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The GT1 Corvettes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans

AutoSport Magazine is reporting that Corvette Racing will not return to France next summer to compete one last time in the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 class as originally planned due to budget constraints. However Steve Wesoloski, director of Chevrolet’s road racing program denies the decision has been made.

Corvette Racing has won at La Sarthe 4 times since 2000 and finished 2nd in class last year, but due to the ongoing financial crises, the team has been told to reduce its racing budget next year. Should the AutoSport Magazine report be true, you would think that this decision would call into question the whole strategy of running the GT1 program during the first half of the season as those races are essentially tune-ups for the 24 Hours of Lemans in June.

While Wesoloski denies the cancellation rumor, he does add the caveat that the final decision will based on the bailout discussions in Washington:

“We are still going ahead with our plans for a reduced programme of Sebring, Long Beach and Le Mans,” he said. “No one has told me otherwise. We are, of course, prepared for all eventualities. It all hinges on what happens in Washington.”



Source:
Autosport.com
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

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[VIDEO] SUV Crash Lands Jeep on a 1962 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 15, 2008

SUV Lands on 1962 Corvette

Here’s a call you don’t want get from your Corvette restoration shop: “About your 1962 Corvette Roadster. There’s been an accident down here at the shop and well, you should probably get down here right away while the cops are still around.” That scenario probably came true for one unlucky owner after an SUV owner lost control of his Jeep and crashed through the wall of a St. Augustine restoration shop.


Source:
DigTriad.com

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The Bowling Green Assembly Plant

GM Announced the closing of some 20+ facilities across North America including the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green. The plant will be closed the day before Christmas and is not expected to restart until mid-February. Tours of the Bowling Green Assembly Plant have been suspended until early March.

The Corvette plant had been expected to be shut down through the first week of January to allow for constriction in the supply as monthly sales of Corvettes continue to be running 50% less than the same time period in 2007. The plant employs 800 workers.

“You know the impact will be felt in the community,” said UAW Local 2164 President Eldon Renaud. “Those are 800 people who won’t be getting regular paychecks. If they’re off any length of time, it’s going to be reflected in their bill payments.”


Source:
Bowling Green Daily News
Photo Credit: Joe Imel/BG Daily News

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Barn Fresh and Restoration Ready: 1962 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 11, 2008

1962 Corvette Roadster Barn Find

There’s just something special about a barn car seeing the light of day after years of storage. Despite the thick coat of dust and the surface rust that cloaks the engine compartment, beyond the dirty interior and ripped seats, there’s the overwhelming feeling that this Corvette is about to get a fresh start. A new owner somewhere is about to embark on a journey of restoration – whether by himself or through the service of a restoration shop – with the end reward being that this Corvette will once again hit the open road.

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The original owner of this 1962 Corvette roadster parked her in a barn one day in 1973 and there she sat for the next 35 years. The owner recently sold the Corvette to Valley Auto in Bedford, PA who promptly listed the beige convertible on eBay where is sold last week for $26,000.

The description states that this is a non-matching car as the original engine was stolen years ago but was replaced with a correct 870 block heads and intake. The VIN tag reads 20867S111262 which puts the assembly of the Corvette in May 1962, about 4 months before last 62 Corvette would be completed and the C1 Solid Axle era would come to an end.

The new owner has many choices ahead to make for the future of this fresh barn car. Whether a historically accurate restoration or a resto-mod build awaits this Corvette is anybody’s guess. But that’s part of the fun of owning one of these special cars, isn’t it?


Source:
Vally Auto via eBay.com

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[VIDEO] In Jay Leno’s Garage: The Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on December 10, 2008

In Jay Leno's Garage: The Corvette ZR1

“This is what the founding fathers wanted us to be driving” says Jay Leno as he pulls up to a stoplight in his new 2009 Corvette ZR1. The new 638-hp supercharged Corvette is the latest edition to Jay Leno’s Garage and we have the privilege of riding shotgun with late night’s funny man as he puts the Corvette through its paces and points out the unique features in a style that only Leno can.

Jay gives us a walk-around the new Corvette while he discusses some of the finer points of the new Corvette like the 20-spoke 19″/20″ wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires, standard carbon ceramic drilled disc brakes, magnetic selective ride control as well as pointing out the flares, vents and spoilers that are unique to the ZR1. He also touches on the story about the special clear coat that protects the carbon fiber – yes, Virginia it does cost $60,000/gallon.

