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[VIDEO] Guy Parks Corvette in his House

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2008

Guy Parks Corvette in his House

I briefly considered the thought about attempting this at my house some years ago but it would have required too much renovation, loss of the dining room and severe disapproval from the wife. Still, if the opportunity ever arose, I’d do what this guy did – park his Corvette in the freaking living room!

This reminds me of a joke: “You know you are a gear head if…”


Source:
Youtube.com

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Accident Lands Corvette in Iowa Home’s Basement

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eBay Find of the Day: The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2008

The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled ’86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and you’ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J “Sucker Vette” is the result of over 3,000 hours of hard work and advanced engineering skills and now it can be yours as the Corvette is being offered on eBay with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

A group of engineers at Proctor & Gamble got together and built this one of kind of custom Corvette to compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The Challenge pits competitors in a number of events in a car that must cost less than $2,007.

The Cheaparral team found their 1986 Corvette parked in a nearby barn and purchased the wreck for $1,400. They then had to put their creative talents to work in keeping the costs to under the $2,007 spending limit. After the Corvette was made rode worthy and twin turbochargers were added for power, the engineers decided they needed a little something extra to give them more of an edge in the autocross competition.

The solution came in the form of an M1 Abrams tank cooling fan that was mounted in the passenger seat and powered by a snowmobile engine. The fan evacuates 10,000 cfm of air from underneath car which generates 1,000 lbs of downforce and allows the Corvette to pull 1.3g on a skidpad. The concept is similar to racing legend Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J vaccum enhanced “sucker” car from the 1970 Can Am Racing series which served as inspiration for the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette”.

The Cheaparral team competed against 50 others at the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge in Gainsville, FL and won every category including the autocross, concourse, best-engineered award, top finishing team and the 2007 Challenge Overall Champion award.

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Following the Challenge, the Sucker Vette has been featured in a number of magazines and at car shows including the Corvette Homecoming event in Bowling Green. The Cheaparral recently made a trip out to the west coast to Jay Leno’s garage where the noted auto enthusiast proclaimed the Corvette “cool”.

The ebay auction of the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette” will benefit the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Corvette features the signitures of Jay Leno and Jim Hall who both had the opportunity to give the “sucker Vette” a drive. Bidding started at the team’s investment of $2,007 and the auction runs through December 11th.

For more information on the Sucker Vette including a ton of videos, check out the Cheaparral.com


Sources:
Cheaparral.com via KYPost.com
ebay.com

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2nd Look: The Corvette C3R Retro Stingray

by Keith Cornett on December 1, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Last month we took a look at the Corvette C3R Stingray, a computer rendering by Christian Cyrulewski that wrapped a modern day Corvette C6 with a new yet retro-inspired bodywork of a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Christian is back in the news with a second version of the C3R that features a few tweaks to the original rendering including lengthening the car to give it a more aggressive stance and flattening the rear deck.

The retro cues of a 1969 Corvette are of course all over the place, hence its name, but the new skin feels very modern as well. I’m not sure how the headlights will be pulled off as Christian says they are not pop-ups. The only other issue we believe to be a problem is the lack of access to the rear storage area from the removal of the rear storage hatch. However with this second group of renderings, I have become a certified fan of the C3R Stingray.

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Here’s what Christian had to say about the newest version:

The changes were mostly on the rear end, I added a chamfer where the body meets the rear diffuser to visually lift the rear, I extended the rear about 25mm and narrowed it by more than 50mm to visually give it a more aggressive and planted stance. I also flattened the rear deck area and added a chamfer to the spoiler to match the profile of the 69 stingray better and also to give it a more modern look. The last change was to the front fender in front of the wheel, I added some fullness to give it better lead-in to the grill area.

The dimensions on the C3R are the same as the z06 except the length, my car is 4 inches longer. I also wanted to mention that the headlights are not pop-up, I don’t want to say right now how they work because I going to create an animation that shows the process. One of the main complaints was that people thought it was going to have the pop-up lights.

Now that the main surfaces are done I am going to focus on the details like if it is possible to have 69 style door handles and the possibility of moving the location of the fuel filler to the rear deck, again like the C3.

With General Motors in its current funk and no plans to update the current C6 Corvette body style until at least 2014, we’re hoping progress continues on the C3R Stingray and Christian will be able to bring his prototype to the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise as planned. Until then, we’ll just have to live vicariously through these awesome computer renderings.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Serious Wheels

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Corvette Photo Contest: Prizes for Best Caption

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2008

Chevy Corvette Nightmare

I’m back from spending Thanksgiving with the family, my stomach is huge and I’m moving a bit slower than normal, so I thought there’s no better time for another round of our Corvette photo caption contest!! For this round, we’re looking for a “WTF were they thinking” comment that decided putting these two classic cars together was a good idea. Once again, I’ve got a 2008 Corvette Price Guide, a 2008 Corvette Black Book and a new Bridgestone Firestone tire gauge to those that post the best captions. Winner’s will be selected and notified Monday so have at it.

