Corvette sales have sunk to their lowest point since the beginning of the automotive recession which started the second half of 2008. In August, GM delivered 746 Corvettes, down from 966 in July and -82% off the 4,242 Corvettes delivered in the same time period a year ago. For the calendar year (Jan-Aug) there have been 9,210 Corvettes delivered, a decline of -56.3% from 2008 sales of 21,066.
The annual Corvettes at Carlisle show was held over the weekend in rainy Pennsylvania. Although the weather was rather poor at times it didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of the Corvette enthusiasts who attended. The manufacturers and vendors were out as well with the Corvette Team holding court and showing off the new 2010 Grand Sport. Featured guest and new Corvette ZR1 owner Mario Andretti addressed the crowd. The only downside of the 3-day event was the annual Corvette auction which appears to have been cancelled after two years of declining sales and interest.
We went through the Corvette forums and found a few threads chock full of Carlisle pics. You can view all the photos by hopping the link over the source:
MikeHill33 uploaded this Corvette and 327 other photos from the 2009 Corvettes at Carlisle to his Flickr account.
Corvette Forum Member “Shirl” found this interesting Kerbeck Grand Sport with some custom graphics. You can see his photo thread on the Corvette Forum.
“Montvalegolf” took this photo of the Corvette race car gathering. This and his other pics are on the Corvette Forum.
“Jay71″ has a thing for resto-mods. Check out his photo collection on the Corvette Forum.
Visitors to the National Corvette Museum’s 15th Anniversary Celebration are in for a real treat as General Motors will be loaning for display four Corvette Concept cars from its Heritage Collection. The four Corvettes to be displayed are the 1961 Mako Shark Concept, 1965 Manta Ray Concept, 1973 Aerovette Concept and the 1959 Stingray Racer.
The four cars will be displayed in the new Exhibit Hall, part of the multi-million dollar expansion that was completed this summer. The temporary display begins Tuesday, September 1st and continues through Wednesday, September 9th.
Here are the four One-of-a-Kind Corvettes that will be displayed at the NCM:
Mako Shark – 1961 Mako Shark XP-755 The Mako Shark was designed by Larry Shinoda under the direction of GM Design head Bill Mitchell in 1961 as a concept for future Chevrolet Corvettes. In keeping with the name, the streamlining, pointed snout and other detailing were partly inspired by the look of that very fast fish. The â€œMako Sharkâ€ was very similar to the 1963 production Corvette it inspired, with some alterations. These included adding two more brake lights in the rear (six total), making the nose of the car longer and more pointed, creating a clear glass roof with a periscope-like rear-view mirror and remodeling the interior.
Manta Ray – 1969 Manta Ray In 1969 development began on the Manta Ray, created through a transformation of the Mako Shark II primarily from the cockpit to the rear of this elaborate car. Only the tapered â€œboat tailâ€ motif remained with the addition of a new and considerably longer rear end in place of the abrupt duck tail. During the winter of 1969-70, the Manta Ray underwent subtle additional changes. These were the last changes to a dream car that had since become reality.
AeroVette – 1973 Four Rotor XP-882 AeroVette In 1976, the 1973 Corvette 4-Rotor concept was taken out of storage and renamed the Aerovette. The double rotary engine was replaced with a transversally mounted 400 CID V8 engine. Bill Mitchell, Vice President of Design, lobbied for the Aerovette as the next Corvette and GM chairman and CEO, Thomas Murphy actually approved the Aerovette for 1980 production. In the end, management decided that they were selling every fiberglass bodied, front engine V8 â€œtraditionalâ€ Corvette they could build, so why make a huge risky investment in a mid-engine car. The Aerovette project was cancelled.
Stingray Racer – 1959 Stingray Racer XP-87 Bill Mitchell wanted to build a Corvette racecar capable of beating Europeâ€™s best. With an AMA ban on manufacturer-sponsored racing, the project had to be privately financed and the design could not have any recognizable association with Chevrolet. With Mitchellâ€™s own time and money heavily invested into the project, he contracted Larry Shinoda to assist in the development of the revolutionary concept. Combining the 1957 SS chassis with the new fiberglass body resulted in a sleek and muscular roadster. Mitchellâ€™s Stingray was completed in 1959 with the engineering help of Zora Arkus-Duntov. Accomplished SCCA driver Dick Thompson raced the Stingray and piloted it to two consecutive class championships. At the end of the 1960 season, Mitchell retired the Stingray from competition, detuned it, added a full windshield and passenger seat, drove it on the street and exhibited it as an experimental show car.
FOX41-TV talks with Corvette Assembly Plant workers in Bowling Green about the recent furloughs and what its like to be back at work building America’s Sports Car. In the background, you’ll see a Torch Red Corvette and the new Grand Sport being assembled while the reporter talks with employees.
I was interviewed by Mark Leevan over at the Corvette Examiner. Check it out!
Last Friday you may have seen a slew of online coverage from the auto blogs and magazines detailing “First Drive” reviews of the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport. In addition to the third party reviews, the Corvette team has also made a smart move by producing a couple of online videos introducing the newest Corvette model as well as demonstrating Launch Control, the newest feature available on all Corvette models with manual transmissions.
