Corvettes were in plentiful supply at SEMA and we made an attempt to photograph each and every one we could find. That meant walking every aisle and outdoor space at the show. But we sacrificed for you our readers because you deserve no less. And so after the jump, we present the Corvettes of SEMA.
The benefit of having an auxiliary hardtop for your roadster is that you can drive your Corvette longer as the weather turns cooler, thereby extending your driving season for an extra couple of months each year. But putting that hardtop on your Corvette, or removing it when the weather turns nice can be a real struggle. You can call the wife out to the garage, go get a neighbor or attempt to do it yourself, but it only takes one careless move to damage the top or worse, the back of your Corvette. So when we saw the Glassworks Lift System at SEMA, we knew we had to spread the word on this innovative product.
Today is offically the 100th birthday anniversary for Chevrolet. Chevrolet Motor Company was launched on Nov 3, 1911 in Detroit when Louis Chevrolet, a Swiss-born race car driver and engineer, teamed up with GM founder Billy Durant. Since then, the company has gone on to sell over 200 million vehicles including over 1.5 million Corvettes.
Happy Birthday Chevy and here’s to the next 100 years!
Known to auto enthusiasts worldwide for his outlandish custom car creations for such TV shows as The Munsters, Beverly Hillbillies, Knightrider and most notably, the Batmobile for Batman and Robin, George Barris has recently focused his talents on a another “bat themed” custom design and a 2005 Corvette was his canvas.
There are some nice custom show cars at the SEMA automotive convention in Las Vegas and then there is the 1959 Corvette ZR59 on display at the Wilwood Disc Brakes booth. Starting as a humble 1959 Corvette, the ZR59 now boasts modern supercar performance without losing the original distinctive look of a C1 roadster.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals and their MVP 3rd baseman David Freese. Freese hit .348 during the series with a home run and seven RBIs and the three runs he drove in during Game 6 kept the Cards alive to go all the way. As the series Most Valuable Player, Chevrolet awarded him a 2012 Corvette Centennial Edition Grand Sport.
With SEMA coming up next week, we’ve been wondering what the General will have in store for Corvette fans at the show and now we have the answer! In a sea of Camaros and the sporty new Sonics, you’ll find two “tribute” Corvettes at the 2011 show: The Ron Fellows “Hall of Fame” Corvette Z06 and the Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept.
We’ve documented several times here and here the hilarity that ensues when an unsuspecting person gets trapped in a Corvette due to the battery being dead. Unless you’re familiar with the manual release lever on the floor, you’re stuck in a fiberglass box, or a holding cell as one would-be auto thief in Canada found out the hard way.
1978 was a special year for Corvette. Not only was the sports car celebrating its 25th Anniversary, it was chosen to pace the Indianapolis 500. GM celebrated the event with a special Indy 500 Pace Car replica, a fully optioned Corvette painted Black and Silver and featuring silver interior and polished aluminum wheels. When the Wall Street Journal published a front page story on March 27,1978 reporting on the special edition Corvette, prices went wild and many of the 6502 replicas were purchased as investments by collectors.