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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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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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