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[VIDEO] Top Gear: Clarkson Loves the Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on November 10, 2008

Top Gear Testing the Corvette ZR1

The Top Gear episode that featured the 2009 ZR1 aired on Sunday and from the start you could see that Clarkson was absolutely bowled over by the power and refinement of the 638 horsepower Corvette. With no America bashing or usual snarkiness shown other than to the US Government for issues relating to the host’s visas, the show was fun to watch and very entertaining.

We expected to hear the comments that surfaced last month in which Clarkson says about his time spent in the Corvette ZR1 was fabulous, “but after three days the damn thing was beginning to disintegrate. It made me growl with annoyance and despair.” There was none of that. Instead we got the following quotes:

“This is made by two fat blokes in Kentucky.” “I’m starting to like this Corvette…it isn’t the power, it’s the surprise of the power. When you’re driving a Ferrari Enzo, you’re expecting it. This though, it’s quiet, it’s comfortable, it’s beautifully air-conditioned…so you’re simply not ready for the savagery when you put your foot down. I’ve got a heads-up display with your lateral G…and the best stereo in the world…!” “Man, this is great. ” “How can a car as docile as this one be as exciting when the road gets this twisty.” “A proper manual gearbox.” “Are you listening Ferrari? Well done fat man from Kentucky…this…is…a masterpiece!”

Unfortunately, most of the show has been pulled from YouTube due to trademark issues, but one of the segments remains. Better watch it while you can. We’ll attempt to embed the other segments as they become available:

Not to ruin the ending for you, but in the last segment, Clarkson runs the Corvette ZR1 on the Bonneville Salt Flats from 0 to the One Mile Marker in 176.549 MPH.


Source:
Jalopnik

Related:
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UK’s Top Gear to Test Drive The 2009 Corvette ZR1

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Let’s Go Retro: The Corvette C3R Stingray Renderings

by Keith Cornett on November 9, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Corvette Vaporware seems to be all the rage these days and those designs that incorporate the features of classic Corvettes always generate a ton of press. Now traveling on the intertubes at warp speed are the computer renderings by Christian Cyrulewski and his C6-based retro Corvette C3R.

The Corvette C3R Stingray is a C6 Corvette based on the classic design of the 1969 stingray, complete with vertical side vents and chrome bumpers. The rear of the C3R, from the cockpit to the taillights is almost a dead ringer of the ’69 Vette. Yet we like how the modern (and functional) influences were incorporated, particularly the Z06 rear brake ducts, giving the C3R a unique classic muscle car look with modern C6 performance.

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C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

There are not a lot of details about the C3R project other than the renderings and the notice that they are currently in the tooling development phase. TopSpeed reports that Christian is looking to have the C3R debut at the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit and rebody kits will be offered for sale if there is enough interest in the car.

I’ve noticed a trend with these computer-rendered Corvette sites that almost all will say that they will build it if there is interest. Based on what we have seen so far, the Corvette C3R is high on our list of customized Corvettes we’d most like to see offered and joins the likes of the Rossi 66 and the Fireblade.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Autoblog

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South African Designer Creates Stir With Corvette ZR1 Fireblade

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[VIDEO] This Is No Way For A Corvette To Die

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2008

Vince McMahon's Corvette gets filled with Cement

I just came across this classic clip from a WWE Raw event that aired in October, 1998. I never followed wrestling but it appears that wrestler Steve Austin and WWE founder Vince McMahon have a love-hate relationship. That relationship must have been even more strained after this event which culminated in Austin filling McMahon’s early C4 Corvette Coupe with cement.

Of course this stunt was planned to boost ratings as this telecast was one of the first wrestling events to air on the USA network on a Monday Night, facing NFL Monday Night Football as well as WCW wrestling on TNT. In an LA Times interview about the stunt, McMahon says he picked a Corvette to make his entrance because, “if you’re going to destroy a car, make it worth destroying.”


Source:
YouTube.com
LA Times

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[PICS] Addition on National Corvette Museum Progressing

by Keith Cornett on November 6, 2008

The National Corvette Museum

A set of aerial photographs showing the progress of the National Corvette Museum’s new addition are circulating among the enthusiast community. The expansion will add 47,000 square feet to the existing 60,000 square foot facility and the new space will include the library/archives, an expanded gift shop and a conference center capable of seating 400 people.

