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Most of us have been holding out hope that Johnny O’Connell would still be part of the 2011 Corvette Racing team as a team driver for the three endurance races (Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans). Unfortuately, that doesn’t appear to be the case as Johnny posted this on facebook just a couple of ours ago:

Since everyone is asking… no I won’t be in the Corvette for the long races. But hey, I might still be there.

We’ve also heard that 2010′s endurance race driver Manny Collard may be driving a prototype next year which would then leave that seat open for Corvette Racing. Looks like Fehan and the team’s management have some decisions to make…

 

Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Battlestar Galactica C5 Corvette is One Hot Mess

The builder of this hot mess that was once a C5 Corvette Convertible appears to have spared no expense in bringing his vision of the sci-fi show Battlestar Galactica to the roads of Istanbul, Turkey. With all that custom body work, the massive wing held down by 20 bolts, and the Zonda-style exhaust, the finishing touch is the Battlestar Galactia sticker on the rear. Now, if I remember the TV show correctly, Apollo and Starbuck flew “Vipers” but why get hung up on semantics. Those with weak constitutions or acid reflux issues should turn away now.

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Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2010

Zora Arkus-Duntov

Fifty-Seven years ago today, an assistant staff engineer working for Chevrolet recognized the burgeoning hot rod market was made up of young men who invariably turned to Ford parts and accessories for performance. The engineer also deduced that once these men progressed in age and income, they would trade in their jalopies for used Fords and then for new Fords. For Chevrolet to be able to compete for these new performance-minded customers, the company’s anticipated V8 engines should also be made available with a ready line of engineered performance parts including cams, pistons and valves. And so the assistant staff engineer wrote a memo to his boss detailing this epiphany.

Little did Zora Arkus-Duntov realize the paradigm shift that would take place after he penned his now famous letter “Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders, and Chevrolet” on December 16, 1953 to his boss, Chevrolet Chief Engineer Ed Cole.

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Send The Corvette Driving Enthusiast on your Christmas List to Bondurant

Want to give the ultimate Christmas gift this year? Then consider giving your Corvette fanatic (our yourself!) a gift certificate to Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving. Gift certificates are good for driving and karting courses as well as Bondurant merchandise. The best news is that you can save up to 25% on all gift certificates though December 31st. Want to see what there is to do at Bondurant? Check out the video after the jump and then call 800-842-RACE to make your plans.

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Johnny O'Connell Makes Transition from Corvette Racing to Team Cadillac
(L-R) GM VP Jim Campbell, Johnny O’Connell, Andy Pilgrim and Cadillac Marketing VP Dan Butler

Record-Setting Racer Reunited with Corvette Racing Teammate Andy Pilgrim in New Cadillac SCCA World Challenge GT Program

DETROIT, Dec. 14, 2010 – Johnny O’Connell will move from Corvette Racing to the new Team Cadillac motorsports program in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) World Challenge GT in 2011. After 10 successful seasons in Corvettes, O’Connell will join former Corvette Racing teammate Andy Pilgrim in a pair of Cadillac CTS-V Coupes as Cadillac returns to racing in the SCCA production-based series.

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Santa’s Helper Drives One Fast Sleigh

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Santa's Helper Drives One Fast Sleigh

From LancasterOnline.com:

Santa Claus, or perhaps more accurately, his helper and lookalike Dan Knarr, traded in a reindeer-powered sleigh for a sports car Saturday as he made his way to several local holiday appearances via Corvette. (Vinny Tennis/Sunday News)

 

Corvette Racing’s Gavin to Race in Grand-Am in 2011

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Corvette Racing's Gavin to Race in Grand-Am in 2011

It appears that Oliver Gavin will have a couple of rides in 2011, assuming that he maintains his seat with Corvette Racing in the American Le Mans Series. Olly announced that he will be racing in the Grand Am/Rolex Series with Banner Racing’s Chevrolet Camaro. Gavin will share the No. 07 The Cool TV Camaro with Gunter Schaldach for the seven round series. Where the calendar conflicts with the ALMS, the C6.R driver expects ALMS races to take precedence.

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Corvettes on CraigsList: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2010

Corvettes on Craigs List: 1958 Bondo Custom Roadster

The description calls this Corvette a “very unique find” and I think most of us would agree that it should have stayed lost. The same family in Tennessee has had the Corvette since 1968 and in 1972 they added the custom nose and bondo-crafted rear flares. The front actually looks like the 1958 Corvette XP-700 concept that was penned by Chuck Jordan, the GM head of design who passed away last week. Unfortunately, that’s all that this craigslist special has in common with XP-700.

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Johnny O'Connell Reassigned to SCCA World Challenge GT Series

A press release today by Cadillac seems to confirm that Johnny O’Connell has been reassigned from the Corvette Racing program to Cadillac’s SCCA World Challenge GT series. He will join former Corvette Racing driver Andy Pilgrim behind the wheel of a Pratt & Miller race-prepped Cadillac CTS-V Coupe. Cadillac will be fielding two CTS-V Coupes in the series which gets underway in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 25-27th. Speculation is alive and well that O’Connell may still drive Corvettes for the three endurance races: Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Cadillac’s full press release is after the jump.

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Become a Fan of CorvetteBlogger.com’s Facebook Page

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2010

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