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From Hell of War to Corvette Heaven

by Keith Cornett on September 23, 2006

Douglas and Stacey's 1996 CE CorvetteWhile her husband Douglas was serving in Iraq for the past year, training Iraqi police in a province 50 miles south of Baghdad, school teacher Stacey Paley saved as much of her paycheck as possible to surprise him with the car that he’s always wanted. It had been Douglas’ lifelong dream to own a Corvette. Douglas returned from his tour of duty on September 10th and was rewarded with the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman Badge for his service and valor during combat. However, the biggest reward was waiting from his wife. The day after he returned, she took him to a dealership and showed him the Corvette she had already picked out…a 1996 Collectors Edition Convertible. He drove to his civilian job and claimed “I think they were more interested in the car than me.” As for his wife’s surprise and choice in Corvettes, Douglas said, “I’m just happy to have it”. Click here to read more of this inspirational story from the JournalInquirer.com

The Z06 Corvette is a 427… Show Your Cubic Inches!

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2006

The 427 cubic inch engine is part of the automotive lore that is celebrated and revered for those that own the classic big block. Like its 327 little brother, when putting those three numbers together when talking engines, something magical happens. Sure, Chevrolet made about a billion 350′s as well as the 454, but in Corvette history, it’s all about the 427. Those three numbers can bring a grown man to tears. They can make the kid that pulled up next to you at the stoplight break out in a cold sweat. It’s the engine that was so powerful, Chevy fudged its output ratings by nearly 100 horsepower so as not to incur the wrath of the insurance industry as the story goes. That’s why many who now own the new legend, the 2006 and 2007 Z06 Corvette, are so eager to show other enthusiasts that their Corvette is the heir apparent to the 427 kingdom, and what better way to announce their rule than through the growing use of displaying 427 badges on hoods and quarterpanels. But what badges are the best badges, and where do you get them go the posts on the forums. Some still prefer the stealth. “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is the most repeated quote. Be we here at CorvetteBlogger.com like the new badge craze and wish to pay homage to the King by offering a few glimpses of how owners are displaying their 427s.

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If you are interested in adding your own 427 emblem, you have several options. Some have went the classic route, buying the 1960′s individual 427 numbers and repainting the inserts. These mount with posts and speednuts, so be prepared to drill. Others have taken the similar route but ground off the posts and used two sided adhesive tape. Genuine Corvette Accessories is coming out with a one-piece 427 emblem but the release date has been pushed back. Look for it to be available in early 2007. Why didn’t the Z06 just come with a 427 emblem? Dave Hill preferred the 7.0 liter moniker than 427 ci as it is more comparable to the sports car world internationally. The new 427 badges coming from Chevrolet were designed by Kirk Bennion, one of the C6 designers, and with their updated styling, they really look like they belong on the car. Sources: CorvetteForum.com | DigitalCorvettes.com
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Corvette Wheelie

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2006

You don’t see that everyday. Noticed the name of the Corvette is called “High Risk”. What an understatement….

Corvette Wheelie
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CorvetteBlogger.com: Essential Posts

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2006

Now that I’ve been blogging about Corvettes for a bit over a year, I thought I would create a page where visitors can find a list of what I consider my best posts. If you look at our site nav box to the right you will see a link titled “Essential Posts“. I gathered some 10-12 posts over the previous year and have grouped them together on that one page. The idea being that readers may want to go back and look at some the articles I’ve written and see what I am all about. As new posts are deemed “essential”, they will be added to the page.
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When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2006

One of the timeless debates about classic Corvettes revolves around modding/customization versus the pursuit of Matching Numbers restoration. We see these conversations all the time on some of the forums and people are usually quite passionate on both sides of the debate.

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Corvette Museum Planning 5000th Delivery

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2006

2007 Z06 Corvette at NCMThe National Corvette Museum announced today that on Thursday, September 7th, they are planning to deliver the 5,000th Corvette to a customer, who will be taking delivery of a 2007 Velocity Yellow Coupe. The R8C Delivery Program has been a mainstay at the Museum since 1995, but the option has really taken off in the last year. For the 2006 Model year, 1172 Corvettes were delivered to their new owners and according to the Museum, they are on pace to beat the figure for the 2007 model. R8C Deliveries offers new owners an exciting experience to kick-off their new ownership. Customers receive their own NCM guided VIP tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and the National Corvette Museum. Their Corvette is on display and friends and family can watch the delivery via the NCM website on a series of webcams. The Delivery Team provides an orientation and presentation of the vehicle and a unique Gold Decal is placed on the drivers door jamb to signify the importance of the event. New owners are also presented with a one year NCM membership. As a participant of the R8C Delivery program, owners are invited back every other year for a special event called the R8C Museum Delivery/NCM Xperience. This year’s event will be held September 29-30th. Source: National Corvette Museum
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Corvette Gets The Axe

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2006

PRS GuitarsThe headline Autoblog.com used to for this story was just too sweet to pass up. As they said, now that we have your attention… Back in 2005, PRS Guitars joined forces with CorvetteRacing.com. The PRS name appeared on the new C6.R racecar during the 2005 race season, and PRS would craft a custom designed Corvette Z06 guitar. The guitars became available last year. But like many things in the blogosphere, old news can become new again, and so here we are talking about the PRS Corvette Standard 22. From the PRS Guitar Website:

The new Z06 Corvette is based on the C6 which came to market as an ’05model. The Z06 is loaded with a modern small block 427 cubic inch engine which is rated at 500 rear wheel horsepower giving the car an awesome combination of power and luxury. The Corvette Standard 22 is available in the same six colors that will be offered on the 2006 Z06. The guitar is also offered with two inlay configurations, 427 logo on the fretboard and an optional Z06 logo inlaid on the fretboard. The trademark crossed flags and clear control knobs on the body round out the theme. The guitars should start shipping slightly ahead of their automotive counterparts.
The guitars are available in Corvette colors including Black, Daytona Sunset Orange, Le Mans Blue, Machine Silver, Velocity Yellow and Victory Red. Retail price is $4,700. Source: Paul Reed Smith Guitars via Autoblog.com
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CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2006

Our Corvette blog was launched in early August, but it was August 22nd that we went to GoDaddy.com and registered our domains VetteBlogger.com and CorvetteBlogger.com. In the year that we’ve been actively covering the Corvette sales news and lifestyle perspective, we’ve come to the conclusion that: 1. Blogging about Corvettes is nearly as fun a driving them.
2. Finishing a post is like the end of a good cruise: I feel good about the accomplishment but am a little beat up from the ride.
3. There is ton a Corvette news available, you just got to know where to look. If that fails, write from the heart.
4. We know we have traffic, but still wonder if anyone cares? Do you?
5. We still don’t know what to call the new supervette: Blue Devil, Sting Ray or Z07 Corvette has the most loyal enthusiast base of any car I can even think of comparing it to, and with such a following, it has developed into its own industry. We have Corvette magazines (5 at last count), national and local clubs, a television show and thousands of websites, all vying for your attention. So we know that you can go many places to get your fix for the fever. We are glad to be part of the community and hope that the work we do here educates you about current Corvette pricing market trends, informs your need for knowledge with our roundup of Corvette news, or simply entertains you. Thanks again for your support and throw me a Corvette wave when we pass each other on the road. Keith Cornett
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20 Truths of Corvette Ownership

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2006

CorvetteForum.com member “Tire Guy” recently purchased a Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic Corvette and has the “fever” very bad. He recently wrote the following forum post: 20 Truths of Vette Ownership after One Month 1. It makes me smile just thinking about it in the garage.
2. I hate my daily driver company vehicle, Ford F-150, didn’t before.
3. When I get bummed about the roof I just go sit in the car, no more bummed.
4. I park a long way out from the front door of the store, not only to protect it but to look at it while walking out to it.
5. The power it has makes me cautious and reckless both.
6. Really makes me nervous when the wife decides she wants to take it to work.
7. It doesn’t bother me when the wife and kids say I am obsessed with it.
8. The car cover I hate because I can’t see the car when I walk through the garage. But I still use it everyday.
9. It is amazing how many errands I am willing to do just to drive it. Makes me mad when I have to take the truck, like to the hardware store.
10. It makes a terrific grocery getter.
11. It is NEVER clean enough.
12. Every little piss-ant Honda or Pontiac must delight in blowing past me while I stay close to the speed limit.
13. I spend way too much time in the left hand lane looking for other Vettes to wave to.
14. I have banned all bikes and skateboards from the garage.
15. I spend too much time on this forum. But it has been worth every minute.
16. I love the GY SuperCar tires, I hate the GY SuperCar tires.
17. It bothers me when I see another DSOM in my small town. I don’t know why, it just does.
18. I want to tell everyone I know that I have it, even strangers.
19. I haven’t told anybody at work that I bought it, don’t want them to know I HAD that kind of money to spend on a car.
20. I NEVER GET TO DRIVE IT ENOUGH! The funny thing about Corvettes is how much effect they can have on us. My ’66 Corvette is now 40 years old and most of these same points that Tire Guy made about his 2006 is exactly how I feel about my 1966. My last point worth mentioning is that Tire Guy feels this way after only one month while I’ve had the same “fever” since 1993, when the ’66 Corvette officially moved to Florida with me. Corvette Fever doesn’t get any better with age, and if it did, well, that would kind of suck… Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Vette Magazine Needs a Writer. Interested?

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2006

Vette Magazine's BenefitsI found this “want ad” posted at CorvetteForum.com and thought what a cool job that would be. While not interested in a full-time gig for myself (maybe freelance, baby!), the benefits are intriguing (the Z06, not the chicks). I thought I would pass this along in case there are any other aspiring Corvette writers in Tampa that might be interested. Associate Editor Wanted Primedia is seeking an associate editor to work on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac magazines. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ writing experience, general automotive knowledge (specific knowledge of GM performance vehicles preferred), and an associate’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s preferred). Photography skills are a plus but not required. The ability to work independently with a minimal degree of supervision is paramount. Job duties include developing feature and technical articles, coordinating and writing magazine departments, editing copy, and performing various other tasks as directed by the magazines’ editors. Some travel is involved. The position is based out of Primedia’s Tampa, FL editorial office. Compensation depends on qualifications and includes a full benefits package. To be considered, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample(s) to vette@primedia.com, using “Associate Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. For more information on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac, please visit www.vetteweb.com and www.highperformancepontiac.com. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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