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Gavin and Beretta Win Final ALMS GT1 Race at Long Beach

The dynamic duo of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta took to the streets of Long Beach on Saturday and won the final ALMS GT1 race for Corvette Racing’s C6.R. The win at the 100 minute Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach was the 43rd ALMS victory for Beretta and 32nd for Gavin. For the sister car, the streets of Long Beach were not quite as forgiving as a broken half-shaft retired Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen after 58 minutes of racing.

Beretta started on the GT1 pole but O’Connell was able to jump the #4 Corvette C6.R on the first lap to take an early lead. A punctured tire forced the #3 Corvette to make an unscheduled pit stop at 18 minutes into the race. O’Connell came out of the pits with fresh medium-compound Michelin tires that help cut down Beretta’s lead. The #4 Corvette pitted at the 41-minute mark with Gavin replacing Beretta. But at the 58 minute mark the #3 Corvette broke a half-shaft effectively sealing the win for Gavin and Beretta.

“When I woke up this morning, I said I want to win the race, I want to stay out of trouble, and I want to have no mechanical problems,” Beretta said. “All three came true today.”

“Racing Johnny was a lot of fun,” Beretta recalled. “I was pushing hard, and seemed to have an advantage in the braking zones, but as everyone knows, Long Beach has hard concrete walls and I could not overtake him. I tried to stay out of trouble because the main targets today were to win the race and to keep both cars in good condition to take to Le Mans. We could not afford to make any mistakes.”

“Those opening laps show just how hard we race at Corvette Racing,” O’Connell said. “Olivier had a bit of a bobble and I got by him. I was just trying to control the pace; I knew where he was stronger and was just managing things to keep him behind me. Then he had a big moment in a corner and that opened a nice gap. Suddenly I got a low tire pressure alarm, and had to pit for tires. I felt our pace was good and everything was going great for the No. 3 Corvette, but then coming out of the hairpin something in the driveline broke.”

“You don’t want to end the last ALMS GT1 race being towed in, but the Corvette Racing team gave me a very sweet race car,” O’Connell continued. “The number of problems we’ve had is so incredibly small, I’d much rather have an issue today and then go to Le Mans and win that one. That’s what we’re really thinking about.”

With the No. 3 Corvette C6.R on the sidelines, Gavin had an uncontested run to the checkered flag.

“It was shaping up to be a great race at the end,” said the Briton. “They’d had some misfortune at the start with a puncture, and then switched tires. Olivier was having real problems on the softer tire, and Johnny was catching him on the medium compound. We then switched to that tire and it was obviously the right move for these warm conditions. The car was fantastic from then onwards. After they had a mechanical issue, it was just a matter of being smart, hitting my marks, being mindful of the prototypes, and trying to pick my way through the GT2 cars sensibly.”

“Although this is our last ALMS GT1 race, it isn’t the last hurrah for the GT1 Corvettes,” Gavin noted. “We still have unfinished business in Le Mans.”

Jan Magnussen was ready to take over the No. 3 Corvette C6.R when it slowed on the course, denying the Dane the opportunity to compete in the ALMS GT1 class for one last time.

“This isn’t the way we wanted to end the GT1 program, and these things don’t happen very often for us,” said Magnussen. “To be completely honest, I don’t mind it so much here as long as we don’t have any problems at Le Mans. Johnny did a fantastic job, he raced really hard and was absolutely mega.”

“We’ll come back at Le Mans strong and reliable. Finishing off a decade with this car with everyone involved in the program at Corvette Racing, Chevrolet, Compuware, Michelin, and Katech, we owe them a big thanks.”

For Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan, the end of the GT1 era in ALMS was a bittersweet experience.

“This was not exactly the conclusion we had hoped for, but it shows how much luck plays a role in racing,” Fehan said. “Regardless of what the problem might be, the positive side is that we’re going to go back and learn from it, and that’s what has made Corvette Racing a great team. We try to turn every adversity into opportunity.”

“When you compress almost 11 years of racing memories, with so many highs and lows, so many victories and so much success, it’s really difficult to choose between them. It’s been a great run for the Corvettes in GT1, and we have one more to go – it’s going to be a great 24 Hours of Le Mans, and we are tuned up and ready to go.”

Corvette Racing will make its final challenge for the 24 Hours of Le Mans GT1 crown in France on June 13-14.