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The NCM’s expansion is expected to cost around $9 million and the hope is that it will be completed in time for the 15th anniversary celebration during 2009′s labor day weekend.

Corvette Conti says these photos were taken by Gary Cockriel of the NCM. We got ours from a Tampa Bay Vettes club email that links to a Shutterfly gallery. Follow that link to see all 16 photos.


Source:
Shutterfly

Related:
Corvette Museum’s $9 Million Expansion Begins
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Motor Authority’s Next Generation C7 Corvette Rendering

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2008

C7 Corvette Rendering

With news of the indefinite hold placed on the next generation C7 Corvette due to GM’s financial problems, we sometimes wonder if Corvette 7.0 will ever be made. We do find ways to dream about what could be and luckily for us, this C7 computer rendering by the folks at Motor Authority/Schulte Design goes a long way to filling the void.

This rendering seems to have refined the design of GM’s Centennial Corvette concept that will be appearing in next year’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. We see the same grille, vertical slat headlights, side vents and the best self-described feature, the jet-fighter glasshouse.

While we realize that this is an unofficial rendering, we applaud the fact that the designer added a Z07 badge and painted the exterior in speeding ticket red. As you should know by now, all Corvettes are red and therefore this concept doesn’t disappoint us in the least. Click here to see the larger version.


Source:
Motor Authority

Related:
Next-Generation C7 Corvette on Hold – Indefinitely
Transformer’s Corvette Concept Revealed

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Ultimate Tribute: SEMA 2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

by Keith Cornett on November 5, 2008

2008 Corvette C6.R Replica

This Corvette Z06 turned C6R replica looks to be the real deal until you get up close and view the interior. Making its debut at last year’s SEMA show, this ultimate tribute Corvette has returned to Las Vegas for SEMA 2008 and features the updated 2008 “Jake Scrape” livery which includes the new Compuware logo and black wheels. While we believe the best livery ever was the B-Pillar Jake on the 2007 Monterey Corvette C6Rs, we know this Corvette would be a hit at any of the ALMS Corvette corrals.

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Photos copyright ©2008 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

See more photos at Autoblog


Source:
Autoblog

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October 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 4, 2008

We knew sales would be down for the month of October, but I wasn’t expecting the news to be this bad. Corvette sales declined an astounding 52.9% in the month of October with only 1,170 units delivered. Now we know why the Corvette assembly plant will be idled for the second time come December.There’s not much point trying to analyze sales numbers that are this bad. We all know what’s happened to the financial outlook for the country over the past month and unfortunately, the future for the Corvette Program in the short term isn’t much better. GM has scaled back production, closed the factory (twice) and postponed indefinitely the development on the next generation C7.

Take a deep breath and go watch this video again to change your attitude.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4% Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5%
September 2,318 2,837 -18.3% Jan-Sept 23,384 25,849 -9.5%
October 1,170 2,484 -52.9% Jan-Oct 24,554 28,333 -13.3%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 8,043 Corvettes on the ground and can be broken down into the following years:

  • 2007 Corvettes – 130
  • 2008 Corvettes – 2,493
  • 2009 Corvettes – 5,420
Here’s the current breakdown in 2008 Corvette inventory in case you’re still looking to score a deal:
  • 1,050 Corvette Coupes
  • 799 Corvette Convertibles
  • 644 Corvette Z06


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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September 2008 Corvette Sales

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Motor Trend Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, Ferrari 599 GTB and Porsche GT2

Finally, someone had the balls an epiphany to line up four supercars and take them head to head down the strip. Motor Trend pitted the Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, Ferarri 599 GTB and the Porsche GT2 in this race for bragging rights. America’s best against Germany, Japan and Italy. It’s one thing to compare performance specs on paper and quite another to actually see 4 cars with a combined 2,260 horsepower thunder down the strip.

The 480 horsepower all wheel drive Nissan GT-R gets the jump on the three other cars and takes the lead. The rear engine 530 horsepower Porsche GT2 then sprints to the lead of the pack with the 612 horsepower V12 Ferrari 599 GTB hot on its heels. But then the superior torque of the ZR1 digs in and within seconds the king of the hill takes the lead and finishes by over a car length.

