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My 1966 Corvette Gets a Valentine Treat: A YOM License Plate

by Keith Cornett on February 14, 2009

My 1966 Corvette Gets a Valentine Treat: A YOM License Plate

I was on a mission at the NCRS Regional show in Kissimmee, Florida last month to find a vintage license plate for my 1966 Corvette. Florida allows the registration of these original license plates for cars older than 30 years. Richard Collins had a pretty large selection of original Florida plates (and plates from other states as well) and it was in his bin that I found one suitable for my Sting Ray.

Richard assured me the plate would register and told me what I needed to do to get the ball rolling. I followed his advice and had my plate registered by the state and returned to me in just over a week’s time. I enlisted some help with the install from “Son of CorvetteBlogger” and as you can see the plate makes a nice addition to the Corvette.

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The C/V on my new plate stands for Commercial Vehicle, but to me it looks like it could stand for CorVette. I thought it was pretty cool. As long as the plate is original and not registered to another entity, you can use it.

For those of you in Florida interested in registering an old license plate, these are the steps you need to take.

First, you need to find a good clean plate that was manufactured for the same year of your Corvette. As I mentioned, mine came from Richard Collins (941) 545-3558 and was just $25. I’ve also seen them on eBay and at LicensePlates.tv for a little more than that.

The plates are referred to by the state as a “Year of Manufacture” (YOM) plate and it must be the same year as your Corvette. You can’t put a 1967 Florida License Plate on a 1966 Corvette. The plate needs to be original and unrestored.

Once you have the plate, you need to write a letter to the State of Florida DMV requesting that you’d like to register the plate and include the following documentation: Copies of the Title, Current Registration, owner’s driver license and proof of insurance. Also include a $50 check made out to the Florida DMV. My plate ended up costing around $36 to register so I’ll be getting a check back from the state for the difference.

Put your name and contact information on the back of the plate in case it gets separated from your documentation. I used a business card and taped it to the back. Package all your info and the plate (I sent my in a USPS Priority Mail envelope) and mail it to the Florida DMV: Direct Mail & Title Correction Section; Bureau of Titles & Registration, Neil Kirkman Building #72, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0620.

I’ve included a template of the letter that worked for me:

February 2, 2009 Florida DMV
Direct Mail & Title Correction Section; Bureau of Titles & Registration
Neil Kirkman Building #72
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0620 To Whom It May Concern: Enclosed is a Year of Manufacture plate from [YEAR] that we would like to have authenticated and registered to our [YEAR] Chevrolet Corvette. Year of Manufacture Plate: [YEAR]
[PLATE NUMBER] Owners Information: [OWNER NAME]
[OWNER ADDRESS]
[OWNER CITY/STATE/ZIP]
[OWNER TELEPHONE #] [OWNER DRIVERS LICENSE #]
[OWNER BIRTHDATE] [OWNER SEX M/F] Vehicle Information: [YEAR] Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
VIN: [VIN]
Current FL Tag #: [CURRENT TAG]
Current Decal #: [CURRENT DECAL #]
Curb Weight: [CURB WEIGHT OF CORVETTE] [INSURANCE COMPANY NAME]
[INSURANCE POLICY #]


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Corvette Stingray Concept Revealed in Chicago

Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen rolls into theaters this summer and one of the main Autobot characters is Sideswipe, who’s alt-car mode is the Corvette Centennial Design Concept. After months of only seeing the Corvette concept in spy shots, the car finally made its official public debut at the Chicago Auto show.

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Initially known as the Centennial Design Concept, we are seeing references to the unveiled car as the “Corvette Stingray Concept” so until we see something different, that’s how we’ll refer to it as well.

After seeing the photos I still think that this concept is a great starting point for work on the C7. I’m sure the front and rears would be reworked but overall the concept is a home run. Just imagine this Corvette Stingray in Black or Red. Smokin!


Source:
Jalopnik

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[VIDEO] 1963 Corvette is World’s Fastest Street Legal Car

by Keith Cornett on February 10, 2009

1963 Corvette is World's Fastest Street Legal Car

Rod Saboury is used to making cars go fast, but his latest project tops them all. Taking seven years to build, the 1963 Corvette is a show car, street car and race car all rolled into one fiberglass body. And boy does this Corvette roll. During last summer’s Super Chevy show at Summit Motor Sports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the 2,400 horsepower Sting Ray launched from zero to 60 mph in 1 second and crossed the quarter-mile mark in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph.

