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Vettes in the News

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.


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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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Corvette ZHZ Available Only From Hertz

Hertz Rent A Car is teaming up with Chevrolet to offer the Corvette ZHZ, an exclusive limited edition version of the iconic American Sports car. The Corvette ZHZ comes equipped with the 436 hp LS3 coupled to the 6-Speed paddle shift automatic transmission and features a unique exterior: Yellow with a painted Black hood stripe. The Corvette ZHZ will be included in the Hertz Fun Collection which features a variety of sporty vehicles available for rent in key metropolitan markets across the county.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZs will be made available in 24 cities across 14 states. The first Corvette ZHZs debut this month at Hertz airport locations in major cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Net York, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Corvette ZHZ is fully optioned. In addition to the LS3 engine and paddle shift transmission mentioned above, the ZHZ features dual mode exhaust, magnetic selective ride control and special trim like embroidered ZHZ center consoles, floor mats and a Hertz emblem on the front fenders.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the limited-edition Corvette ZHZ as part of our Fun Collection fleet,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Hertz. “With the launch of this exclusive program, customers can experience the thrill of renting a high-performance car that provides the utmost in driving experiences while adding a splash of fun with its distinctive look.”

Earlier this year, Avis Rent A Car announced they would start carrying the 2008 Corvette Convertible as part of their “Cool Cars” fleet.

The Corvette ZHZ will be available as part of the Fun Collection fleet at the following Hertz airport locations: Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, Savannah, Maui, Oahu, Boston, Newark, Charlotte, Portland, Charleston, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and Washington, DC.


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Stolen 1959 Corvette VIN J59S100698

I received the following email last night from Jessica in Ronkonoma, New York about a 1959 Corvette that was stolen from her home garage last week. While I hope this post will help get the word out about the Corvette, my main purpose is to make sure the VIN from the Corvette comes up in Google and other search engines as belonging to a stolen Corvette. If you are familiar with this Corvette or hear anything about VIN #J59S100698 please contact Jessica directly.

Dear Keith,

My uncle found out he had cancer and died within two months, in December of ’07. Everything happened so quickly and before we knew it, my family was dealing with this tragic loss. He left behind a 1959 red corvette convertible as a family heirloom. My uncle didn’t have kids and he was never married. He saved his whole life to buy this car. On March 21, 2008, this car was stolen from our home garage in Ronkonkoma, NY. We have tried everything to get this car recovered, from airing interviews on local tv and radio stations to passing out 1,000 fliers and counting in the community.

Please help us get this car back. Can you post a blog about this car??

With kind thanks,

Jessica Pedersen
631-871-6323
jessicalpedersen@yahoo.com

1959 Corvette Roadster. Red with White Coves, Red interior and a white hard top. The Corvette is an automatic with spinner wheels and white wall tires. VIN J59S100698.


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2007 Corvette Convertible

Avis Car Rentals has announced they will offering the 2008 Corvette Convertible as part of their “Cool Cars” fleet. Avis’ Cool Cars are a series of popular high-end vehicles which include the Cadillac CTS, Hummer H3 and Saab Convertible. The Corvette is already in the system and can be rented with guaranteed reservations at select Avis locations in Arizona, California, Florida and Las Vegas.

“Many Avis renters say that, given the opportunity, they would choose to rent an Avis Cool Car as a special treat for themselves,” said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing for Avis Budget Group, Inc., parent company of Avis. “The fabled Corvette is a dream car for many people. Adding it to our Cool Car Collection gives our customers a chance to enjoy the ultimate experience of getting behind the wheel of this one-of-a-kind ride. It’s just another way that ‘We Try Harder’ to help make Avis your ‘other car.’”

I hit Avis.com for more info and immediately saw a yellow Corvette Z06 on the site. But the press release specifically says Corvette Convertible so I entered a couple of dates and was presented with a red convertible Corvette. I had seen accounts that said Corvette rentals would start around $165 but in reviewing the website and plugging in some dates, I was presented with a one day rental cost in Tampa at a stiff $299 without any discounts. When I plugged in some dates in May, my one day rental cost was $229.