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Corvette Racing
Video Credit: ABC

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O'Connell Takes Us Inside the C6.R

Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell gives us a tour of what he calls his office – the drivers seat of the Corvette C6.R. O’Connell shows us all the innovations that keep the drivers safe, comfortable and focused on going fast. We also get a walk-through of the controls the drivers use and the information available on the dash.



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SPEED

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#4 C6R Takes the Pole at Long Beach

Olivier Beretta added his 23rd pole after Friday’s qualifying for the American Lemans at Long Beach. Beretta laped the temporary street course in 1:17.952 to finish 0.192 seconds faster than Johnny O’Connell in the #3 Corvette C6.R. This is the second pole this season for the #4 Corvette C6.R as Gavin started first on the GT1 grid at Sebring.

Beretta and co-driver Oliver Gavin last won at Long Beach in 2007 and would really like this win of the final U.S. race for the GT1 Corvettes.

“Long Beach is a very special place,” Beretta said. “The track is very fun to drive and challenging in some places. I am very happy to be here today because I saw the team in 1999 when they first started and I was with my old Viper team at that time racing against the Corvette team.”

“The No. 4 car wants to win, the No. 3 car wants to win. Within the team we are racing for Corvette. I think everyone is very happy to be part of the team. It’s the last race for the GT1 but we’ll be back in GT2 with a strong car and a strong team.”

The Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 18. The one-hour, 40-minute race will be televised by ABC on April 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET.



Source:
AmericanLemans.com
Photo Credit: Richard Price

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SmokinVette.com Virtual Car Show

The SmokingVette.com Corvette Forum has launched their second annual online “Virtual Car Show” and the list of cash and prizes is impressive. There are two categories open to participants – Corvettes and non-Corvettes. Registration is free. Simply upload 2-3 photos to www.SmokinVette.com and you’ll have a shot at over $10,000 in prizes including the grand prize of a BendPak Four Post Lift!

Here are a list of prizes for the C1-C6 Corvette Category:

  • Grand Prize: BendPak HD-9ST-C Four Post Lift!
  • 1st Place: Kooks Custom Headers
  • 2nd Place: Bob Bondurant 1 Day Z06 Experience
  • 3rd Place: Pfadt Adjustable Sport Shocks
  • 4th Place: Flowmaster Complete C6 Axle back Exhaust
  • 5th Place: V.I.O. 1.5M (Fully integrated video system), POV Mount Kit and POV Pouch
  • 6th Place: Patriot 225/229 .580”/.590 114 LSA CAM, Patriot Gold Springs and Hardened Pushrods
  • 7th Place: Escort 9500i Radar Detector
  • 8th Place: Speed Lingerie Corvette Bra C4, C5 or C6
  • 9th Place: Atomic Autosports C6 Smoothie Fuel Rail Covers
  • 10th Place: Memphis Car Audio (2) PR Subwoofers 10”, 12”, or 15”
  • 11th Place: Detail Dude Interior AND Exterior Essential Kits
  • 12th Place: DS Vettes Custom Leather shift Boot for C5 or C6
  • 13th Place: MadVette MotorSports C6 Pre-Cut Insulation Kit
  • 14th Place: $100 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com

Prizes for the non-Corvette category:

  • Grand Prize: $200 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 1st Place: $125 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 2nd Place: $100 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com
  • 3rd Place: $75 Gas Card from SmokinVette.com

The contest opened on April 14 and already there are 12 pages of entries and comments. You can check out the entries in this thread.

The “Virtual Car Show” runs through May 14, 2009 and winners will be announced no later than May 21st. If you decide to do any car shows this season, the SmokinVette.com “Virtual Car Show” should be at the top of your list.


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www.SmokinVette.com

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1959 Corvette Custom Resto-Mod

At last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Palm Beach, Florida, this 1959 Corvette Resto-Mod stole the show and ended up at the top of the Corvette pricing chart for the three day event. The custom C1 roadster hammered for $135,000 and with a 10% buyers commission, the total price rose to $148,500.

1959 Corvette catalog description from Barrett-Jackson:

Features a new custom body with a custom chassis, chrome C4 suspension, new C4 4-wheel disc brakes, new GM LS3 Cammer engine with 500hp and a 2 year GM warranty. Equipped with all chrome components from Street & Performance including a 4L60E 4-speed.

