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Northern California Corvette Association Today marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of America’s first organized Corvette club. On May 9, 1957, 47 members incorporated The Northern California Corvette Association. They came together to meet other owners and find more ways to have fun with their Corvettes. As the club history page on the NCCA website tells, the club was born out of the desire for Corvette owners to join together in a mutual admiration society wrapped around their Corvettes. The club has planned several activities to celebrate the anniversary, including a Show and Shine, Black and White Ball and a two week caravan to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. Sounds like a great club to be part of if you’re in the region.
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Top 5! The Cars That Defined Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 7, 2007

Automotive enthusiasts love to compare their favorite cars to cars made by the competition and Corvette owners are no exception. We’ll put our beloved American sports car against any comer. But its not just owners that engage in this practice. Comparisons to the competition often start at the factory and often with a car that only exists on paper. In our top 5 list, we take a look at the cars that have served to make the Corvette a world class sports car. #1 – Jaguar XK120
1953 Jaguar XK120In 1952 Harley Earl was designing the first American 2-seat sports car. Sitting in the design studio while the Corvette was being drawn was the Jaguar XK120. The XK120 had the characteristics that Harley was aiming for: huge long hood, minimal two seat passenger area and a short rear deck. This same philosophy would be the basis for the Corvette for more than 50 years. #2 – Shelby Cobra
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake In 1963 Carroll Shelby’s Cobras were cleaning up at the track. The cobra was a pure racing machine and it dominated the racing circuit in the mid-60′s. Corvette’s Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov had a plan for the Cobra and it was called the Grand Sport. While the Grand Sport project only resulted in the production of just five cars, they easily returned Corvette to the winners circle. Technology and testing from the GS program filtered down to the production Corvettes. Chevrolet’s big block 427′s replaced fuel injection and by 1967, the L88-equipped Corvette was beating Cobra on Sundays and winning in the dealer showrooms on Monday. #3 – Dodge Viper RT/10
1992 Dodge Viper RT/10In 1991 Dodge introduced the Viper and the American horsepower war was back on. The Viper was the Corvette reincarnated. Long, lean and with a massive engine, the Viper was built for performance first. The Viper debuted with a V10 rated at 400 horsepower, 25 more than the 375 hp Corvette ZR-1.Other characteristics of the Viper included side exhaust and an AC delete option (no air conditioning). Vipers would dominate the performance arena until the arrival of the C5 Z06 Corvette in 2001. #4 – Toyota Supra
1989 Toyota SupraIn the late eighties, GM was in the beginnings of the C5 project with a projected launch date of 1993. The competition at the time was mostly Japanese and the lead competitor was the Toyota Supra. Toyota threw down the challenge first, calling their late 80′s Supra Turbo a “Corvette-Killer”. As the C5 Corvette was being drawn, it was the Supra that it was benchmarked against. By the time the C5 Corvette was actually produced in 1997, the Supra’s influence had waned until about only 40 Supras per month were being imported into the US. #5 – Porsche 911 (Carrera)
2005 Porsche 911 Carrera2005 brings us the C6 Corvette and the competition has shifted from Dodge and Toyota back to European manufacturers like Porsche and BMW. During development, the C6 Corvette was measured time and again versus the Porsche 911, literally. Chief Engineer Dave Hill would talk how the C6 Corvette was shortened to roughly the same dimensions of the 911. Interestingly, the Porsche Carrera, the sixth version of the 911 was also introduced in 2005. Targeting Porsche, a car known world-wide for quality and performance at a price normally double that of the regular production Corvette was a gutsy move by the Corvette engineering team and based on the performance of the C6 Corvette Z06, the gamble was a success.
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I highly recommend you read “All Corvettes Are Red” by James Schefter and “Corvette 50 Years” by Randy Leffingwell, both available at Amazon.com
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Kerbeck Corvette has launched a new series of Corvette podcasts called VetteCast. Their inaugural VetteCast featured an interview with Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows. Ron talks about why he’s at Kerbeck (picking up a RF Z06 for a sponsor), his current and future racing plans and what it’s like to have a signature Corvette named after him.

Ron Fellows on Kerbeck's VetteCast Ron Fellows outside the Kerbeck Corvette Showroom Ron Fellows signing the engine cover of his signature Z06 Corvette
Kerbeck Corvette has two Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 for sale and while there, Ron signed the engine covers. The cars are #40 and #63, which is Ron’s car number for the 24 Hours of LeMans. To listen to podcast or subscribe through LiveTunes, visit Kerbeck.com/podcast. Kerbeck promises more podcasts with an emphasis on news, interviews, technical information and event updates.
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Stingray TV Show Coming to DVD

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

1965 Corvette Sting RayStingray, the NBC show from the mid 1980′s is returning later this year on DVD, according to producer Stephen J. Cannell’s website. The show starred Nick Mancuso as the mysterious Ray, who travels from place to place in his classic 1965 Corvette, fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He accepts no money for his help, only the promise of a favor which Ray will come and collect at some future date. The show aired on NBC from 1986-1987 and 23 episodes plus the 2-hour movie pilot were shot. I remember an episode where Ray was being pursued by a black helicopter with mini-guns and they shot out the tinted black rear window on Ray’s Corvette. It will be a real treat to see these episodes again, and just in time for Christmas!
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Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2007

(Editor’s Note: Read in the style of Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) Hollywood super-couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit up L.A. eatery Mastro’s Steakhouse for a romantic evening out on Tuesday. The dressed-up pair arrived in style in Tom’s classic 1958 Silver Blue Corvette, which he drove. Tom, 44, and Katie, 28, spent over two hours in the restaurant, before heading back home.

