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Corvette Racing: The 24 Hours of Le Mans Entry List

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2009

The Corvette C6.Rs at Le Mans

The ACO has released the entry list for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. In what will be Corvette Racing’s final battle for GT1 glory at La Sarthe, the factory-backed Corvette C6.Rs will face off against two rival Aston Martin DBR9′s, two Lamborghini Murcielago’s and two other Corvette C6.R’s from privateer Luc Alphand Aventures.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment came a few weeks ago when the factory Aston Martin Racing team announced a move to a Lola Aston Martin LMP1, depriving the Corvette C6.Rs a final chance at retribution against the former GT1 class winners from the last two years. The two DBR9′s that will compete in GT1 this year come from Gigawave Motorsport and Jetalliance Racing.

The Eight GT1 Entries:

  • #55 IPB Spartak Racing: Lamborghini Murcielago
  • #60 Gigawave Motorsport: Aston Martin DBR9
  • #63 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
  • #64 Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R
  • #66 Jetalliance Racing: Aston Martin DBR9
  • #68 JLOC ISAO Noritake: Lamborghini Murcielago
  • #72 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R
  • #73 Luc Alphand Aventures: Corvette C6.R

* A Saleen S7R entered by Larbre Competition is on the reserve list

The ACO failed to deliver an invite to Lou Gigliotti’s #28 GT2 Corvette which according to Lou was the linchpin for funding their 2009 ALMS campaign. We’ll have to wait and see what the LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies plans will be for the American Le Mans series now that they know that Le Mans is no longer in the mix.

There are 14 entries in the GT2 category with a field that comprises nine Ferrari 430s. So a quick note to Pratt and Miller’s GT2 engineers – The Ferrari 430 is your obvious performance target so go get ‘em! The Drayson Racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage will also be making its debut at Le Mans in GT2.

You can see the entire 55 car entry list at Crash.net

The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place June 13-14th.



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Crash.net
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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eBay Find of the Day: Vintage 1957 Corvette Race Car

by Keith Cornett on February 26, 2009

Ebay Find of the Day: 1957 Corvette Race Car

Here is yet another Corvette race car that’s now for sale. This 1957 Corvette roadster was raced back in the sixties and seventies but its most successful campaign came in 1998 when the owner competed in and won the SVRA Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

Powered by a 283 cubic inch V8 built by Compton Race Engines, this yellow roadster is ready to race. The Corvette underwent a restoration following the 2006 season and is currently set up for competition as a vintage racer. In addition to the new 283 ci V8, the roadster features an upgraded T-10 transmission, new ram clutch, drive shaft and flywheel. A holly 750 delivers the fuel from an ATL 40 gallon fuel cell and cold air box insures plenty of oxygen to the powerplant.

On the outside, the Corvette was repainted in Chrome Yellow and has white racing stripes, racing numbers, grill bar and new ovals. The Corvette can be raced with or without its included hardtop.

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We asked our friends at the Registry of Corvette Racecars for an honest opinion about the C1 roadster and they didn’t disappoint:

Keith – This is one of the better prepared straight axle vintage racers. The only thing holding back its value is lack of documented racing history. That would put it in a class with Bob Mouat’s 1957 COPO Air box Fuelie and other straight axles that were actually raced, most of which we know well and are now sitting in museums.

Mac Lyle of Rock Hill, SC built the car. I have not seen it on the circuit since 1998 when they blitzed the SVRA to win the Paine-Weber Endurance Championship.

The downside is that the car is way too race improved and would probably not be allowed in the Monterey Historic. And although it would be a fun car to drive in SVRA or HSR races, the asking price of $65K seems a bit steep compared with what else that will buy to go vintage racing.

Jan Hyde – Registry of Corvette Racecars

So that being said, here’s your chance to own a vintage Corvette race car that’s track ready. The current bid is $25,427 and the Corvette has a “Buy It Now” price set at $65,000. The auction runs ends Saturday.


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eBay

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[VIDEO] John Heinricy Drives the Hennessey Corvette ZR700

by Keith Cornett on February 25, 2009

John Heinricy Drives Hennessey’s 705hp Corvette ZR700

As the resident consulting engineer and test driver for Hennessey Performance, former GM performance guru John Heinricy gets to get behind the wheel of some serious vehicles. In this latest video, Heinricy does a warm up lap at MSR Houston with Hennessey’s latest Corvette creation, the 705 hp 2009 Hennessey Corvette ZR700.

With 705 hp under the hood, the Hennessey ZR700 is seen hitting speeds of 145 mph. On this day, Heinricy logs over 125 track miles and recorded a best lap of 1:38.4 seconds on the 2.3 mile road course.

Hennessey Performance introduced the ZR700 last month with great fanfare and a series of stats that would put a smile on any Corvette owner. One of the first tuner upgrades of the 638-hp Corvette ZR1 to come to market, the Hennessey ZR700 features 705 horsepower and 717 lbs-foot of torque. The ZR700 runs the quarter mile in 11.03 seconds at 136 mph. 0-60 mph was timed at 3.1 seconds and 0-150 mph was 13.9 seconds. Estimated top speed is 212 mph.


