General Motors has celebrated a major milestone today at Wixom’s Performance Build Center by building its 100-millionth small block engine. The engine chosen as the milestone motor is none other than the Corvette ZR1′s 638 horsepower LS9. Since 1955, the small block has been used in GM vehicles around the world and can also be found marine and industrial applications as well.
Autocrossing your Corvette is great way to have some fun in your car in a safe and controlled environment. Most courses are laid out to keep speeds down and drivers rely on technique to complete the course. But just because speeds are lower than other track events doesn’t mean that one wrong move can come back to bite you as one Corvette driver found out at the Speed Ventures autocross event.
Last weekend hundreds of the country’s finest Corvettes, muscle cars, and customs stormed into Chicago for the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals. We had a blast on our inaugural trip to this show. We’ve already shown you the Motion Maco Corvette, Mid America’s prototype C5′s, and the LS6’s in the Class of 1971 display. Click past the break to see more of the fantastic Corvettes from the 2011 MCACN.
Apparently this video went viral while I was incommunicado over the Thanksgiving holiday. Two Silver Corvettes, a C6 and C5, were lined up at a stop light in the Houston neighborhood of The Woodlands. The motorist behind the duo gets a bad feeling about what is going to happen when the lights go green and starts filming. Sure enough, the race ends badly for both drivers and cars and now police have issued warrants for their arrest.
One of the marquee events of the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals was the Class of 1971 invitational display. This gathering celebrates muscle cars that turned 40 years old this year. Included among the Hemi ‘Cuda’s, Mustangs, and Chevelles were a batch of rare LS6 powered Corvettes. Check out all 2,125 horsepower in our exclusive photo gallery.
It’s not very often that we get to take an up close and personal look at a prototype Corvette. Most all of them are either crushed or destroyed during development by GM although a few of them have slipped out the door in the past. Mid America Motorworks brought three rare C5 prototypes to the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals last weekend in Chicago. We poured over them a couple of times throughout the weekend and you can too after the jump.
Article and Pictures contributed by Jason Giacchina / Corvette Forum
When it comes to the Corvette, custom looks can range from subtly menacing to downright gaudy. Fortunately companies like SS Vette fall firmly in the former category. As a result, even in this topsy-turvy economy, the company remains strong with an ever-expanding catalog of Vette parts and a presence at this year’s SEMA show.
If you follow us on Facebook,you saw us give you a sneak peak at this car last Saturday. Purchased from “Mr. Motion” Joel Rosen about 10 years ago, it recently completed a very lengthy, very thorough, and (we imagine) a very expensive restoration. It was unveiled for the very first time last weekend at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in Chicago by the current owner Dan McMichael, Joel Rosen, and Martyn Schorr. You can check out some more photos its debut after the break.
BD in Florida submitted this 1996 Corvette Grand Sport to Corvette Values:
1996 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible, VIN #1G1YY3251T56007XX. Admiral Blue with Red/Black leather interior. All original with no modifications. 20,000 Miles, LT4 350/330 HP. Options include F45 suspension, U1F Delco Bose Stereo, UJ6 Low Tire Pressure Warning System, Run Flat Tires. Documentation includes window sticker and shipping documents.
Find out how we valued this Corvette Grand Sport Convertible after the jump.