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The Lifestyle

CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2006

Our Corvette blog was launched in early August, but it was August 22nd that we went to GoDaddy.com and registered our domains VetteBlogger.com and CorvetteBlogger.com. In the year that we’ve been actively covering the Corvette sales news and lifestyle perspective, we’ve come to the conclusion that: 1. Blogging about Corvettes is nearly as fun a driving them.
2. Finishing a post is like the end of a good cruise: I feel good about the accomplishment but am a little beat up from the ride.
3. There is ton a Corvette news available, you just got to know where to look. If that fails, write from the heart.
4. We know we have traffic, but still wonder if anyone cares? Do you?
5. We still don’t know what to call the new supervette: Blue Devil, Sting Ray or Z07 Corvette has the most loyal enthusiast base of any car I can even think of comparing it to, and with such a following, it has developed into its own industry. We have Corvette magazines (5 at last count), national and local clubs, a television show and thousands of websites, all vying for your attention. So we know that you can go many places to get your fix for the fever. We are glad to be part of the community and hope that the work we do here educates you about current Corvette pricing market trends, informs your need for knowledge with our roundup of Corvette news, or simply entertains you. Thanks again for your support and throw me a Corvette wave when we pass each other on the road. Keith Cornett
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20 Truths of Corvette Ownership

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2006

CorvetteForum.com member “Tire Guy” recently purchased a Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic Corvette and has the “fever” very bad. He recently wrote the following forum post: 20 Truths of Vette Ownership after One Month 1. It makes me smile just thinking about it in the garage.
2. I hate my daily driver company vehicle, Ford F-150, didn’t before.
3. When I get bummed about the roof I just go sit in the car, no more bummed.
4. I park a long way out from the front door of the store, not only to protect it but to look at it while walking out to it.
5. The power it has makes me cautious and reckless both.
6. Really makes me nervous when the wife decides she wants to take it to work.
7. It doesn’t bother me when the wife and kids say I am obsessed with it.
8. The car cover I hate because I can’t see the car when I walk through the garage. But I still use it everyday.
9. It is amazing how many errands I am willing to do just to drive it. Makes me mad when I have to take the truck, like to the hardware store.
10. It makes a terrific grocery getter.
11. It is NEVER clean enough.
12. Every little piss-ant Honda or Pontiac must delight in blowing past me while I stay close to the speed limit.
13. I spend way too much time in the left hand lane looking for other Vettes to wave to.
14. I have banned all bikes and skateboards from the garage.
15. I spend too much time on this forum. But it has been worth every minute.
16. I love the GY SuperCar tires, I hate the GY SuperCar tires.
17. It bothers me when I see another DSOM in my small town. I don’t know why, it just does.
18. I want to tell everyone I know that I have it, even strangers.
19. I haven’t told anybody at work that I bought it, don’t want them to know I HAD that kind of money to spend on a car.
20. I NEVER GET TO DRIVE IT ENOUGH! The funny thing about Corvettes is how much effect they can have on us. My ’66 Corvette is now 40 years old and most of these same points that Tire Guy made about his 2006 is exactly how I feel about my 1966. My last point worth mentioning is that Tire Guy feels this way after only one month while I’ve had the same “fever” since 1993, when the ’66 Corvette officially moved to Florida with me. Corvette Fever doesn’t get any better with age, and if it did, well, that would kind of suck… Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Vette Magazine Needs a Writer. Interested?

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2006

Vette Magazine's BenefitsI found this “want ad” posted at CorvetteForum.com and thought what a cool job that would be. While not interested in a full-time gig for myself (maybe freelance, baby!), the benefits are intriguing (the Z06, not the chicks). I thought I would pass this along in case there are any other aspiring Corvette writers in Tampa that might be interested. Associate Editor Wanted Primedia is seeking an associate editor to work on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac magazines. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ writing experience, general automotive knowledge (specific knowledge of GM performance vehicles preferred), and an associate’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s preferred). Photography skills are a plus but not required. The ability to work independently with a minimal degree of supervision is paramount. Job duties include developing feature and technical articles, coordinating and writing magazine departments, editing copy, and performing various other tasks as directed by the magazines’ editors. Some travel is involved. The position is based out of Primedia’s Tampa, FL editorial office. Compensation depends on qualifications and includes a full benefits package. To be considered, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample(s) to vette@primedia.com, using “Associate Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. For more information on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac, please visit www.vetteweb.com and www.highperformancepontiac.com. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Corvette Power Video

