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Paul Newman Is Still Racing Corvettes at 82

by Keith Cornett on July 14, 2007

Paul Newman's #82 CorvetteAcademy Award winner and salad dressing king Paul Newman shares a passion for speed and despite being 82 years old, is still actively competing in SCCA sanctioned auto racing. After appearing in the film “Winning” back in 1969, Newman developed an interest in amateur racing has been competing since the early seventies. Today he drives in the GT-1 class and his race car of choice is the Chevrolet Corvette. This weekend Newman will be competing at the 60th Annual Glen Nationals at Watkins Glen International. Test day was Friday and driving the #82 Corvette, a reference to his age, Newman drove a best lap of 1:55.7, which was a half second off the time posted by his 62 year old teammate Mike Brockman, also driving a Corvette. Paul is no stranger to the winners circle. Just this year he has scored one pole, two SCCA regional-class wins and a second place finish. Newman has won four amateur national championships, the last being in 1986 and in 1995, at 70 years old, became the oldest driver to win at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Newman’s crew chief, Bill Lloyd says “His competitors are amazed at how quick he is at his age. He’s an inspiration for a lot of drivers, both young and old.” Newman’s #82 Corvette produces 640 horsepower and has a top speed of 185 mph. In addition to car’s number referencing his age, his trademark initials “PLN” (Paul Leonard Newman) are scripted above the door. Update: Paul finished in 4th position at the Glen Nationals. He had his work cut out for him after his cool suit failed. His racing team mate, Mike Brockman finished in second place just 10.410 seconds behind the 1st place finisher Simon Gregg. All three drove Corvettes…
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Bad Boy Vettes learned a costly lesson at LeMans last month: Until you can find a way to protect a hood mounted camera, mount it on the inside. But that didn’t stop the boys from trying something else new. During last week’s ALMS race at Lime Rock, BBV took racing videography to a new low…as in FootCam! With Johnny O’Connell taking a few practice laps around the short, bumpy 1.5 mile track that is Lime Rock, we see the in-car camera view and within a picture-in-picture screen is Johnny O’s foot going gas, brake, gas, brake.

Corvette Racing at Lime Rock
While I kept reading the knock on Lime Rock is that is small, tight and congested, seeing the video makes you realize it’s all that and more. And with speeds over 100 mph and top speeds at 150, that beautiful V8 sound the Corvette C6.R produces is just awesome. BBV is open to suggestions on other camera placements. How about ShifterCam or Driver’s FaceCam. Visit Bad Boy Vettes to view the video. Thanks for the tip, Dan!
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Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on July 13, 2007

We’re kicking off a new feature for Friday’s here at CorvetteBlogger.com. We spend endless hours each week on the internet and we look at hundreds of different Corvettes for sale, both at VetteFinders.com, our classified ads site as well as Corvette dealers and other car websites. In that search we come up with some really interesting Corvettes that are available for purchase. Our Friday Features will be Corvettes for sale that are both unique, rare and collectible, as well as those that are common, affordable drivers. So buckle up and get your checkbooks ready because these featured Corvettes won’t be available for long… 1979 Corvette AKA Project Shark Attack
1979 Corvette AKA Project Shark AttackThis 1979 Corvette was built for and featured in 20 issues of Corvette Fever Magazine as their “Project Shark Attack” Corvette. Built by Corvette Fever contributing Technical Editor Chris Petris, the 1979 Corvette was documented from start to finish. The Corvette features a 383 ci engine with just about every dream component from top manufacturers including Crane Cams, Hooker, Holley, Edelbrock and more. The Corvette was appraised at Corvettes at Carlisle in 2006 for $62,000. The seller will consider a best offer over $55,000. Click here for more on the 1979 Corvette Project Shark Attack. 2007 Corvette – Indy 500 Festival Cars
2007 Corvette - Indy 500 Festival CarsIn addition to the 500 Corvette Pace Car Replicas manufactured by GM this summer, which by the way have mostly been snapped up, were the pre-public production of the 2007 Corvette Replicas used at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 for drivers and race officials. Rick Conti at EVS Chevrolet got a shipment this week of six of these barely used Festival Corvettes. Each Corvette features an Indy 500 Festival sticker. The six Corvettes range in pricing from $61,995 to $64,995, well under the MSRP of a new 2007 Indy 500 Replica Corvette. Visit CorvetteConti.com for details. 1965 Corvette – Bloomington Gold Benchmark®
1965 Corvette - Bloomington Gold Benchmark®The most elusive of Bloomington’s awards is the Benchmark, and this 1965 Corvette Coupe became only 1 of 12 1965 Corvettes to achieve Benchmark® status. To achieve Benchmark status, a Corvette must first earn the Survivor® award and then be Bloomington Gold® certified. This 1965 Coupe features the very first Corvette big block engine, the 396 ci 425 hp L78 and has just 21,000 actual miles. The Coupe has a very desirable color combination of Rally Red with a Black interior. Offers over $200,000 are being accepted by ProTeamCorvette.com 1969 Corvette Coupe – SCCA Tribute Car
1969 Corvette Coupe - SCCA Tribute CarThis very unique 1969 “SCCA Vintage Racing Tribute” Corvette Coupe has only 19,900 original miles. It is not set up for racing and that is why it’s called a “tribute Corvette.” It still has its original L46 engine coupled to an M20 four speed and a positraction 3:55.1 rear end. Options include factory air (not installed), PB, PW, T&T, AM/FM, and headrests. Several boxes full of original and NOS parts and manuals are included with the sale. Available for $32,990. Click here for more details and photos at VetteFinders.com Do you have a Corvette for sale that you think would be worthy of being featured? Drop me an email and let me know where we can find out more about it. And stay tuned for next week’s Friday’s Featured Corvettes.
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PM’s Jim Dunne Debunks Corvette SS Rumors

