We’re starting this week off with a burnout featuring a 1965 Corvette Coupe on a dragstrip in the Estonian city of Haapsalu. It’s obvious that this Corvette made an impression as we counted no less than four different youtube video of the coupe laying down rubber and launching down the strip for its quarter mile run. We don’t know the times that were put down, but the Christmas tree tells us the Sting Ray is the winner.
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If you’re like us you’ve probably got some type of man cave or car corner somewhere in your house or garage. No collection of automobilia is complete without some great artwork attached to the walls. If you’re looking to add some really cool scenes to your collection then check out artist Dan McCrary and some of his fantastic water color pieces.
I love these kinds of videos that show hapless passengers hanging on for dear life as they are taken for a ride around a race track. But for some reason, it’s even more fun when that passenger is your own mother. One driver named Darius not only takes his mom for some hot laps around Laguna Seca in a Corvette Z06, he makes sure a camera captures the whole experience.
St. Louis Today has an interesting article and an accompanying video about former St. Louis General Motors employees who transferred to Bowling Green in the 1980′s to keep their jobs assembling the Corvette. The transition from St. Louis to Bowling Green wasn’t particularly smooth for the transplanted UAW members as GM had promised new jobs to local Warren County residents. But many of those jobs failed to materialize as over 900 workers from St. Louis took advantage of a relocation offer and moved to Bowling Green with the Corvette.
Here’s a Corvette that had its 15 minutes of fame in television history. For sale on eBay is the 1984 Corvette that was driven by Templeton ‘Faceman’ Peck of the A-Team series. It was the only Corvette used during the show’s 1983-87 run and featured a custom red stripe that went around the entire car. The Corvette is documented with registrations from Stephen J. Cannell’s production company as well as two empty blank shells found under the passenger seat.
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In addition to Certification, the Great Hall, and the Mecum Auction, Bloomington Gold offers several other activities during their annual June Corvette-palooza. Click past the jump below to see highlights from the GoldMine, GoldMarket, GoldTour, as well as other parts of this years show.
In 1971 Corvette racer and race car builder John Greenwood was approached by BF Goodrich tires to campaign two Corvettes competing on the company’s new Lifesaver Radial street tires. Three BFG Corvettes, wearing numbers 48, 49 and 50, were built for the campaign in FIA-sanctioned races including Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring. Featuring ZL-1 racing engines and the patriotic stars & stripes livery, the BFG Corvettes were an instant hit with the fans as Greenwood’s Corvettes were the loudest and proudest at the track. One of the BFG Corvettes, the #49 car, will be one of the featured cars for sale at RM Auction’s Monterey event in mid-August.
Wayne Bickley’s 1996 Black Corvette and its supercharged 396 cubic inch V8 was the epitome of performance. Unfortunately, it was also a target of California’s stringent emissions laws. So instead of fighting the man, Bickley went the opposite direction by dumping the gas-powered V8 engine for an electric motor and a batch of 16-volt batteries. How is the performance of that black Vette now? Check out these videos to see for yourself.
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The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.