One of the surprising aspects of the video is that Jay shows us that he owns VIN 001 – most thought that honor went to Chevy dealer Dave Ressler who paid $1 Million at Barrett-Jackson for the honor of owning VIN #001. Turns out there are three sets of Corvette ZR1 VINs – Ressler ownes one – and the one one of that unique set. The demo and dealer test Corvette ZR1 were produced under a separate VIN and then the production customer cars have their own VIN. Very interesting!

I love to listen to Jay talk about the Corvette while he’s driving it. Just seeing him behind the wheel while talking about the amazing torque of the ZR1 then watching him floor it puts it all into perspective. Jay is a Corvette guy and listening to him talk about Corvettes, while driving the most it shows. This was a fun ride!


Source
Jay Leno’s Garage

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Corvette Values: 1970 Corvette Roadster

by Keith Cornett on December 9, 2008

1970 Corvette Roadster

JK in Kansas submitted his 1970 Corvette Roadster to Corvette Values:

1970 Corvette Roadster, VIN 194670S404XXX. Original 350 ci 350 hp engine, manual 4-Speed transmission, Red with Red interior. Power steering, Power Brakes, Factory AC, Luggage Rack. Body-On restored in 1998 where Corvette received new paint and interior. The Corvette was repainted a non-original exterior color. 91,876 original miles. The car is matching numbers. Same owner for 30 years with history of previous two owners, but no other documentation is with the Corvette. Corvette is in good condition with paint and fiberglass termed as “good”. The interior’s vinyl seating is also in good condition.

Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.

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The VIN indicates This Corvette Convertible was built late in the first month of production in January, 1970. This is good news for today’s owner as the 1970 model can be termed as somewhat rare based on the production numbers. A work stoppage during the 1969 production year lead to an extended production timeframe for the 1969 Corvette models beyond the normal time frames. This action also impacted the 1970 production year with a build of only 17,316 units of the 1970 models during a seven-month time frame. This was the lowest number of Corvettes built since the 1962 model year.

The Corvette is powered by the correct 350-350 optional motor coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission with the correct shifter. This was a popular selection by buyers of the 1970 Corvette. The mileage of 91,876 has been stated as original and correct.

A body-on restoration was performed in 1998 when the paint and interior were restored. It is Red in color, but this is not the original color, and it has a matching Red vinyl interior. The seats, door panels and carpeting are in good condition as is the current paint. It is equipped with popular options that include the AM/FM Radio, power steering and brakes as well as air-conditioning. Also this Vette has a chrome luggage rack, a dealer option with the 1970 model.

Tires, wheels and wheel trim are correct for the 1970 model year and are in good condition. The only notable flaw is the window rubber seals that could be replaced. This Corvette with its Red/Red combination presents excellent curb appeal.

We place the value of this 1970 Corvette Convertible at $29,500 which shows a one-year appreciation factor of 7%.


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Source:
VetteFinders.com Appraisal Service
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Top Gear's Clarkson Outruns Murderous Black Corvette in a Fiesta

This is the kind of stunt that only Top Gear and Jeremy Clarkson would design. The concept is “What if I go to a shopping center and get chased by baddies in a Corvette?” What the title doesn’t tell you is that the chase scene takes place inside a shopping mall. While our previous video of inside hoonage featuring a guy parking his C5 into his living room seemed like good fun at the time, that video doesn’t hold a candle to watching this black C6 Corvette leaving skid marks on marble floors and crashing into birthday card stores.

As with all new Top Gear episodes, they get pulled down from YouTube sometimes faster than they go up. We’ll watch this post and try to replace the segment should this version come down. You can also search for the show using the episode guide: Top Gear S12 E06.

I’ve been critical in the past about Clarkson’s tendency to disrespect America and especially the Corvette, but I’ve got to hand it to him that he does showcase some great driving skills in this video. And let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to drive like crazy in the a shopping mall. The only thing missing from this video is the zombies…


Source:
Top Gear

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[VIDEO] Corvette Ad Watch: STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer

by Keith Cornett on December 8, 2008

STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer

As many of you have winterizing on the mind as temperatures drop and snowy weather looms, along comes a commercial from STA-BIL reminding you to add the fuel stabilizer product to keep fuel from breaking down and gumming up the engine. The ad features all the elements of a typical commercial: an obsessive owner Corvette owner Jack, the know-it-all neighbor Ned, and of course, a stunning C1-era Red Corvette roadster.

