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[PICS] Transformers 3 Corvette Stingray Convertible Seen on Flickr

The third and final installment of the Transformers movie franchise is slated to debut the summer of 2011. The new movie is officially titled The Dark of the Moon and the Corvette Stingray Concept will return as a convertible model for its role as the Autobot Sideswipe. As the movie shooting continues across the country, we occasionally get looks at the new Corvette Stingray Concept as well as the other cars in the movie.

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Farewell to Fitness Guru and Corvette Fan, Jack LaLanne

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2011

Farewell to Fitness Guru and Corvette Fan, Jack LaLanne
Photo Credit: Vette Magazine

The first American guru of fitness Jack LaLanne passed away over the weekend. He was 96 years old. No doubt that clean living and lots of exercise will go along way, but there was more to Jack than fitness. LaLanne was a lifelong Corvette owner and they were the favorites of his car collection. If you remember the big man with the skinny waist doing amazing feats of fitness on black and white television, check out Scott Teeter’s Corvette Report for more on this famous Corvette owner.

Vette Magazine interviewed Jack and he talks about his love of Corvettes.

Rest in peace, Jack. You’ve earned it!

 

Tough Times Call for Tough Measures

by Keith Cornett on January 24, 2011

Tough Times Call for Tough Measures

Found on the Corvette Forum

 

[VIDEO] A Corvette Grand Sport is Madison Alabama's Newest Police Cruiser

Madison, Alabama’s police department unveiled their latest weapon for combating crime and building community relations – a Torch Red Corvette Grand Sport Coupe. The Corvette was donated by Jeff and Nilmini Thompson, owners of Systems, Products and Solutions, to give back to their community.

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Corvette Debuts at GM Motorama 58 Years Ago Today

by Keith Cornett on January 17, 2011

Corvette Debuts at GM's 1953 Motorama 58 Years Ago Today

They say that every legend has a beginning and that is certainly true of the Chevrolet Corvette. The first mass-produced fiberglass car made its public debut at the GM Motorama held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on January 17, 1953. A crowd of 45,000 attendee’s saw Harley Earl’s Corvette dream car on opening day alone. The next day, Chevrolet announced the Corvette would enter production with 200-300 units of the 2-seater being made available to the public later that year.

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[VIDEO] C4 Corvette Goes Flying in New Mountain Dew Commercial

A new commercial for Mountain Dew shot by Mouse McCoy and his Bandito Brothers production company features a C4 Corvette being “pipe-ramped” into a bullfighting ring. In the new spot, an obnoxious dude drives up to the arena and tosses his keys to a young man he assumes is a valet. Of course, the kid is not a valet and so he takes the Corvette on a joyride with culminates in a spectacular jump into the bullfighting arena. Trust me, its awesome!

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Trademark Board Protects Corvette Name, Rebukes GM

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2010

Corvette Logo

In 2008, Jim M. Sweeney sought to register the trademark CORVOLTTE for “electric vehicles, namely, automobiles”. General Motors opposed the registration saying that it would cause confusion with its mark CORVETTE. The three-judge board ruled on December 10, 2010 in favor of GM, but in its decision the court rebuked the automaker saying they failed to provide proof of fame of its mark and also failed to submit properly into evidence its registration for the CORVETTE mark for “automobiles”.

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190 MPH YouTube Video Puts Corvette Driver Behind Bars

by Keith Cornett on December 22, 2010

190 MPH YouTube Video Puts Corvette Driver Behind Bars

A YouTube video showing Dee Albert Replogle driving 190 mph in his supercharged Corvette on Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City served as all the evidence needed as Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrested the 30-year old on reckless driving charges. Troopers were able to trackdown Replogle who indicated that he was the owner and driver of the car as well as personally responsible for the YouTube account.

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Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

The builder of this hot mess that was once a C5 Corvette Convertible appears to have spared no expense in bringing his vision of the sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica to the roads of Istanbul, Turkey. With all that custom body work, the massive wing held down by 20 bolts, and the Zonda-style exhaust, the finishing touch is the Battlestar Galactia sticker on the rear. Now, if I remember the TV show correctly, Apollo and Starbuck flew “Vipers” but why get hung up on semantics. Those with weak constitutions or acid reflux issues should turn away now.

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Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Zora Arkus-Duntov

Fifty-Seven years ago today, an assistant staff engineer working for Chevrolet recognized the burgeoning hot rod market was made up of young men who invariably turned to Ford parts and accessories for performance. The engineer also deduced that once these men progressed in age and income, they would trade in their jalopies for used Fords and then for new Fords. For Chevrolet to be able to compete for these new performance-minded customers, the company’s anticipated V8 engines should also be made available with a ready line of engineered performance parts including cams, pistons and valves. And so the assistant staff engineer wrote a memo to his boss detailing this epiphany.

Little did Zora Arkus-Duntov realize the paradigm shift that would take place after he penned his now famous letter “Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet” on December 16, 1953 to his boss, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole.

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