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Homecoming for the World’s First Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2011

Homecoming for the world's First Corvette
Photo Credit: Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet

XP-122, better known as the 1953 Corvette concept that was part of GM’s historic ’53 Motorama, returned to the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria hotel last Saturday to take part in a presentation with GM Global Vice President of Design Ed Welburn. Welburn spoke to the company’s international sales executives as General Motors looks to expand its sales efforts outside the USA.

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Saint Bernard Classic Corvette Giveaway 2011

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2011

Bloomington Gold Announces 10 Inductees into the Great Hall

For the last 23 years, the Saint Bernard Catholic Church in Southern Indiana has offered a classic Corvette raffle to raise funds for the Parish. The annual raffle has become an important funraiser for the church who uses the proceeds to help fund the school and daycare programs at their Rockport, Indiana location. This year’s raffle is a red 1965 Corvette Convertible and tickets are on sale now for $30 each or 4 for $100 with only 10,000 tickets offered.

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Bloomington Gold Announces 10 Inductees into the Great Hall

Article contributed by Steve Burns

We’re just about 6 weeks away from the annual summer pilgrimage of Corvette faithful to St. Charles, Illinois and the Bloomington Gold Corvette show. As the time approaches, we’re getting more and more information about some of the unique events that make up this great 4-day gathering. Started in 2010 in place of the Special Collection, the Great Hall will highlight 10 people and 10 Corvettes per year until 50 people and cars from each category have been saluted. This year’s list of people who helped transform the Corvette hobby into what it is today is just past the jump.

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GoldTour Returns to Bloomington Gold Corvette Show

by Guest Contributor on May 4, 2011

GoldTour Returns to Bloomington Gold Corvette Show

Article contributed by Steve Burns

Bloomington Gold has announced that their popular GoldTour Corvette road tour will be returning to the event line up for the 2011 show coming up this June. The road tour through the rolling northern Illinois countryside was shelved in 2010 for the first time in recent memory. Held as part of the June 23rd – 25th Bloomington Gold Corvette show, the 30-ish mile GoldTour will stage at 5pm on June 25th, 2011 and leave at 6pm from the Kane County Law and Justice Center.

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GM to Invest $131 Million in Bowling Green Assembly Plant
Photo Credit: National Corvette Museum

GM North American President Mark Reuss brought some very good news to state and local community leaders in Bowling Green as well as for the 500 employees of the Corvette Assembly Plant and Corvette lovers everywhere. General Motors will be investing $131 million in the plant for upgrading tooling and machinery and will create as many as 250 new jobs in advance of producing the up-coming C7 Corvette.

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[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman

At the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash, we talked with Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Dave Tatman. Dave came to Bowling Green last August and calls his assignment a “dream job”. We spoke about the shortage of the metallic paint pigment Xirallic and if that will effect production of the Centennial’s Carbon Flash paint, the investment in the plant by GM (being announced today btw), and the people who build the greatest sports car in the world.

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April 2011 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on May 3, 2011

April 2011 Corvette Sales

Great news from General Motors today regarding the sales of America’s favorite sports car. In April 2011, sales of the Corvette shot up to 1,454 – the highest reported sales figure in the last 19 months! Deliveries last month were 33.5% higher than April 2010′s 1,089 and for Calendar Year to Date, General Motors has sold 4,293 to lead 2010′s 3,522 figure by 21.9%. Sales of Corvettes haven’t been this high since September of 2009 when 1,585 Corvettes were sold.

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Download the 2012 Corvette Order Guide

by Keith Cornett on May 2, 2011

Download the 2012 Corvette Order Guide

Chevrolet released the 2012 Corvette Order Guide today which will take you though all the various options and equipment groups available for each of the six Corvette models.

Click here to Download.

 

[VIDEO] What's New for 2012 Corvette Seminar at the Museum's C5/C6 Bash

** The PDF version of the 2012 Corvette slide show has been added.

One of the major highlights of the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash is the Corvette Team walking us through the changes and new updates for the upcoming model year. On Saturday morning of the Bash, it was standing room only in the Chevrolet Theater as Corvette Team members Harlan Charles, Tadge Juechter, Craig Sass and Kirk Bennion participated in the “What’s New for 2012″ slide show. Each member of the team took their turn on the microphone to go over their specific area of concentration.

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[VIDEO] Engineers Discuss the New Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires on the 2012 Corvette

The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires found on the upcoming 2012 Corvette Z06 and ZR1′s represent the pinnacle of performance for tires on a Corvette and they are another example of the technology transfer from the racing team to the production sports car. This video from GM was part of the 2012 Corvette data dump which came out last Thursday while we were in route to the Corvette Museum. As an added twist to the introduction of the new tire for Corvette, team members at the C5/C6 Bash stated that another run of the Nurburgring may be in order.

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