Despite the steep price of admission, this is a great way to test drive a Corvette for a day and will allow more people the opportunity to get behind the wheel of America’s favorite sports car.


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Corvette: The 2007 Year in Review

by Keith Cornett on December 27, 2007

There was much afoot for Corvette in 2007. Three special edition Corvettes were unveiled to buyers both domestically and in Europe. We saw the regular production Corvette break through to new levels in performance, specifically with the introduction of Corvette’s LS3 460 hp V8 engine on the 2008 Corvette. But the biggest news of the year comes from the introduction of the 2009 Corvette ZR1. With the amount of hype and speculation surrounding the blue devil/SS/ZR1 Corvette in 2007, this summary of news events could have easily been called “2007: The year of the Corvette ZR1″ due to the amount of coverage that any tidbit or spy photo of the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 generated. But there is more to Corvette than just the ZR1. Check out our annual Year in Review for more on America’s Sports Car:

January

The renewal of Chevrolet’s Trademark on the ZR1 opens the door to speculation about the official name of the Corvette’s Blue Devil project. The National Corvette Museum celebrated the 10th anniversary of the unveiling of the 1997 Corvette, the first of the C5 Corvettes. Bob Lutz comments on horsepower war with the Dodge Viper SRT10 and throws down the challenge about how important it is for the Corvette “to be the most powerful, most capable, best handling sports car in the United States.” Corvette Racing announces they will be back in 2007 to defend their ALMS crowns despite the lack of a serious competitor in the GT1 class. The Last Sting Ray sold for $660,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale. Callaway’s production C16 coupe debuts at the Montreal Auto Show. Corvette was unveiled as the 2007 Daytona 500 Pace Car.

February

GM Simultaneously confirms production of two limited edition Corvettes: The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette Z06 and a replica of the 2007 Indianapolis Pace car. GM Europe launches a special “Lemans Victory” Edition Corvette for European Corvette buyers. The Ron Fellows Z06 and the Indy 500 replica Corvette Pace Car make their first appearance at the Chicago Auto Show. Bob Lutz confirms the Blue Devil Corvette will be headed for showrooms in the summer of 2009 as a 2010 Corvette. The Blue Devil Corvette becomes known now as the Corvette SS. An shipping company employee takes close up photos of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette and posts them online. He is subsequently fired.

March

Corvette finishes first in class and second overall in Consumer Report’s Owner Satisfaction Survey. Rick Conti moves from Spitzer Chevrolet to EVS Chevrolet in Random Lake, Wisconsin. Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs finished first and second at the 12 Hours of Sebring. One of the Corvettes is a replica of the special edition Ron Fellows Z06 Corvette. Mid America Motorwork’s Mike Yager named to the Top 50 Car Collector List.

April

Gavin/Beretta win the GT1 class at St. Petersburg. GM Europe launches the Corvette Performance Academy. Two new colors for the 2008 Corvette are introduced. They are Jetstream Blue Metallic and Crystal Red Metallic. Gavin/Beretta win third straight at Long Beach. O’Connell/Magnussen claim the checkered flag at the Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston. GM releases official information about the 2008 Corvette. Changes included a new LS3 engine with base horsepower output of 430 and a refined interior.

May

Popular Mechanics captures spy photos of a red Corvette Blue Devil/SS mule. A week later two new spy photos show the hood of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette having a polycarbonate see-through panel. Source Interlink purchases PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media group which includes Corvette Fever and Vette Magazines. Speculation runs about a 4-door Corvette after an “off-the-cuff” remark from Bob Lutz. Actor Patrick Dempsey piloted the 2007 Corvette Indianapolis 500 Pace car during the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500. Proteam Corvette’s Terry Michaelis starts his own Corvette Blog.

June

The 2007 Corvette Convertible won its class in the Strategic Vision Total Quality Index awards. A 1953 Corvette sells for $440,000 at the McMullen Auction outside Detroit. Vette Dog’s internet TV show featuring Patrick Gramm of DigitalCorvettes.com makes its debut. Corvette Racing takes to LeMans for defense of its GT1 crown. The #64 Corvette C6.R dropped out early in race while the #63 Corvette was able to finish the rain-plagued course in Second place. Pricing for the 2008 Corvettes is announced by GM. Bloomington Gold Auction tops $8.2 Million in Corvette Sales. Corvette enthusiasts nationwide celebrate Drive Your Corvette to Work Day. Final 2007 Corvette figures are released.

