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Corvettes on the track at Bondurant

I was surfing the different programs offered at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving and one that caught my eye that I wanted to share was their upcoming half-day Performance Driving Experience. The Performance Driving Experience allows you to get behind the wheel of the C6 Corvette, Cadillac CTS-V and the Bondurant ProKart for a variety of driving instruction on different road courses. Best of all, the cost for all this fun is only $500!

Here is what you can expect during the Performance Driving Experience:

The program starts with a lead and follow exercise with your instructor on the Bondurant road course. You will see first hand the proper racing line the pros drive and will learn to Know precisely where to brake, turn in and position your car for the fast way around the track.

You’ll also compete on Bondurant’s autocross for fastest time among the others in the event. Test your abilities to handle the car at its limits and learning to be smooth with the car will improve your lap times. The autocross and the lead/follow exercises prepare you for the race in the Bondurant ProKarts.

The evening wraps up with the ProKart Enduro – just like the endurance races of Daytona, Sebring and LeMans. Teams will be formed to compete in the hour long race driving Bondurant’s 50-mph ProKarts. Strategy will play into the final outcome of the event. Teams will have to decide which driver drives each leg of the race; practice driver changes; and work together to help the rest of the team learn the track and be quick.

If you’re interested in spending a half day learning from the same instructors who have worked with Johnny O’Connell, Jimmy Johnson and Dale Jr, then the Bondurant’s Performance Driving Experience is for you. There are only a few seats left for the May 2nd Experience, so visit Bondurant.com or call 1-800-842-RACE (7223).


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Bondurant.com

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CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette’s Harlan Charles

by Keith Cornett on March 24, 2009

CorvetteBlogger Talks with Corvette's Harlan Charles

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring brought down several key members of Team Corvette to Florida who were on hand for the unveiling of the 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes. CorvetteBlogger spoke with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles about the people who build America’s sports car, the new GT1 Championship and Competition Sport Corvettes and the Transformers’ Corvette Stingray Concept and its potential influence on the C7 Corvette.

We appreciate Harlan taking the time to talk with us and we’re looking forward to attending the 2010 Corvette model rollout at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green at the end of April.


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[PICS] First Look: The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 23, 2009

The 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Chevrolet loaned the ALMS Vitesse program this 2009 Competition Sport Corvette to serve as a track car during the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, giving hot laps to fans and enthusiasts (and bloggers!) as well as shuttling around track officials. We took these photos just prior to our own hot lap around the 3.7 mile track and we can tell you that this Corvette is a winner!

The #02 Competition Sport Corvette was just completed prior to the race but since this was to be used as a track car, the drive down to Florida from Bowling Green served to break-in the car prior to undertaking track duty. The #02 Corvette features the Blade Silver with Black stripes and one of my favorite touches, blacked-out headlights:

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In addition to the #02 CSR Corvette Coupe, the #03 Competition Sport Corvette Z06 was also in Sebring at the Chevy display:

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The Competition Sport package is aimed at owners who like to attend driving schools and track events. Available in Spring 2009, the Z51-equipped 1LT Corvette Coupe will retail for $55,655 while the 1LZ Corvette Z06 will cost $77,500.


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My Hot Lap Around Sebring in a 2009 Competition Sport Corvette

Thanks to my new friends at Mobil 1, I was able to take a hot lap around Sebring International Raceway on the Friday prior to the 12 hour race. The new 2009 Competition Sport Corvette Coupe was doing duty as a Vitesse track car and the particular Corvette that I rode in was the #02 car in the series.

My ALMS Vitesse driver was Patty and she was very good out on the track. I asked her to give a shout out whenever we topped speeds of 100 mph and we hit that mark at least three times. I created two versions of the video. There is also a short version showing just the lap. The version below features a walk-around the Competition Sport Corvette, idle chatter with Pattie while waiting to get on the track, and then a trip to the Corvette Corral where we see Corvette team members Harlan Charles and Tadge Juechter.

The Competition Sport Corvette is available as either a LT1 Coupe or a 1LZ Z06. Also included in the Coupe package is the Z51 performance package, NPP performance exhaust, differential cooler, heads up display, red painted brake calipers and the Z06 spoiler. The numbers for the doors are the same as the series sequence number and like the GT1 Championship edition, the “Jake” mascot is embroidered on the seats, center console and also outside the car on the B-Pillar. The Competition Sport is available in three colors, Blade Silver or Black for the Z06, Blade Silver or Arctic White for the Coupe.

