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APB: Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC

The Wake County Sheriff’s Office just confiscated a Corvette Z06 from a baddie and turned it into an unmarked police car. This has been confirmed by several in the Raleigh area who have seen the car lit up like a Christmas tree along I40 as well as the guy who installed the light bar.

Posted on horsepowerjunkies.com was this quote supposedly from a Wake County Sheriff’s Deputy:

That SUM BITCH is BADD! It was a drug seizure vehicle, and the county nor the state spent a dime on that car except to put gas in it. All of the lights and equipment in the car is recycled from another cruiser that has been retired. The only way you will get away from this car is if you go through a parking lot with speed bumps, or cross a median.”

According to others that chimed in, the vehicle was donated by a local drug dealer who paid cash for the car. Other than time spent installing the light bar, no other expenses have been incurred in turning this Corvette into a police car.

“No expenses” may be the case, but wait until the Sheriff’s office needs to come up with $2K for a set of new tires!

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Po-Po Driving a Confiscated Corvette Z06 in Raleigh, NC    


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HorsepowerJunkies.com Related:
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National Corvette Homecoming To Be Held This Weekend

If you are anywhere near Bowling Green this weekend, prepare to see a lot of Corvettes. The National Corvette Homecoming will be held this weekend with enthusiasts from around the country descending on the birthplace hometown of their favorite sports car.

The Homecoming has been a mainstay in Bowling Green since 1981. Corvette owners can network with other owners, attend seminars and engage in friendly competition for trophies in the judged car show. Corvette celebrities like Assembly Plant Manager Paul Graham, former manager Wil Cooksey and retired GM employee and C4 expert Gordon Killebrew will all be on hand to share their knowledge and experiences.

The festivities will be held at the Sloan Convention Center and nearby Holiday Inn. The only downside for visitors is that tours of the Corvette Assembly Plant won’t be held as the plant is currently on hiatus. For more info and a schedule of events, visit National Corvette Homecoming.


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National Corvette Homecoming

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Corvette Racing: Oliver Gavin Joins SRT for Spa 24

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

Corvette Racing: Oliver Gavin Joins SRT for Spa 24
Photo Credit: Richard Prince

Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin will be joining the Belgian FIA GT Selleslagh Racing Team (SRT) as part of its driver line-up for the upcoming Spa 24 Hours on July 25-26th. Gavin will share seat time behind the wheel of the SRT Corvette C6.R with Belgian Bert Longin, the reigning FIA GT3 Champion, James Ruffier of France, and former Belgian GT Champion, Maxime Soulet. Oliver last raced at the Spa 24 Hours in 2007 with Luc Alphand Aventure’s C6.R .

Make sure you check out Corvette Motorsport for complete live coverage of the Spa 24 Hours.

 

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2009

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

Every once in a while a custom Corvette will come along that knocks your socks off and this is definitely one of those moments. Named the Goodguys Street Machine of the Year, this 1962 Corvette was built by The Roadster Shop for customer Barry Blomquist and showed at the Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio where it apparently made a huge impression on the judges and crowd alike.

The custom Corvette is dubbed the “C1RS” and as you can see, very few of the original components remain. Just about every part of the body was custom built, from the aluminum front end to the hand-formed hood. Carbon fiber and billet trim are featured throughout the roadster while inside the cockpit, Italian read leather seats, alcantara suede accents and an aluminum dash complete the look.

Under the hood you’ll find an LS7 from Turnkey Engines that produces 618 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Mated to the Z06 engine is a T-56 transmission. The custom Corvette features a custom suspension components from Detroit Speed & Engineering while Brembo 14 1/2 inch, 6-piston brakes provide plenty of stopping power.

1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year 1962 Custom Corvette Named Street Machine of the Year

While technically a show car, this Corvette was built to go and that’s what it did at the Goodguy Nationals. Each of the entries is required to run 3 laps on the autocross course and this 1962 Corvette C1RS smoked the field of 31 competitors and came in first.