July

Gavin/Beretta rebound from LeMans DNF to win Lime Rock. LG Motorsports dynos the 2008 Corvette with the new LS3. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne publishes his “Corvette SS Myths Debunked” article. The Corvette is rated by AskMen.com as a Top 10 American Invention. Internet Brands purchases the CorvetteForum.com for an undisclosed amount. Members become angry when Google ads start showing up in their posts. Gavin/Beretta win at Mid-Ohio. The Corvette Z06 is chosen at the pace car for the Allstate Brickyard 400. Corvette’s finish First and Third at the Circuit du Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

August

Motor Trend hits the streets with their 2008 Corvette test drive edition. Corvette win at Road America. Autoextremist’s Peter De Lorenzo rants about how GM may greenlight a Mid-Engined C7 Corvette. A powerful storm moved through Pennsylvania, striking the fairgrounds where Corvettes of Carlisle was held, causing havoc and leaving several with injuries. In other Corvettes at Carlisle news, sales results of the new in-house Corvette auction are lackluster as only 32% of Corvettes in auction are sold. O’Connell and Magnussen win at Mosport. A third Corvette Racing team featuring Fellows and Pilgrim finished third. During a string of auctions held in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, $2.5 million worth of Corvettes were sold. Popular Mechanics published spy photos of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette, this time painted in Velocity Yellow.

September

Motor Trend announces that the Blue Devil/SS Corvette will be badged as the ZR1 and will be introduced at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show. Spy Photographer Brenda Priddy captures the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 on video for the first time. The video makes it appearance at FastLaneDaily.com. 300 Corvettes were displayed on the retired USS Lexington aircraft carrier in Corpus Christi. The event raised nearly $60,000 for charity. Picket Lines form outside the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as UAW workers are ordered to strike. The walkout ends two days later as GM and UAW reach agreement on healthcare and job security. Keith Martin launches a specialty magazine called “Keith Martin’s Corvette Market”. The quarterly magazine focuses on the collecting and investment aspects of Corvettes. Wayne Scraba steps down as editor of the NCRS Corvette Restorer magazine. Vette Dogs wraps production following 10 episodes. Season Two is promised featuring new characters.

October

The GM/UAW deal opens the door to much speculation including the year of introduction of the C7 Corvette (2012) and new features of the C7 that include all wheel drive and a dual-clutch transmission. Kappa platform production will also shift to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant as part of the GM/UAW deal. Gavin/Beretta clinch GT1 Championship with a victory at Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. Lou Gigliotti and Bill Riley announce they will field an ALMS GT2 C6 Corvette in 2008. Kentucky State Representative C.B. Embry files a bill proclaiming the Corvette as the official sports car of Kentucky. Bad Boy Vettes convinces Corvette Racing for a makeover for final race of the 2007 ALMS schedule. The repaint features mascot Jake on the sides and hoods of the two Corvette C6.Rs. Mecum’s St. Charles auction produces $2.8 million in Corvette Sales. Included in the sale was a 1967 427/435 L71 which sold for $393,750 and a 1968 L88 Corvette which took the top sales price at $446,250. A yellow Corvette ZR1 makes an appearance at Laguna Seca raceway in Monterey. The one-lap around the track was the subject of blog posts and forum conversations for days. Gavin/Beretta win the battle of the C6.R Corvettes at Laguna Seca. Ron Fellows wins fans choice as ALMS Most Popular Driver. Jay Leno’s E85 powered Corvette C6RS steals the show at SEMA. A limited production version is announced for 2008.

November

American Supercar’s 1963 Twin Turbo V7 was introduced at SEMA. Another 1953 Corvette sells for $440,000 at Hilton Head’s Concours d’Elegance. Corvette Racing puts the #3 Corvette C6.R up for sale. Selling Price? $650,000. The Z06 Corvette was chosen to pace the 50th Anniversary race of the Daytona 500. In acknowledgement of the golden anniversary, the Corvette Z06 Pace car is decked out in “Anniversary Gold” with Red, White and Blue racing stripes. Several Auto Blogging sites including Jalopnik run GM promotional photos of the new LS9 6.2L V8 that will power the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1. The National Corvette Museum begins its $9 million expansion that will ad 47,000 sq ft to the facility. The addition will include a library and archives area, expanded gift show and conference center.