Again, I’d like very much to thank Mobil 1 who arranged the lap as well as showed me a great time at Sebring, my driver Patty of the ALMS Vitesse Program, and the folks at Corvette who built an incredible sports car.


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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

In commemorating the 10th anniversary of GT1 racing in the American LeMans Series, GM is producing 600 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions and selected the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring as the appropriate place to debut the new cars to the public. On the Friday before the 12 hour race, GM’s Corvette team including Product Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter were on hand along with the six drivers of Corvette Racing to introduce the limited edition “Jake” Corvettes.

The Corvette GT1 Championship cars shown in the video were the first six cars of the series built. Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter remarked that the Corvettes were just completed within the last week and were shipped down from Bowling Green. The six Corvette drivers picked up the keys of the Corvettes following an ALMS drivers meeting and drove them down to Corvette Racing’s paddock. A little later, the six Corvette Racing drivers drove them over to the Corvette Corral to be viewed by the enthusiasts gathered at the hospitality tent.

The GT1 Championship Editions are limited to just 600 units: 200 Coupe, 200 Convertible and 200 Z06. Each of these body styles will have 100 in Yellow/Black and 100 in Black/Yellow. The series also has its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows and 40001 for those in Black.

The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

Check out our exclusive photo gallery of the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition.


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Corvette Racing: The GT1 Championship C6R Livery

One of the anticipations for each new racing season is when the Corvette Racing team rolls out the new livery. For 2009, Corvette Racing and GM close the marketing loop by running the two C6.Rs with the new GT1 Championship livery. Like the forthcoming limited edition GT1 Championship Coupes, Convertibles and Z06s, the new livery features the #3 C6.R in familiar Velocity Yellow with black striping while the #4 C6.R is reversed in Black with Yellow accents.

Over the years we’ve been treated to some great designs, from last year’s “Jack Scrape” to the Bad Boy “Jake” livery at Monterey in 2007. The 2009 GT1 Championship livery is a hit as a C6.R in Black is just about the most menacing-looking car on the track. The fact that you can buy a street version of these Corvettes makes the livery special as well. Only one other time as GM offered an ALMS C6.R replica, the 2007 Arctic White Ron Fellows Edition Z06.

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As there are no other GT1 class entries, the 12 hour endurance race will be the ultimate practice session for this June’s assault on the 24 Hours of LeMans. But that doesn’t mean the two factions are going to take it easy on each other. Remember the door-banging-on-pit-row incident at Mid Ohio in 2008 anyone?

Speaking of racing, the Corvette C6.Rs were out on the track today in two practice sessions. #3′s Jan Magnussen holds the fastest time with a lap of 1:56.907 while #4′s Marcel Fassler ran just 0.162 seconds behind with a lap of 1:57.069.

The 2009 GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes will make their public debut on Friday at 1pm at the Corvette Paddock in Sebring. We’ll be there for the unveiling and hope to have plenty of video and pictures to share.

As part of our Sebring coverage, we’ll be taking a hot lap around Sebring Raceway in a Corvette and will be dropping in to hear what Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter has to say during his presentation. Make sure you visit Corvette Blogger throughout the weekend. You can also follow our updates on Twitter.com.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 am EST on Saturday, March 21st. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 am to noon and from 2 to 11 pm Eastern.



Source:
BadBoyVettes.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels Now Available

by Keith Cornett on March 17, 2009

Replica Corvette ZR1 Wheels on a C5 Z06

Transform your Corvette by adding a set of the same style of wheels found on the baddest Corvette ever made – the 2009 supercharged ZR1. These triple plated chrome wheels from Ecklers will set your Corvette apart from the others without breaking the bank. And if you drive a C4 or C5 Corvette, the same aggressive looks of the 2009 Corvette ZR1 wheel can be yours as well.

Ecklers replica Corvette ZR1 wheels come in triple plated chrome with a beautiful mirror finish. A center cap is included and no cores are necessary. All Corvette ZR1 wheels come with a 3-year manufacturer’s limited warranty on the chrome finish.

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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

The Corvette Action Center scored these photos showing the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition at the decal installation supplier located just down the street from the Corvette Assembly Plant. The decal supplier will be busy this spring as GM is producing 600 of these special editions that celebrate Corvette Racing’s 10 year anniversary and the final year of the GT1 program.

