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First Corvettes Rolled off Flint Assembly Line 56-years Ago Today

Fifty-six years ago today, the very first production Corvettes were completed and rolled off a temporary assembly line at Chevrolet’s Customer Delivery Center in Flint, Michigan. All the Corvettes were hand-built and for the first time in a mass produced vehicle, a revolutionary material called fiberglass was used instead of steel to make the body panels.

Underneath the fiberglass were standard Chevrolet components. The 250 cubic inch Blue Flame Special 6-cylinder engine came from the truck line while the two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission and drum brakes were also found on various Chevrolet passenger cars. A triple-carb intake on the Corvette gave the 2-seater a bit more power but overall performance was lacking.

Chevrolet built 300 Corvettes over the course of the 1953 model year. A uniform design allowed the workers to concentrate on putting the bodies together without being distracted by trim and equipment variations. Therefore, all 1953 Corvettes were Polo White with Sportsman Red interiors and a black canvas soft-top, and featured 6.70 x 15 whitewall tires and a Delco signal-seeking radio. Also standard was a 5,000-rpm tachometer and a counter for total engine revolutions.

The Corvette’s original base price was set at $3,498.00. However the general public was hard pressed to get one as most of the production was doled out to project engineers, GM executives and other high profile customers including Hollywood movie stars like John Wayne. In fact a dealer notice issued in July ’53 from the Central Office proclaimed: “No dealer is in a position to accept firm orders for delivery of a Corvette in 1953.”

Today, the 1953 Corvette is one of the most sought after Corvette models by collectors. Examples have recently sold as high as $440,000. Not too bad for a little American sports car with an underpowered straight-six and ill-fitting body panels.


Source:
How Stuff Works

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43 Years Ago Today a Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette

Today is the 43rd anniversary of my father’s purchase of a Tuxedo Black 1966 Corvette from Rohrer Chevrolet in Camden, New Jersey. If you are a new reader of CorvetteBlogger, my original post on this topic from June 2007 will tell you a lot about me and my love of Corvettes. It also gives me a chance to pay tribute to my day who I lost in 1982.

Read the original post: 41 Years Ago Today A Young Man Buys A 1966 Corvette…

 

1967 Corvette Sting Ray Burnout at Bloomington Gold

It’s always fun when you see a guy riding a classic Corvette hard. In this video from last weekend’s Bloomington Gold parade, the owner of this Riverside Red ’67 Coupe decides to show how a real burnout is done.

From Corvette Forum Member 67-427ci:

Saturday evening we were invited to attend a picinic held by the Fox Valley Corvette Club which is quite a gathering out in the country. The parade of approximately 500 corvettes goes past the picinc site and is quite a site to see. A few volunteers are out at the road to help control traffic while more cars than I can count stop and do their best attempt at a burnout. Since there were no good C2 attempts made some old guy in a Red Coupe gave it a try.

Stones, indeed!


Source:
67-427ci@Corvette Forum

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Ninth Annual

I hope all of you are aware that Friday is the 9th annual “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day. On this day, Corvette enthusiasts are urged to take to their Corvette to the road as a way to say happy birthday to the Corvette, which first rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Michigan on June 30th, 1953.

The idea for the “Drive Your Corvette to Work” comes from Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks, who launched the event in 2001. The yearly event is held on the Friday closest to June 30th. This year, Mid America Motorworks wants to get as many Corvettes on the road as possible to show support for General Motors. Many believe (us included) that the Chevrolet Corvette is GM’s greatest contribution to the automotive world.

“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Yager. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. Wave to other Corvette owners: it’s a perfect chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”

If you participate in “Drive your Corvette to Work”, take some pictures and submit them to Mid America Motorsports via clubs@mamotorworks.com and they will be posted at www.mamotorworks.com/corvette

Check out the video of us driving our Corvette to work from 2007′s “Drive Your Corvette to Work” day.
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Mid America Motorworks Related:
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Corvette Movie Poster: Corvette Summer (1978)

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2009

Corvette Summer

It was 31 years ago today that Corvette Summer first appeared on the big screen. Featuring Mark Hamill, fresh off his stint of playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, the plot of Corvette Summer revolved around a custom Corvette built in a high school shop class that winds up being stolen. Ken (Mark Hamill) follows the Corvette’s trail to Vegas where he meets wannabe hooker Vanessa (Annie Potts) and two plot to steal the Corvette back.

You’re going to have the most turbo-charged, chrome-plated, plush-lined,
high-gloss, super-speed customized time of your life.

Click here for a larger version of the Corvette Summer movie poster.


Inspiration:
movieposter.com
Internet Movie Database

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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.


Source:
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.

Source:
SEMA
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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.


Inspiration:
CruiserBlvd
Internet Movie Database

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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.


Source:
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.


Source:
Bondurant
Photo Credit: Matsiltala @ Flickr

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