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[PICS] Corvette Grand Sport Revealed as Brickyard 400 Pace Car

A 2011 Corvette Grand Sport Coupe will serve as the Pace Car for Sunday’s Brickyard 400. This is the 18th consecutive year that Chevy will be pacing the event and it’s at least the sixth straight year that the pace car was a Corvette. The Supersonic Blue Corvette Grand Sport Coupe was unveiled Friday morning in front of a throng of fans visiting the Indianapolis motor speedway for Chevy Day.

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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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Final 2011 Corvette Production Statistics

by Keith Cornett on July 22, 2011

Final 2011 Corvette Production Statistics
Photo Credit: CorvetteImages.com

It’s one of our favorite times of the year as GM releases the final production statistics for the 2011 model year. As we told you at the beginning of the month, GM’s wrapped up production of the 2011 Corvette in June and the final count for all Corvettes produced in the 2011 model year was 13,596. That was an 11.5% increase over the 12,194 Corvettes sold during the 2010 model year.

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Corvettes Qualify Fourth and Fifth in Lime Rock ALMS

As the Bowling Green Assembly Plant ramps up production of the 2012 Corvette, two of its most popular colors are noticibly absent from the order system. Cyber Gray and Crystal Red Metallic have been in the top four color choices for Corvette buyers in both 2010 and midway through 2011. But the Japenese earthquake damaged the plant that provided a key paint pigment and both colors have been sidelined ever since.

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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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June 2011 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on July 2, 2011

June 2011 Corvette Sales

June is the traditional model year start for the Corvette and last month the new 2012 Corvette began rolling off the Bowling Green assembly line. The start of production of the 2012 model year singled the end of 2011 models and the final count of Corvette’s produced last year was 13,596 – an 11.5% increase over 2010′s 12,194 production total.

In June 2011, 1,299 Corvettes were delivered to new owners. That was -7.5% off the June 2010′s Corvette sales, which saw an increase in sales due to the introduction of the Grand Sport models. For the 2011 calendar year, Corvette sales are up 8.5% to 6,896. Last year’s numbers for the same time period were 6,355.

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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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