New York Shuts Down the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department’s Annual Corvette Raffle

New York Shuts Down the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department's Annual Corvette Raffle


Over the years, we covered various Corvette raffles and fundraisers by both for-profit and non-profit organizations. As raffles are covered by state laws and since most states consider raffles as “gaming”, it really depends on the individual state as to how those raffles are conducted.

Unfortunately, many of these laws are antiquated and have not kept up with the advances in technology and the internet which can extend an organization’s ability to raise funds outside of the state.

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Fugitive Driver in Fatal Corvette Test Drive Crash is Apprehended

Fugitive Driver in Fatal Corvette Test Drive Crash is Apprehended


The man charged with the death of a CarMax salesman during a test drive in a Corvette is back in jail.

Alex Mark Demetro, 28, of Union City, Calif., had been a fugitive for three days when he was arrested March 18 in Rancho Cucamonga.

Demetro was immediately re-arraigned on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of drugs, and driving on a suspended or revoked license – and promptly pleaded not guilty in court.

Witnesses say that Demetro was driving the Corvette on Feb. 23 at high speed, up to 70 mph, during the test drive when he lost control and crashed into a tree on Mercedes Drive, about a mile northeast of Ontario International Airport, killing the 43-year-old salesman on board with him, Warren Smale of Montclair.

Ontario police said Demetro was high on prescription drugs during the Corvette test drive and his license had been suspended for failing to appear in court on prior motor vehicle violations.

Demetro was out on $100,000 bail by the day after the crash and then failed to show up for a court date on March 15, ironically the same day his victim was laid to rest at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina. Demetro’s bail has been upped to $500,000 now.

Robert Soleto, a former CarMax salesman and a friend of Smale’s, told The Press Enterprise that reckless test drivers are rare but they’re among the greatest hazards faced by car salesmen.

“if a customer is driving recklessly, we order them to stop…and terminate the test drive,” Sotela told the newspaper hours after his friend’s funeral. “I’ve only terminated test drives twice (in more than a year). And I did two or three test drives daily, so that’s a pretty low number of terminations.”


Source:
PE.com

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Planning Commission Tables Decision on Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park Development Plan


Nearly four hours of debate at a hearing Thursday apparently settled nothing in the ongoing noise dispute between the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park and the nearby Clark Circle neighborhood.

After listening to testimony from both sides, the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County ultimately voted unanimously to table the matter – to get even more information.

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[VIDEO] Custom 1960 Corvette Nicknamed ‘Revenant’ at the 2016 Detroit Autorama

[VIDEO] Custom 1960 Corvette Nicknamed Revenant at the 2016 Detroit Autorama


Want to see a really cool custom 1960 Corvette? The “Revenant” was one of the Corvettes on display at this year’s 2016 Detroit Autorama and it was featured in our recap and photo gallery from CorvetteBlogger’s own Detroit Bureau.

Thanks to ScottieDTV, we’ve got a nice walk around video of the Silver Corvette and I promise it’s not like any other 1960 Corvette you’ve ever seen.

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[REVIEW] Anki OVERDRIVE Offers a Fun Racing Experience for the Whole Family

[REVIEW] Anki OVERDRIVE Offers a Fun Racing Experience for the Whole Family


One of the really great gifts I got for Christmas as a kid was a slot car track. I remember racing friends and family for hours!

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve had the opportunity to play with the Anki OVERDRIVE racing system and it’s amazing how technology has advanced the concept of the simple slot car race track into smartphone-powered battle racers. If you’ve ever played any racing games on consoles or your smart phone, you get that style of game play combined with the real life racing action on the track.

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Celebrate the C4 Corvette Grand Sport’s 20th Anniversary at Corvette Funfest

Celebrate the C4 Corvette Grand Sport's 20th Anniversary at Corvette Funfest


If we could go back 20 years, the big news of the day for Corvette enthusiasts was the 1996 Corvette Grand Sport, a one-year limited edition model that helped Chevrolet commemorate the end of the C4’s 12 year reign.

Only 1,000 1996 Corvette Grand Sports were built. The iconic models came in Admiral Blue with White racing stripe livery and red hash marks on the fender and under the hood was the special LT4 V8 which made 330 hp – offering 30 more horses than the standard LT1.

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Lingenfelter’s 1981 Corvette Greenwood GTO Invited to Amelia Island Concours

Lingenfelter's 1981 Corvette Greenwood GTO Invited to Amelia Island Concours


The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance takes place this weekend in Amelia Island, Florida. One of the show’s features this year is a tribute to late Corvette racer John Greenwood. Included in the invitation-only display of rare Corvettes will be a black 1981 Corvette Greenwood GTO owned by Ken Lingenfelter which is housed in his immense collection.

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New Federal Law Allows Turn-Key Renditions of Classic Cars

New Federal Law Allows Turn-Key Renditions of Classic Cars
Photo Credit: Hillbank Motorsports


Classic Corvettes like the original Grand Sports are amazing automobiles, but half a century of technological progress has definitely left them lacking in some ways.

But what if you could buy a brand new Grand Sport that looks like the 1963 model but has the modern suspension, steering, and powertrain of the modern era for much less than the original five classics would set you back some 53 years later?

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NCM Motorsports Park Submits New Noise Plan to Bowling Green’s Planning Commission

NCM Motorsports Park Submits New Noise Plan to Bowling Green's Planning Commission
Photo Credit: NCM Motorsports Park


Lawyers are getting ready to rev up their engines again as the noise dispute over the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park in Bowling Green continues later this month.

Neighbors of the park have been complaining for more than a year about the increased noise levels, and in response, the NCM has submitted a revised detailed development plan that is supposed to be considered by the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County on March 17.

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