Some collectors will say that when it comes to Early C1 Corvettes (1953-55) the 1954 Corvette is the red-headed step child compared with the 300 1953 Corvettes produced the year earlier or the 700 V8-powered 1955 that came a year after. Truth be told, the 1954 Corvette featured a number of upgrades over its model year predecessor that improved fit and finish during assembly as well as improved drivability and comfort.
After months of political wrangling, The Kentucky Senate voted 100-0 to name the Corvette the State’s official sports car. The House had already passed the measure and the bill is now off to the desk the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.
General Motors will be giving one lucky winner the opportunity to win a new 2011 Corvette Grand Sport and a trip to the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans. You can register for the sweepstakes by visiting www.RaceToWinCorvette.com. You’ll have to answer three simple questions to fill out the entry form, but trust me – they are easy! The Grand Prize drawing will take place on July 7, 2010. There is also a “Refer-a-Friend” contest in which the winner will receive a PRS SE Model Guitar signed by the Corvette Racing Team. PRS Guitars is a sponsor of Corvette Racing.
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One of the easiest ways to give your Corvette a custom look is with a new set of wheels. Corvette Guys has a huge selection of custom and replica wheels in all sizes and colors. You can choose from Chrome, Hyper Silver or Black and with free shipping, you’ll save with their already low pricing. In addition to rims, Corvette Guys carries performance tires and TPMS sensors. Order a set of rims with fresh rubber and Corvette Guys with mount and balance for free and then will ship your wheels direct to you free of charge. Check out these current Corvette wheel specials from Corvette Guys:
Corvette’s Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter discuss the 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition and show us how technology transfers from Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs to the production street cars and then back again.
Dana Mecum’s Spring Classic next month in Indianapolis will feature Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette roadster. The personalized car was a gift to the brilliant designer and father of the Corvette following his retirement from General Motors. The “Harley Earl” Corvette appeared last June at the Bloomington Gold auction where it was a no sale at $985,000.
We got an update on the Dragon Vette that confirms what we wrote about in our original post – the world’s worst custom Corvette is now rocking a supercharger that should boost his horsepower from the standard 436 hp to around 600 hp. According to a member over at LS1Tech.com, the Dragon Vette was spotted at a local dealership getting the centrifugal supercharger installed and most surprising is that under the hood, all appears to be stock and unmolested.
For 57 years, Corvette’s owners have shown their support for American’s sports car by paying homage to it in various forms. From tattoos, custom furniture and dedicated Corvette Blogs, inspired owners want to show the love they have for their Corvettes. For Pete, his 505 horsepower Corvette Z06 was the inspiration for a song that was recently posted on YouTube. Remember that Chevy billboard that says “They don’t write songs about Volvos”? I guess its because Volvo doesn’t have owners like Pete who wants to sing to the world about his “freakin fast” Z06.
The guys at Blackdog Speed Shop love Corvettes, love racing them, and love sharing that expertise and experience with customers. Their gigantic shop is filled with customer cars, race cars and hotrod projects. Including Tony Gaples very own super-cool ‘57 and ‘59 Corvettes.