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Vettes in the News

Trademark Board Protects Corvette Name, Rebukes GM

by Keith Cornett on December 23, 2010

Corvette Logo

In 2008, Jim M. Sweeney sought to register the trademark CORVOLTTE for “electric vehicles, namely, automobiles”. General Motors opposed the registration saying that it would cause confusion with its mark CORVETTE. The three-judge board ruled on December 10, 2010 in favor of GM, but in its decision the court rebuked the automaker saying they failed to provide proof of fame of its mark and also failed to submit properly into evidence its registration for the CORVETTE mark for “automobiles”.

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190 MPH YouTube Video Puts Corvette Driver Behind Bars

by Keith Cornett on December 22, 2010

190 MPH YouTube Video Puts Corvette Driver Behind Bars

A YouTube video showing Dee Albert Replogle driving 190 mph in his supercharged Corvette on Kilpatrick Turnpike in Oklahoma City served as all the evidence needed as Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers arrested the 30-year old on reckless driving charges. Troopers were able to trackdown Replogle who indicated that he was the owner and driver of the car as well as personally responsible for the YouTube account.

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[VIDEO] Corvette Z06X and Camaro SSx Walkaround

by Keith Cornett on November 7, 2010

[VIDEO] Corvette Z06X and Camaro SSx Walkaround

Chevy’s Marketing Manager of Performance Cars John Fitzpatrick and Gary Mulder, GM Performance Division and builder of the SEMA track concept cars were out at Spring Mountain to talk about the Camaro SSx and the Corvette Z06x. Interest in the Z06x track car is very high but according to Fitzpatrick, the concept exists only as a test bed to showcase the racing accessories available from GM Performance Parts, as well as Pratt and Miller and Pfadt Race Engineering.

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Chevy Acknowledges Petit Le Mans Win with USA Today Ad

THE WINNER OF PETIT LE MANS
As Seen by Porsche, Ferrari and BWM

Chevy celebrates the tremendous end-of-the-season win by Corvette Racing at Petit Le Mans with this full page advertisement in the Friday, October 8th edition of USA Today.

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[PICS] Corvette Vanity License Plates of Petit Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on October 14, 2010

Corvette Vanity License Plates of Petit Le Mans

Taking a walk through the Corral at Petit Le Mans, we found a number of Corvettes featuring some very cool vanity license plates. Without further ado, check out our huge gallery of the best custom license plates of Petit Le Mans.

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Last Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette Found

by Keith Cornett on September 27, 2010

Last Baldwin-Motion Phase III GT Corvette Found

Joel Rosen’s east coast-based Motion Performance Speed Shop was legendary for building unbeatable muscle cars in the Sixties and seventies. Teaming up with Baldwin Chevrolet, customers could order a Corvette which would be torn down and rebuilt into an 11.5 second drag car, complete with factory warranty.

One the creations of Rosen was the Phase III GT which made its debut at the International Auto Show in New York City in April, 1969. Motion Performance would build just 12 of the 500+ horsepower grand touring Corvettes with the last one leaving the shop in 1971. That last Phase III GT Corvette was recently purchased from the family of the original owner and has been restored back to original condition and will be displayed at the Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals in November.

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Corvette ZR1 Raffle to Benefit Family of Fallen Cop

by Keith Cornett on September 13, 2010

Corvette ZR1 Raffle to Benefit Family of Fallen Cop

Back in July while responding to a domestic dispute call, Taylor Michigan police corporal Matthew Edwards was tragically gunned down in the line of duty. The former Police Officer of the Year leaves behind a wife and two children. Taylor Chevrolet, the local Chevy dealer in the community has stepped up to offer a Corvette ZR1 which will be raffled with the proceeds to help the family.

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Corvette Enthusiast Is Latest Casualty in Automotive Magazine Consolidation

Corvette Enthusiast becomes the latest Corvette magazine to close shop and merge with one of its sister publications. That’s according to an email that was sent on Friday to article contributors by Amos Automotive Publishing. The email announced a new title from Amos called Auto Enthusiast and then dropped the bomb that its seven automotive niche publications which include titles aimed at Corvette, Chevy, Mustang, Mopar and Pontiac enthusiasts would be consolidated under the new title.

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2008-09 Corvette Convertible Tops May Tear at High Speeds

First it was the delamination issues with the early C6 Coupes that caused Corvette owners to lose their tops. Now we are hearing of issues with convertible tops as well. Owners with 2008-2009 Corvette convertible, you may want to keep your speed down as the convertible top may tear at speeds over 100 MPH. That’s according to a recent T.S.B service bulletin sent to dealers by AllDataPro.com.

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Corvette Z06 Makes
Photo Credit: jcees@flickr

The Highway Loss Data Institute’s recent report about insurance claims for theft during 2007-09 includes the Corvette Z06 on its list. So are Corvettes and particularly the lower production, high performance Corvette Z06 stolen that often to make the HLDI’s “Most Stolen List”? The surprising answer is no.

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