Brought back from the dead, this 1964 Corvette is ready to rock into the night for many years to come.
When Rick Thompson found the Sting Ray in 1988, the red beauty was a far cry from its current appearance. In fact, it was sitting neglected in an IRS impound lot and had even partially damaged by a fire. There was even a hole in the floorboard that had been “repaired” with license plates after an axle half-shaft had penetrated through it.
The world premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier was held last week at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre and featured many of the stars from the movie. As the actors walked the red carpet, they paused to have their pictures taken in front of another star from the film – the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Back in the early 1970′s Hot Rod magazine was looking for a project car to go racing in. What they decided to use was a 1957 Corvette with the 270hp 283ci engine and a 3 speed transmission. Once completed they tore up west drag strips en route to national ET and speed records. After it’s short racing career, nothing much was heard of this car until it showed up last weekend at Detroit Autorama sporting a fresh frame off restoration.
Velocity’s Americarna wraps up season 1 this Tuesday, March 18th with an episode dedicated to America’s sports car, the Corvette. NASCAR team owner and avid Corvette collector Rick Hendrick will guest host this week’s show while country music superstar Brad Paisley also makes an appearance. This week we even get to see inside Hendrick’s massive car museum.
You already know about the longstanding complaints regarding the seats in the previous generation Corvette and that new seats were one of the priorities that GM set out to rectify in the new C7 Corvette. Automotive journalists and new owners will most likely agree that the Stingray’s new seats are the best that have ever been put into America’s favorite sports car.
Bloomberg’s Matt Miller went out Detroit where he met with C7 seat designer Shawn Meagher who not only showed him how the new seats were designed but also took him out to Milford’s Proving Grounds for some fun on Black Lake to demonstrate how much more supportive the new seats are.
With the new Corvette Stingray Z51, Chevrolet is not only giving you a world-class sports car for the open road, but a car that has been designed and engineered for the track as well.
While conventional wisdom is that manufacturers don’t want you to race your cars, and may even void your warranty if evidence suggests that you were racing your car at a track event, Chevrolet has taken a different approach by providing an official guide for preparing your Corvette Stingray with the Z51 Performance Package for track events.
Last month we spoke with Corvette Product Manager Harlan Charles about the Corvette Stingray Track Preparation Guide and he told us that following these guidelines will not only help you get the near out of your Z51 Corvette Stingray, it will also help you keep the warranty intact.