A 1959 custom Corvette that was just completed. Features a new custom body with a professionally-built custom chassis, chromed C4 front and rear suspension with 5-way dampened chrome Aldan shocks, new drilled and slotted C4 4-wheel disc brakes, a brand new GM LS3 Cammer engine with 500hp and a 2-year GM warranty. It is fully equipped with all chrome components from Street & Performance including a 4L60E 4-speed transmission. The car has power steering, power brakes, tilt wheel, air conditioning, power windows and custom polished stainless steel Magnaflow exhaust. It is also equipped with AM/FM/CD stereo with 7″ LCD screen for rear view camera plus DVD player,18″ Intro wheels on front and 20″ on back with Nitro Extreme tires, power activated hood and trunk. The custom Ivory and Red/Orange leather interior is beautifully done. Car does not come with a top, but a standard 1959 Corvette hard or softtop will fit. The car has attended 2008 Bowling Green Goodguys Show where it received a Fab 5 Pick. It drives like a new ‘Vette and is absolutely stunning.

Corvette Sales for the three day auction event raised over $2.15 million. Click here for the Corvette Auction Results from Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach.


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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
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 Five Corvette Detailing and Cleaning Products For Show and Go

With show and shine season just around the corner, we started mapping out a strategy for getting the sparkle back on our Corvette. Luckily, Step 1 was to call Ecklers Corvette Parts. They gave us the lowdown on the newest cleaning products and detailing kits that would give us the results we craved without breaking our back or wallet. So I bring you five Corvette detailing products/kits you should not be without.


Pinnacle Complete Detailing Wax & Cleaning Kit

Pinnacle Complete Detailing Wax & Cleaning Kit

Take your vehicle’s finish from needing attention to the center of attention! This is the best combination of Pinnacle products ever offered. The kit contains everything you need to create a flawless finish using our premium products. From clay bars and micro fiber towels to shampoo and wax, the kit offers the best Pinnacle Products at a better price than buying the products individually. $159.99


Surf City Garage’s Pacific Blue Car Wash & Wax

Surf City Garage’s Pacific Blue Car Wash & Wax

If you’re looking to simplify your wash and wax chores, then perhaps an all-in-one product is for you. Surf City Garage products are specifically designed for use on fine classics and Performance Corvettes. Super-strong yet safe cleaning power with ocean foaming action isolates dirt particles so they can’t scratch your paint or chrome and adds a carnauba wax coating without stripping existing wax. The Surf City Garage line of top-quality car care products were developed by Corvette guys for Corvette guys. A 32 oz bottle is just $12.99


Surf City Garage Nano-Detail Car Washing Sponge

Surf City Garage Nano-Detail Car Washing Sponge

Wax on and Wax off with the Nano-Detail car washing sponge also from Surf City Garage. Made out of the highest quality micro fiber, the enthusiast grade sponge cleans all surfaces completely scratch-free. And when used with Pacific Blue Was & Wax, the Nano-Detail Sponge thoroughly cleans your car and then lays down a coat of carnauba. Ultra-absorbent and so long-lasting you can wash it hundreds of times. Guaranteed to be the best you’ve ever used or your money back. $8.99


Wheel Lug Nut Cleaning/Polishing Brush

Wheel Lug Nut Cleaning/Polishing Brush

This is one of the best detailing tools I’ve seen lately. This tool is a “must have” for every auto enthusiast who wants to detail their wheels perfectly and with the least amount of time and effort. Simply add a little soap and water to the brush, push it over the lug, twist it with the easy-to-use T-handle and your car’s lug nuts and wheel cavities will look like new in seconds. Cleans wheel cavities from 1-3/8 to 2″ with lug nuts from 3/4″ To 13/16″. Includes (1) extra foam cleaning head . $10.99


Eckler's California Cleaning Kit

Eckler’s California Cleaning Kit

The ultimate car cleaning kit exclusively from Eckler’s. You get all the great California Car Duster products you’ll need to keep your Corvette looking its best. Starting with the Micro Fiber Sponge for washing to the Original Car Duster. Kit includes the original California Car Duster, water blade, 3-pack of Micro-fiber cloths, interior detail mit and the micro fiber washing sponge. Buy the kit & save! $49.99


Ecklers Corvette Parts has been in business for over 40 years and is one of the most trusted names in the corvette hobby. With over 20,000 products and accessories, you’ll find something your Corvette needs in the Ecklers catalog. Visit Ecklers Corvette Parts today and request your free catalog.


