One of our favorite events at Corvettes at Carlisle is the Friday afternoon burnout contest. You’re never quite sure who’s going to show up and once the tires start spinning, anything can happen. This year’s event did not disappoint with three contestants in two white C4s and one custom C5 Corvette plus a demonstration from the father-daughter team of Lance and Ella Miller.
The family of a Corvette driver shot and killed by police last year after an hour-long chase that was televised live will receive a $5 million settlement following a vote Wednesday by the Los Angeles City Council.
Two city council members voted against the settlement, saying they felt the city had a good chance of winning a lawsuit filed by the family of Brian Newt Beaird, 51.
Last December, Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies began chasing Beaird in his Corvette in Cudahy after they suspected he was a drunk or reckless driver. When the chase reached the LA city limits, the LAPD took over as Beaird continued to drive erratically and at high speeds on freeways and surface streets in his C6 Corvette.
The show is a target rich environment for midyear lovers. C2 Corvettes were everywhere but still a rare enough sighting so that you were excited with each one viewed.
Earlier this month we ballparked 2014 Corvette Stingray production at just over 36,500 units which takes into account the 35,523 known VINs plus an additional 1,050 for the Premiere Editions.
But we were too low in our estimate.
GM officially revealed at last weekend’s Corvettes at Carlisle show that 37,288 Corvettes were built during the 2014 model year.
It’s the weekend before Labor Day which means that it’s officially time for Corvettes at Carlisle. Hopefully you’re reading this post from your phone at the show or on your hotel’s computer before heading out to the fairgrounds. As this blogger hangs near the homestead this year waiting for the next small block to arrive, we ask you what’s your favorite part of the Corvettes at Carlisle show?
If you’re at Corvettes at Carlisle this weekend, make sure you check out our friends at Scale Visions who specialize in making custom scale models of Corvettes and other vehicles. One of the featured models this weekend will help raise money and awareness for the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation.
Chevrolet has finally answered the question that has kept Corvette enthusiasts wondering since the 2015 Corvette Z06 was introduced back in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit: How much is America’s newest supercar going to cost?
Well that answer arrived this morning and it’s going to put a smile on your face.
The all-new 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe with 650 hp will start at an MSRP of $78,995. The Corvette Z06 Convertible will start at $83,995. Prices include the $995 destination fee.
The Corvette Reunion and Back to the Bricks events welcomed hundreds of thousands of spectators and participants in downtown Flint, for their largest and most successful event since the show’s inception. This is quite an accomplishment when you consider that just sixty miles to the south of the historic city the world’s largest one day automotive event, the Woodward Dream Cruise, was taking place.
But as in the past years it did not seem to limit the exuberant crowds that flocked to the “vehicle city”, birthplace of the Corvette, to view almost 800 Corvettes and several thousand other muscle, performance, custom and classic cars on display in what has been recognized as one of the top twenty automotive events in the country, Corvette Reunion/Back to the Bricks show.
But what takes place each year in Flint is more than a car show, it has become a lifestyle event encompassing support activities throughout the prior week and a place where car enthusiasts can enjoy cars of all descriptions from the finest restorations and customs, to state of the art restomods; blue chip investment classics to rusted out rat rods; show cars and cars in various stages of completion; and, of course, the icing on the cake are the hundreds of Corvettes that have become a feature of the event. And the commonality for all the cars is the outgoing owners more than willing to tell you the interesting stories about their rides.
The 20th Annual Woodward Dream Cruise turned into a nightmare for a couple from Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Gordon and Arlene Ondrisek were enjoying the annual Dream Cruise with friends the way they have for years when they decided to take a break and get some grub at the Pita Café in downtown Birmingham, Michigan on Saturday.