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RIDEMAKERZ Corvette Lineup

Pratt & Miller has partnered with RIDEMAKERZ, the custom model car building experience for kids to launch a lineup of Corvette models based on the C6.R and the C6RS. The new models were introduced Friday at Pratt & Miller’s Corvette Racing headquarters. Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows was on hand along with kids from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Science to build the very first models which were donated to underprivileged children.

The RIDEMAKERZ concept is often referred to as the “Build a Bear” for boys, but kids of all ages enjoy the custom car building experience. Once you select your body style, you can customize the look with wheels, engines, exhaust style as well as decide whether to add a battery powered remote control or a free wheel chassis for pushing.

The RIDEMAKERZ partnership with Pratt & Miller explains why the Corvette Racing team duct-taped a Corvette model to the hood of the Number 4 C6.R for a hot lap around Monterey’s Laguna Seca raceway back in October:

“We are excited and proud to announce the release of our latest customizable RIDE, the legendary Chevrolet Corvette,” says RIDEMAKERZ ZEO and Founder Larry Andreini. “The RZ ‘Vettes are not just any Corvettes; they are the ‘BadBoy’ Pratt & Miller built, Le Mans winning race car, C6.R, and the quarter-of-a-million dollar, street legal C6RS Super-Car. It’s an honor to make these models available so that kids, parents, and car enthusiasts alike can build and trick out their ultimate model Corvette.”

Doug Fehan, Program Manager for Corvette Racing adds, “General Motors doesn’t just let anybody build a model Corvette. The new Pratt & Miller C6.R and C6RS Corvette models from RIDEMAKERZ truly capture the soul and spirit of the Corvette. Beyond that, we like how RIDEMAKERZ provides a hands-on building experience that allows kids, and kids at heart, to make choices and be creative.”

The RIDEMAKERZ Corvettes are available at any of the 12 nationwide shopz or online at RIDEMAKERZ.com with prices starting at $29. The remote control unit adds $25 and accessories start at $2.50.

Source:
RIDEMAKERZ.com

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eBay Find of the Day: The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2008

The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled ’86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and you’ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J “Sucker Vette” is the result of over 3,000 hours of hard work and advanced engineering skills and now it can be yours as the Corvette is being offered on eBay with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

A group of engineers at Proctor & Gamble got together and built this one of kind of custom Corvette to compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The Challenge pits competitors in a number of events in a car that must cost less than $2,007.

The Cheaparral team found their 1986 Corvette parked in a nearby barn and purchased the wreck for $1,400. They then had to put their creative talents to work in keeping the costs to under the $2,007 spending limit. After the Corvette was made rode worthy and twin turbochargers were added for power, the engineers decided they needed a little something extra to give them more of an edge in the autocross competition.

The solution came in the form of an M1 Abrams tank cooling fan that was mounted in the passenger seat and powered by a snowmobile engine. The fan evacuates 10,000 cfm of air from underneath car which generates 1,000 lbs of downforce and allows the Corvette to pull 1.3g on a skidpad. The concept is similar to racing legend Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J vaccum enhanced “sucker” car from the 1970 Can Am Racing series which served as inspiration for the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette”.

The Cheaparral team competed against 50 others at the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge in Gainsville, FL and won every category including the autocross, concourse, best-engineered award, top finishing team and the 2007 Challenge Overall Champion award.

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Following the Challenge, the Sucker Vette has been featured in a number of magazines and at car shows including the Corvette Homecoming event in Bowling Green. The Cheaparral recently made a trip out to the west coast to Jay Leno’s garage where the noted auto enthusiast proclaimed the Corvette “cool”.

The ebay auction of the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette” will benefit the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Corvette features the signitures of Jay Leno and Jim Hall who both had the opportunity to give the “sucker Vette” a drive. Bidding started at the team’s investment of $2,007 and the auction runs through December 11th.

