Looking for something cool to do for New Years? Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving has opened up registration for their popular New Year’s Eve Rapid Precision Maneuvers (RPM) event on Thursday, December 31, 2009 from 8 am to 12 noon. The New Year’s RPM program is a four-hour course featuring a timed autocross even, accident avoidance and lead and follow time on the 15-turn, 1.6-mile Bondurant track.
If you’ve been around the Corvette hobby long, I’m sure you’ll recognize the artwork from the very talented Scott Teeters whose work appears in Vette Magazine as well as online at the IllustratedCorvetteSeries.com. Scott and his wife Karen have recently launched a new Corvette blog called the Corvette Report and to help promote the site, they are offering a free copy of the Illustrated Corvette Engine Spotter’s Guide.
GM released the figures yesterday for November 2009: 952 Corvettes were delivered in the month, a decline of over 200 units from October 2009′s 1,154. Year to year, Corvette sales are down 12% from the 1,093 deliveries in November 2008. For the calendar year (Jan-Nov 09) 12,901 Corvettes were sold compared with 25,647 sold over the same time period in 2008. That’s a decline of 49.7%.
The Corvette Racing team was at Road Atlanta for three days last week for tire testing. Oliver updates us on who was there and the process of picking tires for next year’s GT2 campaign. We also learn from the video that Jan Magnussen broke his tailbone in the accident with Jorg Bergmeister’s Porsche at Laguna Seca. The team is trying out a new seat to prevent that type of injury from occuring in the future.
Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Back in May we revealed the Corvette Dream Giveaway raffle to benefit the Kids Wish Network was pairing a unique 1 of 1 Hero Edition Corvette ZR1 with a classic 1967 Corvette Convertible that will be given away to one lucky winner on Christmas day. While the focus on that blog post was the special edition Corvette ZR1, we thought it appropriate to take a closer look at the big block Sting Ray that will also be given away to help make a child’s dream come true.
DigitalCorvettes.com Founder Patrick Gramm premiered the first episode of his new online show “Vette Garage: The Series” last week with the film crew visiting Pfadt Race Engineering in Utah. The new series has all the typical elements found on reality shows including the drama of faulty tire pressure gauges! High production values and a corvette-performance theme will make this new show from the creator of “Vette Girl” and “Vette Dogs” a must watch!
GJ in Florida submitted this 1998 Corvette Coupe to Corvette Values:
1998 Corvette Coupe. VIN 1G1YY22G8W5109XXX. Rare RPO 58U Aztec Gold exterior paint, Light Oak leather interior and black dash. 345 hp LS1, automatic transmission, 35K Miles. Corvette is in Show condition. Documentation includes internal GM memos regarding Aztec Gold paint. Signed by Wil Cooksey. Multiple trophy winner, displayed at National Corvette Museum.
Find out how we valued this Corvette after the jump.
The National Corvette Museum released a neat video that showcases all the exhibits and other interactive offerings. Included is a look at the Museum’s new expansion which was completed in time for the 15th Anniversary celebration this past Labor Day.
Sports Car Insider recently had a chance to ask Corvette Racing’s Program Manager five questions covering both personal and business aspects of his life. One of my favorite questions is what would Doug be doing if he wasn’t involved in racing. Check out Sports Car Insider to see his answers.
Sports Car Insider
Autoblog had the rare opportunity to visit GM’s Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan where they worked along side master engine builder Mike Armstrong to assemble an LS9 engine. The PBC is unique to GM’s other engine assembly centers as each engine is assembled by hand from start to finish by a single engine builder as opposed to sending the engine down an assembly line where multiple workers add the same part over and over.