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[PICS] Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

by Keith Cornett on February 16, 2009

Callaway Corvettes at the 2009 Supercar Weekend

The 2009 Supercar Weekend was held along the waterfront in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida over January 24-27th. The gathering is billed as the largest supercar show in the world as collectors and enthusiasts showcase their modern and classic sportscars. Our friend Justin Society was there and provided us with a recap of the Corvettes that were in attendance.

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Corvette Stingray Concept

Continuing our coverage of today’s reveal of the Corvette Stingray Concept at the Chicago Auto Show, we bring you this video of GM’s Design Chief Ed Welburn doing a walk-around of silver Autobot at the GM design center. Pictured in the background is one of the inspirations for the Corvette concept, the 1959 Stingray Racer. Video after the jump.

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AUTOBOTS® WITH BOW TIES: CHEVROLET-BASED CHARACTERS STARRING IN ‘TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN’ AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW

Giant movie robot also on display with vehicles used in the upcoming blockbuster summer film

Camaro BumbleBeeCHICAGO – Visitors to the Chevrolet display at this year’s Chicago Auto Show (Friday through Feb. 22) will be treated to an out-of-this-world vehicle display – the automotive stars from the upcoming DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures release, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

Five Chevrolet-based characters – including four all-new characters – are featured in the new film set to open in the United States on June 26. All of them are at the Chevrolet display. The four new movie characters include:

  • SIDESWIPE – a stylized Corvette vision concept vehicle
  • SKIDS and MUDFLAP – twin AUTOBOTS® based on Chevy’s Beat (a concept that will go into production as the Chevy Spark in 2011) and Trax concepts
  • JOLT – an AUTOBOT-based on Chevy’s upcoming Volt extended-range electric vehicle

BUMBLEBEEâ„¢, the heroic AUTOBOT based on Chevrolet’s Camaro concept from the first “Transformers” movie, returns with a high-performance attitude. Joining the vehicles on stage will be BUMBLEBEE in his AUTOBOT form, standing almost 17 feet (5.2 meters) tall and 13 feet (4 meters) wide.

“Chevrolet is thrilled to again be part of one of the most anticipated movies in years,” said Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet. “‘Transformers’ gives us a great opportunity to connect with young people on their terms, with a dynamic, environmentally friendly image. The new characters represent the change going on in Chevy showrooms. From the exciting Camaro, the 21st century sports car, to the game-changing Volt, there’s more than meets the eye at Chevrolet today.”

Directed by Michael Bay, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” sees the AUTOBOTS confront a new threat from DECEPTICONS® bent on avenging their earlier defeat on Earth. The new AUTOBOT characters in their current Chevy-based form square off against new, tougher foes determined to rule the universe.

“‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’ goes way beyond the first film in terms of robot action and excitement,” said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of worldwide marketing partnerships at Paramount Pictures, the distributor of the film. “The new AUTOBOTS add to the storytelling, and these Chevy vehicles went with our filmmakers to locations all around the world. GM has again provided incredible support to the production team working on the movie.”

Along with the Camaro that’s reprising its role in the new film, the other Chevy models to be seen on the big screen are new to movie-goers.

SIDESWIPE takes the form of a sleek, vision concept dreamed up by the Corvette designers at GM. The design is influenced by the original Stingray race car, introduced in 1959, but also draws on Corvette heritage cues from other generations. It brings them together in a futuristic shape that seems to be equal parts racecar and space ship.

“SIDESWIPE represents an exercise in exploration for the Corvette,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “By giving my creative team the freedom to design no-holds-barred vision concepts, it helps them push boundaries and look at projects from different perspectives.”

The Beat and Trax-based characters, SKIDS and MUDFLAP, remain faithful to their concept designs introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show – although each wears new paint and other exterior accessories. And while they may be small cars, when they turn into fighting AUTOBOTS®, they pack a big punch.

The other new AUTOBOT, JOLT, appears in the production form of Chevy’s 2011 Volt extended-range electric vehicle. With the capability of up to 40 miles (64 km) of pure electric propulsion, plus hundreds of more miles with the assistance from its Voltec powertrain system, the real-life Volt will change driving in America.

