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[PICS] Corvette ZR1 VIN #29 On The Assembly Line

by Keith Cornett on August 19, 2008

A Corvette ZR1 on the Assembly Line

Todd Schnitt usually discusses news, politics and other events including severe weather on his nationally syndicated radio show that’s based out of Tampa. As a Corvette Z06 owner, Schnitt casually mentioned a couple months ago that he was going to be getting a 2009 Corvette ZR1. On Yesterday’s show, he announced that his Cyber Grey Corvette ZR1 was on the production line and that photos of the car’s assembly were provided by a friend at GM.

Here are some photos of the ZR1 on day 1 on production. The assembly process usually takes two days and photos of the Corvette on day 2 are said to be coming.

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As Todd was talking about his Corvette ZR1, he received a call from a guy listening on XM who said he was in Bowling Green to pick up his Atomic Orange ZR1 on Thursday. I emailed Todd and asked if he had opted for Museum delivery and he replied that he was taking delivery from a local Chevy dealer.

The entire photo gallery can be seen here.

Update
Day 2 Production Picture Gallery
Hear the Corvette ZR1 Started


Source:
The Schnitt Show

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[VIDEO] Corvette ZR1: Factory Assembly Process

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CorvetteBlogger.com News: Hurricane Fay Is Heading My Way

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2008

Hurricane Fay

Tropical Storm/Hurricane Fay is bearing down on us in Tampa so I may not get much of a chance to write about Corvettes during the first part of this week. We’re watching the storm track and I’m confident we’ll come through it okay. I’m looking forward to getting back to work as we celebrate our third year of blogging about Corvettes. Wish us luck!

Keith Cornett
CorvetteBlogger.com

Update
The storm has steadily been tracking more to the east and is expected to make landfall between Ft. Myers and Naples and then cross the central part of the state around Lakeland and Orlando. It looks more like a rain event for the Tampa Bay area.

Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2008

2007 Corvette For Sale

Here we go with another round of Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale. We are closing in on the end of Summer and it’s a buyer’s market for Corvettes. You’ll find the greatest selection of new, pre-owned and classic Corvettes at VetteFinders.com, the Internet’s original Corvette classifieds website.

The beautiful C1-C6 examples you see here are just a sample of the 500+ Corvettes available now. Want to learn more? Click on the photo or link to read the full ad, view more photos and contact the seller.

1955 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1980 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1955 Convertible
Email for Price
1966 Convertible
$35,000
1980 Coupe
$21,900
 
1994 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2003 Corvette Convertible For Sale 2007 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1994 Convertible
$20,000
2003 Convertible
$39,765
2007 Coupe
$43,900

Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.


Source:
VetteFinders.com

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[VIDEO] Things to do in a Corvette ZR1: Burnouts!

by Keith Cornett on August 13, 2008

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 doing a burnout

Now that the new King of the Hill has arrived, we are slowly making our way down the list of “Things to do in Corvette ZR1″. Let’s recap: Sell for $1 Million at Barrett-Jackson? Check! Kick the Nissan GT-R’s ass on the Nurburgring? Check! Do a 100 yard burnout on the Milford test track? Check!

Our friends at Autoblog captured a Red Devil putting the rubber to road twice in front of cameras. The ZR1′s supercharged 638 horses were begging to be let loose while the huge Brembo 15.5 inch carbon-ceramic brakes makes sure that it didn’t. Truly a spectacle that only a car enthusiast could appreciate.

So what’s next on our “Things to Do in a Corvette ZR1″ list? One word: Dyno!


Source:
Autoblog
Photo Credit: Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc

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Corvette Z06 Police Car

Folks in Michigan are getting all gitty about this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise that runs through the heart of Detroit. From the look of Royal Oak’s newest police interceptor, I’d say the cops should be pretty excited about the cruise as well. This Corvette Z06 in Jetstream Blue Metallic is actually a loaner from the General Motors Police Fleet and will be used to maintain law and order throughout the weekend. More photos after the jump.

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Source:
Jalopnik.com Related:
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[VIDEO] Man Builds Running 1/6th Scale Corvette V8 Engine

by Keith Cornett on August 12, 2008

1/6th Scale Corvette V8 Engine

Ever since Jim Moyer was little, he had an interest in all things mechanical. While serving in the Army back in 1964, he started building his first miniature engine, the coyotee 4-cylinder, which took nearly 30 years to complete. This isn’t just a model, but an actual working engine capable of producing 11,000 RPMs. Today, Jim’s current project is a 1/6th scale Chevrolet 327 cubic inch V8 modeled on the L76 365 hp engine found in 1964 Corvettes.

Jim measured an actual 327 V8 as his guide and then began the process of fabricating the parts. The head and block began as billet aluminum that was painstakingly machined on a bridgeport-style mill. The 5-main crank has real babbit bearings and the cam is a scaled version of a 30-30 Duntov. Jim created dies for stamping out the front cover, oil pan and rockers. And since this is a running engine, there is spark ignition, a pressurized oil system and a cooling system just like those that are found on an actual 327 CI V8.

The engine will currently run for brief periods as the video shows. Jim is still completing the water pump and radiator, valve covers and the carburetor.

