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National Corvette Museum Unveils One-of-a-Kind Driving Simulator

Visitors to the National Corvette Museum can participate in a new, first-in-the-nation, driving simulator that is open to the general public who visit the museum. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined NCM’s Executive Director Wendell Strode, GM Bowling Green Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell and a who’s who of Bowling Green dignitaries to have the official ribbon cutting for the driving simulator.

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UPDATE: Peter Max VH1 Corvette Collection Found!

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2010

Peter Max VH1 Corvette Collection Found!

Last week we brought you the news about the 36-car Corvette collection belonging to artist Peter Max being moved out of a former Daily News printing plant in Brooklyn. But where did the Vettes go? Luckily, a DigitalCorvettes.com member was in the right place in the right time and another member was able to get these pictures showing what appears to be another “several year stop” for the collection.

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 Corvette and Cadillac Brands Plan Return to European Showrooms

GM is cautiously looking to return Corvette and Cadillac brands back to European Showrooms following last year’s bankruptcy of its previous importer, Dutch-based Kroymans, who went belly up during the Summer of 2009. GM had its own financial issues at the time of the Kroyman bankruptcy but a GM spokesperson speaking with Das Autohaus says the automaker is currently in contract negotiations with up to 30 dealers in Germany.

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Corvette: The 2009 Year in Review

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2009

Corvette: The 2009 Year in Review

As always, news and events surrounding the Chevrolet Corvette moved at near supersonic speeds. This year brought us two new special editions for 2009, a Corvette Grand Sport for 2010 and launch control. We also had to deal with 26 weeks of Corvette plant closings and the bankruptcy of General Motors. Corvette Racing successfully ended its GT1 program with a class win at Le Mans and the GT2 Corvette made it to the top of the podium at Mosport. Check out the complete yearly review after the jump.

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Edmund’s Inside Line Belittles the Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 15, 2009

Chevrolet Website Now Featuring 2010 Corvettes

Earlier this week, a writer named “The Mechanic” at Edmund’s Inside Line blog posted a bogus story entitled “Please GM, Fix the Corvette”. It’s an opinion piece with no facts, just outlandish statements. Bloggers call this technique “linkbait”: an inflammatory article designed for nothing more increasing page views. Example 1: In the first paragraph, “The Mechanic” says this article isn’t an attack on Corvette owners and then in the second paragraph, the author attacks Corvette owners as barrel-chested baldys and strippers named Bambi. See what I mean? Normally, I don’t give these kinds of articles attention, but I must after reading a comment responding to the post from a new 2009 Corvette owner.

First, some more examples of what Edmunds thinks is a newsworthy automotive feature:

This column is not about them (Corvette Owners). It’s about the Corvette itself, which sucks.

Chevy has blown it by allowing the Corvette’s price and performance to get out of hand.

The Corvette has already been displaced as the attainable dream car for America’s youth: displaced by the Infiniti G35 Coupe and the BMW M3 (E46).

And so the Corvette is being squeezed from the bottom by cars like the Infiniti, and it can’t really compete with the upscale stuff (Porsche 911) because of its shoddy interior, questionable fit and finish and 1985 profile.

Read the rest of this dribble here.


Now, here is the comment from a new 2009 Corvette owner that sums up what really happens when you buy a Corvette:

I just bought a C6.
Thanks for applauding my patriotic act – while calling me a fat, bald guy – and my wife a stripper. Please let me know what kind of car you just bought so that I can stereotype you.

I have read Motor Trend for 30 years. My wife thinks its stupid.
After I read this blog – I tend to agree now.
I can afford any car made.
Read that as ANY car made now – or any collector car in existence.

I have taste, class, a beautiful wife and no gold chains or grey hair.

My buddy got a $136,000 Audi R8 – and I got a $60,000 Corvette.
We both wrote checks.

His Audi is Daytona Grey Pearl and my Vette is Cyber Grey.
When we park them side by side at a restaurant – his gets interest, but:

Mine gets awe.
Mine is the one people want to buy.
Mine is the one they have always wanted.
Mine is the one that they can possibly afford.
Mine has a heritage.
Mine has history that means something to them.
Mine is a Corvette.
His isn’t.
That is what a Corvette is about – just as much as how it drives.

Any person who thinks – for one second – that America’s youth does not want a Corvette is smoking way too much crack. I have been to Infiniti and BMW dealers with my 15 year old son. His eyes glaze over. I mean he literally cannot wait to leave their showrooms of shiny little sedans from far away lands. To him, they are like gay little trinkets for girls.

I took him to see Corvettes and the change in him was remarkable. He instantly wanted one. Isn’t that what you want to happen, Chevy Product Managers?

To wrap up, I have never responded to a blog or article in my life.
But, this is the gayest article I have ever read.
In fact, one could say it sucks.

GM: Please keep making the C6 better – then – please – bring us a C7 that those of us in the correct demographic can afford.

Thanks 2009c6owner for telling the rest of the world why people really buy Corvettes. The only real poser in this article is “The Mechanic” who is masquerading as a journalist.


Source:
Straightline

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Corvette Clunkers: 243 C4 Corvettes Sacrificed for Govt Bounty

There’s no doubt the Cash For Clunkers program was successful for both buyers and dealers during the month and half the program was open. And I’m sure you all remember the video of the black C4 Corvette getting the sodium silicate treatment and dying a slow death. Now thanks to the final reporting going on, we learn that nearly 250 Corvettes – all C4′s – met a similar fate.

