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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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[VIDEO] Guy Parks Corvette in his House

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2008

Guy Parks Corvette in his House

I briefly considered the thought about attempting this at my house some years ago but it would have required too much renovation, loss of the dining room and severe disapproval from the wife. Still, if the opportunity ever arose, I’d do what this guy did – park his Corvette in the freaking living room!

This reminds me of a joke: “You know you are a gear head if…”


Source:
Youtube.com

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November 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on December 3, 2008

Last month’s Corvette sales sunk to a new low of just 1,093 delivered last month according to the November sales report released by GM late yesterday. This is lowest monthly total we’ve seen in the more than 3 years we’ve been keeping track of these stats. November’s sales were off 55.2% compared to November 2007 and for the calendar year sales are down 16.7%.

Despite the weeklong shutdown of the factory in October, we’re not really seeing a constriction in the number of Corvettes on the ground. According to Jeff Hardy’s website, there were 8,043 Corvettes on the ground on November 4th and on December 3rd, the number grew by 72 to be 8,115. The number of 2008 Corvettes available dropped by 288 units as buyers looking for discounts are finding them in last year’s model. As the plant will be idled even longer in early December, we’ll continue to watch the numbers to see if supply will be reduced.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%
June 2,082 3,055 -31.8% Jan-Jun 14,954 17,758 -15.8%
July 1,870 2,377 -21.3% Jan-Jul 16,824 20,135 -16.4%
August 4,242 2,877 47.4% Jan-Aug 21,066 23,012 -8.5%
September 2,318 2,837 -18.3% Jan-Sept 23,384 25,849 -9.5%
October 1,170 2,484 -52.9% Jan-Oct 24,554 28,333 -13.3%
November 1,093 2,438 -55.2% Jan-Nov 24,647 30,771 -16.6%


2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%


Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 8,115 Corvettes on the ground and can be broken down into the following years:

  • 2007 Corvettes – 130
  • 2008 Corvettes – 2,205
  • 2009 Corvettes – 5,780

2009 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 3,473
  • Corvette Convertibles – 908
  • Corvette Z06 – 1,371
  • Corvette ZR1 – 28

2008 Corvette Inventory Breakdown:

  • Corvette Coupes – 901
  • Corvette Convertibles – 722
  • Corvette Z06 – 582


Source:
GM.com
JeffHardy.com

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October 2008 Corvette Sales
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eBay Find of the Day: The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2008

The Cheaparral Sucker Vette

Put together a group of crazy engineers, a totaled ’86 Corvette barn car and a challenge that most would walk away from and you’ve got the makings of a great story. The Cheaparral J2J “Sucker Vette” is the result of over 3,000 hours of hard work and advanced engineering skills and now it can be yours as the Corvette is being offered on eBay with proceeds benefitting the United Way.

A group of engineers at Proctor & Gamble got together and built this one of kind of custom Corvette to compete in the $2007 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge. The Challenge pits competitors in a number of events in a car that must cost less than $2,007.

The Cheaparral team found their 1986 Corvette parked in a nearby barn and purchased the wreck for $1,400. They then had to put their creative talents to work in keeping the costs to under the $2,007 spending limit. After the Corvette was made rode worthy and twin turbochargers were added for power, the engineers decided they needed a little something extra to give them more of an edge in the autocross competition.

The solution came in the form of an M1 Abrams tank cooling fan that was mounted in the passenger seat and powered by a snowmobile engine. The fan evacuates 10,000 cfm of air from underneath car which generates 1,000 lbs of downforce and allows the Corvette to pull 1.3g on a skidpad. The concept is similar to racing legend Jim Hall’s Chaparral 2J vaccum enhanced “sucker” car from the 1970 Can Am Racing series which served as inspiration for the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette”.

The Cheaparral team competed against 50 others at the Grassroots Motorsports Challenge in Gainsville, FL and won every category including the autocross, concourse, best-engineered award, top finishing team and the 2007 Challenge Overall Champion award.

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Following the Challenge, the Sucker Vette has been featured in a number of magazines and at car shows including the Corvette Homecoming event in Bowling Green. The Cheaparral recently made a trip out to the west coast to Jay Leno’s garage where the noted auto enthusiast proclaimed the Corvette “cool”.

The ebay auction of the Cheaparral “Sucker Vette” will benefit the United Way of Greater Cincinnati. The Corvette features the signitures of Jay Leno and Jim Hall who both had the opportunity to give the “sucker Vette” a drive. Bidding started at the team’s investment of $2,007 and the auction runs through December 11th.

