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Vettes in the News

If Your Chevy Volt Scares You, GM Will Loan You a Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 29, 2011

If Your Chevy Volt Scares You, GM will Loan You a Corvette

The latest news in the ongoing saga that is the Chevy Volt is that there have been two instances where the battery packs have caught fire following crash testing by the NHTSA. Yesterday, General Motors stepped up to the plate with an unprecedented damage-controlling offer: Volt owners concerned about the safety of their electric ride can request a free GM loaner vehicle until the issue is resolved. Apparently, that offer includes the Corvette.

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[VIDEO] Cardinal's World Series MVP David Freese Awarded Keys to 2012 Corvette Grand Sport

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.

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Dead Battery Traps Would-Be Thief Inside Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 26, 2011

Dead Battery Traps Would-Be Thief Inside Corvette

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.

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Amazing 1978 Corvette Pace Car Barn Find with 13 Original Miles

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.

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Corvette Racing Finishes Fourth in ALMS Season Finale

by Keith Cornett on October 2, 2011

Corvettes to Start Eighth and Ninth in Petit Le Mans

Gavin and Magnussen Take Second in Driver Standings; Team Rallies Around No. 4 Corvette After No. 3 Corvette Sidelined

BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 1, 2011 – After nine hours and 35 minutes of intense competition, Corvette Racing finished fourth in the GT class in Petit Le Mans, the season finale of the American Le Mans Series. The No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook completed 366 laps around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit en route to its fourth-place finish. The No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner, and Antonio Garcia retired after 76 laps with a broken gearbox and finished 17th in the GT category. The No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari won the GT division by a 6.685-second margin of victory.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Assembly Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2011

[VIDEO] Corvette Assembly Plant Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Bowling Green Assembly Plant celebrated its 30th anniversary of producing America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Workers wearing red shirts gathered outside the facility and formed a giant bowtie for a commemorative photo. Here’s a news report from Bowling Green’s WBKO-TV about the anniversary and we hear from Plant Manager Dave Tatman who voiced his appreciation for the support the plant receives from the surrounding communities.

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[VIDEO] Motor Trend Tests the 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition

Motor Trend had the opportunity to test the new 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition equipped with the Z07 performance package. Although MT tested a similarly outfitted 2011 Z06 recently, the biggest difference between the two model years is that 2012 comes with the updated Z07 Ultimate Performance Package which includes the Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, Magnetic Selective Ride Control and the new ultra grippy R-compound Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires.

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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] Corvette Z06 Laps the Nurburgring in 7:22.68

by Keith Cornett on June 23, 2011

[VIDEO] Corvette Z06 Laps Nurburgring in 7:22.68

When GM returned to the Nurburgring to validate the 2012 Corvettes, the ZR1 wasn’t the only car driven by test driver Jim Mero. Mero also drove a black 2012 Corvette Z06, outfitted with the Z07 chassis package, and posted a lap time of 7:22.68. The new lap time for the Z06 is just 3 seconds off the record-setting 7:19.63 time Mero recently recorded in the ZR1 while besting the previous Z06 record at the Nurburgring by nearly 20 seconds.

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Corvette ZR1 Raffle to Benefit Fallen Taylor MI Police Officer Goes Bad for Dealer

Back in September we told you about the loss of Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards who was gunned down in the line of duty, leaving a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet offered to step in with a Corvette ZR1 raffle to help raise funds for the family. Now the dealer claims the police charity that was brought in to assist with the raffle has taken them for ride.

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