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Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Corvette Racing: Corvette C6.R GT1 Era Coming to an End

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2009

Corvette C6.R GT1 Era Coming to an End

Saturday will mark the end of an era as the last American LeMans GT1 race in the United States to feature the factory-backed Corvette Racing C6.Rs. The most successful racing team in ALMS history decided that Long Beach would be ideal to end the GT1 program due to the large fan base in Southern California that turns out to see the Corvettes year after year. The ALMS announced it too would be giving the Corvette Racing team a send-off as well in a post-qualifying ceremony in the Winners Circle.

Corvette Racing has won the last eight ALMS GT1 team and manufacturer championships and posted 75 class wins worldwide including a record 69 ALMS victories. And since its debut in 2005, the Corvette C6.R has won 38 races, the most of any GT1 car.

The 100-minute Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach will be the final tune-up before the C6.Rs head to France in June for the 24 Hours of LeMans where team hopes to win their final GT1 race. Following LeMans, the Corvettes will make their much anticipated transition to the ultra-competitive GT2 class for the remainder of the 2009 ALMS season.

“Long Beach is a great place to say goodbye to GT1 in the United States,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The race is a hugely successful event attended by thousands of fans, so it’s a very fitting place to finish the GT1 program by taking the Corvettes to the people.” “When the checkered flag falls at Long Beach, I think it will be a moving experience for everyone on the team,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “It will mark the closing of one chapter, the likes of which will never be written again in Corvette history. At the same time, it will mark the opening of another chapter that will eventually see Corvette competing in a global GT class under the international regulations that will come into effect next year.”

Corvette driver Johnny O’Connell, racing in the GT1 class for nine years, said, “I’ve been there for all but two years of competition in GT1, so there will certainly be some sadness when we finally say goodbye to such an amazing car,” O’Connell noted. “There is a huge Corvette following in Southern California, so to let them see the Corvette C6.Rs in their last GT1 race in the U.S. is very special.” “The GT1 Corvettes are among the coolest cars in racing history, and they’ve left their mark in the record books for Corvette, for Chevrolet and for sports car racing. Over the years, we’ve had great battles and rivalries with Viper, Ferrari, Saleen, Maserati, and Aston Martin. But we’re moving to an even more competitive arena, and that’s another example of Chevrolet taking on challenges. The commitment to compete on the world stage is something that everyone at Chevrolet can be proud of.”

The Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 18. The one-hour, 40-minute race will be televised by ABC on April 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET.



Source:
Corvette Racing
Photo Credit: Richard Price

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The Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com

I’ve been hanging out quite a bit lately at VetteBlock.com – a new Corvette social networking site that went live late last year. Over the last few weeks, Scott and gang have been entertaining us with the Corvette version of the Sweet Sixteen. After several weeks of voting, its all come down to two of the most iconic Corvettes ever produced: A 1963 Corvette Split Window vs the 1967 427 ci Roadster.

To get to the championship vote, the split window 1963 Corvette took on a rookie – the 2009 Competition Sport Corvette and then defeated the 1990 Corvette ZR-1 in round two of voting. In the final four vote, the SWC took on and defeated the 1971 Corvette armed with a 454 cubic inch engine.

For the 1967 427 Corvette, the path was much easier. In the first round, the hapless 1984 Corvette didn’t put up any defense whatsoever and round two saw the big block Corvette take on and defeat the 2004 Z16 Commemorative Edition Z06. In the final four vote, it was a battle of 427′s as the Sting Ray took on a 1968 big block Corvette and remained undefeated.

Click here for the large bracket version and view the road to the Corvette Championship game.

If you want your vote to count in this epic battle of midyear Corvettes, visit the Corvette Championship Game at VetteBlock.com now. But you better hurry, the voting ends Thursday night at Midnight.

And after you vote, why not stick around and see what VetteBlock has to offer. You can set up your own home page, upload photos and videos of your Corvette, connect with other Corvette enthusiasts and you can even set up a Corvette blog of your own. Pretty cool!

And finally, make sure to check out CorvetteBlogger’s profile at VetteBlock.com!


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Hertz Corvette ZHZ Slams Into 8 Cars in Philadelphia

Police say a speeding Corvette lost control and hit eight parked cars along a street in a south Philadelphia neighborhood before coming to rest on a sidewalk. The Corvette is clearly from the Hertz ZHZ fleet and news reports confirmed a Hertz GPS unit was installed on the dash. After the crash, the driver fled the scene and its believed there were injuries as blood was seen on the driver-side airbag.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZ were made for Hertz. The Corvettes feature a velocity yellow exterior with a black strip painted on the hood and ZHZ emblems inside an out. This is the third ZHZ totaled that we are aware of since the Corvettes became available last summer.


