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Corvette Auction Preview: RM’s Arizona Auction Part 2

by Guest Contributor on December 22, 2010

Corvette Auction Preview: RM's Arizona Auction Part 2

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Today we wrap up our preview of RM Auctions 12th annual Arizona sale which will be held January 20th and 21st, 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. In case you missed it, here is part 1 of our RM Arizona Auction Preview.

Our selection this time features a trio of 1967 convertibles and a matching set of C1’s. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson will be offering 2 of the 1967 convertibles. One is a gorgeous black 435hp car and the other is a maroon 400hp, factory air car. GM sold just 840 Cascade Green Corvettes between 1956 and 1957. RM’s Arizona sale will feature 1 very nice example from each of those years.

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Corvettes on eBay: 4-Door 1980 Corvette for $300,000

by Keith Cornett on December 21, 2010

Corvettes on eBay: 4-Door 1980 Corvette for $300,000

Jalopnik featured this 1980 4-seat Corvette on today’s nice price or crack pipe where visitors comment on whether or not the car for sale is worth its asking price. For $300,000 the seller is asking for is a premium price for sure and while every seller sees value in the Corvette they’re selling, some are a bit more confident than others.

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The Speed Business Premiers - First 3 Episodes Now Live

The Speed Business is a web-based documentary/reality show detailing a behind the scenes look at Blackdog Racing and team owner/driver Tony Gaples. Produced by Patrick Gramm (Vette Garage, Vette Girl), the show promises to take the viewer to places race fans rarely see…in the pits, in the garage and behind the wheel right in the middle of all the action as Blackdog Racing campaigns in the 2005 SCCA Pro Racing “Speed World Challenge” series.

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Forgotten 1969 Corvette Pulled from the Weeds

by Keith Cornett on December 20, 2010

Forgotten 1969 Corvette Pulled from the Weeds

This 1969 Corvette T-Top Coupe had been left in the care of mother nature for an extended length of time with predictable results. No explanation as to why it came to be parked and left to the weather and rodents. Was it as simple as “it’s not running right, I’ll fix it next week” or maybe “not sure what the knocking noise is but better not drive it”?

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Bloomington Gold Makes Changes to 2011 Corvette Judging Schedule

by Guest Contributor on December 20, 2010

Bloomington Gold Makes Changes to 2011 Corvette Judging Schedule

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

The 39th annual Bloomington Gold Corvette show will see major changes this year as organizers have shuffled the weekend’s judging schedule again for the 2nd time in the last few years. The June 23rd – 26th, 2011 event to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL will divide up its Survivor, Gold Certification, and Benchmark judging across 3 days for this year’s show. Previously, Survivor judging had been on Thursdays, Gold Certification on Fridays, and the drive-through awards ceremony on Saturday morning.

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Corvette Auction Preview: RM’s Arizona Auction

by Guest Contributor on December 17, 2010

Corvette Auction Preview: RM's Arizona Auction

Article Contributed by Steve Burns

Each January the collector car world descends on sunny Arizona while much of the rest of the country stays huddled indoors to avoid the cold winter weather. RM Auctions’ 2011 season kicks off with their 12th annual Arizona event on January 20th and 21st at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. As usual, the docket is full of hundreds of highly desirable collector cars and the 2011 edition will feature 10 very distinct early corvettes.

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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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