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Vettes in the News

2010 Le Mans: Corvette Racing Links for June 10, 2010

by Keith Cornett on June 10, 2010

2010 Le Mans: Corvette Racing Links for June 10, 2010

Thursday Practice/Qualifying Times:

       1pm-3pm EST – Qualifying
       4pm-6pm EST – Qualifying(night)


 

Study Shows Corvette Gift to Pitcher Nets GM $9 million in Media Exposure

Last week’s gift of a 2010 Corvette Grand Sport Convertible to Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga, whose quest for a perfect game was ended by a blown call, garnered all sorts of attention for General Motors. While the detractors like The New York Times questioned the taxpayer-subsidized sports car giveaway to a professional athlete, it turns out the goodwill gesture netted GM nearly $9 million in publicity.

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Chevy Awards Detroit Pitcher New Corvette Grand Sport for Great Performance

Detroit Pitcher Armando Galarraga’s quest for a perfect game on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians came to an end after a botched call by the first base umpire ruled the 27th and final batter safe. Galarraga kept his cool and retired the next batter to record a one-hit, 3-0 shutout in the game. As a reward for Galarraga’s performance on and off the field, Chevrolet stepped up to the plate and delivered a new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport convertible to the hometown pitching hero.

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Corvette Dream Giveaway to Raffle Unique 2010 Ermine White ZR1 and 1967 Sting Ray

The Corvette Dream Giveaway has made a splash over the last couple years with their series of unique Corvette raffles that has raised a lot of money for the Kids Wish Network. Today we learned that the Corvette Dream Giveaway has returned for 2010 and this year the raffle will pair a 2010 Brad Paisley Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 with a 1967 427/390 hp Corvette convertible Sting Ray.

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Harley Earl's 1963 Corvette Sells for $925,000

At Mecum’s Spring Classic in Indianapolis, a capacity crowd witnessed Harley Earl’s 1963 Corvette convertible sell for $925,000. Bidding was strong throughout the auction but slowed at $900,000. In the end it was Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette who registered the final bid to win the unique Corvette that was given to Earl following his retirement from General Motors. Video of the sale is after the jump.

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NHTSA investigating 2004 Corvette for Leaky Fuel Tanks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation of the 2004 Corvette over complaints of leaky fuel tanks. Regulators said they opened the investigation of the 33,000 Corvettes built in 2004 after receiving 30 consumer complaints “alleging either liquid fuel or fuel vapor leaking from a fuel tank.”

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Corvette Fever to Cease Publication; Merge with Vette Magazine

As a 15+ year subscriber to Corvette Fever magazine, I was surprised (although not shocked) when I recently heard that the magazine was being merged with Vette magazine and would cease publication. Both magazines are owned by Source Interlink who also publishes Motor Trend and Hot Rod Magazine. In recent years the quality of the magazine has suffered, partly due to the economic realities of competition that magazines have with the internet as well as the company having two similar publications.

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Automobile Magazine Responds to Corvette Chief Engineer's Comments from the NCM Bash

Last week we posted a video of Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter talking about the C7 Corvette while at the C5/C6 Bash at the Corvette Museum. The conversation was prefaced with Juechter discussing the automotive magazines and their misrepresentation of the facts and he specifically called out Automobile Magazine for their June 2010 article in which, according to Tadge, they implied that he was endorsing a V6 power plant for the next generation Corvette. Today we received an email from Automobile Magazine with a link to the article in question as well as their response to Juechter’s criticism.

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Corvette Named Kentucky’s Official Sports Car

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2010

Corvette Named Kentucky's Official Sports Car

After months of political wrangling, The Kentucky Senate voted 100-0 to name the Corvette the State’s official sports car. The House had already passed the measure and the bill is now off to the desk the Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to be signed into law.

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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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