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One of My Favorite Corvette Photos

by Keith Cornett on February 7, 2009

Keith aka CorvetteBlogger his 1966 Corvette Convertible

I was looking for a photo to use as an avatar for a new Corvette social network I recently joined and came across this photo of me in my 1966 Corvette. I was returning to Tampa from the 2003 NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee with my friend Chris trailing me in his C5 Corvette Coupe. It wasn’t until that night that I knew he took this shot of me comfortably cruising at 82 mph on Interstate 4.

Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette Convertible

Several years later I paid forward the favor when I came upon Charlie driving his 1965 Corvette convertible on I-95 in South Carolina. He was returning to South Florida from Deals Gap, NC where he and some friends had cruised the Tail of the Dragon. Although I didn’t have a HUD in the GMC Arcadia rental to document our speed, Charlie had about the same surprised reaction at seeing him in his Corvette as I did after I was able to track him down through the forums and send him the pictures.

Like Charlie, I drive my 1966 Corvette regularly (although not usually that far from home) and I think that’s one of the neatest aspects of this photo: Just me on the road in my ’66 Sting Ray with the wind whipping through the cockpit and my focus on the road ahead. Life should be that good everyday.


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Long and Winding Road: Paul McCartney's Blue C5 Corvette

I’ve been a Beatles fan for about as long as I’ve been a Corvette fan – which means pretty much my entire life, so this is a fun story for me to tell you about. Former cute-one Paul McCartney keeps a C5 Corvette at his LA home and is often seen driving it when he is on the West Coast. Paul was recently spotted strolling through LAX with new GF Nancy Shevell and the couple was photographed leaving the airport in Paul’s C5 Blue Convertible.

I believe Paul has owned this particular Corvette for some time. I remember watching a special about the recording of the 2005 CD “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard” and at one point the video showed Paul arriving at the LA recording studio in the blue C5 convertible.

Think about that for a sec. McCartney is one of the richest entertainers in the world with a net worth estimated to be a BILLION dollars. He can afford any car he wants – yet he keeps an older C5 Corvette as his personal car when in California. I think that says a lot, not only about McCartney, but about the performance and quality of the C5 generation of Corvettes.

And since I’ve already gotten way off topic with this post, let me continue with a quick plug of Paul’s latest album “Electric Arguments”. If you’re a McCartney or Beatles fan and you don’t have this disc in your collection, you are missing out. It’s Paul’s best work in several years and it’s a great listen. Check out The Fireman: Electric Arguments.


Source:
UK Daily Mail

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Marcel Fassler and Antonio Garcia Joins Corvette Racing Team

Corvette Racing has announced a new driver lineup for the 2009 American Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two new faces have been added for the endurance events. Marcel Fassler (L) will team up with Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta in the #4 Corvette C6.R and Antonio Garcia (R) will join ALMS GT1 Defending Champions Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R.

Marcel Fassler hails from Switzerland and been a winner in the FIA GT Championship with the Phoenix Carsport Corvette C6.R and won the prestigious Spa 24-hour race in 2007. He also briefly raced for Audi’s LMP1 team last year. Fassler has already been announced as part of the Speedy Sebah Lola-Aston Martin team for the 2009 Le Mans Series. Fassler has competed in the DTM, the European Le Mans Series, A1 Grand Prix, and the FIA GT championship.

Spanish driver Antonio Garcia won the GT1 class at Le Mans last year driving for Corvette’s arch rival Aston Martin. Most recently, Garcia was part of the winning Brumos team at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Garcia has raced in the European Touring Car Championship, the World Touring Car Championship and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

“Antonio and Marcel have the ability, the experience, and the mindset that we look for in a Corvette Racing driver,” said GM Road Racing Group manager Steve Wesoloski. “We’ve seen their speed on the track, and we know they have the discipline and team-oriented attitude that’s essential for success in endurance racing.”

Fassler and Garcia replace Max Papis and Ron Fellows in Corvette Racing’s three endurance events: the 12 Hours of Sebring, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 10 hour Petit Le Mans. Papis is making the move to break into NASCAR full time this season while Ron Fellows has moved into an ambassadorial role with the Corvette Racing team.