by Keith Cornett on August 13, 2006

We’ve featured some of the Corvette montage video work previously by director C6Q8 and his latest one doesn’t disappoint. Featuring burnouts, drag racing and cruise footage from mostly late model Corvettes (C4-C6) and the editing and music are top-notch. This is Part 1 of his trilogy entitled Power, Passion, Precision. Check it out.

Source: C6Q8′s Corvette Fan Film Website

Corvette to get iPod Integration

by Keith Cornett on August 7, 2006

Corvette, as well as 56 other models under the GM corporate umbrella will soon have a factory device called the “Personal Audio Link” that allows owners to hook up their iPods and play them through their factory audio systems. Rollout of the PAL will begin in October this year and by then of 2007, most GM vehicles should be equipped with the device. The Personal Audio Link uses existing radio software and is integrated through the radio’s digital XM Satellite Radio bank. XM does not have to be activated for the system to work. Similar to FM Modulated systems, the XM integration offers improved sound and contents (artist, title, genre) are viewable on the radio’s display. The radio controls on the Corvette’s steering wheel will allow drivers to adjust the system volume. Personal Audio Link Key Features – At a Glance

  • Seamlessly connects an iPod to the vehicle’s factory installed audio system
  • Charges iPod when ignition is on
  • Choose from English, Spanish or French language for function displays
  • Search and display music by genre, playlist, album, artist
  • Use seek function to move forward or reverse within a song for up to 15 seconds
  • Select “shuffle” function to mix music
  • Sort music using “alphabetical jump” from A-Z list
  • Sort and select Podcasts and audio books by title
  • Control volume from steering wheel controls
  • Personalize text display in dynamic mode (radio display scrolls through artist, album, title, song, time remaining, etc.) or static mode (fixed on one display element such as artist)
  • Perform fast music searches using high-speed text display technology
The Personal Audio Link will be sold through dealerships for under $160. Source: GM
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Final Resting Place for Stolen Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 5, 2006

I was browsing some blogs tonight when I came across a post at JeffSandquist.com about some photos on Flickr that depict the final resting place for a stolen Z06 Corvette. Obviously, our sympathy lies with the owner of the Corvette and not at all with the car thief if that was the case.

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A Corvette Wave to JeffSandquist.com. Jeff just recently got his first Corvette and that story is worth a read. Photos: Flickr
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Corvette – Performance Car with Economy Benefits

by Keith Cornett on July 31, 2006

With gas prices now averaging over $3.00 per gallon there is much talk about what the average person can do to conserve. My advice? Sell your SUV and buy a Corvette. What most of the uninitiated don’t realize is how well the Corvette can do on gas mileage, especially highway mileage. It’s not uncommon to hear owners tell how they average in the high 20′s or low 30′s on their highway driving trips. And with Corvette’s onboard computer, mileage is easier than ever to review, not only between destinations, but over the life of the Corvette as well. Here are some quotes from a thread on CorvetteForum.com about owner’s gas mileage experiences:

