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[VIDEO] Corvette Caravans Arrive in Bowling Green

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2009

Here is a group of Corvettes from North and Central Texas, Oklahoma and the Gulf States arriving in Bowling Green. The video was shot from the Exit 26 overpass which is just a couple miles south of Exit 28 on I65 where the National Corvette Museum is located.

Check out Mark Leevan’s Corvette Examiner for more caravan videos.

 

[VIDEO] National Corvette Caravan Stops in Tampa

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2009

National Corvette Caravan Stops in Tampa

The Florida leg of the 2009 National Corvette Caravan kicked off their cruise to Bowling Green, Kentucky for this weekend’s 15th Anniversary Celebration at the National Corvette Museum. The Florida Caravan started in South Florida this morning and broke off into two groups with one going through Orlando and the other coming up the west coast to Tampa.

About 100 Corvettes were gathered at Ferman Chevrolet in Tampa this afternoon before heading North. We met with a few of the members and spoke with Ernie Zager who is the Captain of the Florida leg. According to Zager, the Florida caravan will stop tonight just a few miles south of the Georgia border in Lake City, Florida where they will be guests at a barbeque by Bruce and Becky Glueck of Glueck Chevrolet.

Tomorrow morning the group will make their way to Road Atlanta for some parade laps or high speed passes around the Petit Le Mans course. From there, the Florida caravan will drive over to Kennessaw, Georgia where they will meet up with the Georgia Caravan at a Hooters restaurant for dinner. Both groups will spend the night in Kennessaw before making their way to Bowling Green on Thursday.

The Museum has a full slate of Corvette fun planned for the estimated 5,000 attendees that will be in Bowling Green for the 15th Anniversary Celebration. Festivities will include the Corvette Hall of Fame, seminars, historic video presentations, road tours and other grand activities including the official ribbon-cutting for the Museum’s new areas.

Related:
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Corvette Ad Watch: 1961 Corvette Catalog Shoot

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2009

1961 Corvette Catalog Shoot

Former Chevy ad man Jim Bernadin gives us the details from this classic photo shoot for the 1961 Corvette Catalog Folder.

This is the cover of the Corvette Catalog Folder for 1961. It was shot at the GM Proving Grounds near Milford, Michigan. Shooting there was a real challenge because there was so much security involved. Arrangements to shoot there had to be made far in advance and approved by about a hundred people–or so it seamed. Each person to be there had to have been cleared in advance. There was always a wait when everybody arrived at the gate office and had to have their identity checked and approved once more. Then you had to have a special driver to get you around the facility. Only these guys knew all the regulations and could keep you from trouble. Your pre- selected location had to be cleared and closed to other traffic. Someone from Chevrolet had to be with you and responsible for all you did. You were not allowed to see into any of the other divisions buildings.

Our location was a good one in that it didn’t look like the proving grounds. It could have been almost any smaller road in America. The person standing with the camera is Warren Winstanley’s assistant. Warren was the photographer for this and all the other shots in the catalog. The two fellows in the car were models. The rear view was on the cover because it represented the newest thing about the Corvette. Not only was the styling new but there was a real trunk for the first time. The rear styling gave a good look at what the Stingray would be like in a couple of years but nobody knew that at the time. The car isn’t really moving but the illusion of some dust was created by throwing some cement powder at just the right time. I even helped with that on occasion. I had all the fake rally signs made back at our office along with the ’61 sign that eliminated the need for other cover copy. This and the picture to follow are often used in publications about Corvettes. I wish I could remember who wrote the copy–maybe Vic Olsen.

Click here for a larger version. Visit Old Chevy Ads for page two of the 1961 Corvette Catalog Folder.


Source:
Old Chevy Ads

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Corvette Ad Watch: Vintage 1960 Corvette Poster

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Australian 2009 Corvette ZR1 Gets Right Hand Drive

This 2009 Corvette ZR1 was imported into Australia and received a right hand drive conversion from the Corvette Clinic in Bundoora, Victoria. This is just the first of America’s King of the Hill to receive the RHD treatment which allows the cars to be fully registerable in all Australian states. According to the Corvette Clinic, two more Corvette ZR1s, a Victory Red and a Cyber Gray model, will soon get the conversion as well.

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Converting a Corvette to right hand drive isn’t an easy task. The Corvette Clinic created a new dash and had to remanufacture some of the steering components to make it work. What I like about their ZR1 conversion is that they were also able to move the 6-Speed transmission shifter knob to the right side of the center console as well.


Source:
Corvette Action Center

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CorvetteBlogger Interview

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2009

CorvetteBlogger Interviewed

I was interviewed by Mark Leevan over at the Corvette Examiner. Check it out!

 

Free Download: Corvette Wallpapers for your Apple iPhone

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2009

Corvette Wallpapers for your Apple iPhone

I just purchased a brand new iPhone 3GS and created a custom wallpaper featuring my 1966 Corvette to give it a personalized look. Well, once I started down that road, I couldn’t stop! So here are nine custom Corvette-related wallpapers we’re offering free for your iPhone with installation instructions after the jump.

