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Split Window 1961 Corvette Headed for SEMA

by Keith Cornett on October 20, 2008

Custom 1961 Corvette Split Window

Macon, Illinois based Street Rods Only specializes in building custom C1 Corvette resto-mods. This 1961 Corvette they are currently working on may be one of the most original trans-generational Corvette designs we’ve seen. Utilizing a 1961 Corvette body which features essentially the same duck-tail rear end of the C2 Corvette, the guys have customized a 1963 style split-window removable hard top to give the car a look that’s truly one of a kind.

The SEMA show is coming up in early November so this Custom Corvette should be nearing completion. We’ll check back to see if we can lay our hands on any completed photos once the car is finished.

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Street Rods Only via CarDomain.com

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Corvette Ad Watch: AC Spark Plugs and the Mako Shark

by Keith Cornett on September 30, 2008

AC Spark Plugs and the Mako Shark

In this vintage AC Spark Plugs magazine ad, the headline reads “Shark by Chevrolet – ACtion sparked by AC”.

The ad features Chevrolet’s XP-755, otherwise known as the Mako Shark. Under the illustration, the small text description reads “The XP-755 Chevrolet Corvette Shark: 102.1″ wheelbase, 192.2″ overall, 327-cubic-inch displacement, V-8 engine featuring Roots-type supercharger, 4 side-draft carburetors developing over 400 horsepower.”

A Roots-type Supercharger on the Shark? Who knew…

Click here for a larger version of the ad.


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Pink Ponk @ Flickr via WellMedicated.com

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Actor and Corvette Racer Paul Newman Dies at 83

by Keith Cornett on September 28, 2008

Paul Newman and his GT1 Corvette

The country lost one of the greats this weekend with the passing of Paul Newman. Newman was diagnosed with lung cancer 18 months ago and passed away this weekend at the age of 83 years old. Paul’s love of auto racing is well documented since he starred in the 1969 movie Winning. Once hooked, he raced for the rest of his life. Just last year he had two SCCA regional class wins and a second place finish. Newman won four amateur national championships, a second place finish at Le Mans and in 1995 won the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Paul’s car of choice was his GT1 Corvette. Every year it was renumbered to coincide with his age. Last July, Paul and his #82 Corvette finished 4th at the Glen Nationals at Watkins Glenn.

Perhaps one of the most stirring stories in racing took place in August when Lime Rock shut down for a couple of hours so that Newman could take his final laps in the Corvette.

God Bless you Paul and thank you for your support of Corvette Racing over the years. Click here for Paul Newman’s official obituary.


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Transformers Corvette Concept Revealed as Sideswipe

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept on Set of Transformers

Since the mysterious Corvette Centennial Design Concept was spotted on the set of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, there has been much speculation about the identity that the car would portray when in Robot mode. At a recent Hasbro Licensing summit in Malaysia it was revealed that the Corvette was in fact Sideswipe.

Producer Michael Bay has had to jump through some hoops to appease the Transformers fan base (we know all about rabid fan bases) because GM has an exclusive agreement to provide the vehicles for the movies. In the original cartoon, Sideswipe was one of original crew members of the ARK, although he was a red Lamborghini when in auto-mode.

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Transformers 2 Corvette Concept Transformers 2 Corvette Concept

I’m the first to admit that I’m not really up on Transformers trivia. I’d rather have a hunk a junk that can make the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs any day than a car that transforms into a robot. But I digress. I’m just still trying to understand that if you’re a robot hiding on earth, why pick a Corvette Concept car as your secret identity?


Source:
Seibertron

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Six Popular C6 Corvette Performance Mods

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2008

C6 Corvette Performance Mods

Last month we brought you Five Do-it-Yourself Appearance Mods for your C6 Corvette. Now that you got your ride looking good, its time to turn our attention to adding some performance and additional horsepower to your C6 Corvette. Once again, we turned to our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts who gave us a list of the most popular C6 Corvette mods.