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Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06. Click here for more information:

Officially Official: The 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Editions

The 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition will make its public debut this Friday at the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring. Check back with CorvetteBlogger as we’ll be in Sebring covering the race and Corvette related festivities.

Season-Opening Sebring Race Marks Corvette Racing’s 10th Anniversary GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes Commemorate Corvette Racing’s Decade of Success SEBRING, Fla. – The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the season-opening race of the 2009 American Le Mans Series to be held on March 21, will mark the start of Corvette Racing’s 10th anniversary in international road racing. The team made its competition debut in February 1999 at Daytona, and competed in its first Sebring 12-hour race the following month, finishing fourth in the GTS class. Since that modest beginning, Corvette Racing has become one of the world’s premier production sports car teams, winning eight consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers and team championships, seven straight drivers’ titles, and five class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Chevrolet is commemorating Corvette Racing’s decade of success with the introduction of the GT1 Championship Edition Corvette. These limited edition vehicles (designated Regular Production Option GT1) will be available in coupe, convertible, and Z06 models in yellow or black livery. With graphics packages inspired by the championship-winning Corvette C6.R, the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes will make their public debut at Sebring International Raceway. Production is scheduled for spring. “There have always been strong ties between production and racing Corvettes,” said GM Racing manager Mark Kent. “Technology developed by Corvette Racing is applied to improve the efficiency, performance, handling, aerodynamics and safety of production vehicles. Now with the introduction of the GT1 Championship Edition Corvettes, the link between the race and street versions is apparent at a glance. Corvette enthusiasts will be able to purchase cars that celebrate the remarkable history of Corvette Racing. The GT1 Championship Edition program is another example of how racing helps Chevy sell cars and trucks and provides a solid return on investment.” The ALMS season-opener also will mark the final appearance of the Corvette C6.Rs in the GT1 class in the Sebring 12-hour endurance classic. The twin Corvette C6.R race cars (chassis Nos. 5 and 6) are beginning their third season, and are scheduled to be retired in preparation for new global GT class rules that will take effect in 2010. These two cars have accounted for 23 of the team’s 74 wins. Corvette Racing has scored six class victories in Sebring, and Johnny O’Connell, driver of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, notched his record-setting seventh Sebring win in last year’s event. O’Connell and Jan Magnussen, the reigning GT1 champions, will be joined by Antonio Garcia at Sebring, while three-time GT1 champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta will be teamed with Marcel Fassler in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The addition of Garcia and Fassler for long-distance races will bring the total number of Corvette Racing drivers to 19 since the team’s inception. Corvette Racing will be powered by cellulosic E85R ethanol fuel at Sebring for the first time. The team adopted the renewable fuel made from wood waste after last year’s Sebring race, and used E85R throughout the remainder of the 2008 ALMS season. Cellulosic ethanol was one of the key ingredients in the team’s overall victory in the inaugural ALMS Green Challenge in the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans held at Road Atlanta in October 2008. The winning No. 3 Corvette C6.R achieved the best overall score based on performance, fuel efficiency and environmental impact under criteria developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, and SAE International. Corvette Racing’s use of an alternative fuel on the race track reflects GM’s commitment to producing fuel-efficient vehicles for customers – there are 3.5 million E85-capable GM FlexFuel vehicles on the road today. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 21. The race will be televised live on SPEED from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 11 p.m. ET.


Source:
Corvette Action Center

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1969 Corvette Roadster

In our final analysis of 2008′s Corvette prices, we present an overview of Corvette values by generation. This is an interesting time for Corvette buyers as many models are still showing appreciation despite the lagging market. And with some of the more collectible Corvettes giving back some of the pricing gains earned over the last couple of years, this could be a real buying opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts should the right Corvette present itself.

The following are highlights from our 2009 Corvette Price Guide:

1953-1962:
The first generation Corvettes had mixed results with some models showing a negative 5-7% depreciation factor, while on the plus side of the ledger appreciation results ranged for 2-9%. The high average price for this series was the 1953 Roadster at $294,500. At the low end of the price scale was the 1961 Roadster at an average price of $45,000, showing an appreciation factor of 2%. We expect the 1953 model to continue to show depreciation in average price with the majority of these solid axles showing positive results for the 2009 calendar year.

