Five Corvette Detailing and Cleaning Products For Show and Go

With show and shine season just around the corner, we started mapping out a strategy for getting the sparkle back on our Corvette. Luckily, Step 1 was to call Ecklers Corvette Parts. They gave us the lowdown on the newest cleaning products and detailing kits that would give us the results we craved without breaking our back or wallet. So I bring you five Corvette detailing products/kits you should not be without.


Pinnacle Complete Detailing Wax & Cleaning Kit

Pinnacle Complete Detailing Wax & Cleaning Kit

Take your vehicle’s finish from needing attention to the center of attention! This is the best combination of Pinnacle products ever offered. The kit contains everything you need to create a flawless finish using our premium products. From clay bars and micro fiber towels to shampoo and wax, the kit offers the best Pinnacle Products at a better price than buying the products individually. $159.99


Surf City Garage’s Pacific Blue Car Wash & Wax

Surf City Garage’s Pacific Blue Car Wash & Wax

If you’re looking to simplify your wash and wax chores, then perhaps an all-in-one product is for you. Surf City Garage products are specifically designed for use on fine classics and Performance Corvettes. Super-strong yet safe cleaning power with ocean foaming action isolates dirt particles so they can’t scratch your paint or chrome and adds a carnauba wax coating without stripping existing wax. The Surf City Garage line of top-quality car care products were developed by Corvette guys for Corvette guys. A 32 oz bottle is just $12.99


Surf City Garage Nano-Detail Car Washing Sponge

Surf City Garage Nano-Detail Car Washing Sponge

Wax on and Wax off with the Nano-Detail car washing sponge also from Surf City Garage. Made out of the highest quality micro fiber, the enthusiast grade sponge cleans all surfaces completely scratch-free. And when used with Pacific Blue Was & Wax, the Nano-Detail Sponge thoroughly cleans your car and then lays down a coat of carnauba. Ultra-absorbent and so long-lasting you can wash it hundreds of times. Guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever used or your money back. $8.99


Wheel Lug Nut Cleaning/Polishing Brush

Wheel Lug Nut Cleaning/Polishing Brush

This is one of the best detailing tools I’ve seen lately. This tool is a “must have” for every auto enthusiast who wants to detail their wheels perfectly and with the least amount of time and effort. Simply add a little soap and water to the brush, push it over the lug, twist it with the easy-to-use T-handle and your car’s lug nuts and wheel cavities will look like new in seconds. Cleans wheel cavities from 1-3/8 to 2″ with lug nuts from 3/4″ To 13/16″. Includes (1) extra foam cleaning head . $10.99


Eckler's California Cleaning Kit

Eckler’s California Cleaning Kit

The ultimate car cleaning kit exclusively from Eckler’s. You get all the great California Car Duster products you’ll need to keep your Corvette looking its best. Starting with the Micro Fiber Sponge for washing to the Original Car Duster. Kit includes the original California Car Duster, water blade, 3-pack of Micro-fiber cloths, interior detail mit and the micro fiber washing sponge. Buy the kit & save! $49.99


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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The Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com

I’ve been hanging out quite a bit lately at VetteBlock.com – a new Corvette social networking site that went live late last year. Over the last few weeks, Scott and gang have been entertaining us with the Corvette version of the Sweet Sixteen. After several weeks of voting, its all come down to two of the most iconic Corvettes ever produced: A 1963 Corvette Split Window vs the 1967 427 ci Roadster.

To get to the championship vote, the split window 1963 Corvette took on a rookie – the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette and then defeated the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 in round two of voting. In the final four vote, the SWC took on and defeated the 1971 Corvette armed with a 454 cubic inch engine.

For the 1967 427 Corvette, the path was much easier. In the first round, the hapless 1984 Corvette didn’t put up any defense whatsoever and round two saw the big block Corvette take on and defeat the 2004 Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06. In the final four vote, it was a battle of 427′s as the Sting Ray took on a 1968 big block Corvette and remained undefeated.

Click here for the large bracket version and view the road to the Corvette Championship game.

If you want your vote to count in this epic battle of midyear Corvettes, visit the Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com now. But you better hurry, the voting ends Thursday night at Midnight.

And after you vote, why not stick around and see what VetteBlock has to offer. You can set up your own home page, upload photos and videos of your Corvette, connect with other Corvette enthusiasts and you can even set up a Corvette blog of your own. Pretty cool!

And finally, make sure to check out CorvetteBlogger’s profile at VetteBlock.com!


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VetteBlock.com

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1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible

While many dealers are offering special deals and financing to help sell Corvettes during this sluggish economy, leave it to Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis to offer a real incentive to save on 36 Corvettes. Dubbed the Stimulus Sale, Proteam has dropped the prices significantly on a number of Corvettes in their inventory and we’re not just talking about junk. On the list are fuelies, big blocks, matching numbers/Bloomington Gold examples and the savings are as much as $50,000.

