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Vettes in the News

Cal Ripkin Jr to Pilot Daytona 500 Corvette Pace Car

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2007

Baseball’s “Iron Man” Cal Ripkin Jr will be behind the wheel the 2007 Corvette Coupe Pace Car for the 49th Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th. The Pace Car features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood.

“The Daytona 500 is one of the most storied sporting events in the country and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. NASCAR drivers are tremendous athletes and I look forward to being in that environment,” said Ripken.
Being behind the wheel of a Corvette on a super speedway ain’t all that bad of an environment either. We’re working on getting photos of the Daytona Corvette Pace Car. Stay tuned for details.
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Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2007

2007 Daytona 500 Corvette Pace CarWith little fanfare (and no press anywhere), a specially-outfitted Corvette was unveiled as the 2007 Daytona 500 Pace Car. The Corvette features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood. The unveiling was earlier this month as part of NASCAR’s Jackson Hewitt Preseason Thunder Fan Fest. Standing with Corvette in this photo are NEXTEL Cup drivers Tony Raines and Jeff Green and Daytona Speedway President Robin Braig. 2007 marks the fourth straight year that a Corvette has paced the Daytona 500, as well as the 35th straight year that a GM model has paced the field.
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Z06 Corvettes Modified with Right-Hand-Drive for Australia

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2007

Z06 Corvette with Modified Right-Hand-DriveWhenever the Z06 Corvette is exported to a new country, the mystic of the Corvette legend goes along for the ride. Most blokes in Australia just don’t see them with the regularity we are accustomed too because they’re expensive to import and the steering is set-up American Style: Left-Hand Drive. But now a small business in Queensland has managed to do what the biggest car maker on the planet, General Motors, cannot: build a right-hand-drive version of the Chevrolet Corvette. With an allocation of roughly 24 new Z06 Corvettes per year, Corvette Queensland has engineered a custom right-hand-drive system that looks so good, you’d be convinced it was built that way. The cost of importing and converting a Z06 isn’t cheap. They are $240,000 Australian Dollars once the Ausssie Government gets its share of import duty, luxury car tax and GST. That’s the equivalent of $186,000 US Dollars. The conversion from Left-Hand-Drive to Right-Hand-Drive takes about three weeks. Interior tweaks also meant moving the gear shifter over to the right side of the center console which eliminated the cup holders. Other exterior modifications are needed for the Corvette to comply with local regulations. Side indicator lamps from the 2005 Holden Commodore have been added under the Z06 badge while the fog lights house aftermarket parking lamps. So how is Corvette Queensland doing so far? Three Corvettes have already been sold and demand appears to be high. GM’s Bob Lutz indicated last year that with the next incarnation of the Corvette, the C7, GM does intend to engineer a Right-Hand-Drive version for export.
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Production Callaway C16 Debuts at Montreal

by Keith Cornett on January 23, 2007

2007 Callaway C16Callaway’s first production C16 is making its debut at the 2007 Montreal Auto Show. The C16 features an optional supercharged 6.0-liter LS2 V8 boasting 616 horsepower that is capable of 206 miles per hour. The Corvette-based C16 is offered in both coupe and convertible body styles and owners can also select between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-Speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. The Callaway C16 is offered at a base price of $119,865 and features unique body panels, Callaway badges and a restyled interior featuring German leather and Alacantara. The C16 is available through Callaway’s authorized dealer network. Visit CallawayCars.com and see a video of founder Reeves Callaway answering some questions about the Callaway C16.
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MotorTrend
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Corvette History: The Debut of America’s Sportscar

by Keith Cornett on January 17, 2007

1953 CorvetteFifty-Four years ago on January 17, 1953 the American public was introduced to the Chevrolet Corvette concept car at the largest car show of the time, General Motors’ Motorama. Held at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the show attracted over 45,000 people on opening day. Based on the feedback from the Motorama show, the Corvette was rushed into production and the first production Corvette rolled off the assembly line just six months later on June 30th. Only 300 were made the first year and the sticker price was just under $3,500.
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Video: TVR Sagaris vs C6 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2007

British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.


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GM Style Event Pairs Stars and Cars

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2007

Carmen Electra and the Z06 CorvetteThe GM Style event was held last night in Detroit. The runway fashion show pairs up celebrities with new GM vehicles. While the Z06 Corvette didn’t strut down the runway for this show, it was used as a backdrop for all the stars as they entered the pavilion. Carmen Electra, shown in this photo, will walk the runway with the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe. Check out AutoBlog.com’s Galleries for over 200 photos of the event or go to GM for Video Highlights.
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Corvette Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2007

Corvette Museum - 10th AnniversaryJanuary 6th marks the 10th anniversary of a major milestone for both Corvette and the Corvette Museum. At a time when the Museum was in default on its loan covenants, and was facing potential foreclosure, Chevrolet introduced the new C5 Corvette on January 6th, 1997 and the Museum was selected to be a satellite location for the special viewing. Over 200 Corvette enthusiasts came to be a part of the unveiling event, and each paid a $25 admission fee, purchased merchandise in the Corvette Store, bid on auction items donated to the Museum, and enjoyed the day touring the Museum. This event provided not only some much needed revenue for the Museum, but truly marked a turning point for us because of the enthusiasm and new found excitement for the Museum.
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AP Photo: NAIAS Show Prep Features Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 3, 2007

In this photo released by General Motors, workers cover a Chevrolet Corvette to keep the dust off of it as preparations for the North American International Auto Show continue Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The show opens to the public on January 13. The more than $200 million cost of the exhibits, and the scores of new models on display, are designed to impress car executives, analysts, reporters and the general public alike and help fill auto showrooms in 2007. (AP Photo/General Motors, John F. Martin)

Z06 Corvette
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Name Games: GM Renews ZR-1 Trademark

by Keith Cornett on January 1, 2007

ZR-1 Emblem

It recently came to the attention of some enterprising Corvette enthusiasts with a bit of time on their hands that GM has renewed its federal trademark for ZR-1, the option code for Corvettes built from 1990-1995 with the 32-valve DOHC LT-5 engine. A trademark extension was filed on December 5, 2006 and it appears the purpose of the filing was to allow GM the use of the moniker for merchandise and accessories related to the ZR-1 Corvette. However, I did a little more digging at the United States patent and trademark office and found that a renewal for the ZR-1 trademark was made November 3, 2006 for the use of “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles”.

From the USPTO:

Word Mark ZR-1
Goods and Services IC 012. US 019 021 023 031 035 044. G & S: Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 77036100
Filing Date November 3, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) General Motors Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 300 Renaissance Center P.O. Box 300 Detroit MICHIGAN 482653000
Attorney of Record Timothy G. Gorbatoff
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Now it would be irresponsible speculation on my part to think that GM would have an interest in using the ZR-1 RPO code for the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. There is a line of thinking that GM wouldn’t use the ZR-1 RPO for the Blue Devil/SS because the term is so closely aligned with the 1990′s LT-5 Corvette. However, the use of the ZR-1 RPO in the 90′s was actually the second time it was used. GM first introduced the ZR-1 package back in 1970 which included the LT-1 engine (350ci 370hp), M22 transmission, heavy-duty power brakes, transistor ignition and aluminum radiator. Fifty-three Corvettes were ordered with the package during its three-year availability.

Use of the ZR-1 name for a new “King of the Hill” Corvette actually makes more sense than some of the other names suggested like the Z07. That RPO was related to a suspension package in both the seventies and nineties, and doesn’t really ooze of high performance history that GM appears to be fond of dusting off and reusing in new applications.


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United States Patent and Trademark Office
DigitalCorvettes.com
CorvetteForum.com

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