For more information on the Sucker Vette including a ton of videos, check out the Cheaparral.com


Sources:
Cheaparral.com via KYPost.com
ebay.com

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2nd Look: The Corvette C3R Retro Stingray

by Keith Cornett on December 1, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Last month we took a look at the Corvette C3R Stingray, a computer rendering by Christian Cyrulewski that wrapped a modern day Corvette C6 with a new yet retro-inspired bodywork of a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Christian is back in the news with a second version of the C3R that features a few tweaks to the original rendering including lengthening the car to give it a more aggressive stance and flattening the rear deck.

The retro cues of a 1969 Corvette are of course all over the place, hence its name, but the new skin feels very modern as well. I’m not sure how the headlights will be pulled off as Christian says they are not pop-ups. The only other issue we believe to be a problem is the lack of access to the rear storage area from the removal of the rear storage hatch. However with this second group of renderings, I have become a certified fan of the C3R Stingray.

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Here’s what Christian had to say about the newest version:

The changes were mostly on the rear end, I added a chamfer where the body meets the rear diffuser to visually lift the rear, I extended the rear about 25mm and narrowed it by more than 50mm to visually give it a more aggressive and planted stance. I also flattened the rear deck area and added a chamfer to the spoiler to match the profile of the 69 stingray better and also to give it a more modern look. The last change was to the front fender in front of the wheel, I added some fullness to give it better lead-in to the grill area.

The dimensions on the C3R are the same as the z06 except the length, my car is 4 inches longer. I also wanted to mention that the headlights are not pop-up, I don’t want to say right now how they work because I going to create an animation that shows the process. One of the main complaints was that people thought it was going to have the pop-up lights.

Now that the main surfaces are done I am going to focus on the details like if it is possible to have 69 style door handles and the possibility of moving the location of the fuel filler to the rear deck, again like the C3.

With General Motors in its current funk and no plans to update the current C6 Corvette body style until at least 2014, we’re hoping progress continues on the C3R Stingray and Christian will be able to bring his prototype to the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise as planned. Until then, we’ll just have to live vicariously through these awesome computer renderings.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Serious Wheels

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Six Great Christmas Gifts for Corvette Owners

by Keith Cornett on November 25, 2008

2009 Vette Custom's Calendar

With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Monday just a week away, we gave our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts a call and asked them for a list of some cool Corvette apparel and accessories that would fullfill the Christmas wishes of any Corvette enthusiast. Our recommendation is to print these pages and leave them some place conspicuous for the wife and kids to find. Of course there is always Plan B: Shop for yourself.

Cutter & Buck C6 Tournament Polo
No Corvette owner should be without a polo shirt and Cutter & Buck make one of the finest available. The Black Corvette C6 Tournament Polo features an embroidered C6 Corvette logo on a 100% cotton pique shirt that stays soft wash after wash. The Tournament Polo is available for just $39.99 each.
   
2009 Vette Customs Calendar
A Corvette calendar is a great gift for any Corvette enthusiast. With 12 exciting high quality Corvette photos each month, you’ll be remembered fondly for that great gift all year long! The Vette Custom’s 2009 Corvette Calendar also includes details about each Corvette presented as well as trivia questions on each month. $13.99 each.
   
Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels
These Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels will protect your leather seats from damage due to UV rays, sweat and day-to-day in and out wear. Each heavyweight terry velour seat towel features the C6 Corvette logo and is designed to slip off and on with ease. Machine washable and great for every day use, your expensive Corvette seats will thank you for the thoughtful gift. $49.99 a pair.
   
1974-82 Corvette Custom Bubble LED Taillight
LED Lights are all the rage for C5/C6 Corvettes and now they are available for select C3 Corvettes. The Custom Bubble LED taillight will fit 1974-82 Corvettes. Brighter than the original bulbs, they’ll improve your visibility and give a slight custom look to your rear end. The Bubble Taillights come complete with lens and housing and install easily. $49.99 each.
   
Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone Watch
A Corvette watch is one of the most popular gifts for the Corvette enthusiast in your life and Ecklers has a large selection of men’s and women’s watches to choose from. The Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone watch sports a calendar and features the C5 logo. $59.99 each.
   