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Contest is Closed
Thanks to all that entered. We’ll be sending a Corvette Black Book to Gary Moscowitz for his entry “Not the way to add horsepower!” and a Corvette Price Guide to Charles Benedict who penned “Ohhhhh… you meant to pull the ENGINE and put it in my car!”. Both guys will also get a Bridgestone Firestone tire gauge as well. Thanks again to all that entered.


Source:
CarDomain.com

Related:
Corvette Accident Photo: Prizes For Best Caption

Thanks to:
Bridgestone Firestone

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2009 Corvette Makes Car And Driver’s 10Best List

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2008

The 2009 Corvette Makes Car and Driver's 10Best List

Car and Driver’s staff continue to show the love to Corvette by including the standard Coupe and Convertible on the magazine’s 2009 “10Best” list. Despite falling head over heels for the new Corvette ZR1, the supercharged 638-horsepower doesn’t make this list due to its base price being $34 grand north of the $71,000 MSRP cutoff. That same cutoff drops another previous Corvette inductee off the 2009 list, the 505-horsepower Z06.

But despite the fact the two performance models – the ZR1 and Z06 – didn’t make the list but the standard 430-hp Coupe and Convertible did says something about the magic that is Corvette. Listen up Congress – Car and Driver says they were “impressed by the ongoing improvements in Corvette assembly quality, materials and everyday comfort.” Fact is, the Chevrolet Corvette “continues to deliver a level of performance and stlye that’s unbeatable for the money.”

Hopefully, some members of Congress are subscribers to Car and Driver and will read in the January 2009 issue that an American automaker does make a quality, fuel efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Unfortunately, the only way some members of Congress would ever see Corvette quality first hand is to get run over by Robert Novak, but now I’m ranting. Sorry.

This is the third straight year that Corvette has made the “10Best” list. Last year’s list included the Corvette Z06 while in 2006 the standard Coupe was listed.

The only other American-made car to make the Car and Driver “10Best” list is the 2009 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. But the Car and Driver also points out that while Cadillac coined the phrase “American Standard of the World”, in the world of sports cars, those words describe the 2009 Corvette. We couldn’t agree more.


Source:
Car and Driver

Related:
Corvette Makes Car & Driver’s 2008 10 Best Cars List

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Paul Teutul Sr's 2006 Corvette Z06

Orange County Chopper’s Paul Teutul Sr is parting with another one of his Corvettes and this time he turns to ebay to sell his personal 2006 Corvette Z06. Paul Sr bought this Corvette new and has since put only 8,700 miles on her. Every option was ordered and he added some personal touches with the custom interior and the black wheels. The car has been featured on several episodes of American Chopper and the buyer will receive DVD copies signed by Teutul.

Is this not the blackest black Corvette you’ve ever seen? It comes loaded with heads up display, navigation, power drivers seat and more. Featuring the 505 horsepower LS7 V8 engine coupled to the six speed manual transmission, this Corvette is ready to roll.

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Teutul is no stranger to the auction scene when it comes to unloading part of his collection. In January 2007, Paul and his son turned to Barrett-Jackson to sell six vehicles including a 1960 fuel injected Corvette paired with a custom 2005 chopper. In this round of eBay auctions, Paul is also unloading a 1969 COPO Camaro tribute car.

In addition the signed DVD’s, the buyer may take delivery of the Corvette Z06 at Paul Sr’s estate and have the opportunity to view his personal collection of motorcycles and cars. A tour of the Newburgh NY shop is included and Paul will take photos and sign the Corvette. Pretty cool.

The eBay auction ends on November 20th and 18 bidders have the Corvette up to $48,500 currently. The reserve price has yet to be reached.


Source:
eBay via Celebrity Cars Blog

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2009 Corvette Production By The Numbers (So Far)

by Keith Cornett on November 18, 2008

2009 Corvette Z06 in Cyber Gray

I continue to hope that 2009 will go down in history as the year that production started on the Corvette ZR1 instead of the year that the last Corvette was made. There are buyers out there and even in a bad economy Corvettes will continue to be sold. With that said, we do have some preliminary production numbers of Corvettes for the first five months or so of the 2009 model year.

