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Mecum vs Barrett-Jackson By the Numbers

by Rick Tavel on February 1, 2013

Mecum vs Barrett-Jackson By the Numbers

When the final car crossed the block in Kissimmee, Florida at Mecum’s 2013 event and the totals were in, the stage was set to determine the winner of the “Superbowl” of auctions. Over the last several weeks it was hard to avoid all of the auction coverage that took place in Scottsdale, Arizona, headlined with the extravaganza staged by Barrett-Jackson, and the east coast contender, Mecum. To many readers it may have seemed a bit confusing as to just what was the “premier” auction event in January, Barrett-Jackson or Mecum. I’m not sure that we can designate which auction was “best” since that is a subjective evaluation and dependent on individual tastes. But for those of you who have a penchant for numbers, we can provide you with a numbers comparison to help you decide the destination of your 2014 plane ticket.

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GM Performance Build Center Moving to Bowling Green

by Steve Burns on February 1, 2013

GM Performance Build Center Moving to Bowling Green

General Motors has announced that they will be moving their Performance Build Center from its current home in Wixom, MI to the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Ky. The low-volume production facility currently hand assembles all of the dry sump motors (LS7, LS9, and LS3 with manual tranny) for Corvettes. Previously, they also produced the powerplants for the Cadillac STS-V and XLR-V.

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Brembo Expands Michigan Plant for 2014 Corvette Stingray Brakes

The Corvette ZR1 has been praised for its brakes ever since it was introduced to the world for the 2009 model year.

That outstanding braking power has come courtesy of the Italian supplier Brembo.

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GM Granted Trademark Aprroval for the Legendary Corvette Engine RPO Code L88

After trademarking Turbo-Jet last fall, it appears that GM has dusted off another legendary term. GM Authority reported late last week that General Motors has recently been given approval to use a pair of different L88 trademarks. The two requests were filed in August and September 2012 respectively and final approval was given on January 15th of this year.

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[PICS] Adam's Premium Polishes Used on the 2014 Corvette Stingray at Barrett-Jackson

Other than the original 1960′s Batmobile, no other car captured the attention of the crowds at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction like the 2014 Corvette Stingray. As it worked its way through the throng of bidders and spectators and made its way up on the auction block, Adam and Dylan from Adam’s Premium Polishes were there to make sure the Stingray was ready for its TV appearance with Adam’s officially licensed Corvette Detail spray and Adam’s Double Soft microfiber towels.

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2014 Corvette Stingray Rendered as the C7.R Race Car

by Mitch Talley on January 31, 2013

2014 Corvette Stingray Rendered as the C7.R Race Car

While we sit back and wonder what the new C7.R race car from Corvette Racing and Pratt & Miller will look like, a talented graphic artist has already unveiled his vision of the car that will be based on the recently unveiled 2014 Corvette Stingray.

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Japanese Tuner RK Design Shows Off Custom ZR1 Corvette

by Mitch Talley on January 30, 2013

Japanese Tuner RK Design Shows off Custom ZR1 Corvette

The C6 Corvette ZR1 may be in its closing months of production, but that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t have some life left in it.

For example, a few days ago, Japanese tuning house RK Design unveiled a custom ZR1 for the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon.

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Allocation Details for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Emerge

by Keith Cornett on January 30, 2013

Allocation Details for the 2014 Corvette Stingray Emerge

General Motors held a teleconference on Tuesday with Chevrolet dealers and their sales personnel to talk about the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Our sources tell us that dealership allocation will not be finalized until the second quarter of 2013, however, those dealers that are getting the Stingray are predetermined based on the volume of Corvette sales in 2012.

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Corvette Thieves Stymied by 6-Speed Manual Transmission

by Mitch Talley on January 30, 2013

Corvette Thieves Stymied by 6-Speed Manual Transmission
File photo courtesy of CorvetteImages.com

Here’s another reason for automakers to keep manufacturing cars with manual transmissions: They can keep your pride and joy from being stolen.

At least when the would-be carjackers don’t even know how to drive a six-speed!

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[VIDEO] 2014 Corvette Stingray Revealed: EXTERIOR DESIGN

by Keith Cornett on January 29, 2013

[VIDEO] 2014 Corvette Stingray Revealed: EXTERIOR DESIGN

Remember those teaser videos GM put out in advance of the 1.13.13 reveal? Chevy has released a new Corvette Stingray video on youtube and if you were paying attention, you would have seen some of that video was used in the first video teaser called CONCEPTION which dealt with the exterior design and aerodynamics testing. Now you can see the entire video which indeed shows the C7 Corvette Stingray.

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