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Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell are eager to put prior experience of tricky street circuits to good use when the American Le Mans Series makes its trip to the streets of California and the Long Beach circuit. The shortest track the field will race at, the tight and twisty circuit will make its debut on the ALMS calendar this year, but while many drivers will go there to embark on a weekend of learning, both Magnussen and O’Connell will merely have to dust the cobwebs off their memories to get by. Indeed, Magnussen raced at Long Beach recently thanks to his Grand-Am commitments and he admits it is a circuit he enjoys greatly.

“All in all, Long Beach is a great setting for a race and it’s good for the ALMS to race there,” the Dane said. “I’ve raced a Daytona Prototype there previously, and the track is much like the street circuit in St. Petersburg in terms of how the track is crowned. One corner that’s unique to Long Beach is the very tight hairpin at Turn 11. It’s a place where you just don’t try to pass, and you hope that nobody else tries to pass you.”
O’Connell meanwhile will have to delve further into the recesses of his memory to remember the last time he raced at Long Beach, that being when he was an up and coming driver through the open-wheel ranks.
“I’ve driven a little bit of everything at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, but the course has changed quite a lot since I last raced there so it will take some time to get familiar with the layout,” said O’Connell. “We’ll have to get up to speed quickly because practice time is very limited, but we have such an amazing engineering staff at Corvette Racing that all I have to do is focus on my driving. “The most important part of Corvette Racing’s program is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so while we approach these street races as good preparation for Le Mans, we don’t want to bang up our race cars. It forces us to be very precise and drive with good technique. Racing in Long Beach is a great opportunity for all of the Corvette owners in Southern California to see the Corvette C6.Rs in action.”
The Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held Saturday, April 14. The 100 minute race on a 1.968-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and will be televised in a same-day broadcast on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET.
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LS2 Corvette Engine Animation/Screensaver

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2007

YouTube.com user gmijoe sent me a link to this really cool animation showing the assembly of the LS2 Corvette engine. As the engine is being assembled, it is rotated for the best view and parts “fly-in” and are bolted on. There is also a version that can be used as a screensaver as well.


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Lotus AdvertisementA recent ad from a Lotus dealer compares the Elise to four other convertible sports cars in the same class. Unfortunately for Lotus, the ad is filled with several inaccuracies, and has become a joke among enthusiasts. The Corvette Convertible, for example is listed as having a 3.2L 6 cylinder engine. Not since 1955 has there been a 6 cylinder available in the Corvette. And secondly, the Corvette’s 0-60 mph time is blasphemous! 5.4 seconds! Humph. That wrong piece of data came actually came from Edmunds.com. Chevrolet lists the Corvette’s 0-6 mph time at 4.2 seconds. Lastly, who would want a BMW M3 Convertible? According to this Lotus advertisement, the M3′s city/highway mileage is 1/23!! If the dealer group continues to run ads like these, Lotus might as well hire pitchman extraordinaire Joe Isuzu.
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Barrett-Jackson Auction Results: 1967 427/435 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 5, 2007

Big Blocks were well represented at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction and I think this ’67 Corvette was one of the gems. Lot # 714.1 is an original, numbers matching 1967 Corvette roadster with only 19,000 original miles. Painted Marina Blue with Black interior, the 2-owner car is powered by a 427 ci 435 hp L71 engine coupled to a 4-Speed, and was equipped with a nice group of options which include: G81 Posi Trac 411 ratio
N1) off road exhaust
F41 special purpose suspension
M21 close ratio transmission
A01 tinted glass
U69 AM/FM radio
QB1 Red Stripe Tires
K66 transistor ignition

This Corvette also came with documentation and a complete photo album. Click here to view the Vehicle Detail page at Barrett-Jackson.com
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Want To Work for Corvette Fever Magazine?

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2007

Corvette Fever MagazineCorvette Fever Magazine is looking for an associate editor. If you’ve got the fever for Corvettes, love attending the events and shows and can string along a coherent sentence, then this could be your dream job.