Our numbers come by way of “Zippy” who is an ambassador with the National Corvette Museum and is a well known source of info on several forum sites. He says that to date there have been 9,230 Corvettes produced for the 2009 model year. They breakdown as:

  • 4,959 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,696 Corvette Convertibles
  • 2,213 Corvette Z06s
  •    362 Corvette ZR1s

Some additional facts regarding 2009 Corvette production:

  • 362 ZR1s have been produced with a total of 509 in the ordering system.
  • 9.7% of Convertibles were built with the new 1LT Package.
  • NPP Performance Exhaust has been ordered on 51% of all Coupes and 59% of all Convertibles.

The top three colors ordered for the Corvette ZR1 were:

  • 40% Cyber Gray
  • 20% Black
  • 17% Jetstream Blue

Cyber Gray is the most popular 2009 color to date with 20% of all Corvettes ordered in the new color. Second is Black at 20% and third is Victory Red at 14%.


Source:
Z06Vette.com

Related:
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Official 2009 Corvette Pricing Announced

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[VIDEO] Midyear Corvette Boldly Goes in New Star Trek Movie

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2008

Midyear Corvette featured in new Star Trek Movie

Back in April we learned that J.J Abram’s reboot of the Star Trek movie franchise would feature a 1965 Corvette convertible. The new movie trailer for Star Trek XI was released today and it opens with a young James Tiberius Kirk being pursued by the police and bailing out of the Sting Ray just before it careens off a cliff.

Luckily computer graphics have progressed to the point where a movie director doesn’t necessarily have to throw a Corvette off a cliff just to get a desired shot. Still, driving at 70 mph on a gravel road is a sure way to guarantee a few rock chips and a whole lot of dust.

The new movie with Kirk and Spock is due in theaters May 8, 2009. Check out the official Star Trek site here where you can view the trailers in HD.

And speaking of HD, check out these stills I grabbed from the 1080i HD trailer. To view them best, scroll down until the YouTube video is off the screen as the flash player will lay on top of the images.

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Sources:
Official Star Trek Website via TrekToday.com

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The 1979 Corvette Project: Seatbelt Solutions Delivers

by Keith Cornett on November 13, 2008

Our 1979 Corvette's Seatbelts

This is a quick note of thanks to Jeff and his staff at Seatbelt Solutions. I called Jeff a week ago to get a quote on rewebbing the seatbelts for our 1979 Corvette project car. He gave me a good ballpark price so I boxed them up and sent them to his shop in Jupiter, Florida. After he received the belts, he called and we discuss our options and what I was looking for. After agreeing on a price, Jeff went to work and one week later they were returned to us and I couldn’t be happier with the work.

I always like to tell other Corvette people when I get surprised by a vendor that offers good prices and more importantly, great service. After Jeff received our belts, he called and we spent 20 minutes on the telephone where we discussed exactly what I wanted. He took us through the process of what his staff would do in terms of rewebbing and changing the color over from beige to black. I very much appreciated his attention to detail and our concerns regarding price. As this was a driver quality resto, price was an important factor.

One week later, we got a call saying the belts were completed and after paying the exact amount quoted, they were shipped out the same day. Jeff and his staff did a fantastic job on the project and I can’t thank them enough.

If you have a C1-C4 Corvette whose seatbelts need to be rewebbed, repaired or rechromed, call Jeff of Seatbelt Solutions toll free at 866-904-2358.


Related:
Project 79 – Back From The Paint Shop

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Custom 4-Door Corvette is Fun for the Whole Family

by Keith Cornett on November 11, 2008

1987 Corvette 4-Door with Suicide Doors

One of the curses, or blessings depending on your outlook is the fact that the Corvette is a 2-seat sports car. Room enough for you and a buddy or your significant other, but no more. Gene Swatek thought the Corvette should be a car that could be enjoyed by the whole family, so he custom built what I am sure is the world’s only 1987 four-door Corvette.

The father of four girls got the idea for the custom 4-seater after going to Corvette shows and wishing he could take more of his family. To create his 4-door sports car, Gene took a driver quality stock 1987 corvette and it in half. He made his own steel extension frame members to stretch the Corvette an additional 38 inches. The rear suicide doors were added as well as the rear leather seats and custom ground effects.

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Gene says the Corvette took about 18 months to build and while he had plans to custom build a convertible top that could stretch over the extended passenger area, time got away from him and he never got around to doing it. According to Gene, the convertible is so much fun, who needs a top or windows anyways!

The FamilyVette II as its called is the second of Gene’s elongated Corvette creations, hence the II. His first FamilyVette was a red 1984 limo-styled Corvette made from 2/3′s of the front of one Corvette and 2/3′s of the rear from another. You can see more of his work at www.familyvettes.com.

The white 1987 Corvette is currently for sale with a listing on eBay but no bids have yet to have been laid on the custom car yet. The auction ends on November 18th and the starting bid is $12,000.


Source:
FamilyVettes.com via TopSpeed.com

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