Meet Tom Norkiewicz, a GM Test Engineer who’s done this a time or two over the past 22 years. He’s picked up some crafty maneuvers along the way, all while seeing what a car’s made of. In this instance, it’s the Corvette – it’s safe to say he’s being thorough in his evaluations. At GM’s Desert Proving Ground in Yuma, AZ, it’s just another day on the job.
GM has released an update on the current production statistics of the 2012 Corvette through October 10th. From it we can gather some of the purchasing habits of new Corvette owners including models and colors as well as acceptance of certain options. The Grand Sport Corvette Coupe is the most popular model with 43% of all Corvettes produced and 23% of new Corvette owners picked Torch Red as their favorite color. Of special note is the new Centennial Corvette package which accounts for 17% of all new Corvettes produced so far.
Sunday was the 5th Annual Corvettes for Chip show in honor of the late Chip Miller. The beautiful blue sky and 59 degree weather guaranteed a great turnout for the show which also serves as a Amyloidosis research fundraiser for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. The show was held in West Chester, PA at the very scenic Brandywine picnic park and there were plenty of great looking Corvettes to see including Lance Miller’s Le Mans winning 1960 Briggs Cunningham Corvette. Check out the huge photo gallery after the jump.
Corsa Performance is one of the leaders in providing Corvette owners with great sounding exhaust systems that provide performance gains without interior drone. But Corvette owners notoriously take pride in the look of their exhaust systems as well and so when we stopped by the Corsa booth at SEMA last week, they enthusiastically introduced us to their newest product – Corsa’s Black Diamond exhaust tips.
Leake Auction Company will be offering over 30 Corvettes for sale at their upcoming Dallas event. The three day sale will take place Friday, November 18th through Sunday, November 20th at Market Hall in Dallas, Texas. Among the Corvette offerings are two very rare cars: a 1961 big tank racecar and a 1971 LS6 Coupe. You can read more about each lot after the break.
The monthly sales report came out last week while we were at the SEMA show so we’re just now getting around to taking a look at it. The news isn’t great as sales of Corvettes in October slipped to 946 for the month. That is a -6.4% decline from sales in October 2010. For the calendar year-to-date sales, Corvettes sales are still pacing at 3.8% more than 2010 with 11,216 Corvettes sold January-October.
The Corvette Z06 Ron Fellows ‘Hall of Fame’ Tribute was one of two Corvette concepts that General Motors brought with them to SEMA this year. The Red and White Corvette was the featured display at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch / Ron Fellows Driving School booth in the adjoining hall. We took many photos of the tribute car and we also have a video of Ron Fellows showing off his personalized special edition Corvette Z06 at Chevrolet’s introduction event held last Monday.
Corvettes were in plentiful supply at SEMA and we made an attempt to photograph each and every one we could find. That meant walking every aisle and outdoor space at the show. But we sacrificed for you our readers because you deserve no less. And so after the jump, we present the Corvettes of SEMA.
The benefit of having an auxiliary hardtop for your roadster is that you can drive your Corvette longer as the weather turns cooler, thereby extending your driving season for an extra couple of months each year. But putting that hardtop on your Corvette, or removing it when the weather turns nice can be a real struggle. You can call the wife out to the garage, go get a neighbor or attempt to do it yourself, but it only takes one careless move to damage the top or worse, the back of your Corvette. So when we saw the Glassworks Lift System at SEMA, we knew we had to spread the word on this innovative product.
You know we love Corvette Racing here on CorvetteBlogger and whenever we see a tribute to the yellow and black C6.Rs, we have to stop and take a closer look. This particular Corvette was found outside the main entrance to the SEMA show and was a constant source of admiration from attendees who were passing by.