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Vettes in the News

Car and Driver Z06 Road Test

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2005

This month’s Car and Driver Magazine has a Road Test of the 2006 Z06 Corvette and GM scores another stunning review of their new “Supercar”. In fact, C&D uses the supercar term several times as they describe the Z06′s handling and performance.

At the Milford Proving Ground outside Detroit, C&D put the Z06 through the paces and the results were comparable or better to the Porsche 911, Ferrari F430 and domestic rivals Ford GT and Dodge Viper SRT10: 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, 0-100 mph in 7.9 seconds and 0-150 mph in 17.5 seconds.

According to the Road Test, the Z06 “… exposes the majority of European sports cars for what they are: overpriced, underperforming snobs.” My favorite quote though is in regards to the Z06′s price/performance: “Spending double the ZO6′s price does not guarantee you’ll have a car that can beat it”

The Road Test article is not yet available at Car & Driver’s website, but a scanned version of it can be read at DigitalCorvettes.

Blue Devil Corvette Lives

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2005

Rumors of the SuperVette appear to be true. GM is developing what is being called the Corvette Blue Devil: Take a 2006 Z06, add enough Carbon Fiber to bring the curb weight down to 2900 pounds, put a supercharger on the LS-7′s V8 engine for a reported yield of 600-650 hp and then sell it for $100,000+.

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1953 Corvette Stamp

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2005

The U.S. Postal Service hopes you’ll park a ’53 Corvette and four other classic cars on an envelope near you.

The post office is releasing five commemorative stamps featuring the sporty look of American cars designed in the 1950s: a 1952 Nash Healey, a 1953 Chevrolet Corvette, a 1953 Studebaker Starliner, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin and a 1955 Ford Thunderbird.

The stamps will be dedicated Saturday in Detroit. They will be available nationwide beginning Sunday.

“Referring to photographs of each car and his own cache of landscape images for the stamp backgrounds, artist Art Fitzpatrick has rendered each stamp in meticulous detail,” the post office said in a news release.

Fitzpatrick is a former car designer and a long-time advertising designer and illustrator for General Motors. Some of the stamps were modeled after cars in existence today.

The collection is called “America on the Move: 50′s Sporty Cars.”

Flying Car Wrecks Corvettes

by Keith Cornett on August 8, 2005

I find it amazing when searching some of the aggregator sites for Corvette news, all I can find are stories about how some guy dies while speeding in his Corvette. This blog will not be the place for these types of stories, but in some cases when a Corvette is involved in a spectacular crash, and nobody was injured, it may be worth commenting on.

And such is the story behind Pat and Mike Shannon, owners of a 1990 and 1995 Corvette, as well as a 1993 Cadillac Seville.

Imagine waking up and hearing a horrendous crash in the middle night and finding out that all three of your cars were destroyed by a drunk driver.

A New Paltz, NY man had left a party down the street from the Shannon house. He lost control of his car, drove up a lawn and went airborne with his car over a steep dropoff.

Getting air for at least 15 feet, his car landed on top of all three vehicles the Shannon’s owned, a 1993 Cadillac Seville, a blue 1990 Corvette and a red 1995 Corvette. The impact pushed the Cadillac into the SShannon’s garage.

The Shannons had purchased the red Corvette only two months earlier. They had made arrangements to sell the blue Corvette, and the buyer was scheduled to arrive in a few days to complete the purchase.

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