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Couple Donates $1.3 Million to Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2006

The National Corvette Museum's Expansion PlansThe largest gift in the history of the National Corvette Museum came this week from Wisconsin couple Ivan and Mary Shrodt. The $1.3 million dollar donation will be used for the planned 50,000 square foot expansion of the Museum that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009. The couple has no kids, but a stable full of Corvettes. They were in Bowling Green to take delivery of a 2007 Black Z06 Corvette, the sixth Corvette in their collection. While in Bowling Green, the Corvette Museum held a reception for the Shrodts, who hail from Sherwood, Wisconsin. A major fundraising effort is underway to pay for the expansion of the Museum, which includes the Corvette Library Archive, a larger store and the Corvette Cafe. Click here for more on the National Corvette Museum’s Expansion Project. Source: StarTribune.com Related: My Corvette Museum New Members Kit

My Corvette Museum New Member’s Kit

by Keith Cornett on October 23, 2006

After posting a story about the National Corvette Museum’s ambitious expansion plans last week, I decided to officially join the Museum. It’s been one of those things that I’ve been meaning to do for quite a while now, but for whatever reason, I never took the plunge. So I went to the Museum’s new member signup area and joined online, donating $100 for a one year family membership. The NCM is a 501c3 organization so all membership fees and donations are tax deductible. On Saturday, I received my New Member Kit. When I opened the kit, the first thing I see is a welcome letter and another letter detailing some of the functions of the NCM. That letter had my membership cards attached. A Membership Certificate personalized with my name, member number and date of membership was also included. Also included are five brochures about the Corvette Museum: Location and Hours of Operation, Become A Member, The Flint Brick and NCM Brick Programs, and the R8C New Corvette Museum Delivery Option. An NCM Raffle Ticket order form and a Build Sheet/Window Sticker Order form was inserted into the kit. Finally, a pocket-sized 2007 calendar with NCM Events, a static NCM Member window decal and an NCM Member’s Pin completed the package.

NCM New Member's Kit Certificate of Membership NCM Member's Pin
I have never visited the National Corvette Museum, and it is becoming somewhat of a joke for the people who know me as every time I get close to going, it’s either an inopportune moment or changes in plans that keeps me away. I was just in Lexington last week, but once again unable to make the trip to Bowling Green to visit my personal Graceland. But just because I could never, ever seem to make the visit shouldn’t have kept me from becoming a member and it shouldn’t stop you either if you love Corvettes. Your member dues support the Museum’s day-to-day activities and enable the NCM to change and update exhibits that continually showcase the proud heritage of the Corvette. And again, if you haven’t seen the expansion plan video yet, you’re missing the total picture of what the National Corvette Museum is all about. I urge you to view it. And after you view it and see what the NCM is all about now and in the future, I challenge you to become a member as well.
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Corvette Image of the Day: Little Red Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2006

Spotted this cool C1 Corvette on Flickr. The Corvette was parked at a mexican restaurant on a hilltop in El Torito, California.

Little Red Corvette
Source: Flickr
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Help! My Corvette Needs New Shoes!

by Keith Cornett on September 28, 2006

My 1966 Corvette threw a shoe last week and I need your help. And I am willing to pay for some advice. Think you can help? Please read on… I was on a cruise a couple of weeks ago and did my normal “south county” route that takes me on some nice two lane roads away from the City of Tampa and through southern Hillsborough County. On my last few drives I’ve noticed a bit of shimmy between 45-60 mph. Over and under that speed the car drives very nice. About halfway through my cruise, the shimmy was much more pronounced and I was feeling it slightly now even above the 60 mph. I had written it off to the thought that I needed an alignment, something the Corvette hasn’t had in years. As I was nearing home, traveling about 60 mph on the local toll road, I heard a loud pop and I felt that backend really wanting to sway side to side. I slowed to 30 mph and since the Corvette was drivable at that speed, I limped on home. After I got home, I crawled under the back of the Corvette and immediately saw the problem. My tread on the right rear tire had separated and some the belts were showing. I could see one or two of the belts actually broken, but the tire was still holding air. I’ve had these same tires on my ’66 for years now. When you only drive a car a couple times a month, it’s not so much the mileage, but the age of the rubber. And while I’ve been wanting to upgrade my wheels from the standard hubcaps to some reproduction knock-off wheels, finances won’t allow me to do that right now, so I’ll skip the KO’s for now and just go with a new set of tires.