For more information on the Sucker Vette including a ton of videos, check out the Cheaparral.com


Sources:
Cheaparral.com via KYPost.com
ebay.com

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2nd Look: The Corvette C3R Retro Stingray

by Keith Cornett on December 1, 2008

C6 Based Retro Corvette C3R Stingray

Last month we took a look at the Corvette C3R Stingray, a computer rendering by Christian Cyrulewski that wrapped a modern day Corvette C6 with a new yet retro-inspired bodywork of a 1969 Corvette Stingray. Christian is back in the news with a second version of the C3R that features a few tweaks to the original rendering including lengthening the car to give it a more aggressive stance and flattening the rear deck.

The retro cues of a 1969 Corvette are of course all over the place, hence its name, but the new skin feels very modern as well. I’m not sure how the headlights will be pulled off as Christian says they are not pop-ups. The only other issue we believe to be a problem is the lack of access to the rear storage area from the removal of the rear storage hatch. However with this second group of renderings, I have become a certified fan of the C3R Stingray.

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Here’s what Christian had to say about the newest version:

The changes were mostly on the rear end, I added a chamfer where the body meets the rear diffuser to visually lift the rear, I extended the rear about 25mm and narrowed it by more than 50mm to visually give it a more aggressive and planted stance. I also flattened the rear deck area and added a chamfer to the spoiler to match the profile of the 69 stingray better and also to give it a more modern look. The last change was to the front fender in front of the wheel, I added some fullness to give it better lead-in to the grill area.

The dimensions on the C3R are the same as the z06 except the length, my car is 4 inches longer. I also wanted to mention that the headlights are not pop-up, I don’t want to say right now how they work because I going to create an animation that shows the process. One of the main complaints was that people thought it was going to have the pop-up lights.

Now that the main surfaces are done I am going to focus on the details like if it is possible to have 69 style door handles and the possibility of moving the location of the fuel filler to the rear deck, again like the C3.

With General Motors in its current funk and no plans to update the current C6 Corvette body style until at least 2014, we’re hoping progress continues on the C3R Stingray and Christian will be able to bring his prototype to the 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise as planned. Until then, we’ll just have to live vicariously through these awesome computer renderings.


Source:
C3Retro.com via Serious Wheels

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Corvette Photo Contest: Prizes for Best Caption

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2008

Chevy Corvette Nightmare

I’m back from spending Thanksgiving with the family, my stomach is huge and I’m moving a bit slower than normal, so I thought there’s no better time for another round of our Corvette photo caption contest!! For this round, we’re looking for a “WTF were they thinking” comment that decided putting these two classic cars together was a good idea. Once again, I’ve got a 2008 Corvette Price Guide, a 2008 Corvette Black Book and a new Bridgestone Firestone tire gauge to those that post the best captions. Winner’s will be selected and notified Monday so have at it.

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Contest is Closed
Thanks to all that entered. We’ll be sending a Corvette Black Book to Gary Moscowitz for his entry “Not the way to add horsepower!” and a Corvette Price Guide to Charles Benedict who penned “Ohhhhh… you meant to pull the ENGINE and put it in my car!”. Both guys will also get a Bridgestone Firestone tire gauge as well. Thanks again to all that entered.


Source:
CarDomain.com

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Thanks to:
Bridgestone Firestone

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Six Great Christmas Gifts for Corvette Owners

by Keith Cornett on November 25, 2008

2009 Vette Custom's Calendar

With Black Friday coming up and Cyber Monday just a week away, we gave our friends at Ecklers Corvette Parts a call and asked them for a list of some cool Corvette apparel and accessories that would fullfill the Christmas wishes of any Corvette enthusiast. Our recommendation is to print these pages and leave them some place conspicuous for the wife and kids to find. Of course there is always Plan B: Shop for yourself.

Cutter & Buck C6 Tournament Polo
No Corvette owner should be without a polo shirt and Cutter & Buck make one of the finest available. The Black Corvette C6 Tournament Polo features an embroidered C6 Corvette logo on a 100% cotton pique shirt that stays soft wash after wash. The Tournament Polo is available for just $39.99 each.
   
2009 Vette Customs Calendar
A Corvette calendar is a great gift for any Corvette enthusiast. With 12 exciting high quality Corvette photos each month, you’ll be remembered fondly for that great gift all year long! The Vette Custom’s 2009 Corvette Calendar also includes details about each Corvette presented as well as trivia questions on each month. $13.99 each.
   
Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels
These Corvette Seat Armour™ Towels will protect your leather seats from damage due to UV rays, sweat and day-to-day in and out wear. Each heavyweight terry velour seat towel features the C6 Corvette logo and is designed to slip off and on with ease. Machine washable and great for every day use, your expensive Corvette seats will thank you for the thoughtful gift. $49.99 a pair.
   