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VetteTube via VetteMarket.com

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1959 Corvette Custom Resto-Mod

Barrett-Jackson concluded their three day collector car event in South Florida on Saturday and sales of the 39 Corvettes featured at the no-reserve auction totaled $2,146,275. This trails last year’s 4-day, 59 Corvette auction that brought in $3.8 Million in sales. Included in the sale were 11 Corvettes from GM’s Heritage Collection which brought a total of $496,650.

The overall top selling Corvette was a 1959 Corvette Custom Resto-Mod (Lot #652.1)equipped with a LS3 500-hp V8 and a ton of toys like the 7″ LCD screen for rear view camera plus DVD player and power activated trunk and hood. The custom Red/White cove roadster sold for $148,500 which was the eighth highest selling car of the entire auction. Second on the Corvette sales list was another C1, an original documented 1962 Roadster (Lot #674.1) powered by a 327 cubic inch fuelie. The Honduras Maroon NCRS Top Flight Corvette sold for $143,000.

As you may have read, sales of GM’s Heritage Collection cars was halted midway through Thursday’s auction by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over concerns that buyers would try to register the “scrap” titled cars for the road. Cooler heads prevailed and the sales resumed on Friday.

The top selling Corvette from the Heritage Collection was the 1999 “First Built” Hardtop (Lot #678.1). Equipped with an LS1 V8, Z51 suspension and a 6-speed manual transmission, the first production hardtop since 1967 sold for $110,000.

Here are the Corvette Sales Results from the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction:

LOT # YEAR MODEL STYLE HIGH BID
13 1994 CORVETTE "FIRST BUILT" COUPE * $23,650.00
21 1993 CORVETTE 40TH ANN CONVERTIBLE $16,775.00
24 1994 CORVETTE COUPE $17,600.00
28 1968 CORVETTE COUPE 327 CI $27,500.00
38 1988 CORVETTE 35TH ANNIVERSARY COUPE $41,250.00
44 1990 CORVETTE ZR-1 COUPE $22,000.00
47 2007 CORVETTE Z06 COUPE $55,000.00
51 1971 CORVETTE COUPE 350 CI $20,350.00
57 2005 CORVETTE C-6 COUPE TEST MULE * $24,200.00
57.1 1988 CORVETTE TWIN TURBO COUPE * $42,900.00
326.1 1978 CORVETTE 25TH ANNIVERSARY L82 $28,050.00
342 1972 CORVETTE COUPE 454 CI $27,500.00
342.1 1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR $37,400.00
344 1965 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 396 CI $57,200.00
348.1 1971 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 350 CI $35,200.00
348.2 1964 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 350 CI $46,200.00
355.2 1964 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 327 CI $43,450.00
386 1969 CORVETTE COUPE 427 CI $42,350.00
398 1967 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 327 CI $57,200.00
421 2003 CORVETTE LEMANS SAFETY CAR #6 * $28,600.00
637.1 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 283 CI $99,000.00
638 1967 CORVETTE COUPE 327 CI $55,000.00
645 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427 CI $66,000.00
646 1966 CORVETTE COUPE 427 CI $79,200.00
652.1 1959 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE $148,500.00
654 2004 CORVETTE CUSTOM CONVERTIBLE $90,200.00
656 1966 CORVETTE COUPE 327 CI $75,900.00
664 1954 CORVETTE BLACK CONVERTIBLE $110,000.00
674.1 1962 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 327 FI $143,000.00
675 1978 CORVETTE INDY 500 PACE CAR #4 * $29,700.00
676.1 1990 CORVETTE ZR-1 "ACTIVE" PROTOTYPE * $66,000.00
677 1997 CORVETTE CERV IV-B * $66,000.00
678.1 1999 CORVETTE "FIRST BUILT" HARDTOP LS1 * $110,000.00
679.2 2006 CORVETTE Z06 COUPE "FIRST BUILT" * $50,600.00
680.1 1984 CAPRICE "CORVETTE B WAGON" * $22,000.00
680.2 1997 CORVETTE LEMANS SHOW PACE CAR * $33,000.00
681.1 1960 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 283 CI $84,700.00
686 1966 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 327 CI $62,700.00
686.1 1969 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427 CI $59,400.00
         
      Total Sales: $2,416,275

* All prices include 10% buyers commission


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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