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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.



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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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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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Stile Bertone's Project M Using Corvette ZR1 Chassis

Seems like the coachbuilders love the C6 platform as we’ve covered at least a half dozen designers announcing plans to utilize the chassis and power train for their new super cars. Lately there has been a lot of buzz surrounding Stile Bertone and designer Jason Castriota’s Project M and today it came out that they are indeed using the Corvette ZR1′s underpinnings for their sports car.

Design Director Jason Castriota is use to working around the elite super cars of the world. After all, he brought us the Ferrari 599. I wonder if he knew about the Ferrari 599 seen with the ZR1 during a shakedown in Europe back in May 2007. Watch the video and listen to the high regard he and his staff holds for the Corvette ZR1.

I’ve only been half following the Project M online documentary as there was no clear connection to Corvette except a poll on the site a few weeks ago asking visitors to guess which chassis the Project M would use. For the record, my vote was ZR1. Duh! You can view previous episodes of the Stile Bertone project by visiting Inside Project M. The finished car is expected to debut in a matter of a weeks at the Shanghai Motor Show.


Source:
Inside Project M

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Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Via our friends at BadBoyVettes, the Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette was seen testing over the weekend at Road Atlanta. Outfitted in flat black and featuring Jake on the doors, the new GT2 Corvette also has the racing team’s motto stenciled appropriately above the rear wheels: Take No Prisoners.

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

Pratt & Miller GT2 Corvette Spied at Road Atlanta

The photos originally come from the forum site www.AmericanLeMansFans.com so we promptly signed up to participate in the discussions as well. You do have to register before seeing any threads.

According to some of those that have seen and heard the new GT2 Corvette during the testing:

Timed them for about a 10 minute period around 1pm in nice weather 65+F and got consistent 1:22s (low) with a quick lap of around 1:21.5 and a high of 1:23 (low).

I clocked a couple of high 1:19s on the second day of testing. Car sounds just like the GT1 car.

That’s approaching the fastest GT2 lap at the 2008 Petit LeMans. Considering that these cars are in the very early stage of development, high 1:19 laps are scary fast. Maybe they were using no restrictor (or a larger-that-permitted restrictor) in an effort to test other car components.

The GT2 Corvette is expected to make its racing debut at the Acura Sports Car Challenage at Mid-Ohio in early August.



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Photo Credit: Teen Kaas via BBV

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Government Halts Barrett-Jackson Sale of GM Cars

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2009

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Update: A CorvetteBlogger reader tells us the sale of GM vehicles at Barrett-Jackson is back on. The reversal of the NHTSA sent a wave of applause and high-fives throughout the Palm Beach auction.

We got the news late Thursday evening that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration halted the sale of some of GM’s Heritage Collection Corvettes and other cars due to concerns that buyers may be unaware that cars sold on a scrap title or bill of sale are not to be registered for the street, despite the fact that GM and Barrett-Jackson list a disclaimer that says the same.

Sports Car Market reports:

West Palm Beach, Florida: Midway through Friday’s collector car sale, representatives of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) forced Barrett-Jackson to stop the sale of certain cars from the GM Heritage Fleet. Our sources tell us that this order from NHTSA was completely unexpected; Barrett-Jackson and GM have been extremely careful to note, in written material posted on the cars, which GM cars are sold on “salvage titles” or similar, and cannot be registered. Apparently, despite this, NHTSA is concerned that someone “might try” to register the cars for the street.

GM and Barrett-Jackson are attempting to resolve this so that the cars, which have been heavily publicized and have drawn bidders from across the nation, can be sold. Unfortunately, discussions are hampered by the fact that the relevant NHTSA offices are closed for the day, and reportedly will be closed tomorrow as well.

The disclaimers can be seen on each of the GM Corvettes and cars sold with “scrap” titles or Bill of Sales. The disclaimers read:

THIS IS A CONCEPT VEHICLE. NEITHER GM NOR BARRETT-JACKSON MAKE ANY WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE VEHICLE, INCLUDING NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE VEHICLE IS NOT CERTIFIED TO COMPLY WITH ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAWS, RULES OR REGULATIONS AND MAY NOT BE DRIVEN ON PUBLIC ROADS. THIS VEHICLE WILL BE CONVEYED TO BUYER WITH NO MANUFACTURER STATEMENT OF ORIGIN (MSO) OR TITLE AND THE VEHICLE DOES NOT HAVE A COMPLETE VIN. SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY.
The Government intervention Thursday evening halted the sale of 18 GM cars including two Corvettes:
  • Lot #57 – 2005 Corvette C6 Coupe Test Mule
  • Lot #57.1 – 1988 Corvette Twin Turbo Coupe


Source:
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

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