“We’ve had this car in our minds for a long time,” Jeremy Gerber smiled. “Our guys at the shop worked tirelessly over an entire year getting this car to Columbus. Barry Blonquist gave us the resources and opportunity to build our vision. We’re thankful to win this award for Barry and the Roadster Shop.”

The only disappointment we have is that we were only provided two photos. Hopefully one of the Corvette magazines will get together with The Roadster Shop’s Phil and Jeremy Gerber for a well deserved photo shoot. If that happens, we’ll be more than excited to share more of the 1962 Corvette C1RS with you.


Source:
GoodGuys via Motortrend Related:
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Corvette Racing: GT2 C6.Rs Officially Entered for Mid-Ohio

Corvette Racing’s return to the American Le Mans series is now official. PlanetLeMans.com is reporting that the two Corvette C6.Rs have officially been entered to run in the GT2 class at the Acura Sports Car Challenge in Mid-Ohio. The #3 and #4 Corvettes will now go head to head with Ferrari, Porsche, Panoz, BMW, Ford and Dodge in what looks to be one of the most diverse and competitive classes in auto racing.

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will be driving the #3 Corvette C6.R while Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin will be behind the wheel of the #4 Corvette. O’Connell and Magnussen return fresh off their GT1 class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the sixth victory in the world’s greatest race since 2001.

“For several years now, the competition in GT2 has been the closest and most competitive among all our classes,” said Scott Atherton, American Le Mans Series President and CEO. “With the news of Corvette Racing’s official entry into the category at Mid-Ohio, the class quite possibly becomes the most diverse and competitive ever. It also serves as another example of the continued growth and success of the American Le Mans Series. Corvette never truly left, but it’s safe to say that they were missed by the countless participants at our Corvette Corrals and fans worldwide. We would like to be the first to officially say, ‘Welcome back!’”

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio is scheduled to start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 8th. The race will be televised same-day tape-delayed on NBC at 4 p.m. ET.



Source:
PlanetLemans.com
Photo Credit: Planetlemans – Marcel ten Caat

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Hertz Selling Corvette ZHZ's at Dealer Auction

It appears that Hertz has starting to sell off a few of their special edition rental Corvette ZHZs. In an email to our friends at CorvetteConti.com, a visitor tells Rick that three of the specially-badged Velocity Yellow and Black striped coupes ran through the dealer-only Manheim auto auction in South Florida last Friday.

Hertz and other car rental agencies generally begin to sell off their inventory after a year or so of rental duty. These three Hertz ZHZ Corvette coupes each have between 22,000 to 25,000 miles and are described to be in “driver” condition with some scratches and worn seats.

The visitor tells Rick that the three Corvettes sold for $31,400, $31,500 and $31,600.

As Manheim is a registered dealer only auction, we expect these Corvettes to be offered for sale to the public in the near future. As Conti correctly points out, let’s hope that dealers aren’t getting one of these Corvettes:

Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia


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CorvetteConti.com

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Walk Around the Transformer's Corvette Stingray Centennial Concept

This is a short but sweet forty second walk around the Corvette Stingray Concept featured in this summer’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie. The video appears to have been shot during production. For a brief instant I thought we’d finally get a look at the interior.

When the driver side door was opened, I was praying for that allusive interior shot. However, you can see the two-tone red/silver seats and it looks like the dash and steering wheel may be red as well.


Source:
twitter.com/JT_Lewis

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Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide Seeking Nurburgring Status

The Corvette ZR1-based Bertone Mantide could be making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s Nurburgring lap time according to Bertone’s chief designer Jason Castriota. The first owner of the $2 million Mantide, British-born financier and “gentleman racer” Dan Watkins is considering making a run at the Corvette ZR1′s 7:26.4 Nurburgring lap time and Castriota thinks that goal is obtainable.