Of course, the AUTOBOT team isn’t complete without BUMBLEBEE, the yellow Camaro based on the new, 2010 production model. Sporting new wheels and SS-model performance cues, BUMBLEBEE is more stylish and powerful than ever – and enthusiasts will be able to drive their own new Camaro when it goes on sale this spring. For more exclusive AUTOBOT movie information relating to Chevrolet, please visit www.autobotsrollout.com.

Chevrolet is one of America’s best-known and best-selling automotive brands. With the largest dealer network in the United States, Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $12,120 to $103,300. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present, in association with Hasbro, a di Bonaventura Pictures production, a Tom DeSanto/Don Murphy Production, a Michael Bay film, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, John Benjamin Hickey, Ramon Rodriguez, Isabel Lucas, Glenn Morshower and John Turturro. The film is directed by Michael Bay and written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is based on Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERSâ„¢ action figures and is produced by Don Murphy, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. Executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. This film has not yet been rated.

TRANSFORMERS is a brand of Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS). Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com.


Source:
Autoblog

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[VIDEO] 1963 Corvette is World’s Fastest Street Legal Car

by Keith Cornett on February 10, 2009

1963 Corvette is World's Fastest Street Legal Car

Rod Saboury is used to making cars go fast, but his latest project tops them all. Taking seven years to build, the 1963 Corvette is a show car, street car and race car all rolled into one fiberglass body. And boy does this Corvette roll. During last summer’s Super Chevy show at Summit Motor Sports Park in Norwalk, Ohio, the 2,400 horsepower Sting Ray launched from zero to 60 mph in 1 second and crossed the quarter-mile mark in 6.95 seconds at 210.54 mph.

The ’63 is powered by a small-block Chevy V8 built by Moran Engines. Twin turbochargers boost the horsepower to 2,400 while 22-inch tires keep the Split-Window firmly planted to the pavement.

The Corvette is fully street legal and meets all the requirements to be registered for driving on the street. Creature comforts include power windows and cup holders. Street tires provide plenty of grip and Rod claims the car gets 10 miles to the gallon while running on pump gas.

People compare the twin-turbo Corvette with a jet being catapulted off an aircraft carrier. The Corvette is built for extreme acceleration. For his runs at the strip, Rod takes off in first gear which lifts the front tires off the track. He shifts into second gear at 8,200 RPM. Finishing a run at 210 MPH means the Corvette requires a half mile of breaking distance to stop. Twin parachutes mounted on the back to help slow the Corvette. The chutes create negative g-forces which Rod compares to slamming into a brick wall when they are deployed.


Source:
Baltimore Sun

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Unique 1963 Corvette Display

Hemmings recently displayed these vintage photos taken inside a Chevy dealership back in the 60′s that show a 1963 Corvette Coupe display that was constructed with a hydraulic lift. At a touch of a button, the body would be lifted off the frame revealing the chassis and the small block 327 cubic inch V8.

The photographs were taken inside Grotewold Chevrolet, which was located in a small town in western Iowa. There is some debate as to which small town the dealership actually resided. Once inside, the dealership is vintage Chevy. We see the 1963 Corvette Coupe display is centrally located inside and as you can see from the photos, an audience of two Midwestern boys look on as the Corvette Coupe rises to show its inner workings.

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We first saw one of these custom displays during our coverage of the Al Wiseman auction in December 2007. That display used a 1965 Corvette coupe and was built by Chevrolet for the 1965 Autorama that toured the country. The story was after the autorama concluded, the 1965 Corvette display bounced around before ending up in South Africa as a display at a technical school. As a side note to this story, the 1965 Autorama display sold at the Al Wiseman auction for $704k.

The owner of the 1965 Corvette Autorama Cutaway says he was told that Chevrolet built five of these unique displays but the whereabouts of this 1963 display is currently unknown.

