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Grand Sport #002 Featured in Simeone Foundation Museum in Philly

For those of us who were wondering what became of the #002 Grand Sport Corvette following its failure to sell at RM’s Arizona auction earlier this year, we learned today the former racer has found a new home at one of the premiere automotive racing museums in the country, the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia.

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[VIDEO] Tour of the National Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on November 23, 2009

The National Corvette Museum released a neat video that showcases all the exhibits and other interactive offerings. Included is a look at the Museum’s new expansion which was completed in time for the 15th Anniversary celebration this past Labor Day.

 

Indiana Corvette Caravan Gathers at the Indy Motor Speedway

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2009

Indiana Corvette Caravans Gather at Indy Motor Speedway

Many of the Corvette Caravans that are or have already converged on Bowling Green took a circuitous route in getting to the NCM which allowed owners to see some historic landmarks and show off their love of America’s sports car. The Indiana Caravan was no exception as members took a some parade laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to hitting Interstate 65 for the trip South to Kentucky.

These pictures come from Jeff Wagner, a regular visitor to CorvetteBlogger.com. He is pictured below with his wife Renee and his Nassau Blue C5 Corvette:

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Thanks for the pictures, Jeff!


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Transformer's Sideswipe Concept on Display at the Corvette Museum

One of the many “celebrity” Corvettes making an appearance this weekend at the National Corvette Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration is GM’s Corvette Stingray Concept, better known as Sideswipe from this summer’s movie blockbuster Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

The Corvette Stingray Concept was heavily influenced by the original 1959 Corvette Stingray Racer which will be displayed this weekend at the Museum as well. The concept made its public debut at the Chicago Auto Show n February along with four other Chevy “Autobots” who appeared in the second installment of the Transformers movie.

“In honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Corvette Sting Ray concept racer, GM Design created an all new Sting Ray Vision that is a homage to the original 1959 concept and continues the long tradition of Corvette Concept Cars,” said Harlan Charles, Chevrolet Corvette Marketing Manager. “This futuristic Sting Ray vision of America’s performance icon was featured as Sideswipe in Transformers 2,” he added.

The Corvette Concept will be unveiled tomorrow on “Corvette Boulevard” inside the National Corvette Museum’s new 47,000 square foot expansion area. The car will be displayed at the Museum until September 9th.

Transformer's Sideswipe Concept on Display at the Corvette Museum


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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[VIDEO] Corvette Caravans Arrive in Bowling Green

by Keith Cornett on September 3, 2009

Here is a group of Corvettes from North and Central Texas, Oklahoma and the Gulf States arriving in Bowling Green. The video was shot from the Exit 26 overpass which is just a couple miles south of Exit 28 on I65 where the National Corvette Museum is located.

Check out Mark Leevan’s Corvette Examiner for more caravan videos.

 

[VIDEO] National Corvette Caravan Stops in Tampa

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2009

National Corvette Caravan Stops in Tampa

The Florida leg of the 2009 National Corvette Caravan kicked off their cruise to Bowling Green, Kentucky for this weekend’s 15th Anniversary Celebration at the National Corvette Museum. The Florida Caravan started in South Florida this morning and broke off into two groups with one going through Orlando and the other coming up the west coast to Tampa.

About 100 Corvettes were gathered at Ferman Chevrolet in Tampa this afternoon before heading North. We met with a few of the members and spoke with Ernie Zager who is the Captain of the Florida leg. According to Zager, the Florida caravan will stop tonight just a few miles south of the Georgia border in Lake City, Florida where they will be guests at a barbeque by Bruce and Becky Glueck of Glueck Chevrolet.

Tomorrow morning the group will make their way to Road Atlanta for some parade laps or high speed passes around the Petit Le Mans course. From there, the Florida caravan will drive over to Kennessaw, Georgia where they will meet up with the Georgia Caravan at a Hooters restaurant for dinner. Both groups will spend the night in Kennessaw before making their way to Bowling Green on Thursday.

The Museum has a full slate of Corvette fun planned for the estimated 5,000 attendees that will be in Bowling Green for the 15th Anniversary Celebration. Festivities will include the Corvette Hall of Fame, seminars, historic video presentations, road tours and other grand activities including the official ribbon-cutting for the Museum’s new areas.

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Corvette Museum to Display Historic Corvette Concepts

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2009

Corvette Museum to Display Historic Corvette Concepts

Visitors to the National Corvette Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration are in for a real treat as General Motors will be loaning for display four Corvette Concept cars from its Heritage Collection. The four Corvettes to be displayed are the 1961 Mako Shark Concept, 1965 Manta Ray Concept, 1973 Aerovette Concept and the 1959 Stingray Racer.

The four cars will be displayed in the new Exhibit Hall, part of the multi-million dollar expansion that was completed this summer. The temporary display begins Tuesday, September 1st and continues through Wednesday, September 9th.

Here are the four One-of-a-Kind Corvettes that will be displayed at the NCM:


Mako Shark – 1961 Mako Shark XP-755 The Mako Shark was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of GM Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961 as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout and other detailing were partly inspired by the look of that very fast fish. The “Mako Shark” was very similar to the 1963 production Corvette it inspired, with some alterations. These included adding two more brake lights in the rear (six total), making the nose of the car longer and more pointed, creating a clear glass roof with a periscope-like rear-view mirror and remodeling the interior.

1961 (Mako) Shark XP-755 1961 (Mako) Shark XP-755


Manta Ray – 1969 Manta Ray In 1969 development began on the Manta Ray, created through a transformation of the Mako Shark II primarily from the cockpit to the rear of this elaborate car. Only the tapered “boat tail” motif remained with the addition of a new and considerably longer rear end in place of the abrupt duck tail. During the winter of 1969-70, the Manta Ray underwent subtle additional changes. These were the last changes to a dream car that had since become reality.