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Currently, I have a set of Dunlop G/T Qualifiers. They have been great tires and I like the look of the white lettering more than a white wall. I am probably going to move to a set of BF Goodrich Radial T/A’s. However, I am open to some suggestions. My current tires are 215/70R/15′s and I am wanting to stay with that size because they are a bit beefier and as such, put more rubber on the road. Also, at that size there is no clearance issues with the fiberglass. So here is the deal. First, sign up for the email newsletter. Then comment here on what kind of tire (make and model) you would recommend. If I like your suggestion, I will send you a free Corvette Price Guide – a $15 dollar value. I am really open to some suggestions and would love some recommendations.
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From Hell of War to Corvette Heaven

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2006

Douglas and Stacey's 1996 CE CorvetteWhile her husband Douglas was serving in Iraq for the past year, training Iraqi police in a province 50 miles south of Baghdad, school teacher Stacey Paley saved as much of her paycheck as possible to surprise him with the car that he’s always wanted. It had been Douglas’ lifelong dream to own a Corvette. Douglas returned from his tour of duty on September 10th and was rewarded with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service and valor during combat. However, the biggest reward was waiting from his wife. The day after he returned, she took him to a dealership and showed him the Corvette she had already picked out…a 1996 Collectors Edition Convertible. He drove to his civilian job and claimed “I think they were more interested in the car than me.” As for his wife’s surprise and choice in Corvettes, Douglas said, “I’m just happy to have it”. Click here to read more of this inspirational story from the JournalInquirer.com

The Z06 Corvette is a 427… Show Your Cubic Inches!

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2006

The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.

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If you are interested in adding your own 427 emblem, you have several options. Some have went the classic route, buying the 1960′s individual 427 numbers and repainting the inserts. These mount with posts and speednuts, so be prepared to drill. Others have taken the similar route but ground off the posts and used two sided adhesive tape. Genuine Corvette Accessories is coming out with a one-piece 427 emblem but the release date has been pushed back. Look for it to be available in early 2007. Why didn’t the Z06 just come with a 427 emblem? Dave Hill preferred the 7.0 liter moniker than 427 ci as it is more comparable to the sports car world internationally. The new 427 badges coming from Chevrolet were designed by Kirk Bennion, one of the C6 designers, and with their updated styling, they really look like they belong on the car. Sources: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com
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Corvette Wheelie

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2006

You don’t see that everyday. Noticed the name of the Corvette is called “High Risk”. What an understatement….

Corvette Wheelie
Source: Flickr
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CorvetteBlogger.com: Essential Posts

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2006

Now that I’ve been blogging about Corvettes for a bit over a year, I thought I would create a page where visitors can find a list of what I consider my best posts. If you look at our site nav box to the right you will see a link titled “Essential Posts“. I gathered some 10-12 posts over the previous year and have grouped them together on that one page. The idea being that readers may want to go back and look at some the articles I’ve written and see what I am all about. As new posts are deemed “essential”, they will be added to the page.
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When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2006

One of the timeless debates about classic Corvettes revolves around modding/customization versus the pursuit of Matching Numbers restoration. We see these conversations all the time on some of the forums and people are usually quite passionate on both sides of the debate.

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Corvette Museum Planning 5000th Delivery

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2006

2007 Z06 Corvette at NCMThe National Corvette Museum announced today that on Thursday, September 7th, they are planning to deliver the 5,000th Corvette to a customer, who will be taking delivery of a 2007 Velocity Yellow Coupe. The R8C Delivery Program has been a mainstay at the Museum since 1995, but the option has really taken off in the last year. For the 2006 Model year, 1172 Corvettes were delivered to their new owners and according to the Museum, they are on pace to beat the figure for the 2007 model. R8C Deliveries offers new owners an exciting experience to kick-off their new ownership. Customers receive their own NCM guided VIP tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and the National Corvette Museum. Their Corvette is on display and friends and family can watch the delivery via the NCM website on a series of webcams. The Delivery Team provides an orientation and presentation of the vehicle and a unique Gold Decal is placed on the drivers door jamb to signify the importance of the event. New owners are also presented with a one year NCM membership. As a participant of the R8C Delivery program, owners are invited back every other year for a special event called the R8C Museum Delivery/NCM Xperience. This year’s event will be held September 29-30th. Source: National Corvette Museum
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