It’s that time of year where the best sports cars in the world head to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Corvette Racing is back and Jake will have his work cut out for him in defending the crown of last year’s GTE-Pro class win by the #73 Corvette C6.R. If you’re planning on following the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we got a comprehensive list of Corvette-related links and additional points of interest for you after the jump.
Vettes in the News
The Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant showed off its $131 million construction project to elected officials on Tuesday, as preparations for the C7 Corvette kick into high gear.
The plant will be closing to the public for tours on September 14 as the secretive work continues for the highly anticipated next generation.
The love that Corvette owners have for one another never was clearer than Sunday in Kentwood, Michigan.
That’s when some 65 Corvettes rumbled past the home of late Kentwood Mayor Richard Root to pay homage to a dedicated Corvette owner who lost his four-year battle with cancer on Friday.
The folks across the pond at Top Gear have gotten their hands on a Corvette Grand Sport Convertible. Regular viewers and readers of Top Gear already know that they’re not huge fans of America’s sports car aside from its super human performance. You can see what they thought of the GS after the break.
So here’s a fact for Corvette trivia fans: In the last 30 years, which model year of Corvette has been reported stolen more than any other? If you answered the 1984 Corvette, then give yourself a hand.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau has looked a thefts of Corvettes from 1981-2011 and issued their report to the insurance industry. Over the last 30 years, 90,427 Corvettes were reported stolen in the United States and Puerto Rico with the 1984 model year leading the way with 8,554 thefts.
A Corvette once associated with a drug dealer is now helping Bartlett, Tennessee police teach youngsters about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
The 1999 model has been adorned with patriotic decals as part of the DARE program, or Drug Abuse Resistance Education, which aims to show fourth and fifth graders how to keep peer pressure from making them succumb to drugs and alcohol.
How would you like to be able to drive a Corvette for a weekend?
If you happen to be a former student of a Michigan-based mentoring program called Winning Futures, you just might get that honor.
Bill McElroy and his 1966 Corvette Sting Ray coupe have been through a lot together over the past 40 years.
Back in 1971, McElroy, then 19 years old, found the car in a newspaper ad, advertised for just $1,600, nearly half what other folks wanted for similar Corvettes back then.