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Barrett-Jackson: 1958 Convertible Sets Corvette High Price

by Keith Cornett on January 18, 2007

On the second day of the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, a 1958 Corvette Convertible rolled onto the block and set the high sales price for Corvettes at $150.000. With commissions added, the total selling price was $165,000. That set the daily high sale as well. While it’s nice to see a C1 Corvette at the top of the list, we don’t expect this Corvette to be there long. The ’58 Corvette (Lot #438) is Panama Yellow with Charcoal interior. It features a 283 ci engine with the 2×4 Carburetors for 245 horsepower. It has the fairly rare RPO 473 Power Operated Folding Top which is demonstrated in the video. Fully restored with just 9 miles since completion. Bidding for the Corvette ramped up very quickly. Opening bid was $10,000 before jumping up to $70,000 and then $120,000. ProTeam’s Terry Michaelis dropped out of the bidding at $140,000. The final bid of $150,000 was enough to win. Add the 10% buyers commission and the total sales price jumps to $165,000.

Speed’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson Auction continues tonight at 7pm EST.
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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction via Speed Related:
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Corvette Cruise: The 5 Bridges Run

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2007

Last year in a post called “Ten Things To Do After Buying Your First Corvette”, I talked about joining a Corvette club and participating in events with other Corvette owners. At the time I wrote that, I was unaffiliated with any local clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. Well, New Years came around and one of my resolutions was to join a Corvette club and do some shows, events and cruises. So last week I joined Tampa Bay Vettes, a club that boasts an active membership of over 250 people. Today, I participated in a cruise called the 5 Bridges Run with over 50 Corvettes that made a 100 mile circuit across the five major bridges of Tampa Bay. It was a blast. 50 Corvettes rolling down the road is an awesome site. Corvettes from all years participated, from C1 to C6. I shot some video, which was a bit difficult when driving, but I think it captures the fun and excitement of the cruise:

If you are not a member of club, perhaps you need to make it one of your resolutions to join a local club as well! Click here for a list of Corvette Clubs.
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Video: TVR Sagaris vs C6 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2007

British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.


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Video: Jimmie Johnson and a Z06 Take Manhattan

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2006

Jimmie Johnson is in the Big Apple this week to pick up his $7 million dollar check for winning NASCAR’s Nextel Cup. This morning he drove up to the outdoor set of Fox & Friends in a Le Mans Blue Z06 Corvette. However, the NYPD wasn’t amused with either Jimmie’s parking skills or the fact that he burned a little rubber when leaving. The strategy for handling the cops? Blame it on Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.

Source: Fox & Friends

Fifth Gear’s Road Test: Corvette vs Viper SRT-10

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2006

Those that read this blog regularly probably know that I don’t do too many comparisons – putting the Corvette next to X and seeing how it performs. That just stems from my bias. The Corvette stands on its own merits and doesn’t need comparisons to make it look better. So why this post about Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato putting a C6 Coupe against the Dodge Viper SRT-10? It’s not the compare and contrast that makes this video, its the fact that these guys get two great cars on a track and just have a blast with them. Burnouts and power slides galore! So sit down, shut up and hang on, because this is a fun ride!

Source: TechEBlog.com
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Video: Corvette Museum Details Expansion Plans

by Keith Cornett on October 12, 2006

The National Corvette Museum's Expansion PlansThe National Corvette Museum unveiled their 50,000 square foot expansion plans at the annual membership meeting over Labor Day Weekend. The expansion includes a library and archives, a cafe, conference center and additional space for the Delivery program. The cost of the expansion is expected to cost around $12 million dollars. The Building Campaign fund currently stands at over $2.4 million dollars in pledges and donations. With groundbreaking planned for Labor Day Weekend 2007, the museum is busy soliciting donations to determine the amount of the square footage that will be included in Phase 1 of construction. The video contains the plans for the museum and how the expansion will be integrated into the current structure. It also shows architectural representations of how the space will be allocated. I will be contacting the museum to discuss our building fund contribution and I urge all Corvette supporters to do the same. Here is the link if you are interested in helping the National Corvette Museum with a tax deductible gift to the building fund. Source: National Corvette Museum Editor’s Note:We did have the video embedded on the site but it was causing problems with loading the rest of the page. We removed the embed code and replaced it with a link to the Museum. The video can be viewed here.
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Corvette Image of the Day: Little Red Corvette

by Keith Cornett on October 10, 2006

Spotted this cool C1 Corvette on Flickr. The Corvette was parked at a mexican restaurant on a hilltop in El Torito, California.

Little Red Corvette
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