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Here are the specifications for Jim Moyer’s 1/6th scale 327 ci Chevrolet V8 engine:

Type: 1/6th scale V8
Displacement:
1.10 cu in, 18 cc
Bore: 0.600 in
Stroke: 0.487 in
Ignition: Spark
Construction:
Machined Billet
Began Construction: 1998
First Ran: 11/3/05


Source:
MoyerMade.com

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The 2009 Corvette ZR1

We know they like to do things big in Texas, but one Chevrolet dealer in Houston has gone all out by pricing a 2009 Corvette ZR1 on eBay for $185,000. With a retail price listed at $115,000 with options, that’s $70,000 over MRSP. We’re trying to call in to Suze Orman’s show for her advice but I have a feeling I’d hear that shrill voice scream out “I Don’t Think So!”

Mac Haik Chevrolet has the 2009 Corvette ZR1 listed on ebay until April 14th with a “Buy It Now” price. The description says the Corvette will be delivered to the dealer in mid-September and the color is black on black. Since the MSRP is listed at $115,000 we’re assuming it has premium 3ZR option package.

Mac Haik Chevrolet isn’t alone in agressively pricing their 2009 Corvette ZR1s for ebay. Two other Texas dealerships have their ZR1s listed at prices above $150,000 as well. Frank Parra Autoplex has one listed for $167,000 while Don Hewkett Chevrolet has their “buy it now” priced at $158,000.

Dealers are certainly entitled to sell the Corvette ZR1 for what they think they can get for it, however when going the eBay route we prefer to see pricing starting at MSRP and then let the market set the sales price. Dealers can still protect themselves with a reserve. However, this process of super high “buy-it-now” take-it-or-leave-it pricing is a bit unseemly and reinforces the “we’re out to screw consumers” image that most dealers work so hard to avoid.

Jut my two cents. I could be wrong…


Source:
eBay via Jalopnik

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[VIDEO] Corvette Racing: Gavin Crashes at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2008

The #4 Corvette C6.R Crashes at Road America

It’s been a tough road this year for Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, driver’s of Corvette Racing’s #4 C6.R. Having won just one race in seven tries, the team has been pushing hard but sometimes luck just isn’t on your side. This weekend at the Generac 500 at Road America, the #4 team was running first in the GT1 class when Gavin went off-road in the high-speed Kink, crashing through a billboard and coming to a stop in a sand trap. Video after the jump.

“Jan was behind me, I was pushing hard, and I was trying to make up some time,” Gavin reported. “I just turned the car in too quickly and got on the inside curb; the car shot across to the exit curb, and then onto the grass. By the time I was on the grass, there was no way I could hold it.”

“I’m all right, but I’m disappointed with myself for making such a mistake,” he admitted. “It was a pretty big impact – of all the places to go off, the Kink is not the place to do it. The car did stand up extremely well to the accident. It looked like it was going to be close at the finish, but unfortunately nothing seems to be going right for us this year.”

Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen finished first in class in the #3 Corvette C6.R after completing 97 laps. The #008 Bell Motorsports Aston Martin DBR9 finished second just two laps behind and the #4 Corvette was retired after Gavin’s crash and finished third with 80 laps completed.

O’Connell and Magnussen increased their lead in the GT1 driver’s championship to 23 points (151-128) with four races remaining on the ALMS schedule. Chevrolet leads Aston Martin 155-44 in the manufacturers’ standings.

“We managed to do three things today,” commented Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “First, we won the race, which was great for Corvette Racing. Second, we proved once again that safety is always paramount at Corvette Racing. It was an unfortunate accident for Olly, and while the car was damaged, the driver emerged unscathed. That’s a testament to the importance we place on safety.”

And the third?

“We provided a great deal of exposure for Champ Car by displaying their banner prominently on the front of the No. 4 Corvette after its encounter with the wall in the Kink.”

Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario on Sunday, August 24th. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 pm EST.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
SPEED

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Stolen 1970 Red Corvette VIN 194670S401895

Ron’s 1970 Corvette was stolen from Brisbane, California on Sunday, July 20th. Stories of Corvettes stolen from their owners are always bad, but this one struck a nerve as the owner is a disabled veteran who owned the car for 32 years and had plans to leave it to his daughter when he can no longer drive.

The Corvette is 1970 Convertible with a 454 ci engine. The VIN is 194670S401895 and the California license plate reads CALIF70. The Corvette is painted a custom Candy Apple Red. Other distinguishing features include side exhaust, custom wheels with BF Goodrich T/A tires and a crossed-flags front license plate.

If you have any information about this Corvette, please call San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, 650-222-5034.

We feel for you Ron and hope that this helps.


Source:
VetteTube

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Corvette Centennial Design Concept

Jalopnik got a tip from “the Auto Insider” about the corvette concept car spotted this summer during the filming of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It’s been identified as GM’s Corvette Centennial Design Concept. So it is a Corvette Concept car, just not the C7 Corvette Concept as some have been speculating.

As the name suggests, the Corvette Centennial Design Concept was developed as part of GM’s 100 Year celebration. This design study integrates key design elements of previous Corvettes as well as other GM vehicles, namely the Camaro.

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Transformers 2 Corvette Concept Transformers 2 Corvette Concept

As far as the design of the C7 Corvette, we think the designers should use this Corvette Centennial study as their starting point. It would need to be refined so its mostly acceptable to the masses and enthusiasts, but still keeping the sharp design aspects that make you stand back in awe. Can you imagine this thing in black? We should be seeing more of this car early next year before the opening of the Transformers.

Click over to Jalopnik to read more and see the exclusive photo of the full sized clay model.


Source:
Jalopnik

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