Tom and Katie in their 1958 Corvette. Tom and Katie exit their 1958 Corvette. Celebrity bodyguard is the ultimate in anti-theft devices.
What I really like about these photos is the #3 shot with bodyguard. I would imagine the conversation was something like: Tom: “Hey, were going to grab a bite to eat. Stay and watch the car.”
Bodyguard: “It will be here when you return, sir. BTW, Sir. Do you think this suit makes me look fat?”
Tom: “Hell, no. you look good. Besides, the suit matches the Silver Coves. See you in a couple of hours.” Update:
Apparently, Tom had a little trouble starting the 1958 Corvette when leaving the restaurant. Surrounded by photogs, one in the crowd yells out “Mission Impossible”. See the video at TMZ.com
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LS2 Corvette Engine Animation/Screensaver

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2007

YouTube.com user gmijoe sent me a link to this really cool animation showing the assembly of the LS2 Corvette engine. As the engine is being assembled, it is rotated for the best view and parts “fly-in” and are bolted on. There is also a version that can be used as a screensaver as well.


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Want To Work for Corvette Fever Magazine?

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2007

Corvette Fever MagazineCorvette Fever Magazine is looking for an associate editor. If you’ve got the fever for Corvettes, love attending the events and shows and can string along a coherent sentence, then this could be your dream job.

Corvette Fever is dedicated to providing Corvette owners with an outstanding forum to pursue their presentation, restoration and high-performance modification goals while sharing in the pride and camaraderie that define the Corvette hobby. With unmatched technical content – engines, driveline, suspension, brakes, interior, paint and body – from the earliest straight-axle models to the latest C5 advancements, Corvette Fever is the most respected voice in the industry.
For more details, visit CorvetteFever.com
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Can You Design a SEMA Corvette?

by Keith Cornett on March 28, 2007

Fidanza 2006 Corvette Twin TurboAre you the next Larry Shinoda or John Cafaro? Luckily, you don’t have to be a world famous Corvette designer to participate in the Fidanza C6 TT design contest. But what you will need is some original style and your photoshop skills if you want to redesign their show Vette for the SEMA show. Fidanza, makers of flywheels, clutches and other performance parts, is looking for a new design for their 2006 Corvette Twin Turbo and they want you to come up with a new design. The only requirements are keeping the original Le Mans Blue exterior paint and the same aftermarket wheels, as well as adding their list of sponsors to the car. Winners will have their named placed on the car and will receive an 8×10 framed photo of the finished Corvette. The Corvette will be attending the SEMA and PRI shows. Deadline for photo submissions is April 9th. For more info, visit the Fidanza C6 Photochop Contest page.
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Mike Yager of Mid America MotorworksMid America Motorwork’s founder Mike Yager was named one of the Top 50 North American Car Collectors according to Keith Martin’s Sport Car Market Magazine. Mike joins notable car collectors Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Crain and Lee Herrington. The article appeared in the February 2007 issue of Sports Car Market. The Top 50 collectors were included “not based solely on size or value of collections, but on passion for and contribution to the car collecting hobby” according to Sports Car Market Magazine. Those chosen have “raised the profile of the collector car hobby, supported and participated in concours and shows, or made it a better, safer or more fulfilling pursuit for the rest of us.”

“I am very proud and honored to be included with such an esteemed group of collectors for whom I have the greatest respect for what they contribute to the collector car hobby.” said Mike Yager. He continues “Much of the pleasure I receive in collecting cars is sharing my knowledge and passion for Corvette and Aircooled VW with others”.
Mike Yager’s collection of Corvettes and VW’s can be seen on the Mid America Motorwork’s My Garage website.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: Penny and Her 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 16, 2007

Last night I found this wonderful photo and story of an 86 year old Corvette owner named Penny who daily drives a 1958 convertible. The photographer is also a neighbor who said the following about her subject:

“Penny is our 86 year old neighbor and friend. She is the most youthful 86 year old I’ve ever met and she drives a 1958 Corvette in mint condition which she bought new 48 years ago.” “I asked Penny if I could take photos of her with her beloved Corvette. She graciously agreed, and said, “It needs a new paint job, but so do I!” Penny is a lovely woman and a role model of what it can be like to be a senior young-at-heart.”
86 year old owner with her 1958 Corvette
There are three photos in the Penny series and you can view them here and here. The comments are worth reading as well.
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