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LeMans: Corvettes Take To The Track For Test Day

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2008

Corvette Racing's C6.Rs Return to France

The Corvette Racing team has been deployed to France for the 24 Hours of LeMans and Sunday’s Test Day was their first and only day for testing on the LeMans course prior to the start of official practice and qualifying sessions beginning June 11th. During the day-long session which featured occasional downpours, showers and red-flags, the team had the opportunity to test a range of Michelin tires as well as evaluating chassis and gearbox setups.

“Mad” Max Papis recorded the fastest time for the Corvette Racing team with a lap around the 8.481-mile circuit in the #64 C6.R at 3:55.520. Johnny O’Connell was right behind him in the #63 Corvette at 3:55.877. Those times were the third and fourth fastest in the LeMans GT1 class following the #009 Aston Martin DBR9 (3:53.531) and the #50 Saleen S7R (3:55.383).

“I think we maximized the opportunities that we had today,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “It certainly wasn’t the test plan we had laid out, but the conditions were the same for everybody. When it’s all said and done, it may actually be to our advantage when a day like this happens because we’re well prepared when we arrive, and more practice time tends to narrow the gap. “The drivers are very satisfied with the development work we’ve done,” Fehan continued. “When we briefly had a dry track this morning, the cars were very stable. I think this is probably the best start we’ve had at Le Mans from the standpoint of having cars that are really good out of the box, and everyone is very encouraged by that.”
The Corvette Racing team will be facing stiff competition at this year’s 24 Hours of LeMans. Here are the 10 entries for the LMGT1 Class:

007  LM GT1  Aston Martin Racing  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
009  LM GT1  Aston Martin Racing  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
50  LM GT1  Larbre Competition  Saleen S7R 
53  LM GT1  Vitaphone Racing Team  Aston Martin DBR9 
55  LM GT1  Interprogressbank Spartak  RUS  Lamborghini Murcielago 
59  LM GT1  Team Modena  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
63  LM GT1  Corvette Racing  USA  Corvette C6.R 
64  LM GT1  Corvette Racing  USA  Corvette C6.R 
72  LM GT1  Luc Alphand Aventures  Corvette C6.R 
73  LM GT1  Luc Alphand Aventures  Corvette C6.R 
         

The track opens again on Wednesday, June 11th for 2 days of qualifying and practice sessions. The 24 Hours of LeMans gets underway at 3pm local time on Saturday, June 14th. SPEED TV will be carrying much of the race live.


Source
Le Mans 2007: #63 Corvette C6.R Finishes in 2nd Place
Photo Credit: LeMans.org Arnaud Cornilleau – ACO/Nikon

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Le Mans 2007: #63 Corvette C6.R Finishes in 2nd Place

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2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car Corvette

On Saturday I took a drive across Tampa to my Corvette Club’s sponsoring dealer Ferman Chevrolet to see the two special edition 2008 Corvettes: The 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car replica and the 427 Edition Corvette Z06. While the promotional pictures and other people’s photos have already appeared online, it’s quite a different thrill to actually see these two unique Corvettes up-close and personal.

Ferman’s Corvette specialist Tommy Farruggio told me they ordered two of the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas, a convertible and a coupe. I’ve mentioned it before and seeing it in person has only reinforced my belief that this is the best looking Corvette Pace Car since the original one appeared back in 1978. What really stands out is the green trim on the Indy 500 side logos and the stripe running along side the hood bulge. The Pace Car replica’s feature the signature of Emerson Fittipaldi, two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and are numbered. The Pace Car coupe that I viewed was number 245 out of 500. This Corvette has already been sold but interestingly the buyer is also in the market for a sub-1000 mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car. If you know of one available, let me know.

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The other special edition of 2008 is the Crystal Red 427 Corvette Z06, a tribute car that celebrates the heritage of the 427 cubic inch engine. In Chevrolet history, the 427 engine was the pinnacle of performance for Corvettes and other muscle cars of the late ’60s. As the pushrod V8 has matured and technology advanced, Chevrolet is able to once again offer the potent power plant, this time in the form of the LS7 7.0 liter 505 hp small block. The 427 Editions are unique with the Crystal Red paint and custom black hood strip as well as the bevy of the old-style horsepower logos on the hood and embroidered on the seats. The 427 also pays homage to Wil Cooksey, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s manager who just retired. Wil’s focus on quality is one of the reasons why the Corvette scores so well on owner satisfaction surveys. Tommy said this was third 427 Edition to come through Ferman with other two already sold and delivered to customers. This 427 Corvette is signed by Wil Cooksey and is number 370 out of 505.