Source:
Hennessey Performance

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1963 Corvette Split Window

You can find all kinds of websites dedicated to displaying the more interesting photos that have come from Google’s Street View project and now you can add a 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe to list. This Corvette was recorded by a street view camera in Spokane, Washington. From the looks of how this Corvette has been stored, the only thing missing from this barn car appears to be the barn.

You’ll see from the supporting photos that this is indeed a 1963 Corvette Coupe. A Washington state license plate and an extra set of taillights adorn the sting ray’s rear. Also, notice the Corvette is stored outdoors with the passenger window either down or missing. It rains a lot in Washington, doesn’t it? Instead of keeping the address to ourselves in case we feel the need to one day trek across the country in search of an allusive sting ray, you can find it here.

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Update:
According to some at the NCRS Discussion Boards, this is a numbers matching fuelie that’s been sitting since 1975.


Source:
Classic Nation

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February 2009′s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

by Keith Cornett on February 21, 2009

February 2009's Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

I got up this Saturday morning at 6am to make this month’s Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry in St. Petersburg. The temperature was a brisk 45 degrees and so with the top up and heat on, I cruised across the Gandy Bridge and found a parking spot among the 100+ cars already parked.

Corvettes as usual were out in force today. A couple of Callaway Corvettes were brought in from Dimmitt Chevrolet and there was a custom black C3 Corvette that was just beautiful. But the highlight for me was seeing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 in the flesh for the first time. I must have stood in front of that car for 20 minutes admiring every detail. I still can’t get over how big the ceramic brakes are in person. Freakin huge!

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In addition to the numerous Corvettes, there was everything from a couple Nissan GTRs, Audi R8′s and several Lambos in attendance. The Smart Car crowd was out as well with five or six member cars parked.

Starting around 8:30am, the cars start heading for the exit and a crowd gathers to watch the various sports cars burn rubber as drivers do some harmless showing off. After seeing a Mustang driver get a little swervy on the service road, I heard one guy remark “There’s sideways and then there’s stupid!”

Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry is held the third Saturday each month in St. Petersburg.


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Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry

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Badboy Vettes Inspired Corvette Stingray Concept Racer
The guys at Badboy Vettes just made my day. Sideswipe spends his alt-car mode time spanking the GT2 class from la Sarthe to Monterey in his Jake-inspired Corvette Stingray concept.

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Come on, if you follow badboyvettes.com you would have expected this. What I really want to know is what’s the first they would duct tape to it?



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badboyvettes.com


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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on February 20, 2009

1967 Corvette Convertible for Sale at VetteFinders.com

Refuse to participate in this recession! The market continues to reward Corvette buyers who are finding wide selections and motivated sellers. Now is the time to find your dream Corvette now that the market has cooled and values are resetting.

You’ll find the greatest selection of new and classic Corvettes at VetteFinders.com, the Internet’s original Corvette classifieds website. The beautiful C1-C6 examples you see here are just a sample of the 500+ Corvettes available now. Want to learn more? Click on the photo or link to read the full ad, view more photos and contact the seller.

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1959 Convertible
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1963 Convertible
$54,950
1982 CE T-Top
$17,900
 
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1994 Coupe
$13,995
2001 Z06
$20,995
2008 Coupe
$40,995

Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.


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VetteFinders.com

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2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition

We got word last month of GM planning a second special edition Corvette for 2009 that would commemorate Corvette Racing’s successful 10 year run in the American Le Mans series. Now official, the 2009 Corvette GT1 Championship Edition celebrates over 70 victories in the ALMS, eight GT1 Manufacturer Championships and five GT1 class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The GT1 Championship Edition is available in the Coupe, Convertible or Z06 models in either 45U Velocity Yellow or 41U Black. The series will have its own specific VIN sequences: 300001 for the Velocity Yellows which represent the #3 Corvette C6.R and 40001 for Black which represents the #4 C6.R. Only 600 will be produced this spring and those are limited to 200 for each body style and 100 in each color.

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The GT1 Championship Edition features C6.R livery inspired graphics which feature the mascot “Jake” ghost-painted on the hood bulge, years of the championships and drivers flags. Also making the Corvettes unique are the ZR1 full width body color spoiler and chrome wheels. The coupes and convertibles include the Z51 Performance Package, NPP Performance exhaust and MX0 6-Speed Paddle Shift Automatics. The GT1 Corvette coupe also comes with the optional C2L Dual Roof package. All three GT1 models get the optional U3U Navigation Systems as well.

Inside the GT1 Corvettes you’ll find a custom leather wrapped ebony interior with exclusive yellow accent stitching, GT1 embroidery on the leather seats, instrument panel and center console armrest. Under the hood is a special engine cover with a carbon pattern and yellow Corvette lettering. A windshield banner is also included and is installed by the owner.

Pricing for the GT1 Championship Edition starts at $65,310 for the 4LT Coupe, $71,815 for the 4LT Convertible and $86,385 for the 3LZ Corvette Z06.

