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Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe GM Source’s Josh Oliver says the first 2009 Corvette ZR-1 will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. Actually, that’s already been speculated, but Josh takes the rumor a step forward by reporting that days after its NAIAS unveiling, the new supercharged 650 hp Corvette ZR-1 will be off to Scottsdale to be auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event sometime between January 12-20th.

Should such an event come to pass, the amount of buzz generated by the General would be huge, first with the bounce from the Detroit auto show and then placing the car in the middle of all those car-crazy collectors in Scottsdale with cameras from Speed TV capturing the moment. of course, no word from GM on whether or not this will happen officially or if this is just irresponsible speculation.


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CorvetteZR1Forum.com via Jalopnik.com

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Vette Dogs Episode 10: Season One is a Wrap

by Keith Cornett on September 30, 2007

Our friends at Digital Corvettes have released Episode 10 of Vette Dogs, which is the final chapter of what is being called Season 1. The storyline for the inaugural season follows Patrick Gramm and fellow DC member Steve Hardy and as they took on the Cannonball One Lap of America. As in the previous episodes, the production values are high and the scenes are filled with eye candy for those of us who love Corvettes.

Based on comments from Patrick on the DC forums, it sounds as though a Season 2 is in the works. We can only hope it comes sooner rather than later as we looked forward to the (nearly) weekly releases of each episode at VetteDogs.com.
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Accident Lands Corvette in Iowa Home’s Basement

by Keith Cornett on September 28, 2007

A homeowner in Hiawatha, Iowa heard a loud crash early Thursday morning and upon investigating, found a yellow C5 Corvette in their house. The car crashed through the wall of the split level home before coming to rest fully in the basement. The driver, 52 year old Lee Francis Brown was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving.

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Amazingly, the Corvette appears not to have been seriously damaged considering it crashed through a wall of a home.
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The Corvette Restorer Magazine from the NCRSThe National Corvette Restorers Society announced that Wayne Scraba will be stepping down from his Managing Editor position of The Corvette Restorer magazine. Under Scraba’s tenure, The Corvette Restorer Magazine was redesigned and now has a very professional quality normally associated with high-line publications. So now the search begins for Wayne’s replacement, and as we like to highlight cool jobs that surround our hobby, here is the job description if you are interested in becoming the next Managing Editor for the venerable NCRS publication: 1. Solicit, edit verify and assemble suitable reprinted materials
2. Develop original content
3. Manage a production schedule
4. Control an operating budget
You must have the ability to travel to selected (five to seven) NCRS events held around the country, gathering story ideas and photographical assets. Interested? Contact Dick Whittington at 336-957-6106 for details.
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Strike Ends as GM and UAW Reach Tentative Agreement

by Keith Cornett on September 26, 2007

General Motors and the United Auto Workers reached an early morning agreement to end the two day strike. The agreement will need to be ratified in the coming days by UAW membership, but it’s expected to pass. Workers are expected back as early as today which will be good news to new Corvette buyers with orders in the system, as well as those expecting to make the journey to Bowling Green to pick up their new car at the National Corvette Museum. CorvetteConti.com and CorvetteBlog.com, both supported and sponsored by Chevrolet stores, offered up the following communications from various GM brass:

GM Dealers,
Subject: Update on UAW Negotiations Earlier today, General Motors and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement, subject to member ratification, paves the way for GM to significantly improve its manufacturing competitiveness, providing the basis for maintaining and strengthening its core manufacturing base in the United States. The tentative agreement includes a memorandum of understanding to establish an independent retiree health care trust, as well as other changes to the national agreement. Following ratification, implementation of the memorandum of understanding is subject to approval by the courts, and satisfactory review of accounting treatment with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Rick Wagoner sent a message indicating how this agreement will help us close the fundamental competitive gaps that exist in our business. The projected competitive improvements in this agreement will allow us to maintain a strong manufacturing presence in the United States along with significant future investments. The GM negotiating team members and support staff and the UAW bargaining team are to be commended for their dedicated work on this new agreement. I want to personally thank each of you for your continued focus on our customers and for promoting our full lineup of great cars and trucks, including your efforts on the current retail event, which runs through October 1. Importantly, to address any concerns regarding delivery of parts to your dealerships an additional communications from Doug Herberger, Vice President — Service and Parts Operations, will be forwarded to you later today via GM Messenger on DealerWorld. Mark LaNeve
Vice President
Vehicles Sales, Service & Marketing ——————– GM Leaders, General Motors and the UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a new national labor contract, covering approximately 74,000 represented employees. The agreement, subject to member ratification, paves the way for GM to significantly improve its manufacturing competitiveness, providing the basis for maintaining and strengthening its core manufacturing base in the United States. The tentative agreement includes a memorandum of understanding to establish an independent retiree health care trust, as well as other changes to the national agreement. Following ratification, implementation of the memorandum of understanding is subject to approval by the courts, and satisfactory review of accounting treatment with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This was a very difficult and complex set of negotiations for GM and the UAW. I want to thank all the GM negotiating team members and support staff for their dedicated work on this new agreement. I also want to commend the UAW bargaining team for their professionalism in these negotiations. The next step involves UAW leaders traveling to the plants to explain the new contract and seek ratification. We will communicate the final outcome. Thanks for your support. Regards,
Diana Tremblay
GMNA Vice President – Labor Relations
Perhaps the best message of all is no message. The Bowling Green Assembly Plant has removed the notice informing the suspension of the factory tour and it appears that all will return to normal in a very quick fashion.
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CorvetteConti.com
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Introducing Keith Martin’s Corvette Market Magazine

