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CorvetteBlogger Visits the GM Performance Build Center

by Guest Contributor on July 30, 2011

CorvetteBlogger visits the GM Performance Build Center

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

As part of the NCRS national convention last week we were able to participate in a tour of GM’s Performance Build Center. The facility is located about an hour northwest of Detroit in Wixom, MI. The low-volume plant hand assembles all of the dry sump motors for Corvettes. Previously, they also made the powerplants for the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V. You can learn more about this unique facility and take a photo tour with us after the break.

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[VIDEO] Hotlap with Jim Mero in a Corvette ZR1 at GM's Milford Proving Ground

Last week, attendees to the NCRS National Convention had the opportunity to visit GM’s Milford Proving Grounds. One of the highlights of the visit was an opportunity for a hotlap in a Corvette ZR1 with Jim Mero, the GM test driver who piloted the Yellow Corvette ZR1 around the Nurburgring in 7:19.63. Twelve raffle winners were selected for the hotlap opportunity and lucky for us, one of them uploaded the video of their hotlap to YouTube.

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2011 NCRS National Convention Invades the Motor City

by Guest Contributor on July 28, 2011

2011 NCRS National Convention Invades the Motor City

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

The National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) held its 2011 National Convention last week in Novi, Michigan just outside of Detroit. Hundreds of families from around the world converged on the Motor City suburb to look at, talk about, judge, and drool over pristine examples of America’s sports car. In addition to the seminars and judging events at the Suburban Collection Showplace, attendees could attend a number of tours of local attractions including visits to several GM facilities in the area. Click past the jump to check out more from this year’s national.

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Corvette Hospitality Day at Waterford Hills Raceway

by Guest Contributor on July 22, 2011

Corvette Hospitality Day at Waterford Hills Raceway

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

We stopped by Corvette Hospitality Day last Saturday at Waterford Hills Raceway just north of Detroit. The annual event is sponsored by Cauley Performance Automotive, Southern Motors, and DJ Race Enterprise. The relaxing day gives Corvette aficionados the opportunity to chat with other enthusiasts, drive some parade laps on the track, and to just sit back and enjoy some great local club racing featuring, of course, Corvettes in addition to a few other classes.

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Bloomington Gold 2011: The Rest of the Story

by Guest Contributor on July 6, 2011

Bloomington Gold 2011: The Rest of the Story

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

In addition to Certification, the Great Hall, and the Mecum Auction, Bloomington Gold offers several other activities during their annual June Corvette-palooza. Click past the jump below to see highlights from the GoldMine, GoldMarket, GoldTour, as well as other parts of this years show.

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Bloomington Gold 2011: Certification Day

by Guest Contributor on July 5, 2011

Bloomington Gold 2011: Certification Day

Article contributed by Steve Burns

The highlight of the annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show each year is the judging activity. Participants from all over the country converge on the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL each June for the once-a-year opportunity to achieve Survivor, Gold, and/or Benchmark awards. At this event, cars don’t compete against one another. Rather they compete against a standard which is the condition in which the car was delivered from the factory. “No better, no worse, no different.” Click past the jump to learn more about the judging awards and to check out some pics from this years certification judging.

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Mecum's Bloomington Gold Auction Rakes in $5.8 million in Corvette Sales

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

The atmosphere at this year’s Bloomington auction was interesting. The tent was generally full of bidders and spectators all weekend. Surprisingly, though, bids were hard to come by at times. This can be seen in the numerous cars that sold for less than $10,000. On the flip side of this were the high-end cars. The 1971 ZR2 opened and bidding promptly stalled at $400k. A few moments later the bid was raised to $410k, the reserve was lifted, and the ZR2 was off to its new home.

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[VIDEO] Support a Great Cause. Win a Great Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on June 29, 2011

[VIDEO] Support a Great Cause. Win a Great Corvette!

The opportunity to participate in the Saint Bernard Classic Corvette giveway is quickly coming to a close. This year’s classic Corvette is a numbers matching 1965 convertible powered by a 396/425 horsepower V8. The drawing is Sunday, July 10th and you only have a limited time to purchase tickets. Find out more about Saint Bernard’s classic Corvette giveaway and check out the walk-around video after the jump.

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Bloomington Gold Officially Inducts 2011 Great Hall Honorees

by Guest Contributor on June 28, 2011

[PICS] National Drive Your Corvette to Work Day

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

Last weekend Bloomington Gold officially inducted their 2011 Great Hall honorees during their 39th annual event. The people being recognized ranged from racers to collectors to restorers. The 10 cars being saluted covered Corvette racing, styling, and high end performance.

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[PICS] National Drive Your Corvette to Work Day

Article and photos contributed by Steve Burns

We finally had a chance to check out the new 2012 color, Carlisle Blue, in person last weekend at the Bloomington Gold show. This was on the same car which we spotted on Lance Miller’s Facebook page. A constant stream of people surrounded the new Grand Sport convertible and its 2012 stable mates in the GM booth most of the weekend. Click past the jump to see more of Corvette’s newest shade of blue.

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