If you’re interested in this highly anticipated commemorative Corvette, you better give Dave and the gang at Kerbeck Corvette a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325 and make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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Corvette ZR1 LS9 Crate Motor Priced at $21,000

by Keith Cornett on February 19, 2009

The 638-hp LS9 6.2L V8

GM Performance Parts teased us during 2008′s SEMA show about the coming availability of an LS9 crate engine and yesterday we received word that the heart of the ZR1 is now available through GM dealers. MRSP for the 6.2L Supercharged ZR1 V8 is listed at $28,000 with the GM dealer price set at $21,000.

The 6.2L LS9 is rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. A limited 24 month/50,000 mile limited warranty is included.

The package comes fully dressed including the ignition system, supercharger assembly, exhaust manifolds and the dry-sump oil pan. The external oil and cooling tanks as well as an ECU/wire harness are not included. Also not included is the Corvette ZR1 “Blue Devil” engine cover. GM Performance Parts does plan to release a LS9 controller kit and a front accessory drive kit later in 2009.

From the GM Performance Parts Catalog:

The most powerful regular-production engine ever from GM! The New LS9 6.2L supercharged – the standard engine in the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – is a technology marvel that holds the distinction of being the most powerful regular-production engine ever offered in a GM car. It helps propel the 3,324 pound ZR1 from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds and through the quarter-mile in an astonishing 11.3 seconds at 131 mph – all the way to a top speed of 205 mph! Those stats make the ZR1 not only the most powerful car ever from GM, but the quickest and fastest, too! GM Performance Parts is thrilled to offer the LS9 6.2L in a fully dresses crate engine package. And while it shares the 6.2L displacement of other LS engines, this one is unique, with stronger block casting, stronger cylinder head castings and steel cylinder liners that are honed with a deck plate installed to maximize performance and cylinder seating. High-rpm-validated lightweight reciprocating parts, including titanium intake vales and connecting rods, are used along with high-flow cylinder heads that flow the charge forced on them by sixth-generation supercharger. A revised, higher-helix design delivers greater power at the low end and sustains it longer through the rpm band for broad, on-demand power whether off-idle or at speed. A dual-brick charge cooler is integrated on a unique manifold system that mounts the “blower” in the engine’s valley, with charge cooler on top.

Click here to view the GM Performance Parts 6.2L LS9 Crate Engine Catalog Page.


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GM Performance Parts via YourAutoStuff.com

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C3 Corvette Coupe at RM Auction

RM Auctions was in South Florida earlier this month with 34 Corvettes for the two-day Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale event. Unfortunately buyers were tight with their checkbooks and only 12 Corvettes sold bringing in a total of $707,025 in Corvette Sales.

Top seller was a 1963 Corvette Convertible Fuelie which sold for $110,000. Two Corvettes were bidded up to over $100,000 but resulted in no sales. A 1953 Corvette Roadster (VIN Unknown) reached $235,000 and a 1962 Corvette Roadster was a no sale at $130,000.

Here are the results for Corvettes at RM’s Collector Cars of Ft. Lauderdale:

LOT # YEAR MODEL DESC HIGH SOLD
SP75 1953 Corvette Convertible $235,000  
NR47 1954 Corvette Convertible   $57,200
SP86 1957 Corvette Convertible FI   $80,300
SP57 1958 Corvette Convertible $60,000  
SP69 1959 Corvette Convertible   $57,200
455 1960 Corvette Convertible $60,000  
SP118 1960 Corvette Convertible   $55,000
169 1962 Corvette Convertible $30,000  
SP60 1962 Corvette Convertible $130,000  
SP28 1963 Corvette Coupe FI   $110,000
426 1964 Corvette Convertible $32,000  
618 1964 Corvette Convertible $27,000  
SP90 1964 Corvette Convertible FI $57,500  
464 1964 Corvette Coupe $36,000  
SP48 1964 Corvette Coupe $70,000  
408 1964 Corvette Coupe   $64,900
445 1964 Corvette Coupe   $45,100
624 1965 Corvette Convertible $40,000  
SP95 1966 Corvette Coupe 427/390 80,000  
SP79 1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 $90,000  
NR27 1966 Corvette Coupe Tanker   $52,250
447 1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 $60,000  
SP31 1967 Corvette Coupe   $96,800
173 1969 Corvette Convertible   $35,200
433 1969 Corvette Convertible $32,000  
SP58 1970 Corvette Convertible $29,000  
105 1971 Corvette Convertible $16,500  
NR57 1971 Corvette Convertible   $17,600
623 1971 Corvette Coupe $21,000  
SP93 1972 Corvette Convertible $29,000  
414 1972 Corvette Coupe $18,500  
117 1982 Corvette Coupe $16,000  
432 2004 Corvette Convertible $61,000  
423 2005 Corvette Coupe   $35,475

RM Auctions will return to Florida next month for the prestigious Automobiles of Amelia Island auction at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Hotel on March 14th, 2009.


Source:
RM Auctions

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