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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.

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

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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.

1969 Manta Ray 1969 Manta Ray 1969 Manta Ray

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.

1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87

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

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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.

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Corvette Museum to Raffle First Competition Sport Corvette Z06
Corvette Museum Selling 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001

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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.

[VIDEO] Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan Talks about Le Mans, Green Challenge and Jake
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach
Corvette Racing: Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta
Corvette Racing: GT2 Corvette C6.R to Wear ZR1 Bodyy

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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

Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
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NCM to Auction First Competition Sport Corvette Z06

The National Corvette Museum will be raffling the very first 2009 Competition Sport Corvette (RPO CSC) which is a Blade Silver Z06 with Black stripes. The drawing will be held today at 2pm CST and according to an email sent yesterday, only 270 of the 500 tickets total have been sold so your odds of winning are extremely favorable. As the CSC Corvettes all come with a number signifying the build sequence, some lucky winner will get the chance to win #01.

2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06
2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06

The Competition Sport Corvette Z06 Package features:

  • Blade Silver/Black exterior
  • Ebony interior with Titanium embroidery
  • Corvette Racing “Jake” and “CRS” logos
  • Corvette Racing pedals from Genuine Corvette Accessories
  • Differential Cooler
  • Red painted brake calipers
  • Z06 tall spoiler
  • Head Up Display
  • R8C Museum Delivery

The winner will have the opportunity to take delivery at the Museum and participate in the R8C Delivery Program.

“We are excited to have the first produced representing this extraordinary Corvette model to use as a fundraiser,” states NCM Executive Director, Wendell Strode. “We appreciate the allocation from our friends at GM allowing us the chance to purchase this car for use as a fundraiser, and look forward to meeting the winner when they take delivery at the Museum. We hope that by continuing to offer these raffles to benefit the Museum, we are also giving someone an opportunity to become a Corvette owner that might not have had the opportunity.”

The Corvette raffles have become an important fundraising tool for the museum. The muesum actually purchases these Corvettes from the factory and then makes money from the difference in what it collects from the raffle ticket sales.

Tickets for the 2009 Competition Sport Z06 are $425 each and available online at at the Corvette Museum or by calling us at: (800) 538-3883.


Congratulations to William Leighton of The Woodlands, TX drawn this afternoon as the winner of the limited edition 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Z06! William held winning ticket number 054 and his odds were even better than expected because this raffle did not sell out. We sold 464 of the 500 tickets that were made available. William was shopping online in the Corvette Store and decided to take a chance. He has never visited the Museum before and looks foward to coming and taking delivery of this special edition Corvette. Thanks to everyone who participated in this raffle. Your next chance to win is coming up on May 7 when we will draw a winner for the 2009 Cyber Gray Corvette Coupe. Only 500 tickets are being sold at $250 each.

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Corvette Museum Selling 2008 Corvette Coupe VIN #000001
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 Corvette Production Schedule with Plant Mgr Paul Graham

While at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, we heard from the manager of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant Paul Graham about GM’s plan to close factories over the summer. Paul informs us that the only change for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be an additional week added to the normal two week shutdown in July. We also hear from Corvette’s Chief Engineer about the production targets for the Corvette ZR1 and how its production has been affected with these closures.

Paul also commented on how the factory was able to work with Corvette engineering and marketing to be able to provide all these different options for Corvette buyers. Paul reiterates that capacity is available to build all the models: Coupe, Convertible, Grand Sports, Z06 and ZR1 as well as the special editions like the GT1 Championship and the Competition Sport.

Tadge takes a amount to address the rumors around the closure of the high performance vehicle unit and says they had nothing to do with building the Corvette ZR1 and Z06. Those cars were built by Corvette’s engineering team and that team is still in place.

[VIDEO] 2010 Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management System
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible Walkaround

I was able to get some quality “alone” time with this new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. This car is VIN #5 and was built the week of the April 20th. The Corvette features a Cyber Gray exterior with the new chrome Grand Sport wheels. This GS doesn’t have the Z15 RPO Heritage Package which includes the fender hash mark graphics and embroiderd “Grand Sport” on the seats. Instead it has the new 0B1 Crossed Flags headrest embroidery. Also inside you’ll see the Dark Titanium/Ebony two-tone interior.

[VIDEO] Corvette Production Schedule with Plant Mgr Paul Graham
[VIDEO] 2010 Corvette ZR1′s Performance Traction Management System
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport

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2009 Corvette Model Year Sales Data - Preliminary Results

During the GM Engineering Seminar at the National Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, preliminary production data for 2009 was released. Most interesting is the total 2009 model year production through April 21, 2009 which stands at 15,237. This is the lowest amount of Corvettes produced in a single model year since the 9,752 Corvettes built during the first year of the C5 Corvette in 1997 and 20,000 less than the 35,000 Corvette built in 2008. Also included in the report is the penetration for exterior colors as well as some of the more popular options.

Corvettes Produced Amount Percent    
Coupes 7,717 51%    
Convertibles 3,120 21%    
Z06 Hardtop 3,160 21%    
ZR1 Hardtop 1,240 6%    
  _______ _______    
Total 15,237 100%    
Exterior Colors Coupe Convertible Z06 ZR1
Black 20% 16% 26% 26%
Crystal Red 17% 19%    
Cyber Gray 16% 12% 23% 36%
Victory Red 13% 14% 10% 10%
Blade Silver 11% 8% 10% 5%
Jetstream Blue 8% 6% 9% 16%
Arctic White 6% 8%    
Velocity Yellow 5% 17% 7% 5%
Atomic Orange 5% 3% 5% 2%
Options Coupe Convertible Z06 ZR1
1LT 38% 8%    
2LT 15% 22%    
3LT 42% 62%    
4LT 5% 9%    
1LZ     13%  
2LZ     52%  
3LZ     35%  
1ZR       3%
3ZR       97%
CC3 – Transparent Roof 17%      
C2L – Dual Roof Pkg 13%      
MX0 – 6-Speed Auto Paddle 67% 82%    
F55 – Selective Ride Control 10% 34%    
Z51 – Performance Package 37% 28%    
U3U – Stereo/XM/Nav 27% 47% 77%  
NPP – Dual Mode Exhaust 47% 57%    
QG6 – Sparkle Silver 30% 15%    
QG7 – Polished 17% 13%%    
QX1 – Competition Gray 7% 3%    
Q9V – Chrome 46% 57%    
Q10 – Z06     10%  
Q8A – Chrome     56%  
Q76     15%  
Q6A – ZR1 Sterling Silver       20%
Q6B – ZR1 Chrome       80%

As many of you know, 2009 will be the last year for Victory Red and Atomic Orange. Victory Red is being replaced by Torch Red, however Atomic Orange will not be replaced when production ceases on the 2009 Corvette. With the highest penetration of just 5% on the Corvette Coupe and just 2% of Corvette ZR1s wearing Atomic Orange, its easy to see why that color is being phased out.

During the Day 2 walk around at the Museum, Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter said the Corvette ZR1 is on pace for about 1,400 units this year. Despite the assembly plant shutting several times this year, Tadge said GM continued to have suppliers manufacture and bank those critical parts needed for ZR1 production, so that when the assembly resumes after the plant has been idled, those critical parts are available.

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Final 2008 Corvette Production Numbers
Final 2007 Corvette Production Numbers

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