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First Corvette to Win at Le Mans to be Displayed at the C5/C6 Bash

The 1960 Cunningham Corvette was the first Corvette to win at Le Mans. The story of the skillful restoration of this classic Corvette will be told to fans attending the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum on May 1. Lance Miller, son of “Corvettes at Carlisle” founder Chip Miller, plans to bring the Corvette to Bowling Green along with one of its drivers, John Fitch.

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Grand Sport Corvette Is a Hit Says Plant Manager; NCM Raffles Meet Demand

How well are sales going for the new 2010 Corvette Grand Sport? “Over half of the coupes and three-quarters of the Convertibles are being ordered as Grand Sports” said Harlan Charles, Corvette Product Marketing Manager for GM. National Corvette Museum Board Member and Corvette Assembly Plant Manager Bob Parcell said the Grand Sport has become the “most popular model of Corvette and overall Corvette sales are up this year.” As a result the Grand Sport will be featured by the National Corvette Museum as their fund raising raffles says Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode. “We thought we’d follow the trend and offer more of what customers are wanting.”

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In this episode, the team begins the ALMS season at the 12 Hours of Sebring. On a track known for its high speeds, changing surfaces and a total of 17 turns, the Corvette Racing team began the race weekend “living the dream.” As you may have seen, an unfortunate miscommunication brings both Corvettes to collide in pit row, ending their chances for a win to start the season. The episode features exclusive post-collision interviews from the Corvette crew chief, Dan Binks, team owner Gary Pratt and program director, Doug Fehan and a new exclusive angle of the crash not yet released.



Source:
Chevrolet’s YouTube Channel

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Corvette Racing’s Program Manager speaks to Corvette owners at the corral tent at the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring. Doug talks about cascading engineering which makes the race cars and street cars better and he answers questions about the new LS5.5R engine powering the ALMS Corvette C6.R.



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[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan at Sebring
[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen at Sebring
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Magnussen Goes 3 Wide on Melo’s Ferrari at Sebring
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Bruised and Battered in the 12 Hours of Sebring

 

Rare 1955 Corvette Bubbletop Roadster to Be Auctioned By RM in Fort Lauderdale

RM Auctions is holding their Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale auction this weekend. Over 30 Corvettes are scheduled for the auction with some of the featured lots coming from the estate of automobile collector John O’Quinn. One of these is Lot #740, a 1955 Corvette roadster featuring one of the most unique aftermarket accessories ever made for the early C1 Corvettes: A removable “bubble top” hard top.

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I guess this C3 Corvette watched too many commercials of Papa John’s founder delivering pizza’s in the 1971 Camaro and decided it too wanted to break into the restaurant game. The Corvette was heavily damaged in the accident, and thanks to a passerby who saw the aftermath of the crash in New Albany, Indiana, we have video of what appears to be a very painful “extraction”.


Source:
Tampa Sports Car Examiner

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 GM To Auction First 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach

The first retail 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition will be auctioned to the highest bidder at Barrett-Jackson’s Collector Car Event in Palm Beach, Florida on April 3rd. The Winning bidder will also be able to tour the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom, MI where the hand-built LS7 and LS9 engines are assembled and the winner can watch the car be assembled at the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green.

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Corvette Racing driver Jan Magnussen made headlines last season when his battle at Laguna Seca with the #45 Flying Lizards Porsche ended with Mags going into the wall. We spoke with Jan prior to the start of the 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and asked him about the incident and whether he has talked with Jorg Bergmeister since the incident. We also asked Jan about his running the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1 last fall and if he thought he could be Jim Mero’s 7:26.4 time.



Related:
[VIDEO] Interview with Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan at Sebring
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing Bruised and Battered in the 12 Hours of Sebring
[VIDEO] Another View of the Corvette C6.R/Porsche ALMS GT2 Battle at Laguna Seca
[VIDEO] Jan Magnussen Attacks the Nurburgring in a Corvette ZR1

 

CorvetteBlogger caught up with Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and asked him a variety of questions with topics ranging from the new 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition, going global for the design of the C7 Corvette and if the new Camaro is hurting Corvette sales.


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[VIDEO] Corvette Presentation at Sebring Featuring Tadge Juechter and Harlan Charles
[VIDEO] The 2011 Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition Public Reveal