One of the easiest ways to add additional horsepower and torque, as well as give your Corvette a great sound is to add an aftermarket exhaust system. Here are three popular systems:

C6 Corvette Performance Mods CORSA Sport with Pro-Series 3-1/2″ Quad Tips
The CORSA Sport provides a deep, full-bodied exhaust note at idle, yet provides a clean, crisp powerful exhaust note under acceleration. The system features straightflow thru design mufflers which provide 64% more exhaust flow than stock mufflers, giving you more power and torque. The CORSA Sport system is a bolt on system fitting all 2005 Corvettes as well as 2006-08 manual transmission Corvettes except the Z06. The system will delivered 5-8 rear wheel horsepower.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods B&B Bullet Performance with Round Tips
Billy Boat performance exhaust introduces the newest and most aggressive C6 performance exhaust system-the BULLET! The bullet has quickly become the industry standard for a deep aggressive muscle car sound. The Bullet is a bolt-on installation and owners will have a 11-13 horsepower improvement over the stock exhaust system. The boldest tip style and configuration insure the C6 scream “muscle car”.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods Borla Stinger II Sport S-Type with Quad Round Tips
The Borla Stinger II system is race inspired and delivers that classic American Muscle Car sound. Featuring the exclusive X-Pipe that evens out exhaust pulses for improved flow, the Borla Sport system outflows all other aftermarket systems by 27%. Each system is an easy bolt-on product and includes all necessary mounting hardware. Fits all C6 Corvettes except the Z06.

It’s a fact that if you want more horsepower out of your engine, you got to get more air into it. These two Air Induction systems force the air directly into your C6 Corvette’s intake, lowering temperatures and increasing horsepower.

C6 Corvette Performance Mods BPP Vortex Rammer Cold Air System
BPP’s Rammer replaces the restrictive stock air box assembly. The cool air is forced through BPP’s sealed air box, through BPP’s revolutionary air cleaner and then into your intake, lowering manifold air temperature by almost 70°. The system will yield up to a 36 horsepower improvement at the flywheel and up to 36 fl.-lbs. of torque. Easy to install and fits all C6 Corvettes except the Z06.
 
C6 Corvette Performance Mods Vararam Snake Charmer
Vararam Snake Charmer cold air intake is formed using two construction processes, the upper is roto molded and the lower scoop is vacuum formed to ensure maximum performance at all times. With other cold air kits, you can normally expect 10-15 horsepower but the Vararam can provide 39-42 horsepower at the flywheel through a mile. For 2005-2007 Corvettes.

Finally, no self respecting power-hungry Corvette owner would be without a flash-tuning programmer:

C6 Corvette Performance Mods Diablo Sport Predator Tunable Performance Programmer
The Predator is an awesome tool for three reasons: The stock Diablo Sport download gives you a 18-21 horsepower on LS2, You can make custom enhancements including adjustments in timing, fuel enrichment, rev limiter, electric fans, shift firmness and shift RPM plus you can eliminate GM’s torque management on automatics and finally, the Diablo will you cam get full OBDII diagnostics for your Corvette. For use on 2006-2007 Corvettes including the Z06.

These six performance mods are just the beginning for getting more horsepower out of your Corvette . If you are not already getting their C6 catalog, visit Ecklers Corvette Parts and request your free catalog today.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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[VIDEO] Cindy McCain – Corvette Drifter?

by Keith Cornett on September 17, 2008

Cindy McCain Drifting a Corvette

There are many things we don’t know about the personal lives of the Presidential candidates and that extends to their spouses as well. ESPN’s E:60 took some time with Cindy McCain and I was surprised to learn that she has a serious passion for all kinds of motor sports and has even pursued drifting.

According to her son Jack, after seeing a drifting race, Cindy was taken immediately with the sport and the two of them flew to Japan to learn from one of the Country’s highly regarded instructors.

Unfortunately, due to a wrist injury suffered on the campaign trail, we don’t get to ride along with the wife of the Republican Presidential candidate behind the wheel and sliding sideways around the corners of a track, but we do see video we’re assuming to be Cindy drifting one of the yellow Corvettes at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix.

Cindy apparently has a soft spot for NASCAR as well. The video shows her behind the wheel of Corvette Z06 Pace Car, which she drove at a NASCAR race at Pocono in August.

Cindy and her son Jack are finishing building a Nissan 240 SX with a “tricked out engine” as she calls it and promises to continue her passion for motor sports if her husband is elected.



Source:
ESPN

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Only in Vegas: Rent A Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on September 15, 2008

C6 Corvette Z06 For Rent on the Vegas Strip

I was in Las Vegas for a long weekend to attend the wedding of a friend. Walking the strip, we came across an exotic car rental service which had this Corvette Z06 parked out front.

I couldn’t take it for a spin though as my lucky streak was limited to picking good restaurants and fast taxi lines. I was lucky to leave with a Corvette shirt on my back. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – including my money! Related:
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Corvette Centennial Design Concept: Lutz Comments

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2008

Corvette Centennial Design Concept

As another set of high quality photos featuring the Corvette Centennial Design Concept make their way to our friends over at Jalopnik, we finally get a comment from GM’s Bob Lutz regarding the significance of the concept in relation to the next generation C7 Corvette.