Corvette Racing also confirmed that they will run in the GT1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Grand Prix of Long Beach before heading to France in June to compete for the 10th time at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Following their return from France, Corvette Racing will transition to the GT2 class at Mid-Ohio as the team prepares for a full season of GT2 racing in 2010.



Source:
Corvette Racing

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Torch Red Making a Return on the 2010 Corvette?

by Keith Cornett on February 5, 2009

Victory Red C6 (L) and a Torch Red C5 (R)

Chatter has been building over the last week about the possible return of Torch Red as a color option on the 2010 Corvette. Corvette Conti says Motown sources are telling him that Torch Red will be available as well as one other new color. Could that new color could be related to the expected return of the Grand Sport?

Conti thinks that one such color that could be used on the 2010 Grand Sport is Imperial Blue which was featured on the AllState 400 Corvette Z06 Pace Car in 2008.

What hasn’t really been discussed yet is which color(s) may be dropped to support the addition of two new colors. We are assuming that Victory Red would be retired with the return of Torch Red as opposed to dropping the darker shaded Crystal Red. However, with the Cadillac XLR being retired, it could open up additional capacity to Corvette to add another color without first discontinuing an existing color.

What ever the case, these kinds of tidbits are usually out on the table and confirmed by GM just prior to the C5/C6 Bash at the National Corvette Museum in April. We’ll be attending the show this year and you can count on us to bring you all the sites and sounds of the new 2010 Corvette as well as an update on the NCM’s expansion project.

Sources:
Corvette Conti and Corvette Forum

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Auction Preview: 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

by Keith Cornett on February 4, 2009

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

Vintage race Corvettes with provenance are selling at record numbers and we now have word of another significant Corvette racecar set to hit the auction block in May. The 1965 Corvette roadster nicknamed the “8-Ball Cobra Killer” was one of the most dominating Corvette race cars of its day. The Corvette will be a winner once again as its offered for sale at the 5th Annual Houston Classic Auction hosted by Worldwide Auctioneers.

The 1965 Corvette was owned and raced by Herb Caplan alongside the legendary Dick Gulstand. One of the most dominating cars at the time, the 8-Ball Corvette saw most of its action on the west coast and won 46 of 49 races in a single season. Today the Corvette is restored to its original 1966 race specs.

1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer 1965 Caplan/Gulstrand Corvette Racer

The 5th Annual Houston Classic will be held at the Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX on Saturday, May 2nd. Visit Worldwide Auctions for more details.

Sources:
Worldwide Auctions
Photo Credit: Toshi Akatsuka, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers

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Unique 1963 Corvette Display

Hemmings recently displayed these vintage photos taken inside a Chevy dealership back in the 60′s that show a 1963 Corvette Coupe display that was constructed with a hydraulic lift. At a touch of a button, the body would be lifted off the frame revealing the chassis and the small block 327 cubic inch V8.

The photographs were taken inside Grotewold Chevrolet, which was located in a small town in western Iowa. There is some debate as to which small town the dealership actually resided. Once inside, the dealership is vintage Chevy. We see the 1963 Corvette Coupe display is centrally located inside and as you can see from the photos, an audience of two Midwestern boys look on as the Corvette Coupe rises to show its inner workings.

Unique 1963 Corvette Display Unique 1963 Corvette Display Unique 1963 Corvette Display

We first saw one of these custom displays during our coverage of the Al Wiseman auction in December 2007. That display used a 1965 Corvette coupe and was built by Chevrolet for the 1965 Autorama that toured the country. The story was after the autorama concluded, the 1965 Corvette display bounced around before ending up in South Africa as a display at a technical school. As a side note to this story, the 1965 Autorama display sold at the Al Wiseman auction for $704k.

The owner of the 1965 Corvette Autorama Cutaway says he was told that Chevrolet built five of these unique displays but the whereabouts of this 1963 display is currently unknown.

Sources:
Hemmings Auto Blog

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CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

CorvetteBlogger.com is Now on Twitter!

Just a quick note to let you know that CorvetteBlogger.com is now on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows us to send 140-character messages to our “followers”. We’ve been using it long enough to realize the potential of not only sending “tweets” but being on the receiving end of influential people including those within GM. To see our updates and to become a follower, click here:

January 2009 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

GM released the first sales figures for the new year and for the first time since we started keeping track in 2006, Corvette deliveries dropped below 1,000 units to close at 842 for the month of January. Unfortunately for both GM and the assembly workers in Bowling Green, 842 Corvette sales does little to alleviate the supply of Corvettes on the ground and the slow sales could force the company to keep the factory’s doors closed longer than planned.

