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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: A Day at the Races

by Keith Cornett on April 5, 2008

Corvette Racing in St. Petersburg

When I started blogging about Corvettes back in 2005, there were many reasons why I decided to follow Corvette Racing: They are a factory-backed team, racing technology is incorporated into production Corvettes, and let’s face it, they’re winners. Little did I know back then how hooked I would become over the years following the team.

I finally got a chance to see the team up close in St. Petersburg and spent two days at the temporary track that makes up the Acura Sports Car Challenge. I’m sore, sunburned and dead tired…and I had the best time watching the Corvette C6.Rs in person. Guys getting paid to race Corvettes…and I thought I had a great gig.

Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta drove the #4 C6.R to a 4.75 seconds win over teammates Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen. The Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 collided with a GT2 Dodge Viper and was forced to retire from the race.

Corvette Racing will be headed to Long Beach, California in two weeks where they will compete on another temporary raceway circuit at the Tequila Patron American LeMans.

If you are a fan of Corvettes, you owe it to yourself to get to one of the American LeMans races. You won’t be disappointed. However, if there is one thing I recommend its this: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!


Sponsored By:
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: ALMS Qualifying in St. Pete

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: ALMS Qualifying in St. Pete

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2008

I took the afternoon off and made my way over to St. Petersburg for Friday’s ALMS Acura Sports Car Challenge practice and qualifying session and I got to say it was the best $10 I’ve spent in a long time. The General Admission ticket got me into the stands and paddock area where you can get right up to the teams and watch them go to work.

Olivier Beretta led the GT1 class with a time of 1:09.727 (92.934 mph) to win his 21st career pole position. Johnny O’Connell and the #3 Corvette C6.R team was 2nd in the class at just 0.541 seconds behind the #4 Corvette C6.R. O’Connell’s best lap was a 1:10.268 (92.218 mph). Rounding out the GT1 class was the Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 which ran a best lap of 1:11.532 (90.59 mph).

One interesting part of the video happens at 0:54 seconds when the #4 Corvette is leaving the pits. You will see a yellow Corvette track car and it turns out that it is a Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS. I saw the front Z06-stlye air vent but the black roof threw me off. Later I saw it parked in paddock and man it is sweet!

I’ve got tickets for tomorrow’s race and will post a recap of the day’s events.


Sponsored By:
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Related:
[VIDEO] Sebring 2008 – O’Connell Pilots the #3 Corvette C6.R to Historic Win

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1970 ZR-1 LT-1 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

We came into this auction delayed by one of SPEED’s copius commercial breaks so we didn’t get the usual analysis one would expect for a Corvette of this rarity. The 1970 ZR-1 Corvette package was the small block replacement for 1969′s L-88. Two other specially equipped big blocks were planned and then scrapped, leaving the ZR-1 to carry the high performance mantle for the model year. The ZR-1 option was described as a Special Purpose Engine Package and came equipped with a 350 ci 370 hp LT-1 engine, M22 4-speed heavy duty transmission, heavy duty power brakes and a special aluminum radiator. Only 25 of 1970′s 17,316 Corvettes were built with the ZR-1 option.

On this particular 1970 ZR-1 Corvette, the commentators question the exterior paint and quality of body preparation and one mentions that what Corvette collectors are most likely looking for was the “combination of equipment and provenance”. That’s exactly what was missing from this sale. It’s our opinion that the seller didn’t do a good job on selling the rarity of the Corvette through the use of documentation, and it’s the lack of documentation that makes claims of rarity suspect. The description of the Corvette on the Barrett-Jackson website also makes no claims to originality or numbers matching and the only document mentioned is a photo of the tank sticker.

A little more than a week ago, Proteam’s Terry Michaelis ranked his A-List of Corvettes and the 53 Corvette ZR-1′s produced from 1970-1972 made the Top 10 with a price point between $150,000-$250,000. If the Corvette is indeed original, the buyer should attempt to add “paper” to the Corvette through NCRS and Bloomington judging.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com
tMichaelis Corvette Perspective

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 08: 1970 Corvette ZR-1 Sells for $102,000
2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Auction Preview

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1969 L71 427/435 Corvette on the block at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach Collector Car Auction

In what could very well be the all time high price, this 38,000 mile 1969 Corvette Coupe equipped with the potent L71 427 ci 435 hp engine sold for $150,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction in March 2008. Our search for a previous high led us to Keith Martin’s VetteMarket.com Corvette database where an L71 Corvette Coupe sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2006 Scottsdale auction for $116,100 while the overall high for 1961 L71 Corvettes goes to a convertible model that sold at the same auction for $128,200.

This Cortez Silver example (Lot #646)is highly documented and fully authenticated. The Corvette features the L71 427 ci 435 hp engine, M21 close ratio 4-speed manual transmission and F-41 suspension. Options include factory side mount exhaust, power disc brakes, power steering, power windows, Redline tires, headrest and shoulder belts.

This kind of money for early C3 big blocks has mostly been reserved for the 200-odd L88 Corvettes. It will be interesting to see if the market follows or if this was just a case of Barrett-Jacksonitis.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
[VIDEO] Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 08: 1970 Corvette ZR-1 Sells for $102,000
[VIDEO] Friday’s Featured Corvettes: Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Edition
2008 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Corvette Auction Preview

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[VIDEO] Take a Lap of Sebring in a 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2008

IGotShotgun gets a hot lap in a 2008 Corvette Coupe with Team Corvette Member Jason Altsman at last week’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Jason takes us turn by turn, 17 in all, through the historic 3.7 mile road course as he describes both the layout of the raceway and how the Corvette C6.Rs will perform at the various turns and straight-aways.