The ’63 is powered by a small-block Chevy V8 built by Moran Engines. Twin turbochargers boost the horsepower to 2,400 while 22-inch tires keep the Split-Window firmly planted to the pavement.

The Corvette is fully street legal and meets all the requirements to be registered for driving on the street. Creature comforts include power windows and cup holders. Street tires provide plenty of grip and Rod claims the car gets 10 miles to the gallon while running on pump gas.

People compare the twin-turbo Corvette with a jet being catapulted off an aircraft carrier. The Corvette is built for extreme acceleration. For his runs at the strip, Rod takes off in first gear which lifts the front tires off the track. He shifts into second gear at 8,200 RPM. Finishing a run at 210 MPH means the Corvette requires a half mile of breaking distance to stop. Twin parachutes mounted on the back to help slow the Corvette. The chutes create negative g-forces which Rod compares to slamming into a brick wall when they are deployed.


Source:
Baltimore Sun

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One of My Favorite Corvette Photos

by Keith Cornett on February 7, 2009

Keith aka CorvetteBlogger his 1966 Corvette Convertible

I was looking for a photo to use as an avatar for a new Corvette social network I recently joined and came across this photo of me in my 1966 Corvette. I was returning to Tampa from the 2003 NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee with my friend Chris trailing me in his C5 Corvette Coupe. It wasn’t until that night that I knew he took this shot of me comfortably cruising at 82 mph on Interstate 4.

Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette Convertible

Several years later I paid forward the favor when I came upon Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette convertible on I-95 in South Carolina. He was returning to South Florida from Deals Gap, NC where he and some friends had cruised the Tail of the Dragon. Although I didn’t have a HUD in the GMC Arcadia rental to document our speed, Charlie had about the same surprised reaction at seeing him in his Corvette as I did after I was able to track him down through the forums and send him the pictures.

Like Charlie, I drive my 1966 Corvette regularly (although not usually that far from home) and I think that’s one of the neatest aspects of this photo: Just me on the road in my ’66 Sting Ray with the wind whipping through the cockpit and my focus on the road ahead. Life should be that good everyday.


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Long and Winding Road: Paul McCartney's Blue C5 Corvette

I’ve been a Beatles fan for about as long as I’ve been a Corvette fan – which means pretty much my entire life, so this is a fun story for me to tell you about. Former cute-one Paul McCartney keeps a C5 Corvette at his LA home and is often seen driving it when he is on the West Coast. Paul was recently spotted strolling through LAX with new GF Nancy Shevell and the couple was photographed leaving the airport in Paul’s C5 Blue Convertible.

I believe Paul has owned this particular Corvette for some time. I remember watching a special about the recording of the 2005 CD “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” and at one point the video showed Paul arriving at the LA recording studio in the blue C5 convertible.

Think about that for a sec. McCartney is one of the richest entertainers in the world with a net worth estimated to be a BILLION dollars. He can afford any car he wants – yet he keeps an older C5 Corvette as his personal car when in California. I think that says a lot, not only about McCartney, but about the performance and quality of the C5 generation of Corvettes.

And since I’ve already gotten way off topic with this post, let me continue with a quick plug of Paul’s latest album “Electric Arguments”. If you’re a McCartney or Beatles fan and you don’t have this disc in your collection, you are missing out. It’s Paul’s best work in several years and it’s a great listen. Check out The Fireman: Electric Arguments.


Source:
UK Daily Mail

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Torch Red Making a Return on the 2010 Corvette?

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2009

Victory Red C6 (L) and a Torch Red C5 (R)

Chatter has been building over the last week about the possible return of Torch Red as a color option on the 2010 Corvette. Corvette Conti says Motown sources are telling him that Torch Red will be available as well as one other new color. Could that new color could be related to the expected return of the Grand Sport?

Conti thinks that one such color that could be used on the 2010 Grand Sport is Imperial Blue which was featured on the AllState 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car in 2008.

What hasn’t really been discussed yet is which color(s) may be dropped to support the addition of two new colors. We are assuming that Victory Red would be retired with the return of Torch Red as opposed to dropping the darker shaded Crystal Red. However, with the Cadillac XLR being retired, it could open up additional capacity to Corvette to add another color without first discontinuing an existing color.

What ever the case, these kinds of tidbits are usually out on the table and confirmed by GM just prior to the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum in April. We’ll be attending the show this year and you can count on us to bring you all the sites and sounds of the new 2010 Corvette as well as an update on the NCM’s expansion project.