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Corvette SS Spy Photo by Jim DunneThe coming of the Corvette SS has generated a buzz on the interwebs that hasn’t been seen since… well, perhaps never. When you’re talking about a brand new $100,000 Corvette, truth and rationale seem to go right out the window. Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, who has taken his share of the uber-Corvette’s spy photos has decided to give readers a reality check by debunking the top five Corvette SS rumors. Myth 1: The Corvette SS will be offered in a manual transmission. False. The LS9 has proven to be too strong for GM’s manual transmissions, so the SS will only be offered in an Automatic. Myth 2: The Corvette SS will use twin turbochargers to develop 650 hp. False. The LS9 has a single supercharger mounted between the cylinder banks. The intercooler appears to be mounted above the supercharger just under the air scoop. Myth 3: Chevrolet will produce 3,000 units of Corvette SS. True. The company is planning 1,500 units each year for two years and then will halt production. Myth 4: The New Corvette will cost $100,000. True. That price point may actually be higher and could end up between $100,000 and $125,000. Myth 5: The Corvette Z06 will be dropped from the Chevrolet lineup. Don’t Know. This story goes both ways with either the Z06 continuing to be placed on the moderate end of the high performance lineup or that it will be gone all together. Here is my take on these five myths: Myth 1: If the Corvette SS will only be offered in an automatic, then there will surely be tears shed by the enthusiasts who believe high end sports cars need a manual shifter to compete with the exotics and other high end competition. On the other hand, there has been a constant drumbeat from the same base to have Chevy offer the Z06 as an automatic. Myth 2: I don’t think anyone believed the Blue Devil/SS was going to be turbocharged. Myths 3 & 4 appear to be dead on. The two year run would take the program to 2011, which is when the C7 is slated for production. My guess is that depending on how well the SS program is received will determine its place in the future C7 lineup. Myth 5: The demise of the Corvette Z06 would cause a lot of consternation among the fan base, especially if the SS program is slated to run only two years. Corvette fans like options, and the idea of a Base/Z06/SS lineup has a lot of appeal.
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Ultimate Mod: Chevrolet V8 Engine = BBQ Grill

by Keith Cornett on July 12, 2007

Usually the combination of the words “engine” and “barbeque” bring out the worst fears in any gear head, with visions of a torched engine compartment full of burnt metal and molten plastic. However, two enterprising guys have turned the negative combination of words into a delectably positive one.

Chevy V8 Grill Chevy V8 Grill
Trent Whatley and Terry Bacon converted a real Chevy V8 engine into a propane gas grill capable of 60,000 BTU’s. It’s the ultimate grill for any die-hard Chevy fan. And I love the fact that it’s mounted to an engine stand. I think these guys may have just stumbled onto a business. Imagine the possibilities. The big block grill for people who like entertaining, the small block grill for everyday use, or customize an old battery into a grill for the greenies. Extending the brand, you got the Hemi grill or the Ford 350 Cleveland grill. The idea is awesome and it sure beats the Weber I got out back.
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LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 11, 2007

Lou Gigliotti of LG Motorsports loves to get his hands on the new stuff and there’s nothing newer than the 6.2 liter LS3 V8 engine in the 2008 Corvette. Last week, Lou had delivered to his Dallas-based tuning shop a Red 2008 Corvette with an automatic A6 paddle shift transmission. The Corvette had just 29 delivery miles on it. Totally stock with no changes, the LS3 dyno’d at 370.8 rear wheel hp and 363.8 rear wheel torque. Click below for the graph.