Sources:
Hemmings Auto Blog

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[PICS] C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine

by Keith Cornett on February 1, 2009

C6 Corvette Char-Grilled in the Ukraine

These photos come to us from English Russia showing the aftermath of a Corvette that burned while parked along a residential street in the Ukraine. Despite a police report that states that traces of arson were not detected at the scene, English Russia believes the car was burned because people “can’t stand those rich punks riding their hundred thousand dollar cars when around everything looks ruined and school teacher’s salary is $100/month.”

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We’re hoping the Corvette C6 wasn’t burned as a result of class warfare. The site of the American-born sports car should lift up people up with visions of freedom and liberty – a shining 4-wheel version of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, due to huge European taxes and shipping, Corvettes can sell for double or even triple their costs in the States and so there is a certain resentment from the locals.

Sources:
English Russia

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[VIDEO] Auction Results: 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Racer

by Keith Cornett on January 28, 2009

1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible

This 1969 Corvette L88 COPO Convertible made its presence known like no other car during last weekend’s Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. When it fired up the race-prepped 427 cubic inch big block and rolled into the auction ring, the packed house was paying close attention. Here was a documented authentic factory L88 race car and Proteam Corvette wanted it sold!

Included in the documentation of this vintage racer was the tank sticker, early photos of the Corvette and its racing log books, trophies and awards. The tank sticker documents the L88 engine and special COPO request for this Corvette NOT to be equipped with the Big Brake options like all other L88 Corvettes, making it a one of one car.

The Corvette saw combat in SCCA events regularly from 1972-1976 and raced in such storied venues as Daytona and Sebring. It’s listed in the roster of cars that raced in the 24th Annual 12 hours of Sebring in 1976. The car is currently certified for SVRA vintage races.

Towards the end of the auction the race car seemed to stall at $300,000 but it only took another $5,000 to drop the reserve and sell the Corvette at $305,000. Tom Abrams of Reliable Transports was the buyer and is shown getting the Mecum treatment there at the end.


Source:
Mecum Auction

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Pictures From The NCRS Winter Regional Corvette Show

by Keith Cornett on January 26, 2009

A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional

The 31st annual National Corvette Restorer Society’s Winter Regional meet in Kissimmee, Florida appears to have been successful based on our read of the crowd and some of the attendees and vendors we spoke with. Frost greeted the visitors early Friday morning, but by mid afternoon, temperatures reached the low ’70s. If you haven’t been to one of these larger Corvette shows, you are really missing out. Here some of what you would have seen.

A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional A vendor at the NCRS Winter Regional
A 1966 Corvette Small Block on the judging field A 1966 Corvette Big Block on the judging field Advanced NCRS Judging Seminar
The very first Corvette Fuelie Mad Maxx Code Red Interceptor C2 Corvette with unique hardtop. Notice the radio delete?
1988 Corvette ZR-1 Prototype 1988 Corvette ZR-1 Prototype Note on a car at mecum illustrates final point of the blog post

For those of you wondering, I found a vintage 1966 Florida license plate that I am thinking about registering for my car. I’ll bolt in on in the couple of days just to see how it looks. It was in very good condition and I got it for $25. I did strike out though on the replacement spinner logo inset for my wheel covers, so my hunt continues.

I also hate pass along bad news, but there is more than one report of people stealing valuable parts like original oil and gas caps from Corvettes parked on the grounds, as well as a few vendors who found that people walked off with some parts without paying. Too bad that this happens in our great hobby that a guy has to worry about getting parts stolen off his Corvette when he is out for some fun and camaraderie.

Sources:
NCRS Florida

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[VIDEO] Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Sells for $1.05 Million

by Keith Cornett on January 25, 2009

Gulf One 1963 Corvette Z06 Race Car

Dr. Dick Thompson, aka “The Flying Dentist” dominated SCCA racing in 1963 with this factory-backed 1963 Corvette Z06 race car. On Saturday afternoon at the Mecum High Performance Auction in Kissimmee, Florida, the “Gulf Oil” Corvette dominated the field once again with an auction-high gavel price of $1,050,000!