Sources:
Corvette Conti and Corvette Forum

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Unique 1963 Corvette Display

Hemmings recently displayed these vintage photos taken inside a Chevy dealership back in the 60′s that show a 1963 Corvette Coupe display that was constructed with a hydraulic lift. At a touch of a button, the body would be lifted off the frame revealing the chassis and the small block 327 cubic inch V8.

The photographs were taken inside Grotewold Chevrolet, which was located in a small town in western Iowa. There is some debate as to which small town the dealership actually resided. Once inside, the dealership is vintage Chevy. We see the 1963 Corvette Coupe display is centrally located inside and as you can see from the photos, an audience of two Midwestern boys look on as the Corvette Coupe rises to show its inner workings.

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We first saw one of these custom displays during our coverage of the Al Wiseman auction in December 2007. That display used a 1965 Corvette coupe and was built by Chevrolet for the 1965 Autorama that toured the country. The story was after the autorama concluded, the 1965 Corvette display bounced around before ending up in South Africa as a display at a technical school. As a side note to this story, the 1965 Autorama display sold at the Al Wiseman auction for $704k.

The owner of the 1965 Corvette Autorama Cutaway says he was told that Chevrolet built five of these unique displays but the whereabouts of this 1963 display is currently unknown.

Sources:
Hemmings Auto Blog

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Auction Preview: 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2009

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

Vintage race Corvettes with provenance are selling at record numbers and we now have word of another significant Corvette racecar set to hit the auction block in May. The 1965 Corvette roadster nicknamed the “8-Ball Cobra Killer” was one of the most dominating Corvette race cars of its day. The Corvette will be a winner once again as its offered for sale at the 5th Annual Houston Classic Auction hosted by Worldwide Auctioneers.

The 1965 Corvette was owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Gulstand. One of the most dominating cars at the time, the 8-Ball Corvette saw most of its action on the west coast and won 46 of 49 races in a single season. Today the Corvette is restored to its original 1966 race specs.

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.

Sources:
Worldwide Auctions
Photo Credit: Toshi Akatsuka, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

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Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

Are you and your Corvette snowbound? Now is the time a lot of guys work on their cars because old man winter is keeping their Corvettes off the roads. Want to spend some quality time upgrading your Corvette without breaking the bank? We turned to Ecklers Corvette Parts for some seriously easy Corvette restoration projects to get you through the winter while keeping some green in your pocket.

Corvette Emblem Assembly, 1958-1960 Front, 1958-1961 Rear
Reproduction Of Original. Includes Gold Emblem, Bezel, Gasket, Speed Nuts & Silver Backplate. This Corvette reproduction front and rear emblem assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and finish will work superbly for your restoration. In addition, using a reproduction front and rear emblem assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette. Did you know? Many people in our hobby refer to the front emblem as a nose emblem.

Corvette Clock, Quartz, 1958-1962
Impress your friends and fellow Corvette club members by replacing your broken clock with this original looking replacement which features a modern reliable quartz movement. As the clock is one of the focal points in your C1 Corvette, why not have one that works? You’ll be able to drive with pride know that ALL gauges are working and your wife will appreciate your new found ability to tell time while driving your Corvette! Just pop out your old clock and install the new one and never be late your club gathering again.

Corvette Parking Light Assembly, 1963-1967
Reproduction Of Original with Correct Lens Markings On Outer Edge “AMBER 595440″ & “CRYSTAL 5950982″ Center Markings “GUIDE F2=60″. This Corvette reproduction parking light assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and function will work superbly for your restoration and the installation process couldn’t be easier. In addition, using a reproduction parking light assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette.

Corvette Taillight Set, With Back-Up Lights, 1963-1966
Over time Corvette taillights dim and the lenses darken. New lights and signals will improve visibility as well as make your Corvette look great. These reproduction lights are made in the USA with original GM tooling and they are quite simple to install.

Corvette Power Window Switch, 1968-1982
Are your power windows switches not working correctly or has the finish worn off? Many times a replacement switch will solve your power window woes. For about $20 each, you’re looking at a cheap way to add that sparkle and bling back your window switches. For what its worth, I just installed these on my 1979 Corvette and couldn’t be happier with the good response and great looks.


Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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January 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

GM released the first sales figures for the new year and for the first time since we started keeping track in 2006, Corvette deliveries dropped below 1,000 units to close at 842 for the month of January. Unfortunately for both GM and the assembly workers in Bowling Green, 842 Corvette sales does little to alleviate the supply of Corvettes on the ground and the slow sales could force the company to keep the factory’s doors closed longer than planned.

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