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Installation Instructions:

iPhone-Wallpapers provides this step-by-step guide to installing wallpapers on your Apple iPhone:

  1. Open the image by clicking on it. Then Right-click or control-click on the image you want to use.
  2. Select “Save as…” and save the image to your hard drive.
    * Mac users can either save the image to a folder or add it to their iPhoto library. * PC users will want to save the wallpaper into their “My Pictures” folder.

You can then sync the iPhone with photos in iPhoto 4.0.3 or later on a Mac, or Photoshop Album 2.0 or later or Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later on a PC. Or you can sync with any folder on your computer that contains images. Connect the iPhone to your computer and do the following:

  1. Launch iTunes then click the Photos tab and select “Sync photos from:”
  2. From the pop-up menu, do one of the following:
    If your using a Mac, choose iPhoto or your Pictures folder.
    If you’re using a PC, choose Photoshop Album, Photoshop Elements, or your My Pictures folder.
  3. Choose Folder, then choose any folder on your computer that has images.
  4. Choose “All photos,” or choose “Selected folders” or “Selected albums” and choose the folders or albums you want to sync.

Finally on your iPhone:

  1. Goto the Photos section of your camera. Browse through the albums or camera roll until you find the picture you wish to use.
  2. Select the picture so it is displayed full screen.
  3. Tap the icon in the lower left corner of the screen. If you don’t see the icon, single tap the picture to display the menus.
  4. Here you can select if you want to email the picture, save the picture as a wallpaper, or assign to a contact.
  5. If you want to assign to a contact, press that button. The contact list will open and you can select the contact you wish to link to the picture.
  6. Select Done to complete the process.


Inspiration:
Jalopnik

Related:
2009 Corvette ZR1 Image Gallery

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Corvette Guy’s Smoking Hot Deals on Corvette Wheels

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2009

Corvette Guy's Smoking Hot Deals on Wheels
Your Corvette already comes with plenty of power so most new owners turn to customizing their Corvette’s appearance. Wheels are the most important part of a car’s appearance whether you are at a Corvette show, or just cruising the streets. Check out our friends at Corvette Guys for a smoking wheel sale you will not want to miss.



These are just a sample of the many styles and sizes of Corvette Wheels available from Corvette Guys. And while you’re saving money with these prices and Corvette Guy’s signature free shipping, check out these Corvette accessories and suspension deals guaranteed to take your Corvette to the next level of looks and performance.


Source:
Corvette Guys

Related:
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Corvette Stingray Concept

Well, well. It seems that the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen is the gift that keeps on giving. The latest look comes from Los Jalopnik himself Ray Wert who was able to get inside the concept and then take it for a spin. In the process we learn a little more about chances for a repeat performance as the new C7 Corvette in 2012.

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This concept is powered by a hybrid power train with electric power for in-city driving or switch to the V8 for high performance driving situations. Even with the V8 power, the engine will deliver even higher fuel economy with its ability to deactivate cylinders. Of course all this is conceptual but it shows how the power train teams are looking to the future.

Although the Stingray Concept is relatively new to the scene, it was actually penned six years ago by Tom Peters who followed it up by designing the new Camaro. That explains some of the similarities found on both cars, most notably the front-end defining egg crate grilles. Peters spoke with Wert about the Stingray and the C7 Corvette:

Said Peters, “it’s not the C7…that’s not to say there aren’t elements here that can translate into what the C7′s about. There’s no parameters to this concept…our goal…I would tell my team, guys, go kick that car’s ass. Go beat that.”

While that sounds like a definitive NO! on the “Stingray as C7″ debate, we’re still way early in the game to say that Kirk Bennion’s exterior design team won’t want to incorporate some of the defining lines and shapes found on the popular Transformers Concept.

We do hope they incorporate some of the technology featured inside the Corvette Stingray Concept. While most of it is described as currently available, some of the conceptual features are straight out of a science fiction movie. The instrument gauges feature 3D graphics and ambient lighting. In addition to the stereo and Nav unit, the central display also features a graphical PDA complete with “friend” pictures and connect to a home internet link to send out some tweets.

Check out the Jalopnik’s full review of the Corvette Stingray Concept

Source:
Jalopnik

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Lighter, Greener Corvette on the Horizon
Late Night Speculation: C7 Corvette Moving to Kappa Platform?

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Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 8, 2009

Custom Batmobile Made From 1958 Corvette

As found over at the Bat-Blog, one of their readers bought a custom batmobile made from a 1958 Corvette. The car has 8,019 original miles as it was stored for 30 years. According to the buyer, “BATCAR” is listed as the type of vehicle on the Corvette’s title. Blasphemy or Cool?

Click here for a Larger Version


Source:
Bat-Blog

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Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

by Keith Cornett on August 2, 2009

Annual Solid Axle Corvette Club Cruise Photos

The Solid Axle Corvette Club recently held their annual meeting in Ventura, California and one of highlights is the Sunday morning cruise. This year, a contingent of over 60 classic Corvettes drove along Highway 192 with a slight detour around the Santa Barbara Mission. Organizers described the Corvette cruise event as one of the largest gathering of solid axle Corvettes in the world.

Santa Barbara Pix was on scene and has published over 200 photos of the classic C1-era Corvettes driving past the Mission.