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Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at St. Charles

by Guest Contributor on September 14, 2011

Corvette Auction Preview: Mecum at St. Charles

Article contributed by Steve Burns

As the 2011 Corvette shopping season starts to wind down, Mecum Auctions rolls into St. Charles, IL this weekend for their end of summer sale. The four day event will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort about an hour west of Chicago starting Thursday September 15th and running through Sunday September 18th. You can watch all the action live on Mecum’s website or check out 14 hours of coverage on Discovery HD Theater. Click past the jump to see some of the Corvettes available this weekend.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition Competes for Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car

When Motor Trend had the 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition in their garage a month ago, not only did they test the car against last year’s Z06, but they also put it up against 10 other sports cars in a comparison test Motor Trend calls the “Best Driver’s car”. These big time productions rarely produce anything more than bragging rights in the comments section and a steady supply of cool automotive videos. Normally I would jump right in and start dissecting the results, but after seeing the Corvette’s ranking and who these wizards of smart voted a better driver’s car than the Z06, I think I might just go ahead and skip to the cool videos.

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IntelliChoice Names 2012 Corvette Best-Bet in Cost of Ownership Survey

Last month, IntelliChoice released their first annual mid-year Cost of Ownership analysis and the cars and trucks that score high in the cost of ownership surveys are known as “Best Bets”. Unlike its annual Best Overall Value of the Year analysis, the Best Bets are vehicles from the new model year that demonstrate the highest potential for achieving outstanding value over time. Chevrolet had three vehicles rank as “Best Bets” for the 2012 model year including the Chevrolet Corvette.

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Corvette Hall of Famer Betty Skelton Passes at Age 85

by Keith Cornett on September 8, 2011

Corvette Hall of Famer Betty Skelton Passes at Age 85

Betty Skelton, the former acrobatic pilot and Corvette test driver who was known as the “fastest woman on Earth” died Wednesday August 31 at the age of 85. For her contributions to Corvette which included roles as a test driver, car show technical narrator and one of the founders of Corvette News (which later became Corvette Quarterly), Betty was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2001.

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New Corvette Incentives and an Update on Crystal Red/Cyber Gray Production

Thanks to our friends at Kerbeck Corvette for providing us with the latest Corvette incentives from Chevrolet as well as an update on Crystal Red Metallic and Cyber Gray production. Trust me when I say it’s good news on all fronts.

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[PIC] Texas Wildfires Burn Corvettes and other Classic Cars

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2011

[PIC] Texas Wildfires Burn Corvettes and other Classic Cars
Photo: STF, Eric Gay / AP

I caught this article on Jalopnik this afternoon about the fires in Texas destroying a huge car collection. John Chapman and his family are okay after one of the Texas wildfires ravaged his property in Bastrop. His house got singed by the flames but came though okay. Unfortunately, the fire burned his collection of 175 classic and vintage cars including a dozen Corvettes.

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[VIDEO] Unveiling the 2012 Ron Fellows SEMA/Spring Mountain Corvette Z06

Former Corvette Racing Driver and all-around Mr. Nice Guy Ron Fellows was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame for his contributions to the hobby. Ron and his family were at the National Corvette Museum’s 17th Annual Labor Day celebration last weekend for the induction ceremony and little did he know that a special Corvette was waiting for him as well.

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August 2011 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 6, 2011

August 2011 Corvette Sales

The monthly sales figures were released by General Motors last week and Corvette sales dipped to its lowest number in seven months. In August, there were 936 Corvettes sold, a decline of -17.5% over the 1,135 Corvettes sold during the same month in 2010. For the year, Corvette sales continue to run 5% ahead of 2010 with a total of 9,123 Corvettes sold during the 2011 calendar year.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Assembly Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2011

[VIDEO] Corvette Assembly Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant celebrated its 30th anniversary of producing America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Workers wearing red shirts gathered outside the facility and formed a giant bowtie for a commemorative photo. Here’s a news report from Bowling Green’s WBKO-TV about the anniversary and we hear from Plant Manager Dave Tatman who voiced his appreciation for the support the plant receives from the surrounding communities.

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Corvettes at Carlisle: Downtown Parade

by Guest Contributor on September 5, 2011

Corvettes at Carlisle: Downtown Parade

Article and Photos contributed by Steve Burns

I was finally able to make it to Carlisle’s downtown parade for the first time last weekend. I’m little bit embarrassed to admit that in my 5 previous trips to Carlisle that it wasn’t really on my radar screen of must-attend events. Now I’m trying to find a functional flux capacitor and a DeLorean so I can go back in time and catch up on the parades I’ve missed.

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