Corvette Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket
The Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket with an embroidered C6 Corvette logo will keep you warm and the super soft micro suede-like polyester resists water in case it starts to snow. The Corvette C6 Suede jacket is what Santa wears around the North Pole wears 364 days a year. $99.99
   

When it comes to Corvette gifts and merchandise, Ecklers Corvette Parts is your holiday headquarters. Check out their full catalog online or request your free catalog now.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Opportunity Rumbles Like a 427: Proteam Corvette Is For Sale

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2008

Proteam Corvette Collection

I received the monthly email from Proteam Corvettes and had to read the first paragraph three times to make sure it was saying what I thought it was. I still didn’t quite believe it so I fired off an email to Terry Michaelis and he confirmed what I read: Terry and his brother Fred are putting the world-renowned dealership and its collection of 200 classic Corvettes up for sale.

Terry says they’ve been kicking around the idea for several years and now they’ve made it official. That first paragraph stated the following:

And speaking of opportunity… why not consider buying all ProTeam’s Corvettes at cost and the engine (company) that has driven impressive cash flow and profits for over 20 years. Yep! That’s right! Fred and I have been banging the sell idea around for several years and we feel confident that capable, informed and interested parties are right here in our database… well poised to acquire the ProTeam business and take it to the next level.

Proteam’s collection of classic Corvettes, many with NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold and Triple Crown designations, is truly second to none. Terry is a well known fixture at all the classic Corvette and muscle car auctions and only bids on and buys the best cars. He also doesn’t let emotions get in the way and will pass on a Corvette if he feels the bid went higher than his target. Not seeing him working the paddock or sitting front row at a Mecum auction with that detached look on his face will take some time to get used to.

Let’s take a look at exactly is included in opportunity:

  • Inventory – The world’s largest collection of over 200 classic Corvettes, with many being beautifully restored to like-new condition and carrying prestigious honors such as the Bloomington Gold Certification, the coveted NCRS Top Flight award, and the Triple Crown designation.
  • People – A highly competent management team and operating personnel secured by employment contracts with key personnel.
  • Customer Base – A customer list spans all 50 states and 38 countries around the globe.
  • Contact Lists – A conventional mailing list that includes 350,000 contacts and an e-mail list that includes 40,000.
  • Marketing Foundation – Ownership of the ProTeam brand and its extensive bank of marketing concepts and strategies, as well as the ProTeam website (operative since 1995) and more than 60 domain names/URLs.
  • Facilities & Equipment – Approximately 60,000 sq. ft. of storage buildings to house the inventory as well as the facilities, transportation and capital equipment required to restore, repair, service, maintain and display purchased Corvettes as they arrive.
  • Processes & Systems – Proprietary sales, service, and accounting systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Cash Flow – The ongoing annual cash flow generated from the business due to effective application of people, processes, and assets.

It took all of a nanosecond to realize that my pockets are a little light to take advantage of this opportunity. The price needed to buy this world renowned Corvette dealership is undisclosed but if you’re interested in finding our more, here are the steps you’ll need to take:

  1. Indication of Interest – Email David Rupp with your indication of interest at rupp@mccannrupp.com
  2. Pre-Qualification – To pre-qualify, you must provide your credit references, your basic plan for funding a purchase of this magnitude, and your permission to discuss your funding capability with your banker or similar folks at the appropriate time.
  3. Confidentiality Agreement – Once you’re pre-qualified, you will be sent a confidentiality agreement.
  4. Information Packet & Bid Instructions – Subsequent to receiving your signed CA, Proteam will send you a detailed information packet on the company as well as further instructions regarding the bid submission process.

We’ll be following this story closely and will see if we can get any updates when we see Terry at Mecum’s Kissimmee Florida auction in January, assuming that the dealership hasn’t changed hands at that time.


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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The 1979 Corvette Project: Seatbelt Solutions Delivers

by Keith Cornett on November 13, 2008

Our 1979 Corvette's Seatbelts

This is a quick note of thanks to Jeff and his staff at Seatbelt Solutions. I called Jeff a week ago to get a quote on rewebbing the seatbelts for our 1979 Corvette project car. He gave me a good ballpark price so I boxed them up and sent them to his shop in Jupiter, Florida. After he received the belts, he called and we discuss our options and what I was looking for. After agreeing on a price, Jeff went to work and one week later they were returned to us and I couldn’t be happier with the work.