During the program’s run, 690,114 total vehicles were turned in. Digging through the list provided by Jalopnik we learned that 243 Corvettes were sacrificed for the $4,000 clunker bounty. While Corvettes only accounted for 0.03% of all clunker trade ins, what’s interesting is 100% of the Corvettes traded in were all C4s.

So we took a look at our Corvette Price Guide to see if the value of a C4 Corvette was more or less than the $4,000 trade-in value offered by the Government. Our values assume that the Corvette were in running condition and we selected the lowest value recorded for that model year as the comparison.

Model Year # of Clunkers Low Value
1984 12 $6,000
1985 91 $6,000
1986 66 $4,250
1987 63 $5,100
1988 6 $8,500
1989 5 $8,000

Many of the cars (Corvettes included) were probably in bad shape when traded. Lord knows we have seen our share of ragged out Corvettes. From the comments on the youtube video of the C4 Corvette that was destroyed, we read the car had a bad transmission, trashed interior, bad tires and a broken top so the cost to fix these items would have exceeded the Corvette’s value.

Knowing that these Corvettes will simply be crushed and discard as opposed to being parted out and recycled is the biggest shame of the Clunkers program.


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
[VIDEO] Killing a C4 Corvette for the Cash for Clunkers Program

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1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2009

1964 Corvette Stolen During Woodward Dream Cruise

For the second straight year, a classic midyear Corvette was stolen while its owner enjoyed the sights and sounds of the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham, Michigan. It was just last year that an $80,000 dark blue 1966 Convertible was stolen following the famous cruise. This year, Birmingham Police are investigating the theft of a Riverside Red 1964 Corvette Convertible stolen Saturday morning.

According to police, the owner had parked the Corvette around 10:30 am on Ruffner Avenue off Woodward Avenue between 14 and 15 Mile Roads and walked away, leaving the convertible top down. The Corvette was missing when he returned about 20 minutes later.

The Corvette was registered in Ontario and had a license plate that read 6T4VET. Although Police report multiple sightings of the red Convertible Corvette on the expressway, no credible leads have turned up.


Source:
Oakland Press

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Saturday Morning Corvette News Roundup

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2009

1963 Corvette for sale at Mecum Auction in Monterey

Check out our Saturday morning round-up of several Corvette-related events happening today including auctions, racing and cruises.


Mecum’s Live Webcast from Monterey
Mecum will be broadcasting their Mecum at Monterey auction today beginning at 1pm EST (10am PST). The list of Corvettes for sale includes a 1953 Roadster and some quality C2s and early C3s with a several being L88s and L89s. Several Corvettes that appeared at Bloomington but were no sales are also on the docket including the Harley Earl, Bill Mitchell and Ed Cole cars. For details and to watch the auction, visit Mecum.


Corvette Racing Qualifying at Road America
The GT2 Corvettes are back in action this weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The teams take to the track at 3:10 for qualifying and you can see the session streamed live on SPEED or listen on Radio Le Mans. Friday’s test session has the Corvettes running third behind BWM and Porsche with only 0.7 seconds separating the top three.

Also check out SPEED’s John Dagys ALMS Friday Notebook which shows the C6.Rs getting larger fender flares.


Corvette Grand Sports at the Woodward Dream Cruise
Today’s the big day for the Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit Michigan area and the Grand Sport Registry has put together a large gathering of the 1996 C4 Admiral Blue Corvettes. Although registration is closed, you can check them out parked near 11 Mile & Woodward in Royal Oak sometime after 12:00 noon. Check out this pic from Jalopnik.


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[VIDEO] Corvettes Get Patriotic at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2008

Red, White and Blue Corvettes Make Giant American Flag

Corvettes at Carlisle’s Lance Miller had a dream to make a giant flag out of Red, White and Blue Corvettes. After a year of planning, that dream came to fruition on Saturday with 117 Corvettes making up the red and white stripes and the blue field, while 50 white balloons made the stars. Video after the jump.


Source:
WHTM

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2008 Allstate 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car

The 15th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is Sunday and the Corvette Z06 was selected for the 4th consecutive year. This year’s Allstate 400 Pace Car Corvette features a design that can only be described as an ear of corn: the yellow hood and the green stalks grace the sides against a Lemans Blue base. Surprisingly, there is no mention if the Jolly Green Giant of Pace Cars runs on E85. We’re not counting on it, because if it did GM would have put a big fat ethanol sticker on it. Or perhaps GM is counting on subliminal advertising. Maybe this is just a “tribute” to e85 cars everywhere!

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Credits: IMS Photos by Ron McQueeney

Whenever the Corvette paces a NASCAR race we just have to mention how the Z06 is well equipped with its 7.0 liter 505 horsepower V8 to lead the pack flying bricks stock cars. The only modifications needed to pace the Brickyard are “corny” exterior graphics and the safety lights.

Former Chevrolet General Manager John Middlebrook will be driving the Corvette Z06 Pace Car. Middlebrook recently retired after nearly 5 decades at GM, serving various positions including Chevrolet General Manager and GM VP global sales, service and marketing operations.

“It is great honor for me to have the opportunity to drive the Corvette Z06 Pace Car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,” Middlebrook said. “There is a tremendous Chevrolet heritage at the Speedway dating back to the involvement of Louis Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 in the early-1900s. To play a small role in continuing that tradition behind the wheel of the 505-horsepower Corvette Pace Car for NASCAR’s 15th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is a memory I will embrace.”

The 15th running of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is scheduled to start at 2 pm EST on Sunday, July 27. Live coverage will be provided on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network.


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