If you’ve seen the previous STA-BIL ads, you’ll know the vehicle owner never listens to the advice to add the fuel stabilizer. And like previous commercials, we’re left with the image of the Corvette not starting because ol’ Jack was such a hard head. When you store, start with STA-BIL!

As a side note, I checked my books to ascertain the correct year of the Corvette, but because of the angle and the reflection on the coves, I can’t tell if they are painted or not. So a little trivia question: If the coves were painted, what is the model year of this Corvette?


Source
SPEED

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RIDEMAKERZ Corvette Lineup

Pratt & Miller has partnered with RIDEMAKERZ, the custom model car building experience for kids to launch a lineup of Corvette models based on the C6.R and the C6RS. The new models were introduced Friday at Pratt & Miller’s Corvette Racing headquarters. Corvette Racing’s Ron Fellows was on hand along with kids from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Science to build the very first models which were donated to underprivileged children.

The RIDEMAKERZ concept is often referred to as the “Build a Bear” for boys, but kids of all ages enjoy the custom car building experience. Once you select your body style, you can customize the look with wheels, engines, exhaust style as well as decide whether to add a battery powered remote control or a free wheel chassis for pushing.

The RIDEMAKERZ partnership with Pratt & Miller explains why the Corvette Racing team duct-taped a Corvette model to the hood of the Number 4 C6.R for a hot lap around Monterey’s Laguna Seca raceway back in October:

“We are excited and proud to announce the release of our latest customizable RIDE, the legendary Chevrolet Corvette,” says RIDEMAKERZ ZEO and Founder Larry Andreini. “The RZ ‘Vettes are not just any Corvettes; they are the ‘BadBoy’ Pratt & Miller built, Le Mans winning race car, C6.R, and the quarter-of-a-million dollar, street legal C6RS Super-Car. It’s an honor to make these models available so that kids, parents, and car enthusiasts alike can build and trick out their ultimate model Corvette.”

Doug Fehan, Program Manager for Corvette Racing adds, “General Motors doesn’t just let anybody build a model Corvette. The new Pratt & Miller C6.R and C6RS Corvette models from RIDEMAKERZ truly capture the soul and spirit of the Corvette. Beyond that, we like how RIDEMAKERZ provides a hands-on building experience that allows kids, and kids at heart, to make choices and be creative.”

The RIDEMAKERZ Corvettes are available at any of the 12 nationwide shopz or online at RIDEMAKERZ.com with prices starting at $29. The remote control unit adds $25 and accessories start at $2.50.

Source:
RIDEMAKERZ.com

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1975 Corvette Greenwood SportWagon

The story behind the SportWagon Corvette goes that a drummer commissioned the first wagon concept because he needed the cargo room to haul his drums to various gigs. Looking to make a good design better, the Greenwoods greatly improved upon the concept and an earlier kit designed by Chuck Miller by making the SportWagon much more aerodynamic and aesthetically pleasing, as well as giving the SportWagon the much needed rear hatch to allow access to the rear of the Corvette. After a mockup was sent to SEMA where it became an instant hit, John Greenwood then farmed out actual production through kits from American Custom Industries and Ecklers.

It’s estimated that between 15 and 24 SportsWagons were produced from the kits sold by ACI and Ecklers, and those kits contained several cues that show it was an official Greenwood SportWagon kit. The Greenwood logo was etched into the rear glass and an emblem was tastefully added to the B-pillar located behind driver and passenger windows.

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This 1975 Corvette SportWagon is being offered from Coffee’s Corvette and Classics in Old Forge, PA. Painted in Classic White with a Black interior and Black Spoiler, this SportWagon features those Greenwood design cues mentioned above. This Corvette is powered with a stock L48 350 cubic inch V8 coupled to an automatic transmission and is listed for $29,900. A head turner anywhere, this SportWagon is ready for the weekend car show or a trip to Home Depot. Additional details and Contact information can be found at VetteFinders.com


Sources:
VetteFinders.com and Greenwood Corvettes

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