Although most of the new updates to the 2012 Corvette were released last week somewhat prematurely and covered here on CorvetteBlogger.com, Chevy made it official today with an official press release detailing the new equipment and options that will be available with next year’s Corvette.
I’m sorry that content has been a bit light this week, but that’s all about to change as we will be making our way to Bowling Green for the annual C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum this weekend. CorvetteBlogger will be on-site as the folks from General Motors introduce the new 2012 Corvette. Make sure you are following us on Twitter and Facebook as we’ll be updating those with pics and accounts from the weekend.
The C5/C6 Bash agenda can be viewed at CorvetteMuseum.com
Barrett Jackson held their annual Palm Beach collector car auction last weekend. The three-day auction featured something for everyone as 50+ Corvettes ranging from 1954 through 2012 were offered. The biggest surprise was the inclusion of Chevy’s new 2012 Centennial Edition which was the second-highest sale of the entire auction.
Mecum’s Kansas City Auction was held a couple of weekends ago and it was definitely the place to be for buying and selling Corvettes. 59 Corvettes crossed the block and 42 of those found new homes. That’s a 71% sales success rate for the Corvettes in the auction. All together, Mecum sold $1.2 million in Corvettes during the two-day sale.
Corvette Racing kicked off the 2011 American Le Mans Series with two new cars and two new drivers at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. After 12 hours of going pedal to the metal, the twin C6.Rs finished third and fourth in GT. The No 03 Corvette C6.R with Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia earned the podium and was the only non-BMW to finish on the lead lap. The No 4 Corvette C6.R with Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Richard Westbrook fought off several potential setbacks and spent much of the race climbing out of a three-lap deficit to end in fourth place.
Becoming an annual tradition, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter made the trip down to Sebring Florida last weekend to show off some cool Corvette concepts and several 2011 regular production cars as well as give a couple seminars with Corvette owners. The first seminar was held Friday afternoon and the topics were the latest updates on the 2011 Corvette as well as some non-specific C7 Corvette news.
Season-Opening 12-Hour Sebring Endurance Race Is Toughest Test for New Cars, New Technology, and New Drivers
SEBRING, Fla., March 14, 2011 – Corvette Racing will begin the 2011 American Le Mans Series at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 19, with two new cars, two new drivers, and a wealth of new technology.
Article contributed by Mark Leevan
The National Corvette Homecoming’s 30th, on July 14-16, 2011, is a big one and will be shared with the Corvette Assembly plant. This features a plant manager’s seminar, a new Road Tour, golf tournament, GM new vehicle debut, and the most anticipated events, a 30 year Corvette display, one for every year since the Bowling Green Corvette plant’s opening and the very first Homecoming!
Photos Contributed by Steve Burns
During last week’s Detroit Autorama, Cobo Hall was wall-to-wall hot rods and many of those hot rods were Corvettes. The classic hod rod Vettes ranged from originals and restomods to full blown customs like the 1962 Corvette named “Elegance” that won a spot in the Ridler Great 8. Not to be outdone, later model Corvettes included the SEMA Z06x track Corvette and a sinister Black Lingenfelter C6 Convertible were also on full display. Even Jake was in the house! Check out the full gallery after the jump.
The annual Detroit Autorama is considered the pinnacle of custom rod and car shows. Over the weekend, 100′s of cars and trucks converged on Cobo Hall in Detroit. Even as the cars were being rolled into their display areas, the judges were already sorting through the contenders until they come up with the Great 8 – the top eight cars in the show. Those cars are then considered for the prestigious Ridler Award, named after Don Ridler who in the 1960′s moved the Detroit Autorama to the forefront of custom car shows in the US. This year a 1962 Corvette was selected as one of the Autorama’s Great 8.