This was a great video to watch and we hope the magazines do more of these head to head comparisons.


Source:
Motor Trend via YouTube.com

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[VIDEO] Motor Trend’s Corvette ZR1 Instrumented Test Results

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1981 Custom Corvette

There are a lot of ways a Corvette can be modified to suit the tastes of the owner, but sometimes just one look can make you shudder, wondering WTF was the owner thinking. In celebration of today being Halloween, we bring you these Corvettes for sale we found on ebay that we think have crossed that line from tasteful to being just downright scary.

1985 Ferrari style Corvette For Sale
1985 Ferrari style Corvette

Bid: $4,000
1978 Greenwood Corvette For Sale
1978 Greenwood Corvette

Buy It Now: $29,900
1972 Corvette For Sale
1972 LS-5 Corvette

Bid: $7,600
1977 Corvette For Sale
1977 L82 Corvette

Bid: $610
1981 Corvette For Sale
1981 Super Rare Batman Edt

Bid: $5,900
1967 Corvette For Sale
1967 327 Corvette

Bid: $16,700

Although its not a custom modified Corvette, I threw that last C2 into the mix because A) its been living in a box for 30 years and B) if you saw the engine compartment you would run away as fast as you could, clutching your wallet in fear.


Source:
eBay.com

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Proteam Corvette Hosting NCRS Authentication Seminar

by Keith Cornett on October 30, 2008

Proteam Corvette to host NCRS Seminar

Proteam Corvette will be hosting classic Corvette expert and NCRS Master Judge Al Grenning and the Heart of Ohio NCRS Chapter on Saturday, November 7th for a day of seminars covering midyear Corvette authentication topics. In addition to Grenning, other well-known figures in the hobby will be attending as well as several rare M-22 Corvettes.

Grenning is just finishing up on his NCRS Authentication Manual Vol.2 which covers 1965-1967 Protect-O-Plates. The manual provides general descriptions of the evolving warranty program, charts identifying where and how information was applied to the plates in each production year and a detailed photographic analysis for the fool-proof identification of St. Louis issued examples.

Grenning’s advance research includes the “Master Pad Library” containing many thousands of Corvette engine pad photographs and co-authorship of the “NCRS Authentication Library, Vol. 1″, the result of extensive research on 1963 to 1967 midyear trim tags. Both manuals have become the defacto standards to use for thwarting engine restampers and tag counterfeiters.

Other well-known Corvette experts attending the seminar include NCRS notables Bill Calorico, Bill Skinner and NCRS national team leader Nick Culkowski; Corvette restorers Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair and Naber’s Brothers’ Gary Nabers; Bloomington Gold’s David Burroughs and Mecum Auction’s Tom Christman; retired GM engineers Jim Wallace, John Hinkley and Werner Meier. Mike Antonick, writer/publisher of the Corvette Black Book will also be in attendance.

The one day seminar will also focus on the M-22 equipped Corvette and confirmed for the event include the “Best Photo Convertible”, the “Ice Cream Coupe”, the “Penske 1966 L88″, the “Cornelius/Boo Daytona Coupe”, the “Skinner M-22 Convertible” as well as several other 1968 to 1972 M-22 cars.

There is no doubt that this seminar covers fairly advanced topics. Here is a preview of what you can expect:

A close net group of enthusiasts has been quietly collecting 1965 and 1966 M22 Corvettes for more than 10 years. These are elite midyear examples being among the most sought after and valuable production Corvettes ever produced. Some call them “Cobra Killers.” — Most enthusiasts are astonished to discover that more than twice as many big block, M22 competition cars were built in the combined years of 1965 and 1966 as were L88s built in 1967. Beyond that, factory production records for the initiative have been collected, organized and prepared for presentation. In total this information causes fundamental rethinking of Corvette competition, production and engineering during the last three years of the midyear build. This is truly interesting, advanced Corvette research and history – that leaves you amazed.

If you are interested in attending the seminar, please call Proteam Corvette’s Beth Waisner at 888-592-5086 to RSVP. Admission to the seminar is $10 and proceeds will go to the NCRS Heart of Ohio Chapter for donation to charity. For directions, visit Proteam Corvette


Source:
Proteam Corvette

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