Powered by the supercharged 638 horsepower LS9, the Mantide is a blue devil at heart. But Castriota and his design team at Stile Bertone made sure that their Mantide would be lighter (about 176 pounds lighter) and is 30% more aerodynamic than the standard Corvette ZR1.

Still, undertaking a ‘ring run will not come cheap. Watkins is considering renting “The Green Hell” for a couple to three days and will need the services of an experienced Nordschleife driver and crew to pull it off.


Source:
Pistonheads via Autoblog

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Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700

Back in January we got a preview of Hennessey Performance Engineering’s upgrade to Chevrolet’s Corvette ZR1. HPE’s Z700 Corvette ZR1 includes an extensive list of bolt-on parts combined with a custom tune to boost the standard 638 horsepower ZR1 to 705. And to prove this car is a contender, Hennessey is planning to run the Nurburgring later this year.

Preliminary testing of the Hennessey Z700 package shows a significant boost in performance. How’s 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds sound? Yea, that’s pretty damn fast. Hennessey also quotes a 0-100 mph in 6.4 seconds and the Z700 runs the quarter mile in 10.6 seconds at 134 mph.

The list of upgrades includes even more carbon fiber goodies like super light carbon fiber wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track.

Hennessey gives the interior some love too by ditching the standard seats in favor of lightweight carbon fiber seats with 5-point harnesses. An alcantara steering wheel and shift knob completes the package. Total cost of the Z700 package is estimated at $207,150 which includes a 2010 Corvette ZR1.

Hennessey compares the Z700 upgrade to the Porsche GT3 RS and the Dodge Viper ACR. To prove it belongs in this exclusive club, HPE is planning on running the Z700 at the famous Nurburgring later this year. You can bet the standard Corvette ZR1′s lap of 7:26 will be in the crosshairs.

Finally, if the Z700 still sounds too tame, take heart. Hennessey also has a Z750 upgrade for 750 horsepower and the twin turbo Z1000 will top out at 1,000 horsepower.

Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700 Hennessey's 705hp Corvette ZR1 Z700

Full Press Release from Hennessey Performance Engineering:

(SEALY, TX) The world’s fastest and most powerful production Corvette, the 638 bhp ZR1 has become the pinnacle of American sports cars. For most ZR1 owners, having a car capable of Nurburgring times of 7:26 is more than enough performance to satisfy their need for speed. However, for the select few who subscribe to the mantra of “Too much horsepower is never enough” Hennessey Performance Engineering (HPE) has something special in store for them in 2010. HPE is happy to introduce the company’s 705 bhp Z700 upgrade package for the 2010 Corvette ZR1. Porsche 911 owners wanting the uber Porsche can order the GT3 RS. Dodge Viper enthusiasts wanting the ultimate road race Viper have the ACR. Now ZR1 owners can opt for the Hennessey Z700 upgrade for their Corvettes.

Hennessey’s Z700 performance package starts by upgrading the LS9′s supercharger, exhaust and air induction systems, which is then dyno tuned to 705 bhp. But this is just the beginning. Additional upgrades include lightweight carbon fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, which reduces rotating weight by nearly 60 lbs. Hennessey’s Z-Aero carbon fiber front splitter, canards and rear spoiler also add over 300 lbs of downforce, helping plant the added power to the road or track. Rounding out the Z700 upgrade package is a revised interior with lightweight carbon fiber seats, Alcantara steering wheel and shift knob.

HPE will be throwing its hat into the Ring – literally – with plans to begin testing the Z700 at the famed Nurburgring in Germany later in 2009. The company plans to build just 24 of these limited-edition Corvette ZR1′s for the 2010 model year. Each customer also gets a full day of performance driving instruction in his or her new Z700 at Hennessey’s own private test track, Lonestar Motorsports Park. Lonestar, which is next to the company’s facility, is located just west of Houston, Texas and has a full quarter-mile dragstrip as well as the addition of a 1.1-mile road course which will soon be under construction.