Yesterday I decided to do a highway run solely to determine gas mileage per gallon. I fueled up at a station right off the expressway and drove 80 miles. (I know, maybe too short of a trip.) I set cruise control at the speed limit, 65, until approaching Chicago, then 55. (Got a lot of strange looks doing 55 on I355 around the City). Average MPG on the DIC, and verified by refilling at gas station after ride, was 31 mpg! I have a 2006 A6 with 9,800 miles on the odo. So yes, the Vette truly is an economy car. I made a trip from Jacksonville to Orlando a couple of weeks ago on Traffic Disadvantaged I-95 and Construction Challenged I-4. Managed 75-80 mph most of the way and got 28.5 mpg. The car does really great. On our 6300 mile trip we average 28 mpg, 31.3 mpg being the highest for a tank. Average speed for the whole trip was around 70 and I know I saw 105+ a few times. Just finished a 4358 mile trip, WI, MN, SD, ND, WY, MT, ID, and WA. Average mph 60.4, Average mpg 26.6. Yes, this is an economy vehicle with lots of perks. My car has about 5500 miles on it. According to the DIC, i am averaging 20.5 miles per gallon for the life of the car. That is pretty evenly mixed between freeway and city driving.
Of course, if you drive it hard or do a lot of stop-and-go city driving, your miles per gallon stats will suffer, as it would in any car INCLUDING A PRIUS. Boy, that’s an oxymoron…the thought of someone performance driving a Prius. The next time you’re thinking about buying a new car and you want performance AND economy, think green…Bowling Green. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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2007 Atomic Orange Corvettes Debuts

by Keith Cornett on July 26, 2006

I finally saw some real-world photos of the 2007 Corvette with the new 83U Atomic Orange Metallic and I have to say that it is a stunning color. I have posted a side by side with the discontinued Daytona Orange Sunset Metallic and you can definitely see the difference between the two. Atomic Orange is, well, more Orange than the Daytona Sunset.

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Based on 2006 Productions numbers, I really don’t see this color being any more popular than DSOM. What did the numbers from 2006 tell us? 50% of Corvettes manufactured are either going to be a shade of red (32%) or black (20%), figures that should remain fairly constant throughout the 2007 model run. Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic was ordered on 1,729 Corvettes, about 5.1% of production. Atomic Orange, while benefiting from being the new color, is not different enough to increase this percentage substantially. That being said, Atomic Orange will be a popular color for those who want to be a bit different than the rest of the crowd. And who knows, perhaps in 20-30 years we’ll look back on either of these two shades of Orange with the same genuine affection that we now have for Warbonnet Yellow. Source: DigitalCorvettes.com
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2007 Corvette Brochure Hits The Net

by Keith Cornett on July 16, 2006

The new brochure for the 2007 Corvette will be on its way to dealers soon, but two websites have already broken down the swag in detail. The brochures come with an accessories catalog and a chip guide for the exterior, interior and convertible top color samples. CorvetteConti.com has a nice shot of the accessories catalog showing a photo of two new wheels including a real 10-spoke. AutoSpies.com has over 40 photos showing the brochure page-by-page. One of the photos shows a nice close-up of the multi-function steering wheel. Interestingly, a quick search on eBay shows a bunch of 2007 Corvette Brochures for sale, so if your dealer doesn’t have them yet, start bidding! Sources: CorvetteConti.com | AutoSpies.com | eBay
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Racing Across the US in a Classic ’54 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 27, 2006

Arthur Alvis and 15 year old son Elliot are cruising across America in a 1954 Red Corvette. But the drive isn’t for pleasure. It’s a race, but one based on precision, not speed. They are competing in the Great Race, a road race featuring antique cars 45 years old or more. Drivers are awarded points on the accuracy of a driver and navigator to match a time and average speed over a predetermined course. Each day the drivers are given a new set of written directions which have instructions like “Take the first road to the right”. GPS is not allowed. Team Alvis, who hail from Wichita and call themselves the Kansas Flying Monkeys, a reference from Wizard of Oz, departed Philadelphia, the starting point of the Great Race on June 24 and as of Monday were in 27th place. There are 90 or so contestants driving originally equipped antique cars as well. Driving a classic Corvette 4,000 miles across the US does have its pitfalls. Passing through a thunderstorm in Pennsylvania, Arthur had to drive with one hand out the window, running a squeegee across the windshield. the wiper assembly came loose leaving him with only one wiper. While some of the interior got soaked, Arthur doesn’t sweat it. He says the ’54 is not a show car. “It’s plastic…it won’t rust.” Follow the Kansas Flying Monkeys in their quest to win the Great Race and take home $250,000 in prize money by visiting the Great Race website. Good luck guys…we’re all counting on you! Source: Kansas.com
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