Dr. Thompson was on hand to sign autographs and introduce his old Corvette. He joked that the Corvette looked better today than it did when he was driving it. Noted Z06 historian Eric Gill was also on the stage and showed the original starting lineup for the 1963 24 hours of LeMans that had “Gulf One” in the #1 position followed by Mickey Thompson’s Z06 in position #2. Unfortunately, GM pulled out and “Gulf One” never made it to France to compete on the world stage.

Bidding on the “Gulf One” Corvette Z06 opened at $400,000 and quickly climbed to $900,000. When the bid topped $1 million the crowed cheered and that seemed to elicit one more bid of $1,050,000 which removed the reserve. No other bids came in and the hammer dropped on this historic race car.

Although the $1.05 million selling price of “Gulf One” is significant, it was still less than the $1.485 million paid for the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette that sold in August of 2008 at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach auction. That Corvette was also driven by Dr. Dick Thompson who finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 SCCA-A production championship.

Sources:
Mecum

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[VIDEO] 1967 Corvette Coupe Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2009

1967 Corvette Coupe Sells at 2009 Barrett-Jackson

Here is a 1967 Corvette Coupe in Sunfire Yellow with Black interior that gaveled for $132,000 Saturday night at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson collector car auction. Powered by the L68 427 ci/400 hp V8, the coupe came equipped with air conditioning and 13 other options as documented by the original tank sticker. The Corvette Coupe received two NCRS Top Flight awards in 2008 and a Bowtie award in 1997.

From the Barrett-Jackson Catalog:

A Sunfire yellow car with black interior. Equipped with the following options: 427/400hp engine, 4-speed transmission, posi-traction, transistor ignition, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, power windows, head rest, shoulder harness, power brakes, side dual exhaust, telescopic steering wheel, power steering and “Four Seasons” air conditioning. This unique Corvette has earned the very rare and prestigious Five Star Bowtie Award in 1997. A complete and comprehensive rotisserie restoration was completed early 2008. The original motor was totally rebuilt with all new parts and without needing to use oversized pistons. Since completion, the car has been judged two times in 2008 by NCRS earning two Top Flights with scores of 97.7 and 96.2. Scoring sheets will be available. Documentation is presented with the original Tank Sticker. The original title will be presented to the new owner. This perfect example was painted in the original Sunfire Yellow in lacquer paint. I have owned many ’67 Corvettes and I will say this has been my favorite. If you are looking for the real deal, look no further. You will not be disappointed.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED

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Some Corvettes are famous and some are infamous. Two years after Corvette enthusiasts rose up and cried foul which resulted in a botched eBay auction, the Shriner L88 Corvette makes an appearance at Barrett-Jackson and sells for $176,000.

In December 2005, this Corvette was being sold on eBay as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette. Unfortunately for the seller of the car, the son of the Corvette’s original owner had an extensive history on the car as the 1967 roadster was 1 of 13 Shriner Parade Cars that were all originally equipped with small blocks. Click here to read our original post: Seller of Fake L88 Caught by Corvette Community

Fast forward to 2009 where the L88 Corvette resurfaces, only this time the Shriner history was embraced. Here is the description from the Barrett-Jackson catalog:

Originally a base motor 300 and upgraded to a 427cid/430hp engine although it is now equipped with an L88 package. Documented as 1 of 13 Shriner COPO cars with a correct L88 driveline. Also features radio delete, correct carb, distributor, etc.

So the same Corvette advertised two years ago as an original 1 of 20 L88 Corvette was today offered as a documented 1 of 13 Shriner COPO Corvette with a correct L88 driveline. Diligent research of the Corvette’s history would have undoubtedly revealed her checkered past. Read what enthusiasts are saying about the car on CorvetteForum.com

During the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction, SPEEDTV took a commercial break and came back to coverage with the Shriner COPO Corvette already on the block and bidding at $140,000. The Corvette gaveled for $160,000 and with commission, total price was $176,000.


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
SPEED
CorvetteForum.com

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