Once upon a time, a bunch of guys got together with a crazy idea – build rockets that go farther and faster than mankind had ever gone before. It’s nice to know that America still builds rockets – The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette.
We heard back in January that GM was considering adding a program that would allow owners the opportunity to build the engine that would be installed in their new Corvette. Yesterday, GM announced that the Corvette Engine Build Program would be available starting in 2011 for customers who order a Corvette Z06 or ZR1.
I was looking back at some of the raw video I took in May when I test drove a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. One of the features any C6 Corvette owner enjoys is watching the gauge cluster light-up on startup. At night, the effect is even more dramatic.
Here is a neat video package from WKYC that profiles Molded Fiberglass Companies based in Ashtabula, Ohio. MFG was founded in 1948 by Robert Morrison who initially was using glass reinforced plastic to make shelves for Wonder Bread. Morrison recognized the many benefits of fiberglass and made several attempts to convince GM that it was suitable for automotive bodies. In 1953 following the introduction of the Corvette at the Motorama show in New York City, GM gave MFG the contract to build the bodies for the Corvette.
Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Orange County auction went pretty well despite being held the same weekend as Mecum’s Bloomington Gold auction. The choice of Corvettes at the OC auction was on par with previous Barrett-Jackson events as the docket contained a nice mix of classics, resto-mods and several late model Corvettes. At the end of the three day no-reserve auction, the sales from the 31 Corvettes combined for $1,799,300.
Corvettes from various years returned to the famous Goodwood Festival of Speed held in England on July 2nd-4th. Although Chevrolet had a 2010 Corvette ZR1 on display as well as a new Camaro, it was a 1963 Grand Sport Corvette Coupe that stole the show.
It’s a dark and stormy night, and your favorite radio station isn’t coming in because the antenna on your C3 is shot. Time to upgrade! Corvette Central is now offering these newly updated antenna assemblies for 1969-78 Corvettes (not for powered antenna applications). Painstaking detail has been given to these new assemblies as every attempt has been made to make them more correct in comparison to the originals.
As Barn Finds goes, this one is a bit more interesting than most. Here is a vintage 1958 Corvette that was raced hard and put away wet as my dad would say. Owned and raced by James Huskey in the Houston, Texas area, this Corvette was terrorizing tracks throughout the 60s-70s before being put into storage where is sat for over 30 years. Auction ends soon so check it out.
The 1954 Corvette was never known for its performance. After all, it was originally equipped with a 155-hp straight six blue flame engine and a 2-speed powerglide transmission. But that didn’t stop Timeless Kustoms of Camarillo, California for rewriting history as they resurrected a 1954 parts car into this LS9 powered custom show stopping roadster.
There was some morning show hi-jinks happening today at Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. The local fox affiliate’s morning show was live as Mr. T and the crew of WillItMakeIt.com were on hand to perform some of their stunts, which included a hot pursuit reenactment with Roscoe P. Coltrane’s ,1970’s Plymouth Fury Police Car trying desperately to keep up to Bob Bondurant’s 2010 Corvette ZR1.