Related:
[VIDEO] New Corvette Pace Cars Hit The Indy 500
Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica

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LeMans Blue Corvette Z06 in Italy

SuperCarMovies.com has turned their high-definition camera lenses on the Corvette Z06 and the result can only be summed up simply as “breathtaking”. This isn’t just another YouTube video showing the comings and going of America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads, its a full cinematic experience showing America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads.

While previous SuperCarMovies.com came complete with a plot line, with this movie, the Z06 is the plot line. From the beginning you get a sense that the video you are about see will exceed your expectations. They even filmed the Corvette Z06 in the rain! I didn’t see that coming…

Leaving the confines of a parking garage, the Corvette Z06 is shown first in the rain outside a gorgeous Italian estate. The action then moves to surrounding roads. The Corvette looks very comfortable sliding around the switchbacks and sloping mountainside curves. The views are wonderful and after watching the video, you’ll have a strong urge to go online looking to book travel to southern Europe.

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Some have referred to this video as Car Porn. We’re very happy to report that the video is “Safe for Work”. Enjoy some of the photos from the gallery and visit SuperCarMovies.com to watch the movie, available in both High or Standard definition. For those of you who actually prefer YouTube styled movies, I bring you our own 5 Bridges Run video shot last year.


Source:
SuperCarMovies.com via Autoblog.com

Related:
5 Bridges Run

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I just received an email from David at Kerbeck Corvettes with the latest constraints on ordering new 2009 Corvettes from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Corvettes ordered this week are expected to be built the week of June 30th.

2009 Corvette Coupes and Convertibles:
Constraints are limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic and 17U Blade Silver Metallic are both limited to 50 units nationally this week.

2009 Corvette Z06:
Constraints are again limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic and 17U Blade Silver Metallic are both limited to 16 units nationally this week.

2009 Corvette ZR1:
No news yet on allocations for the ZR1. Stay tuned…

David also mentions that the constraints on these two new Corvette colors are just temporary and the limits may only be in place for one or two more weeks as the factory ramps up its 2009 Corvette production.

If you’re in the market for a 2009 Corvette or perhaps you’re interested in spending your summer tooling around town in a new 2008 Corvette, please call Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Sponsored by:
Kerbeck Corvette

Related:
Corvette Sales: Weekly Constraints on 2009 Corvettes (5/22) Introducing the 2008 Corvette 427 Limited Edition Z06

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2008 Corvette Convertible

Strategic Vision has released their annual Total Quality Awards and the 2008 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles over $30,000″ class besting 3 models from Mercedes-Benz and the BMW Z4 Roadster with a score of 940. This is the second year in row that the Corvette Convertible has won this class, and like last year, finished second overall behind the 950 scored by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Luxury Sedan. The score represents new vehicle owner satisfaction.

The top 5 of the Convertibles over $30,000:

  1. Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (940)
  2. Mercedes-Benz SL (939)
  3. Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet (909)
  4. BMW Z4 Roadster (907)
  5. Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster (891)

A number of prominent 2008 cars were not included in the results as Strategic Vision claims that the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient to be included.

Quality and owner satisfaction are two hallmarks of the latest generation of Corvettes. This year’s total quality index score of 940 is up 10 points over 2007′s quality score of 930.

Chevrolet also scored a class win in large pickups with two models tying for the top class score. The Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 and the Silverado 1500 both had a total qaulity index score of 880.


Source:
Strategic Vision

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Corvette Convertible Tops Class in Total Quality Awards
Corvette Convertible Named Intellichoice Best Overall Value

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Tony Stewart and a C6 Corvette

I finally caught this ArmorAll commercial over the weekend on SPEED and thought it hit the mark in so many ways. NASCAR’s Tony Stewart? Cool. A Black Corvette? Very Cool! The stop-n-stare moment you share with your Corvette following a good detailing? Priceless!