Since the first photos surfaced earlier this year of the Centennial parked behind a car hauler on the Transformers movie back staging area, the Concept has fueled rumor and speculation about this being a C7 Corvette prototype.

Leftlane News recently posed the production question to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz:

Leftlane: “Is there any significance to the Chevrolet Corvette Centennial concept, aside from the role in Transformers 2?”

Mr. Lutz: “No, I would say that is in the realm of ‘pure concept.’ At this point, there’s zero intention to produce.”

Leftlane goes on to point out that Lutz said the very same thing about the Camaro beginning as “pure-concept” so anything may be possible.

The Corvette Centennial Design Concept was developed as part of GM’s 100 Year celebration. This design study integrates key design elements of previous Corvettes as well as other GM vehicles.

Once of the more fascinating elements is the stingray emblem on the rear deck behind the split window. It’s a very minor element but it gives the Corvette Centennial an attitude and a sense of identity that is sometimes lacking in design concepts. Bottom line? We think its a great starting point for the C7.

Make sure you view the entire gallery of new Corvette Centennial Design Concept photos at Jalopnik.


Sources:
Jalopnik
Leftlane News

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Taxicab Corvette Z06: When You Need To Be Somewhere Fast

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2008

Corvette Z06 Taxicab

If I was ever late to catch a flight, seeing this taxi pulling up in front of the CorvetteBlogger Compound would be a welcome site. But in reality, this Corvette Z06 isn’t a taxicab all. It’s actually one of the 120 cars participating in the 10th Annual Gumball 3000 Rally. Gumball 3000 participants are known for plastering outrageous exterior graphics on some of the world’s top supercars.

Additional photos after the jump.

The previously Black Corvette Z06 was reskinned by the UK’s Raccoon auto branding company in the motif of “The Speeding Cab Company” for the rally. Here are the photos that show the car being wrapped in the parking garage of the Fairmont Hotel in San Fran as well as the finished taxicab parked down on the street.

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The Gumball 3000 takes participants on an 8 day, 3000 mile road rally across two continents. This year’s rally was billed as “East Meets West” as the Gumballers cruised through China and portions of the American West.

Participating in a Gumball Rally isn’t cheap. For one fee of £60,000 pounds (or the price of a Corvette ZR1) all your accommodations, vehicle transportation and of course, admission to the famous Gumballer parties are all covered.

There was also a midyear Corvette Coupe participating in the rally, but I have yet to see any pictures other than a glimpse of the front clip lurking in the background. If anyone has seen a photo of it, please send it over.
Source:
Supercars.net
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The VoltVette: Man Builds a Plug-In Electric Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2008

Michael Shoop and his Electric 1978 Corvette

What do you do if you want an electric car but don’t want to pay the more than $26,000 for a Prius? Oh, and you want a car that looks cool too? If you’re Michael Shoop, you enlist a few buddies, buy a 1987 Corvette and build your own. A year after envisioning a 100% electric-powered car, the VoltVette was born.

According to Shoop, the 1987 Corvette is the perfect platform for the do-it yourself project. Its fiberglass body is lightweight, and the clamshell hood which opens forward which makes it easier to work on. Shoop removed the 240-hp engine and replaced with a specially designed electric car motor. The Corvette is now powered by 13 lead 12-volt batteries which produce 156 volts of power that translates to 200 horsepower. The batteries weigh 70 pounds each are a stored in both the engine compartment and cargo area for balance.

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Performance unfortunately is lacking. The 1987 Corvette was designed with a top speed of 149 mph. The VoltVette reached 30 mph on its maiden drive. Shoop could reprogram the Volt Vette to boost the horsepower up to 800, but there’s a catch – he’d need an additional 40 batteries.

And then there’s the torque factor. Like all electric powered cars, the VoltVette generates a massive amount of torque. While trying to increase the power to hit 70 mph he cracked the driveshaft. With a new driveshaft installed as well as some down-home ingenuity that now gives the ’87 Corvette power steering, the VoltVette can reach a top speed of 40 mph.

Shoop estimates the VoltVette costs around 3-cents per mile to operate. Not bad considering the Toyota Prius costs around 7-cents per mile based on $3.50/gallon gas. Electric motors are more reliable as well according to Shoop, “The car industry makes money on parts, repairs and maintenance, and that’s why it hates the electric car.”

The VoltVette was built for under $26,000 which included the cost of the car. “I figured I would get it done, and have the pleasure of cruising by a gas station and maybe waving.”

Read more about the VoltVette on Shoop’s blog hosted by the Minnesota Electric Auto Association.


Source:
TwinCities.com

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