I always like to tell other Corvette people when I get surprised by a vendor that offers good prices and more importantly, great service. After Jeff received our belts, he called and we spent 20 minutes on the telephone where we discussed exactly what I wanted. He took us through the process of what his staff would do in terms of rewebbing and changing the color over from beige to black. I very much appreciated his attention to detail and our concerns regarding price. As this was a driver quality resto, price was an important factor.

One week later, we got a call saying the belts were completed and after paying the exact amount quoted, they were shipped out the same day. Jeff and his staff did a fantastic job on the project and I can’t thank them enough.

If you have a C1-C4 Corvette whose seatbelts need to be rewebbed, repaired or rechromed, call Jeff of Seatbelt Solutions toll free at 866-904-2358.


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Custom 4-Door Corvette is Fun for the Whole Family

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

One of the curses, or blessings depending on your outlook is the fact that the Corvette is a 2-seat sports car. Room enough for you and a buddy or your significant other, but no more. Gene Swatek thought the Corvette should be a car that could be enjoyed by the whole family, so he custom built what I am sure is the world’s only 1987 four-door Corvette.

The father of four girls got the idea for the custom 4-seater after going to Corvette shows and wishing he could take more of his family. To create his 4-door sports car, Gene took a driver quality stock 1987 corvette and it in half. He made his own steel extension frame members to stretch the Corvette an additional 38 inches. The rear suicide doors were added as well as the rear leather seats and custom ground effects.

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Gene says the Corvette took about 18 months to build and while he had plans to custom build a convertible top that could stretch over the extended passenger area, time got away from him and he never got around to doing it. According to Gene, the convertible is so much fun, who needs a top or windows anyways!

The FamilyVette II as its called is the second of Gene’s elongated Corvette creations, hence the II. His first FamilyVette was a red 1984 limo-styled Corvette made from 2/3′s of the front of one Corvette and 2/3′s of the rear from another. You can see more of his work at www.familyvettes.com.

The white 1987 Corvette is currently for sale with a listing on eBay but no bids have yet to have been laid on the custom car yet. The auction ends on November 18th and the starting bid is $12,000.


Source:
FamilyVettes.com via TopSpeed.com

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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

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Ultimate Tribute: SEMA 2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2008

2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

This Corvette Z06 turned C6R replica looks to be the real deal until you get up close and view the interior. Making its debut at last year’s SEMA show, this ultimate tribute Corvette has returned to Las Vegas for SEMA 2008 and features the updated 2008 “Jake Scrape” livery which includes the new Compuware logo and black wheels. While we believe the best livery ever was the B-Pillar Jake on the 2007 Monterey Corvette C6Rs, we know this Corvette would be a hit at any of the ALMS Corvette corrals.

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Photos copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

See more photos at Autoblog


Source:
Autoblog

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1981 Custom Corvette

There are a lot of ways a Corvette can be modified to suit the tastes of the owner, but sometimes just one look can make you shudder, wondering WTF was the owner thinking. In celebration of today being Halloween, we bring you these Corvettes for sale we found on ebay that we think have crossed that line from tasteful to being just downright scary.

1985 Ferrari style Corvette For Sale
1985 Ferrari style Corvette

Bid: $4,000
1978 Greenwood Corvette For Sale
1978 Greenwood Corvette

Buy It Now: $29,900
1972 Corvette For Sale
1972 LS-5 Corvette

Bid: $7,600
1977 Corvette For Sale
1977 L82 Corvette

Bid: $610
1981 Corvette For Sale
1981 Super Rare Batman Edt

Bid: $5,900
1967 Corvette For Sale
1967 327 Corvette

Bid: $16,700

Although its not a custom modified Corvette, I threw that last C2 into the mix because A) its been living in a box for 30 years and B) if you saw the engine compartment you would run away as fast as you could, clutching your wallet in fear.


Source:
eBay.com

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