Power:
705 hp @ 6,400 rpm
717 lb-ft Torque @ 3,200 rpm

Performance:
0-60 mph: 2.9 seconds
0-100 mph: 6.4 seconds
1/4 mile: 10.6 @ 134 mph
Skid pad: 1.08 lateral G
Note: HPE VBox preliminary test data.

Z700 Package Includes:

Supercharger Modifications (15 psi boost)
Intercooler System Upgrade
Air Induction System Upgrade
Stainless Steel Exhaust Upgrades
Hennessey Light Weight Carbon Fiber Wheels
Front: 19 x 10.5 inches; Rear: 19 x 12.5 inches
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup Tires
Front: 265/35-YR19; Rear: 325/35-YR19
Sparco Carbon Fiber Seats in Alcantara (Driver & Passenger)
5-Point Harnesses with Harness Bar
Alcantara Steering wheel & Shift Knob
Lowered Factory Suspension
Corner Weighted with 4-wheel Alignment
Z-Aero Carbon Fiber Body Parts: Front Splitter, Canards, Rear Spoiler, Vented Factory Hood, Vented Front Fenders
Hennessey & ZR700 Interior & Exterior Badges
Limited Edition Serial Numbered Plaque
1-Day Driving Instruction at Lonestar Motorsports Park
3 Year / 36,000 Mile Limited Warranty
Total Cost Including New 2010 ZR1: $207,150 US Dollars

Optional Upgrades
Z750 – 755 bhp Upgrade
Z1000 – 1,000 bhp Twin Turbo / Supercharged Upgrade
Custom Exterior Colors
Custom Interior Upgrades & Colors
German Delivery – Nurburgring Delivery & Driving Instruction


Source:
Hennessey via Jalopnik

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Mecum Sells The First Corvette of the Sixties

by Keith Cornett on July 6, 2009

The First Corvette of the Sixties

One of selling features employed by the Mecum auction house is their “Bid Goes On” which allows bidding on Corvettes that did not sell on the block to continue in hopes that a sale can be reached. It gives buyers and sellers the opportunity to culminate a deal that otherwise would not have happened within the confines of a three-minute sale. One of Corvettes recently sold though this process was this 1960 Corvette with the serial #00001.

The first Corvette of the Sixties was Ermine White with a matching white convertible top. Like the first year 1953 Corvettes, a red interior compliments the white exterior. Vin #00001 is powered by RPO 579D – a 283 cubic inch fuel injected engine rated for 290 horsepower – and was coupled to a 4-speed transmission. Other options include the signal-seeking AM radio and classic wide whitewall tires.

At the auction, the Corvette reached a high bid of $290,000 without changing hands. Today we learned that the Corvette did sell after the auction at a slightly lower price of $275,000. We believe the seller, motivated by the no-sale changed his mind in regards to his reserve and took an offer through “the bid goes on” process.

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So is this a fair price for a solid-axle serial #00001 Corvette? At the 2008 Bloomington Gold auction, three serial #1 Corvettes were offered: 1955, 1956 and 1957. As a group, the three Corvettes reached a high-bid of $2.8 million but failed to reach reserve. The three Corvettes were then offered individually. The 1955 #0001 Corvette high bid was $850,000. The 1956 #0001 Corvette high bid was $900,000 and the 1957 #0001 Corvette reached a high bid of $950,000. All three Corvettes were no sales and haven’t been seen since.

So along comes the 1960 Corvette with serial #1 a year later and it sells for a fraction of the prices offered for the 1955-57 Corvettes. Will this price of $275,000 suck the wind out of those other cars when the resurface at another sale or will the 1960 Corvette be flipped when the market rebounds for a much higher price? This is what makes watching pricing so fun.

For a complete recap of the 2009 Bloomington Gold Auction, click here for the original post or here for just the auction results.


Source:
Mecum

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