Photo Credit: FIA WEC
The 2016 racing season for Corvette is a little clearer now with the word this week that Larbre Competition won’t be competing in the GTE-Pro class in the FIA World Endurance Championship after all.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months, you should know that tonight is the premiere of the seventh Star Wars movie called “The Force Awakens”. I was nine years old when my mom took me to see the original Star Wars movie in 1977. For the record, she took me not once but twice which confirms today how awesome of a mom she was!
If Corvette is America’s Favorite Sports Car, then Star Wars could definitely be called America’s favorite sci-fi movie franchise. Both Corvettes and Star Wars are embedded in America’s pop culture like no other car and movie is and we are always entertained when the iconic characters and themes from the movies crossover into our Corvette hobby.
So with today being #StarWarsTheForceAwakens Day across America’s social media platforms, we thought we would get in the act and share a gallery of 22 Star Wars themed Corvette images. Okay, for the record, there are only 21 Star Wars/Corvette images we came up with so we threw in a photo of Mark Hamill in Corvette Summer as a bonus picture.
The National Corvette Museum’s appeal of a $100-a-day fine won’t be heard until the new year arrives.
Tuesday, Warren District Court Judge John Brown delayed a case update until Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 9 a.m. in the NCM appeal of the fine imposed on its Motorsports Park for not having a certificate of occupancy.
The fine was issued by the Warren County Code Enforcement Board on Sept. 11, two days after a hearing in which residents near the park complained about the noise levels being created by activities at the park. The code enforcement board said the fine would be imposed until a revised detailed development plan was submitted by the NCM and approved by the City-County Planning Commission of Warren County, which would lead to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
The code enforcement board originally issued a citation against the motorsports park on Aug. 20, with only a fixed $100 fine issued at that time.
The NCM, in its appeal, argues that the code enforcement board overstepped the bounds of that original fine when it then issued the $100-a-day fine in September and the other demands surrounding it. The Museum claims that the board acted “arbitrarily, erroneously and cannot place a lien on NCM property until the fine is paid and the certificate of occupancy is obtained.” Also being argued by the NCM is the board’s authority not to permit motorsports park events after Sept. 13.
Named in the NCM appeal are Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon; Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken; Alan Stonex, code enforcement board chairman; Josh Moore, code enforcement board director; Steve Hunter, executive director of the planning commission; Megan Mooney, administrative group manager of the planning commission; and Frank “Hamp” Moore, planning commission attorney.
In a separate related case, Warren Circuit Judge John Grise on Monday set a jury trial for Nov. 1, 2016 to consider possible monetary damages for Clark Circle homeowners because of the vehicle noise coming from the motorsports park. Earlier, Grise had denied a temporary restraining order requested by Residents Against Motorsports Park Track Noise LLC asking for the park to be closed down.
Here is a report regarding the noise case brought by the neighbors of the Motorsports Park which was shown on WBKO-TV:
Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park Could be Heading for a 2016 Jury Trial Over Noise Dispute
Judge Delays Code Enforcement Appeals Hearing for Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park
Judge Grants Delay in Motorsports Park Ruling
We’ve heard of custody battles over children and even pets in times of divorce.
Now the fight has extended to a car, at least in one Alabama split-up.
“May the Force be with you” carries new meaning when you’re behind the wheel of this tribute car to tag/star-wars/”>Star Wars created by Hot Wheels.
Check out the latest edition of Jay Leno’s Garage to see the real version of Hot Wheels’ Darth Vader car that’s actually a drivable vehicle based on a C6 Corvette. Jay even takes it for a spin, pointing out that some people in Los Angeles didn’t even notice – too busy on their cell phones!
Chevrolet gathered its motorsports champions together today at GM’s Heritage Center for a unique photo op to celebrate another successful year of racing.
During 2015, Chevrolet earned six manufacturer and five driver championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, USCC and the Pirelli World Challenge. Chevy also had major wins at the Indianapolis 500, NHRA U.S. Nationals and Corvette Racing’s Grand Slam wins at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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There is only one place in America that is offering pictures of Santa Claus with his Torch Red 650 horsepower Corvette Z06. And to get it, you got to go home to the Mothership – GM’s World Headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Downtown Detroit.
It seems lately we’ve been writing a lot of stories about Corvette drivers being killed in their cars.
Today, we have a story with a much happier ending.
The Winnipeg Sun relates the tale of a driver of a 1996 Corvette who is lucky to be alive after being clipped by a 48-year-old drunk driver.
Eric Bueckert was on the way to see his girlfriend on Halloween afternoon when he noticed a fast-approaching car in his rearview mirror. The Pontiac Grand Am passed him but when he pulled back in, he hit the front fender of the Corvette, sending it careening off the road, into a field where it rolled an unknown number of times and winding up on its roof.
The Grand Am driver fled the scene.
Miraculously, Bueckert was able to take off his seatbelt and climb out the back of the car.
The impact was so hard it caused the Corvette’s battery to fly from the engine compartment onto the highway, cutting off power to the airbags before they could deploy. Bueckert wound up looking like something you might see on Halloween night, with a punctured lung, broken nose, and multiple bruises.
Still, he’s just glad to be alive, as witnessed by his Facebook post on Nov. 2:
“Looking at these pictures, there is no way I should have walked away from this. It is only thanks to God that I came away with no major injuries, and thanks to Shiyrah Friesen for getting me to wear my seatbelt. I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who called, texted, came to see me, and prayed for me, as well as to the people who stopped to help me, the paramedics and firefighters who were there, the doctors and nurses, and to the police who caught those responsible for this. I am truly grateful, and lucky to be alive and now recovering at home.”
Bueckert also has a stern message for those who would drink and drive, as did the 48-year-old man who has been arrested and charged in the accident with impaired operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, impaired operation over .08 causing bodily harm, and dangerous operation of a vehicle.
“There is no need (to drink and drive),” Bueckert said. “Most of the time when you hear about it, it’s not the ones who were drinking and driving who got hurt, it’s someone else that they hit.
“It’s not only the injury and the car, in my case it’s going to physio, having to deal with MPI, it’s not a lot of fun and it’s not necessary at all.”
Bueckert had bought the Corvette from his father a few years ago, calling it “a fun car and I liked taking it out to cruise nights in Winnipeg, but it’s just a car and it could have been a whole lot worse than that,” he said.
We’re just glad Bueckert survived the crash and maybe his message will help prevent another such accident from happening.