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Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

by Keith Cornett on February 3, 2009

Five Easy Corvette Restoration Projects Anyone Can Do

Are you and your Corvette snowbound? Now is the time a lot of guys work on their cars because old man winter is keeping their Corvettes off the roads. Want to spend some quality time upgrading your Corvette without breaking the bank? We turned to Ecklers Corvette Parts for some seriously easy Corvette restoration projects to get you through the winter while keeping some green in your pocket.

Corvette Emblem Assembly, 1958-1960 Front, 1958-1961 Rear
Reproduction Of Original. Includes Gold Emblem, Bezel, Gasket, Speed Nuts & Silver Backplate. This Corvette reproduction front and rear emblem assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and finish will work superbly for your restoration. In addition, using a reproduction front and rear emblem assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette. Did you know? Many people in our hobby refer to the front emblem as a nose emblem.

Corvette Clock, Quartz, 1958-1962
Impress your friends and fellow Corvette club members by replacing your broken clock with this original looking replacement which features a modern reliable quartz movement. As the clock is one of the focal points in your C1 Corvette, why not have one that works? You’ll be able to drive with pride know that ALL gauges are working and your wife will appreciate your new found ability to tell time while driving your Corvette! Just pop out your old clock and install the new one and never be late your club gathering again.

Corvette Parking Light Assembly, 1963-1967
Reproduction Of Original with Correct Lens Markings On Outer Edge “AMBER 595440″ & “CRYSTAL 5950982″ Center Markings “GUIDE F2=60″. This Corvette reproduction parking light assembly has been manufactured to original factory specifications using today’s modern manufacturing techniques. You will find the fit and function will work superbly for your restoration and the installation process couldn’t be easier. In addition, using a reproduction parking light assembly from Eckler’s will add authenticity and value to your Corvette.

Corvette Taillight Set, With Back-Up Lights, 1963-1966
Over time Corvette taillights dim and the lenses darken. New lights and signals will improve visibility as well as make your Corvette look great. These reproduction lights are made in the USA with original GM tooling and they are quite simple to install.

Corvette Power Window Switch, 1968-1982
Are your power windows switches not working correctly or has the finish worn off? Many times a replacement switch will solve your power window woes. For about $20 each, you’re looking at a cheap way to add that sparkle and bling back your window switches. For what its worth, I just installed these on my 1979 Corvette and couldn’t be happier with the good response and great looks.


Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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LG Motorsports Makes Bid to Race GT2 Corvette at Le Mans

by Keith Cornett on February 2, 2009

LG Motorsports  GT2 Corvette at Sebring

Our friends at Badboy Vettes are telling us that the Black and Flames #28 GT2 Corvette belonging to LG Motorsports and Lou Gigliotti has applied to the ACO for a GT2 entry in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. As for the rest of the season, Lou says its all about Le Mans.

With continued support from car builder Riley Technologies and several new French sponsors including the French Corvette Club, Lou feels they will get strong consideration from the ACO, the organization that hosts the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“Our season hinges directly on our Le Mans application. If we do get accepted, we have funding for Le Mans, Sebring, St. Pete, Long Beach, Mid-Ohio, Petit and Laguna.”

The #28 Corvette and the LG Motorsports team were at Sebring last week for the winter test session. According to Lou, it was track time well spent:

“We were there and got down to a 2:03.5 which was about 1.5 seconds off the fastest Michelin time of the 3 day test. We were on last year Dunlop compound which is behind what the BMW team now has.”

“I ran almost 8 hours of testing in two days during 4 two hour sessions. I only got out of the car between two hour sessions. ”

“We didn’t have our proper 1st gear for the hairpin but we will for the race.”

We saw the new GT2 team make great strides last year before funding problems took them out of several races. Seeming to show improvement after each race, we were much impressed with the #28 Corvette during last year’s Utah Grand Prix where the car was in contention for much of the race.

Should the LG Motorsports team get its invite to France, then we are assured of seeing the Lou and his #28 GT2 Corvette at the ALMS opener at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st.



Source:
Badboy Vettes
Corvette Forum
Photo Credit: John Thawley

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