Here are a few examples from Proteam Corvette’s Stimulus Sale:

1967 Corvette Coupe 1967 Corvette Coupe T1967 Corvette Coupe

146X..1967 Corvette Coupe, 327-300 hp, 4 speed, numbers match with the original factory body/trim tag, three owner car. Marlboro Maroon paint with Black interior. Very nice older paint (showing minor patina) with a mostly original interior in very nice condition reflecting 40 years of exceptional care. Newer chrome, brakes, exhaust, and tires. Optioned with factory side exhaust, 3.36 posi, SS brakes, tinted glass, B.O. aluminum wheels, and red stripe radials. Most all factory correct type components including the jack, jack tools, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, and T-3 headlights. Documented with the tank sticker (still on tank). Just in from Arizona. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 Regularly priced at $69,995 – Now $49,998. Click here to view more


1960 Corvette Convertible 1960 Corvette Convertible 1960 Corvette Convertible

186Z..1960 Corvette Convertible, 283-230 hp, (2×4′s), 3 speed, numbers match. Ermine White paint with Silver coves, Red interior, and White soft top. Body-on restored with newer paint, interior, top, chrome, stainless, and exhaust. Multiple award winning car. Optioned with Wonderbar radio, dual fours, aluminized exhaust, sunvisors, windshield washers, courtesy light, heater, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack tools, trunk mat, trunk liner, rebound straps, seat belts, washer system, shifter, shielding, air cleaner, generator, carbs, fuel filter, owners manual, sales brochure, and T-3 headlights. Documented with show awards, GM manuals, owners manual, assembly manual, NCRS judging manuals, and a box of related receipts and registrations. Also editorialized by Vette Vues magazine. Three owner car that looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:2/+3 $69,995 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more


1955 Corvette Convertible 1955 Corvette Convertible 1955 Corvette Convertible

273Z..1955 Corvette Convertible, 265-195 hp, powerglide, numbers match. Gypsy Red paint with Ivory/Red stitched interior and Beige soft top. One of 180 produced of the total (700) in Gypsy Red in 1955. Body-off restored in show condition. NCRS Top Flight certified, Bloomington certified, many best in show and concours awards. Showcased at Bloomington Gold and Corvettes at Carlisle in 2005. Editorialized by Corvette Fever and Corvette Enthusiast magazines. Optioned with powerglide, Wonderbar radio, e-brake warning light, windshield washers, courtesy lights, heater, dual mirrors, hubcaps, and 6.70×15″ wide white tires. Most all factory correct type components including the spare, jack, jack tools, floor mats, trunk mat, trunk liner, side windows, side window bags, rebound straps, spiral shocks, washer system, tar top battery, shifter, shielding, braided wires, air cleaner, generator, hood pop-ups, coil cover, guide Y-50 mirrors, owners manual, and sales brochure. This is an opportunity to own one of the best 1955 Corvettes in the world. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:1 $169,000 – Now $138,000. Click here to view more


1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible 1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible 1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible

1009A..1964 Corvette Miss Mako Convertible, two tops, fuel injected 350 with parade friendly automatic, factory original body/trim tag. Custom Dark Blue replica painted to emulate one of nature’s most feared creatures, the “Mako Shark”, of which, the original multi-million dollar Mako Shark is owned by the GM Heritage Collection. Miss Mako is a one-of-a-kind feminine replica of Bill Mitchells’ original Mako Shark I concept car. Mr. Mitchell caught a Mako shark while he was shark fishing and it sparked the idea in him to style the next Corvette after the sleek and speedy fish. Internationally famous Miss Mako toured the USA over a two year period covering over 80,000 miles raising money for local charities at national Corvette and car shows cementing its place in Corvette folklore. Optioned with unique Mako Shark side exhaust, power steering, power brakes, auxiliary hardtop, AM/FM stereo cassette radio, back-up lights, seat belts, polished American torque thrust II wheels and blackwall radials. Most all factory correct type components. This car has been featured in Corvette Fever, Vette Magazine, Vette Views, Cars and Parts magazine and the National Corvette Museum American Sports Car Magazine. Its past owner was Joan Spoerndle known as MakoMama. For more information on Miss Mako and its Corvette folklore, just google Miss Mako. Looks, runs, and drives excellent. CC:+2 $69,998.00 – Now $55,000. Click here to view more

Visit Proteam Corvette to view the list of Corvettes being offered in the Stimulus Sale. Terry tells us that prices are firm and no trade ins will be accepted. The Stimulus Sale ends on March 30th so you better get moving if you want to save on some of the finest classic Corvettes offered for sale.


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Proteam Corvette

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Corvettes on the track at Bondurant

I was surfing the different programs offered at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and one that caught my eye that I wanted to share was their upcoming half-day Performance Driving Experience. The Performance Driving Experience allows you to get behind the wheel of the C6 Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the Bondurant ProKart for a variety of driving instruction on different road courses. Best of all, the cost for all this fun is only $500!

Here is what you can expect during the Performance Driving Experience:

The program starts with a lead and follow exercise with your instructor on the Bondurant road course. You will see first hand the proper racing line the pros drive and will learn to Know precisely where to brake, turn in and position your car for the fast way around the track.

You’ll also compete on Bondurant’s autocross for fastest time among the others in the event. Test your abilities to handle the car at its limits and learning to be smooth with the car will improve your lap times. The autocross and the lead/follow exercises prepare you for the race in the Bondurant ProKarts.

The evening wraps up with the ProKart Enduro – just like the endurance races of Daytona, Sebring and LeMans. Teams will be formed to compete in the hour long race driving Bondurant’s 50-mph ProKarts. Strategy will play into the final outcome of the event. Teams will have to decide which driver drives each leg of the race; practice driver changes; and work together to help the rest of the team learn the track and be quick.

If you’re interested in spending a half day learning from the same instructors who have worked with Johnny O’Connell, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr, then the Bondurant’s Performance Driving Experience is for you. There are only a few seats left for the May 2nd Experience, so visit Bondurant.com or call 1-800-842-RACE (7223).


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Bondurant.com

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