If you liked this commercial, there is a “Making Of” video on YouTube.com


Source
SPEED

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Chevy Ad Watch: Corvette Featured in New Year’s Commercial

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Ferrari Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari’s F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen paid $200,000 Euros or $329,326 USD for Sharon Stone’s 1974 Corvette at the Amber Fashion Show in Monaco this weekend. The auction was part of the F1 race festivities this weekend at Monte Carlo’s Meridien Beach plaza. The celebrity auction raised approximately $1.65 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The 1974 Corvette is said to have just four miles on the odometer and is stored in Los Angeles. The $329,326 USD is certainly one of the highest if not the highest amount paid for a 1974 Corvette.

This is the second time Stone’s 1974 Corvette has been offered in an Elton John Foundation auction. Earlier this year the Corvette was a no-sale after a hapless participant at Elton John’s post-Oscar party and auction opened the bidding at $1 million, thinking he would be outbid. Unfortunately no else did bid and he had to tell Stone that it was joke. From all accounts, she was not amused.

Kimi Raikkonen is the highest paid Formula 1 driver with a contract estimated to be $50 Million USD. In 2007 Kimi switched rides from McLaren to Ferrari and captured the Formula One Drivers Championships by one point.


Source:
Reuters
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Deadbeat Bidder Ruins Auction of Sharon Stone’s 74 Corvette

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LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies GT2 #28 Corvette

As the next ALMS race doesn’t take place until after the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we’ll take a look back to last weekend’s GT2 class at the Utah Grand Prix. The LG Motorsports/Riley Technologies #28 Corvette driven by Eric Curran and Lou Giglotti were in the hunt for their first podium finish for much of the race. The team is continuing to show improvement week to week and even the commentators from SPEED were impressed.

Performance adjustments allowed the team to shed some weight off the #28 Corvette and the car appeared to be much faster than some of the races we’ve seen over the previous weeks. As for the final results, the team came in 7th in the GT2 class which was their best class finish yet.

We’ll continue to follow Lou and the #28 Corvette as it battles the dominant Porsches and Ferraris in the ultra-competitive GT2 class.


Source:
SPEED

Related:
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: A Day at the Races
[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: #3 C6.R Scores Third GT1 Win at Utah

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Kerbeck Corvettes in Atlantic City sent us the first constraints for new orders on 2009 Corvettes. This week opens the first order period for the 2009 Model Year. Corvettes ordered this week are expected to be built the week of June 23rd.

2009 Corvette Coupes and Convertibles:
Constraints are limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic and 17U Blade Silver Metallic are both limited to 80 units nationally this week.

2009 Corvette Z06:
Constraints are again limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic and 17U Blade Silver Metallic are both limited to 22 units nationally this week.

2009 Corvette ZR1:
There are no allocations yet for the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Read our report on why we think allocations have been delayed.

If you’re ready to pull the trigger on ordering a 2009 Corvette or perhaps you’re interested in driving away in a 2008 Corvette for the Memorial Day weekend, give our friend Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette a call at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!


Sponsored by:
Kerbeck Corvette

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1969 427/435 L89 Corvette Coupe

For six previous weekends, Dana Mecum has been holding court at the Indianapolis Fairgrounds and doing what he does best – selling Corvettes and muscle cars. Two weeks ago Mecum’s Muscle Cars & More series that aired on the HD Theater network ended with a night of Corvettes. So it was with some interest that I tuned in over the weekend of May 15-17th to see the group of Corvettes offered at the newly relocated Spring Classic. What struck me the most about the Spring Classic Corvettes was how affordable some of these cars were.

Over the four day auction we counted 53 Corvettes offered with 37 selling. That’s 70% of Corvettes that were offered were sold for a total of $1,457,300. That’s an average of $39,386 per Corvette.

The top sale and the only Corvette to break the $100,000 barrier was a White 1968 Corvette Coupe with an L89 427/435 aluminum-head engine, which sold for $115,000. This Corvette features just 9,865 original miles and comes with a bevy of awards and certifications including NCRS 4 Star Bowtie, NCRS National Top Flight, Bloomington Gold Survivor and Bench Certification and the Triple Crown Award.