LS3 Dyno Sheet 2008 Corvette LS3 Engine
Following the thread at CorvetteForum.com, Lou has been experimenting with different setups on the LS3, swapping cams, headers and other tuner tricks to maximize performance. With his LG G7X-4 Cam, LG Pro Long Tube Headers, and a K&N Air Charger, the Corvette dyno’d at 484 rwhp and 440 rwtq. That’s Z06 territory, folks! Lou also has an LS3 with a 6-Speed manual transmission coming in this week so we are real interested to see what the bone-stock dyno will be for that Corvette.
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Video: Real Life Superhero Drives A 1975 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on July 10, 2007

If you though the only cape-wearing superhero driving a Corvette is Rick “Superman” Conti, then you haven’t heard about this real life dogooder from Clearwater, Florida named “Superhero”. “Superhero” is a self-proclaimed police advocate who provides logistical and backup support for local law enforcement. Every hero needs a special mode of transportation and so “Superhero” drives a 1975 Corvette, motoring up and down the local roads offering roadside assistance to those in need. Click the video to learn more about “Superhero”. We wish there were more people out there like him…looking after the little guys while driving a 75 Stingray!


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Cool Things Being Made - A midyear Corvette seat back.The National Association of Manufacturers has a series of documentaries aptly titled Cool Stuff Being Made and Pennsylvania-based Corvette America’s interior products factory is featured in this week’s installment. The hour-long video has an introduction by Corvette America President David Hall and then Vice President John Weaver takes us onto the 55,000 square foot factory floor where we can watch cool Corvette stuff being made. The first segment of the show features the step-by-step process for manufacturing door panels. We then see how a seventies Corvette upper dash pad is molded as well as seats and other interior items made by the company. The format might be a little long for the casual observer, but for Corvette fans interested in how reproduction Corvette parts are made, this episode of “Cool Stuff Being Made” is for you.
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Sunday Afternoon Tradition: Washing the Corvette!

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2007

In my view, there’s nothing better than wrapping up the weekend with a car wash for my Corvette. After a week of work and even more work around the house on the weekend, the car wash gives me a chance to play with the Corvette and get her ready for the next time she’s out.

I’m not an obsessive car washer, but I do have my routine down pat. Like a surgeon, I get everything I need from wash to dry ready to go before a single drop of water touches the paint. I’m not really committed to any one product or brand when it comes to detailing products, so no product pitches today. However I am interested in trying Adam’s Polishes when its time to wax again, but that is a blog post for another time.

I’m not going to bore you the details of how some guy washes his Corvette. However, I will share with you something I learned a while back that makes drying a wet car, especially a black car, a piece cake. Your neighbors will laugh at you because this technique totally fits the image of the compulsive car washer.

I wash a section at a time (hood, driver’s side, rear) and then rinse. But when I rinse I always go back and rinse all the sections I washed previously so that when I finish the last section, the whole car is still very wet. Then I pull out my trusty Toro leaf blower and keeping it about 12 to 18 inches from the body, I blow the water off the car, starting with hood and working my way down and to the rear. Black cars are very susceptible to showing water spots, but the blower removes most of the water before it can dry. It’s especially good at getting water from under the emblems and around the lights and exhaust bezels. When I have about 75% of the water off the car, I then finish drying with a couple of microfiber towels.

Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible Washing a 1966 Corvette Convertible

Using a blower as part of the drying process you’ll save time and effort and you will use less towels. And best of all, no more water spots!

If there are any C2 Convertible owners out there, I’d especially like to hear how you wash your rear deck where the top folds under. I’m always paranoid that I’m going to soak the interior.

Got any good car washing tips? Let me know!


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Corvette Racing: #4 Corvette C6.R Wins Lime Rock

by Keith Cornett on July 8, 2007

Bouncing back from the DNF (Did Not Finish) at Le Mans, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta braved the traffic on Lime Rock’s 1.54 mile raceway and scored a victory with a margin of just .384 seconds over the #3 Corvette C6.R. The winning Corvette went 165 laps and finished 8th overall. They led the #3 Corvette C6.R driven by Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen the entire race, although never separating more than a few seconds.

Corvette Racing Program Manager Doug Fehan said “At the end of the day these guys finished a couple of tenths of a second apart, and it’s just incredible to think they can do that race after race,” he said. “Other teams have tried to accomplish that and can’t seem to do it. Today was a testament to the work that Corvette Racing has done.”
The #4 Corvette C6.R won the pole on Friday by an even smaller margin of .013 seconds. The starting grid was based on the practice times as rain washed out the official qualifying sessions.
“This is the smallest, narrowest, bumpiest, and craziest track we race on,” said Gavin after notching his 25th career ALMS victory. “When you have the prototypes driving up behind you with a lot of pace on the straights and GT2 cars with great speed in the corners, you have to keep you wits about you all the time. It’s very satisfying to come back to America and get a victory in our first race after Le Mans.” “It was like riding a bicycle in the middle of a highway with trucks and cars all around you,” Beretta explained. “Staying out of trouble was not easy, but (crew chief) Ray Gongla did a terrific job of spotting for me in the pits. It was difficult to stay out of trouble because of the traffic, but both cars are in one piece, and that was the goal.”
Beretta extended his record for career ALMS victories with his 33rd win. The “two Ollies” now unofficially lead the GT1 drivers championship by 32 points. Coming up next for Corvette Racing is the Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 21st. Race time is 3:15 p.m. EDT and will be shown tape-delayed on 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 22nd.
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