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AeroVette – 1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette In 1976, the 1973 Corvette 4-Rotor concept was taken out of storage and renamed the Aerovette. The double rotary engine was replaced with a transversally mounted 400 CID V8 engine. Bill Mitchell, Vice President of Design, lobbied for the Aerovette as the next Corvette and GM chairman and CEO, Thomas Murphy actually approved the Aerovette for 1980 production. In the end, management decided that they were selling every fiberglass bodied, front engine V8 “traditional” Corvette they could build, so why make a huge risky investment in a mid-engine car. The Aerovette project was cancelled.

1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette 1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette 1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette


Stingray Racer – 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 Bill Mitchell wanted to build a Corvette racecar capable of beating Europe’s best. With an AMA ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the project had to be privately financed and the design could not have any recognizable association with Chevrolet. With Mitchell’s own time and money heavily invested into the project, he contracted Larry Shinoda to assist in the development of the revolutionary concept. Combining the 1957 SS chassis with the new fiberglass body resulted in a sleek and muscular roadster. Mitchell’s Stingray was completed in 1959 with the engineering help of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Accomplished SCCA driver Dick Thompson raced the Stingray and piloted it to two consecutive class championships. At the end of the 1960 season, Mitchell retired the Stingray from competition, detuned it, added a full windshield and passenger seat, drove it on the street and exhibited it as an experimental show car.

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Sources:
National Corvette Museum
Photos via Remarkable Corvettes

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Corvette Museum to Raffle One-of-a-Kind 2010 Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration

The National Corvette Museum will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary celebration in early September and one of the high points of the 4-day event will be the raffle of this one-of-a-kind NCM 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe.

The Corvette to be raffled is a collector’s dream. The Arctic White 2010 Corvette Grand Sport features a unique black hood treatment featuring Corvette Racing’s Jake mascot ghost painted in the center bulge, much like those found on the 2009 GT1 Championship Editions. A red stripe outlines the hood graphics and compliments the Grand Sport’s red hashmarks on the fender. The National Corvette Museum logo on the B-pillar adds the finishing touch on this special edition.

Museum to Raffle Unique 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration Museum to Raffle Unique 2010 Corvette Grand Sport at 15th Anniversary Celebration

Other options on this Corvette is a 6-speed manual transmission, chrome wheels, dual mode exhaust, black headlights and a ZR1 rear spoiler. Inside you’ll find red two-tone leather seats and a audio system with touch-screen navigation.

“You can summarize the car this way,” Tadge Juechter, Chief Engineer of the Corvette said, “Zero to sixty in four seconds; 26 miles a gallon.”

Only 2009 tickets will be sold at a cost of $150 each making your odds of winning very good. The Corvette will be raffled on the final day of the 15th anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 6th at 10:00am CST. Cash prizes are also part of the raffle with a 2nd place winner receiving $10,000 and a 3rd place winner taking home $5,000.

“This special ‘one off’ NCM Corvette Grand Sport coupe was created and inspired by the hard work and dedication of the people who work at the National Corvette Museum,” said Kirk Bennion, Corvette Designer. “The chosen colors of white, black, and red were based on the NCM logo. The stripe design embodies the true ‘passion for competition’ that the Museum has for Corvette’s long racing heritage. The Corvette Museum not only displays Corvette’s history but is also dedicated to presenting Corvette’s latest offerings. This is why we chose the new for 2010 Corvette Grand Sport for NCM’s 15th Anniversary!”

The Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration begins on Thursday, September 3rd when over 5,000 Corvettes will convene in Bowling Green, caravanning from all 48 States. During the 4-day celebration, enthusiasts can participate in events which include seminars, road tours, special displays, parades, auctions, a live concert and the main event which is the official grand opening of the newly expanded National Corvette Museum.

Details of the raffle and the Museum’s 15th anniversary celebration can be found on the National Corvette Museum’s website.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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Corvette Racing's Doug Fehan Talks about the ZR1-Based GT2 Corvette C6.R

During his presentation at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash last month, Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan spoke about the move to the GT2 class and answered questions about the new Corvette ZR1-based GT2 C6.R. Doug is joined on stage with retired VLE and Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace.

The most interesting news to come from the GT2 Q&A is that the new engine will come direct from GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI – the same facility that builds the engines for the Z06 and the ZR1 Corvette. Previously, the engines were supplied by Katech. The move to supply engines in-house means that there will be a greater opportunity for technology transfer from the racing program to the production Corvette.



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Corvette Museum Opens In-House Collect Car Insurance Agency

The National Corvette Museum recently announced their partnership with American Modern Insurance Group to provide collector car insurance to its members and car enthusiasts. Instead of just referring people to American Modern, the Museum took it one step further by opening an in-house insurance agency to provide the service. We caught up with NCM Insurance Agent Adam Boca at last month’s C5/C6 Corvette Bash to find out more about the program and how its a win-win for both members and the Museum.

As Adam mentions in the video, all years of collector cars are available to be covered although there are mileage limits on the program. The best news is that the NCM benefits by receiving a commission on the sale of the policy which benefits all Corvette owners.

Adam says the initial response has been overwhelming – so much so that American Modern sent down a couple of representatives to Bowling Green to help them answer all the requests for quotes and more information.

For more information on the services available or to receive your free quote, call Adam Boca at 877-NSURNCM (678-7626) or visit NCMInsurance.com.


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