Here are the two videos uploaded to Chevrolet’s YouTube account:
By releasing their own videos, the Corvette Team is assured that the introduction of the new Corvette and its (awesome) launch control feature could be shown in the way they wanted. The videos also broaden the audience by providing content to other web sites (ie CorvetteBlogger) that weren’t invited to the media test-drive, but would have been there had they been asked.
It also follows the promise of new GM Communications guru “Maximum” Bob Lutz to fully engage social media platforms to get the company’s message and their products past the traditional media gatekeepers and straight into the hands of the end consumer.
[VIDEO] Juechter: Corvette Grand Sport is the New Z51
[VIDEO] The 2010 Corvette’s Launch Control System Explained
What’s New for the 2010 Corvette
[VIDEO] Introduction and Reveal of the 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Exclusive Photo Gallery: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Preview: The 2010 Corvette Grand Sport
Paul Graham’s tenure at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green was short lived as the announcement from the Corvette Museum via Twitter this morning says Graham will be taking over the Texas-based Arlington SUV Assembly Plant on October 1. Replacing Graham as the Corvette Plant’s General Manager will be Bob Parcell, most recently the President of CAMI Automotive, a joint venture automotive assembly plant GM shared with Suzuki in Ontario.
Prior to Graham’s appointment in Bowling Green, he spent most of his nearly 30 years at GM within the various truck and SUV divisions. GM’s Arlington Plant produces a variety of full-size sport utility vehicles including the GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Cadillac Escalade.
Bob Parcell has also has experience with GM’s trucks and SUV line as President of CAMI Automotive. In a 2005 Harbor Report, CAMI was ranked #3 in truck assembly in the Small SUV category of the 45 auto assembly plants in North America. As a joint venture with Suzuki, the CAMI plant turned out the smaller class of sport utilities including the Chevrolet Tracker, the Suzuki Vitara, Suzuki Swift, Suzuki Sidekick, the Geo Metro, and Chevrolet Equinox.
It will be interesting to see what kind of announcement GM will make regarding the move. We still have yet to hear anything from the automaker officially naming Gene Stefanyshyn the VLE in charge of Corvette following Tom Wallace’s departure last fall.
To think that it has only been four years since registering the CorvetteBlogger domain is unbelievable. But it was just four years ago today that we started down this road and we’ve had a great ride. I’d like to personally thank everyone that visits us regularly, leaves comments and sends us tips. I couldn’t do this without you!
For those interested, here are some of our blogging stats:
- 1267 Blog Posts
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While I usually don’t get too specific when talking about site traffic, CorvetteBlogger.com is now averaging over 100,000 page views monthly and hosting a couple thousand visitors per day. This is up about 30% over last year at this time and shows no signs of slowing down.
CorvetteBlogger.com has also been making strides in Social Media circles. We’ve established a fan page on FaceBook and have fully embraced Twitter and its dynamic community. You can find our posts discussed on the Corvette Forum and Digital Corvettes and we are members of numerous sites like VetteBlock, CorvetteParking and MotorPulse.
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For the second straight year, a classic midyear Corvette was stolen while its owner enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan. It was just last year that an $80,000 dark blue 1966 Convertible was stolen following the famous cruise. This year, Birmingham Police are investigating the theft of a Riverside Red 1964 Corvette Convertible stolen Saturday morning.
According to police, the owner had parked the Corvette around 10:30 am on Ruffner Avenue off Woodward Avenue between 14 and 15 Mile Roads and walked away, leaving the convertible top down. The Corvette was missing when he returned about 20 minutes later.
The Corvette was registered in Ontario and had a license plate that read 6T4VET. Although Police report multiple sightings of the red Convertible Corvette on the expressway, no credible leads have turned up.
Check out our Saturday morning round-up of several Corvette-related events happening today including auctions, racing and cruises.
Mecum’s Live Webcast from Monterey
Mecum will be broadcasting their Mecum at Monterey auction today beginning at 1pm EST (10am PST). The list of Corvettes for sale includes a 1953 Roadster and some quality C2s and early C3s with a several being L88s and L89s. Several Corvettes that appeared at Bloomington but were no sales are also on the docket including the Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell and Ed Cole cars. For details and to watch the auction, visit Mecum.
Corvette Racing Qualifying at Road America
The GT2 Corvettes are back in action this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The teams take to the track at 3:10 for qualifying and you can see the session streamed live on SPEED or listen on Radio Le Mans. Friday’s test session has the Corvettes running third behind BWM and Porsche with only 0.7 seconds separating the top three.
Also check out SPEED’s John Dagys ALMS Friday Notebook which shows the C6.Rs getting larger fender flares.
Corvette Grand Sports at the Woodward Dream Cruise
Today’s the big day for the Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit Michigan area and the Grand Sport Registry has put together a large gathering of the 1996 C4 Admiral Blue Corvettes. Although registration is closed, you can check them out parked near 11 Mile & Woodward in Royal Oak sometime after 12:00 noon. Check out this pic from Jalopnik.
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