1974-82 Corvette Custom Bubble LED Taillight
LED Lights are all the rage for C5/C6 Corvettes and now they are available for select C3 Corvettes. The Custom Bubble LED taillight will fit 1974-82 Corvettes. Brighter than the original bulbs, they’ll improve your visibility and give a slight custom look to your rear end. The Bubble Taillights come complete with lens and housing and install easily. $49.99 each.
   
Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone Watch
A Corvette watch is one of the most popular gifts for the Corvette enthusiast in your life and Ecklers has a large selection of men’s and women’s watches to choose from. The Corvette Men’s Quartz Two-Tone watch sports a calendar and features the C5 logo. $59.99 each.
   
Corvette Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket
The Cutter & Buck Suede Bomber Jacket with an embroidered C6 Corvette logo will keep you warm and the super soft micro suede-like polyester resists water in case it starts to snow. The Corvette C6 Suede jacket is what Santa wears around the North Pole wears 364 days a year. $99.99
   

When it comes to Corvette gifts and merchandise, Ecklers Corvette Parts is your holiday headquarters. Check out their full catalog online or request your free catalog now.


Source:
Ecklers Corvette Parts

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Mario Andretti Selling His Corvette Z06 for a Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on November 24, 2008

Mario Andretti in his 2006 Corvette Z06

Continuing his quest for speed and performance, noted race car driver and long time Corvette owner Mario Andretti is selling his 505 horsepower 2006 Corvette Z06 to make room for a 638-horsepower 2009 Corvette ZR1. Mario considers the Corvette Z06 to be on his very favorite cars although we are sure he’ll love the new supercharged Corvette as well. And how about this personal touch on his new Corvette ZR1 pruchase: Mario is reportedly in line to get VIN #500.

Mario Andretti’s Machine Silver Corvette Z06 has all the features you would want: 2LZ preferred equipment package, navigation system, polished aluminum wheels, and a Magnaflow Exhaust. With just 8,660 miles on the odometer, the Corvette is well-priced at $54,500.

Paul Teutul Sr and his 2009 Corvette ZR1

The selling of Corvette Z06′s for Corvette ZR1′s is becoming an interesting trend among those who until this summer already owned the top-of-the-line performance Corvette. Paul Tuetul Sr of Orange County Choppers fame becomes the latest celebrity to join the ranks of the ZR1 owners club after taking delivery of his 638 horsepower Corvette over the weekend from Kerbeck in Atlantic City. Paul Sr put his 2006 Corvette Z06 up for auction on eBay last week to make room for his new Cyber Gray ZR1. Unfortunately, the bidding stalled at $48,000 and failing to reach reserve, the Black Z06 went unsold.

If you are interested in Mario Andretti’s Corvette Z06 or perhaps upgrading to the 2009 Corvette ZR1, visit Kerbeck Corvette or call Corvette Specialist Dave Salvatore at 877-537-2325.

Thanks Larry for the tip!


Source:
Kerbeck Corvette

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2009 Corvette Makes Car And Driver’s 10Best List

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2008

The 2009 Corvette Makes Car and Driver's 10Best List

Car and Driver’s staff continue to show the love to Corvette by including the standard Coupe and Convertible on the magazine’s 2009 “10Best” list. Despite falling head over heels for the new Corvette ZR1, the supercharged 638-horsepower doesn’t make this list due to its base price being $34 grand north of the $71,000 MSRP cutoff. That same cutoff drops another previous Corvette inductee off the 2009 list, the 505-horsepower Z06.

But despite the fact the two performance models – the ZR1 and Z06 – didn’t make the list but the standard 430-hp Coupe and Convertible did says something about the magic that is Corvette. Listen up Congress – Car and Driver says they were “impressed by the ongoing improvements in Corvette assembly quality, materials and everyday comfort.” Fact is, the Chevrolet Corvette “continues to deliver a level of performance and stlye that’s unbeatable for the money.”

Hopefully, some members of Congress are subscribers to Car and Driver and will read in the January 2009 issue that an American automaker does make a quality, fuel efficient car that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Unfortunately, the only way some members of Congress would ever see Corvette quality first hand is to get run over by Robert Novak, but now I’m ranting. Sorry.

This is the third straight year that Corvette has made the “10Best” list. Last year’s list included the Corvette Z06 while in 2006 the standard Coupe was listed.

The only other American-made car to make the Car and Driver “10Best” list is the 2009 Cadillac CTS/CTS-V. But the Car and Driver also points out that while Cadillac coined the phrase “American Standard of the World”, in the world of sports cars, those words describe the 2009 Corvette. We couldn’t agree more.


Source:
Car and Driver

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