Sources:
IGotShotgun

Related:
[VIDEO] Sebring 2008 – O’Connell Pilots the #3 Corvette C6.R to Historic Win
Sebring 2008: Corvette Racing News Roundup

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The Corvette ZR1's Eaton Supercharger

Yesterday’s excellent AutoBlog video with GM Small Block Assistant Chief Engineer Ron Meegan took us inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine. From that presentation we learned why engineer’s started with the base Corvette’s 6.2 Liter LS3 engine vs. the 7.0 Liter LS7 found in the Z06, as well as the various components that were upgraded to fulfill the quest of 100 horsepower per liter. Little did we know that video would be followed up with parts two and three, taking us further into the inner workings of the supercharger that powers the new King of the Hill. More after the jump.

Part two focuses on the Eaton Supercharger and Meegan again clearly explains how the 4-lobe supercharger works and the challenges GM engineer’s faced with mating it to Corvette’s 6.2Liter V8. Part three concludes the series with Meegan discussing the differences between the supercharged 6.2L V8′s found in the new Cadillac CTS-V sports sedan and the Corvette ZR1.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
[VIDEO] How It Works: Inside the Corvette ZR1′s LS9 Engine
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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AutoBlog.com had the opportunity to talk with GM’s Assistant Chief of Small Blocks Ron Meegan who takes us step by step through the 6.2 Liter LS9 engine that will power the new Corvette ZR1. Ron tells us right from the start how engineers were targeting the 100 horsepower per liter mark and therefore why the decision was made to use the 6.2L engine vs the ZO6′s 7.0L LS7.

But perhaps the most informative part of the video is how Meegan gives us an engineer’s overview of specifically how the Eaton Supercharger was integrated into the 6.2L engine as well as the lengths GM’s engineers had go to strengthen the various components to be able to withstand the output of 620 horsepower.


Source:
AutoBlog.com

Related:
Corvette ZR1 News Archive

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Keith Martin’s Corvette Market magazine held a self-described Insider’s Seminar where he and a panel of Corvette expert’s discussed the Corvette Market and its trends from yesterday, today and tomorrow. The seminar was held at the Russo and Steele event on January 18th in Scottsdale. Here is a brief video which shows the panel discussing the Corvette market with the question on the table being “What Corvette would you buy for $100,000?”

So the question now goes to you. Given $100,000, what Corvette(s) would you buy? Leave your answer in the Comments area and we may just send one commenter a free 2008 Corvette Price Guide.


Source:
Corvette Market via AP Insights

Related:
Corvette Market’s C3 Find, Buy & Drive Adventure

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Auction Results: [VIDEO] 1953 Corvette Sold for $261,800

by Keith Cornett on January 27, 2008

Cool weather and an occasional shower were not enough to slow down the buyers from coming out to Mecum’s High Performance Auction this weekend in Kissimmee Florida. One of the star cars of the auction was this 1953 Corvette, serial #112. This Corvette was previously offered in 2007 and was the only no-sale out of the eight 1953 Corvettes we saw at auctions last year. At the Mecum’s High Performance Auction in St. Charles back in October it received a high-bid of $225,000.

Serial #112 appears to be the real deal. Featuring matching numbers and the owner’s history, this Corvette spent most of its life in Northern Indiana in St. Joseph County. It comes optioned with powerglide transmission, wonderbar radio, emergency brake warning light, windshield washers, courtesy lights, heater, hubcaps and 6.70×15″ wide white tires.

At the Kissimmee Auction, a high bid from Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette for $238,000 was enough to sell the Corvette this time around as it was reserved up to $235,000. Total price for the first-year Corvette after the 10% buyers commission was $261,800. UPDATE: When Mecum published the official results from the Kissimmee auction, this 1953′s price with sales commission was listed as $249,900.

Just a quick note about my experience at the Mecum auction. I’ve been going to the Kissimmee auctions for about 10 years now since it was paired up with the NCRS winter regional. It’s amazing how big this auction has become. Huge tents everywhere keep the Corvettes and other muscle cars cool and dry in case of inclement weather. Plenty of seating is availble for non-bidders and this year’s auction featured a couple of bars. Vendors are on the ground and there were plenty of choices for food. Mecum really puts on a great auction and if you enjoyed watching the Barrett-Jackson auction on TV, then you owe it to yourself to get out and see one of these large multi-car auctions live.


Source:
Mecum High Performance Auctions

Related:
RM Auction Results: 1953 Corvette Sells for $290,400
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This auction has nothing to do with Corvettes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun with one of my favorite superheroes. Check out this recreation of one of the most recognizable cars in the world, the 1960′s era Batmobile. Constructed out of a 1974 Lincoln, the replica features functional lights, a real flame thrower and gadgets including the Bat Phone.

Introduced by Batman himself (a replica of Adam West?), this car brought out the fans who themselves were decked out in the famous cowl and cape. The car sold for $185,000 and with the 10% buyers commission, total sales price crested over the 200 large mark to $203,500.

Sources:
Barrett-Jackson.com
SpeedTV.com

Related:
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] A Tale of Two 1963 Corvettes
Barrett-Jackson 08: [VIDEO] 1966 Corvette Convertible Sells for $86,900
2008 Barrett-Jackson Corvette Auction Preview

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