Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner
Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner
A new Corvette DVD called VetteCollections will be heading our way in 2009 and the show features an in-depth look at some of the coolest Corvette collections in the country. One of those collections highlighted is the Bill Mullis collection of Ashville, North Carolina. Featuring more than two dozen Corvettes spanning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations and a sampling from the C5 and C6 generations, you will see all have one thing in common – they’re all black.
The Corvette collection starts with a Black 1954 and covers every succeeding year through 1968. Multiple body styles and powertrains make up the collection and Bill says only a Black 1965 Fuelie Coupe has eluded him to date.
If this segment is representative of all the segments on the forthcoming VetteCollections DVD then count me in for a copy. We’ll be watching the VetteCollections website for news of the release date and perhaps another promo will be released in the meantime.
When I saw the snow that fell in Las Vegas, I realized winter was officially here and that many Corvette owners have parked their rides until Spring. The wicked weather also gave me the idea to call my friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts to find out what the six most popular parts and accessories for winterizing Corvettes are. If you are planning on storing your Corvette for any amount of time, this list is for you!
|Aqua-Shed C6 Corvette Car Cover
No Corvette owner should be without a quality Corvette Cover. The Aqua-Shed Plush car cover features a 4-layer polypropylene construction for maximum protection in all weather conditions and it absorbs impacts better than any other car cover fabric to help protect the finish from nicks, dents and scratches.
|Sta-Dri Moisture Protection Kit
Place the bags inside your Corvette and protect the interior by eliminating the undesirable effects of humidity, mold and mildew. Also protects against rusting and corrosion. Bags work at all temperatures and are ideal for protection during storage. Bags are non-corrosive, non-toxic and produce no dust.
|Corvette Tire Storage Flat Stoppers
Cars that sit for months on end in one place flat spot tires, itâ€™s a fact. You can prevent tire flat spotting with Flat Stoppers. Flat Stoppers go underneath your tires to insulate them from temperature extremes and the special lightweight polystyrene construction eliminates uneven pressure points regardless of how long your car sits. Use Flat Stoppers to put an end to ruining expensive tires.
|CTEK 800 Battery Charger
You turn the key and nothing happens. Uh-oh, it’s a dead battery. If your Corvette is reserved for “pleasure driving” it may not be ready to go when you are. Here’s a safe and simple way to keep that from happening. Hook up a CTEK 800 Battery Charger available from Eckler’s to ensure your Corvette provides you with pleasure not disappointment.
|Surf City Garage Wash, Wax & Detail Kit
All of the Surf City Garage products are specifically designed for use on fine classics and Performance Corvettes. This line of top-quality car care products was developed by a car guy just like you and me, and they are exactly what you would develop for your Corvette if you were able to custom design them for your own Corvette. Includes 8 Oz. Bottle Pacific Blue Wash & Wax, 8 Oz. Bottle Barrier Reef Carnabua Wax, 24 Oz. Spray Bottle Speed Demon Wax Detailer & Two Nano-Detailer Microfiber Polishing Cloths.
|Wurth Rubber Care Gel Stick
Keeps rubber seals on doors, trunk and hood in good condition. The resilience of all rubber parts is maintained, increasing service life and preventing cracking. Freezing and drying in winter are effectively prevented. Eliminates squealing, creaking and other noises caused by dry rubber. Easy to use gel stick applicator restores rubber parts and revitalizes bumper & body side moldings.
If you don’t have your holiday shopping done yet for your favorite Corvette enthusiast, it’s not too late. 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.
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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.
Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled â€™86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and youâ€™ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J â€œSucker Vetteâ€ 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 â€œSucker Vetteâ€.
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.
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 â€œcoolâ€.
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
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.
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.
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.
& 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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 doesnâ€™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:
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:
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.
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.