Second on the top selling list was a 1962 Fawn Beige Corvette with a 327/360 Fuel Injected engine coupled to a 4-speed transmission. Sold for $90,000, the ’62 features a fresh body-off restoration by an NCRS member who has been judging solid axle Corvettes since 1997.

We also saw a number of midyear Corvettes selling at prices not seen recently. However we were not at the auction and the descriptions of some of these Corvettes are severely lacking in details. Having said that, 5 midyears out of 14 offered sold for under $40,000.

Early C3 Corvettes models were out in force at the Spring Classic. Six Corvettes from 1969 were offered with 5 selling. Helped by the high price of our L89 Top Seller, these Corvettes sold for an average of $55,900.

Here are the full results from the Mecum Spring Classic in Indianapolis:

LOT YEAR MODEL SOLD HIGH BID
S84 1954 Corvette Resto-Mod   $70,000
T155 1956 Corvette Resto-Mod – 350/370 $60,000  
S164 1956 Corvette Convertible   $70,000
S27 1958 Corvette Convertible $65,000  
S161 1959 Corvette Convertible Resto-Mod $80,000  
T143 1962 Corvette Convertible – 327/360   $78,000
S199 1962 Corvette Convertible – 327/360 FI $90,000  
T56 1963 Corvette Convertible $36,000  
T144 1963 Corvette Convertible – 327/360 $85,000  
F204 1963 Corvette Convertible $55,000  
S51 1963 Corvette $51,500  
T100 1964 Corvette Convertible $35,000  
F250 1965 Corvette Convertible – 327/375 $72,500  
S20 1965 Corvette Convertible $38,250  
S21 1965 Corvette Convertible   $22,000
S85 1965 Corvette Coupe – 327/365 $62,500  
F133 1966 Corvette Convertible $36,500  
F182 1966 Corvette Coupe – 327/350 $50,000  
T31.1 1967 Corvette – 427/400   $115,000
S24 1967 Corvette Convertible $78,500  
S50 1967 Corvette Convertible $38,000  
T119 1968 Corvette – 427/435   $60,000
S168 1969 Corvette Coupe – L89 427/435 $115,000  
F164 1969 Corvette Convertible $27,000  
F176 1969 Corvette Convertible $33,500  
S15 1969 Corvette Convertible $52,500  
S89 1969 Corvette Coupe – 427/435 $51,500  
S167 1969 Corvette Convertible – 427/390   $94,000
T1 1971 Corvette – 454/365   $25,000
F36 1972 Corvette Coupe – 350 ci   $14,000
F41 1972 Corvette Coupe – 350 ci $18,000  
F74 1972 Corvette Coupe – 350 ci   $16,500
F109 1972 Corvette Convertible $26,000  
F177 1972 Corvette $18,000  
S72 1972 Corvette Convertible   $57,000
F76 1973 Corvette Convertible – 350 ci $20,500  
F165 1973 Corvette Convertible $28,000  
F240 1973 Corvette $9,300  
F268 1974 Corvette Coupe – 350/200 $16,000  
F285 1975 Corvette – 350 ci $8,500  
F95 1976 Corvette $16,250  
T102 1977 Corvette – 350 ci $9,500  
F13 1977 Corvette $10,000  
F150 1978 Corvette Pace Car $15,500  
T95 1980 Corvette   $10,500
T126 1981 Corvette – 350 ci $10,500  
F66 1982 Corvette   $15,000
T26 1986 Corvette Convertible Pace Car $10,000  
F190 1989 Corvette $13,000  
T137 1993 Corvette Coupe – 350/380   $13,500
F136 1995 Corvette   $26,000
F57 1998 Corvette Coupe $15,000  
F260 2005 Corvette Convertible Pace Car   $58,000
         
    Total Corvette Sales $1,457,300  

Mecum’s next auction event is the St. Paul High Performance Auction held June 20-21st and then the team will be off to St. Charles, Illinois for the Bloomington Gold Auction on June 27-28th.


Source:
Mecum Auctions

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