1963-1967:
The mid-years have regained the appreciation lead with all models showing an appreciation factor of 4-9%. The price leader in average price continues to be the 1967 Roadster at an average price of $61,000. The entry level price for the mid-years continues to be the 1964 Coupe at $35,000 in average price.

1968-1982:
The average price range for this generation of Corvettes starts at $9,200, the average price of a 1978 T- Top that showed no change in average price from last year. The average price for the series tops out at $29,500, the average price of the 1970 Roadster that showed an appreciation factor of 7%. The average price of the third generation Corvettes ranges from a depreciation factor of -8% to a +10% appreciation factor.

1984-1996:
There was quite a change last year in the average price for the fourth generation Corvette models. Our 2008 Price Guide showed many with single digit appreciation factors and a few in the double digit range. The 2009 Price Guide shows none in the appreciation column with two holding on as ‘no change’ in average price. Several are now showing double digit depreciation. The high average price for this series is $52,000, going to the 1996 Grand Sport Roadster. The low end is represented by the 1984 Coupe with an average price of $8,600 and a 1% depreciation factor. Hurting the average price of this series is the pricing of the C5 Corvettes with many selling under the $20,000 mark in average price.

1997-2004:
This series continues to show negative results in average price ranging from a -6% to -18%. The high average price for this series is $31,000, going to a 2003 Anniversary Roadster that showed a –9% depreciation factor. As we have said on numerous occasions, one buys a lot of Corvette power in this series for under $20,000. At some point soon, the double digit depreciation factors will improve to single digits.

2005-2009:
As expected, all models are showing double digit depreciation in average resale price. We don’t expect this to subside since average prices start at $31,500 for a 2005 Coupe and top out at $64,000 for the Ron Fellows Special Edition Z06. The state of the US economy will continue to have a major negative impact on the average price of these Corvettes.


Order the 2009 Corvette Price Guide

2009 Corvette Price GuideThe 2009 Corvette Price Guide covers all Corvette years and body styles with high, low and average prices for each Corvette model. Another important feature of the Price Guide is the provisional one, two and five year appreciation factors for each Corvette.

In addition, the Corvette Price Guide provides the original base price and the number of units manufactured. To complete the content, included is information on motors, wheels, hard tops and factory air conditioning. Price is $15 and shipping is free!

Bob Kroupa of VETTE-N-VESTMENTS provided this analysis of 2008′s generational highlights. VETTE-N-VESTMENTS is the data provider for the annual guide and publisher of the monthly Corvette Market Letter.


Source:
VetteFinders.com
Data Provided by Vette-N-Vestments

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Corvette Z06 Police Car

The National Corvette Museum put out a call yesterday for silver C5/C6 Corvette coupes that will be transformed into state police escorts for labor day’s National Corvette Caravan celebration. The coupes chosen for duty will have a lightbar and graphics installed and will lead each of the four national caravans converging on Bowling Green.

From the Corvette Museum:

Here is your chance to drive your Corvette down the highway decorated as a state police vehicle with a light bar on top and vehicle markings as the lead in for the caravan! We are looking for owners of four silver C5/C6 coupes that are willing to become State Police Caravan Escorts when four caravans cross into Kentucky. The four lead Corvettes, with help from the Kentucky State Police, will be fitted with vinyl State Police markings and working light bars. A KSP trooper will be your passenger and you will be assigned a border crossing point to meet a designated Caravan. If you are interested, email your contact information and a picture to events@corvettemuseum.org. We will hold a drawing May 15th and announce the four caravan lead vehicles. These Corvettes will also be the featured display on Thursday, September 3 during the event. In case you were wondering…no, you can’t keep the light bar or write tickets. These cars will need to be available on Wednesday and Thursday September 2-3.

In addition to the police escort cars, the NCM is putting together two other special displays. On Friday, September 4th, the NCM will host a “First and Last” display featuring a Corvette from the first and last year of each generation. On Saturday, September 5th, the Museum will display 12-15 Corvettes that were part of the original 1994 Corvette Caravan. If you are interested in participating in either of these displays, contact the national Corvette museum at events@corvettemuseum.org.

Would you like to join thousands of Corvettes from across the nation as they trek to Bowling Green for the 15th Anniversary celebration of the National Corvette Museum? Check out the Corvette Caravan for details on this unique experience.


Source:
National Corvette Museum

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