December

Several significant Corvettes sell at the Wiseman Auction in Tarpon Springs, Florida. A 1955 Corvette owned by Zora Arkus-Duntov sells for $134,750 and a matched set of Corvettes, #39 1953 Corvette, #39 2003 Corvette, and a #39 Corvette pedal car, sell for $390,500. A 1965 Corvette cutaway display sells for $704,000. Corvette Quarterly shows the video that was taken from inside in the Corvette Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 during October’s hot lap of Laguna Seca. Corvette Racing announced that they will return to defend their ALMS crowns in 2008. The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is officially announced. The groundbreaking Corvette is expected to generate 620 horses and cost around $100,000. Those two final details are expected in early 2008.


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Corvette’s 2008 Indy Pace Car Unveiling Date Set

by Keith Cornett on December 12, 2007

The Corvette has been chosen yet again to pace the world’s greatest race, the Indianapolis 500. On December 27th the curtain will be raised on the 2008 design and you can be there as part of a National Corvette Museum fundraiser. The NCM was given 19 tickets to the event and they are being sold for $100 each. The ticket admits you to the Indiana Convention Center/RCA Dome in Indianapolis to witness the unveiling of the newest Corvette pace car. The event also includes a Chevrolet Exhibit with displays of a Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, a Camaro Convertible and of course the 2008 Indianapolis Pace Car. There is also mention of a surprise display called the Flying Corvette. We will have to wait and see what that is all about. Finally lunch will be provided to participants in the ballroom, which is your chance to “mix and mingle” with representatives from GM and Chevrolet. Tickets to the event can be reserved at the National Corvette Museum’s website. Click here for details. Related:
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ZR-What? Corvette C6RS coming April 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2007

Pratt & Miller's Corvette C6RSPratt & Miller wants you to forget all about the ZR-1, the 650 hp supercharged Uber-Vette due sometime next year. The big hype over the last view days has been reverberating from SEMA with the revelation that the famed race car builders will be producing an ultra limited number of Corvette C6RS, the 8.2 liter E85 powered Corvette with an exterior inspired by Corvette Racing’s C6.Rs. Only 25 Corvette C6RS are planned with deliveries beginning April 2008, however the entry fee into this unique club is stiff: $185,000 plus a C6 donor car. The Corvette C6RS is unique in so many ways and the E85 angle must drive environmentalists crazy. Yet, for the cost of two new ZR-1 Corvettes, is the Corvette C6RS worth the price? As someone pointed out. You’re essentially buying into the association with Pratt & Miller more than the car itself so if you can pony up the $200 large for an ultra cool C6RS, make sure you do it right by providing a velocity yellow donar car and then slapping a number #4 (or #64) on its side and painting Jake on the B-Piller when its complete. With Chevrolet offering what will essentially by four models next year: coupe, convertible, Z06 and ZR1, the tuners in the Corvette enthusiast market will need to push their designs to a new level if they want to succeed in their niche. Despite the costs of ownership, Pratt & Miller has created a winner with its 600 horsepower E85 powerplant and race-inspired carbon fiber panels.
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Corvette: The Official Sports Car of Kentucky

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2007

Kentucky State Representative C.B. Embry (R) filed a bill for the upcoming Kentucky General Assembly that would officially designate Corvette as the states official sports car. The bill would server to honor General Motors “For locating the [Bowling Green Assembly] facility with us. They have over 900 jobs there that pay very well” said the Representative. The bill doesn’t have any co-sponsors yet, but Embry expects broad support for the bill when the legislature convenes in January. The bill shies from naming the Corvette as “Official Car” due to several other assembly plants located in the state that make the Ford Explorer, Ford F-Series Super Duty Trucks and the Toyota Camry. Embry concludes that “there would be a controversy to name it as the official state vehicle.”
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