by Keith Cornett on September 26, 2007

Keith Martin's Corvette Market MagazineKeith Martin is a well-known personality in the Sports car collecting hobby, publishing the Sports Car Market Magazine and appearing on television as a commentator and co-host of SPEED’s coverage of Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale. His latest venture is Keith Martin’s Corvette Market: Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends. The Corvette Market magazine is scheduled for publication 4 times per year and the inaugural edition was mailed last week. As someone who takes an interest in Corvette values, I can tell you this new publication is a home run. Corvette Market offers feature articles and insights on the top Corvette models in the collector arena. Issue 1 features the heavy hitters: The 1953 Corvette, The 1687 L71 Corvette and the model that is currently trending well, the 1969 Corvette. But the real genius behind Corvette Market is the auction reports and analysis from a well-rounded group of Corvette aficionados. In the premier issue, the June 2007 Bloomington Gold Auction falls under the microscope of Keith’s analysts and no punches are pulled when telling you why the Corvette sold or didn’t sell. Here is an example from the Mecum Bloomington Gold coverage:

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#F57 – 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. S/N 19467S715499. Riverside Gold/White/Black Vinyl. Odo: 6,293 Miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-Speed. Excellent resprayed Riverside Gold paint, otherwise completely original. Interior shows very light wear, top has heavier wear and s frayed at the edges. Good engine compartment, original window sticker. A strong car with loads of originality. Condition: 2 Sold at $38,850. Analysis:
The ’69 Corvette had the same owner since 1971 and he clearly pampered it over the years. The L36 390-hp 427s are great performing cars without the wildness of the 435-hp cars, but the L71 always commands the top dollars. This one sold for well below market value for an L36. A real bargain for a car of this quality.
If you liked that, there are 186 more just like it in the premier issue of Corvette Market Magazine. Other reports are also included both in the magazine, issue 1 contains a listing of the top 100 corvettes auction prices of all time, as well as on the dedicated web site, www.VetteMarket.com, where the Plus subscription will get you full access to the Corvette Market Auction database containing over 2,000 Corvette market reports like the one above. A one-year subscription to Keith Martin’s Corvette Market Magazine is $29.95 or $48.00 for the plus version. With just one issue of his new magazine, Keith Martin has created a must-have reference guide for Corvette collectors and those that follow Corvette pricing trends and values.
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Corvette Assembly Plant UAW Strike Video

by Keith Cornett on September 25, 2007

The Bowling Green Daily News has an interesting two minute video shot outside the Corvette assembly plant showing the perspective of the strike from Local UAW 2164. Listen to the disappointment from the line walkers when two tractor-trailers full of new Corvettes leaves the grounds on the way to dealers for delivery. It’s a sad situation for not only the automaker and its workers, but the customers whose Corvettes may be caught in the middle with no time-table for delivery.


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Picket Lines Form at Corvette Assembly Plant as UAW Strikes

by Keith Cornett on September 24, 2007

Corvette assembly line workers picket on Corvette DriveThe United Auto Workers have made good on their threat to carry out a nationwide strike as contract talks with General Motors have stalled. According to the Bowling Green Daily News, about 30 workers formed picket lines at 10:00 am this morning at GM’s Bowling Green Assembly Plant, home of the Corvette and the Cadillac XLR. More workers joined their ranks on Corvette Drive as they left the plant. While the automaker has sufficient stocks to withstand a short strike, the effect on Corvette would probably be more pronounced due to its limited production compared to other GM vehicles. According to Corvette Blog’s National Corvette Stock Report, over 3,100 2008 Corvettes were available on the ground as well as 4,451 2007 Corvettes. The factory churns out 150 Corvettes or so daily so the walkout will probably inconvenience those with current orders as well as those owners opting for the R8C Museum Delivery Option. A message was posted on the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s website that says “GM Tours are suspended until further notice.” Stay with CorvetteBlogger.com as we will continue to monitor the UAW’s strike and its effects on Corvette production.
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Second Video of Corvette ZR-1 Surfaces

by Keith Cornett on September 22, 2007

LeftLaneNews.com has a Brenda Priddy spy video that features a drive-by of the same Corvette ZR-1 that was captured earlier this week in Colorado. Still can’t make out any discernable whine from a supercharger, but the exhaust note is awe-inspiring:

Visit our Corvette ZR-1 section for more pictures and videos.
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LeftLaneNews.com
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Corvette ZR-1 Caught on Video!

by Keith Cornett on September 20, 2007

FastLaneDaily.com is the first to capture the new supercharged Corvette ZR-1/Blue Devil/SS on video. The 2 minute YouTube clip shows the supercar undergoing road testing somewhere in Colorado. At the end of the video, we finally hear the exhaust that everyone who has ever seen this car in person talks about.

Click here to visit our Corvette ZR-1/Blue Devil/SS news and photos archives.
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