Corvette Fever is dedicated to providing Corvette owners with an outstanding forum to pursue their presentation, restoration and high-performance modification goals while sharing in the pride and camaraderie that define the Corvette hobby. With unmatched technical content – engines, driveline, suspension, brakes, interior, paint and body – from the earliest straight-axle models to the latest C5 advancements, Corvette Fever is the most respected voice in the industry.
For more details, visit CorvetteFever.com
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Last week I previewed this stunning 1958 Panama Yellow Corvette. At the time I thought it would be one of the top Corvettes to run through the auction based the fact that it is a ’58 Vette with all that chrome, the number of awards, and the dual quads and power top options. The X factor was documentation which wasn’t listed in the description on the Barrett-Jackson website. Turns out this Corvette was second in Corvette sales for the weekend, selling for $165,000 plus the 10% commission for a total of $181,500. The top Corvette for the weekend was the 1959 Triple Black Fuelie. And if you watch the bidding you will see the female buyer of the 1958 Corvette was sitting next to the buyer of the 1959 Fuelie. Back to this 1958 Corvette. The Panama Yellow was offered on only 455 Corvettes and was a unique, one year color. The 283 ci 245 dual quad engine was installed in just 2,045 Corvettes that year. The Power Folding Top option was only offered on 1,090 Corvettes. These limited options will pump up the value of any 1958 Corvette. And then there is the awards and certifications: Multiple regional and national NCRS Top Flights, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and the Duntov Award. This Corvette was also invited to be part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection.

For a complete description of the Corvette with photos, visit the Vehicle Detail page at Barrett-Jackson.com.
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March 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on April 3, 2007

GM sold 3,158 Corvettes in March 2007, making this the best month so far this year for Corvette sales. The figure was 374 units better than in February 2007, but well behind the 3,655 Corvettes sold in March 2006. For calendar year-to-date sales, 8,176 total Corvettes have been sold. Corvette sales are 12% off of what they were a year ago, with 1,116 more Corvettes sold from Jan-Mar 2006 vs Jan-Mar 2007.

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%

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As mentioned in our analysis of the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event, the top Corvette at the auction was this black/silver 1959 convertible. The fuel injected Corvette convertible was billed on the BJ website as “probably the only documented Real Triple Black 59 fuel car to exist.” The fact that it is a multiple NCRS Top Flight award winner, as well as receiving a Bloomington Gold certificate and the coveted Duntov Award makes this Corvette a must-have for a serious Corvette collector.

Click here for the description and photos of the 1959 Fuelie on the Barrett-Jackson website.
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Corvette Performance Academy Launched Across Europe

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2007

The Z06 Corvette hits the trackIn a move to further position Corvette for the European sports car market comes the the Corvette Performance Academy. The Academy, which consists of a fleet of ten Corvette C6 models and four Z06 models, will give drivers the opportunity to see what the Corvette can do when pushed to its limits on a controlled track course. Three different levels of training are offered, aimed at both the potential Corvette driver as well as those more experienced Corvette owners. Level One is the Corvette Safety Training Course. With the Academy’s professional instructors, drivers will learn the basics of handling the Corvette test tracks in Germany. The day-long course includes four, 75-minute driving sessions. Slaloms, braking tests, low grip skidpans and learning about understeer and oversteer, make it an experience to remember. Level Two is the Corvette Performance Training course, and is aimed for more experienced participants. Four, ninety-minute driving sessions work on getting the best from the superb dynamics of the Corvette, balancing the car using the throttle and steering. The day-long course is offered at tracks in Germany, Sweden, France and Belgium. Level Three is the Z06 Advanced Training course. Only the most experienced and skilled drivers can participate, and they must have completed the first two levels of training. The Z06 course takes place at the Goodyear test tracks of Colmarberg in Luxembourg and Miréval in France. Each Z06 course is limited to just 12 participants to ensure maximum track time. The focus of the Z06 course is the development of basic racing techniques to transition drivers from the C6 to the Z06.
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Diesel-Powered Corvette Subject of April Fool’s Joke

by Keith Cornett on April 2, 2007

I am usually a sucker for a good April Fool’s Joke but I doubt that even I would have fallen for this one. The kids at Cars.About.com posted yesterday that the Chevrolet would be introducing a diesel-powered Corvette next year as a 2009 model and would call it the Corvette TDI:

Chevrolet has announced that they will introduce a diesel-powered Corvette next spring as a 2009 model. The 2009 Chevrolet Corvette TDI will be powered by a specially-designed 5.7 liter V8 diesel with twin turbochargers. Output for the engine, developed in cooperation with Isuzu, is estimated at 350 horsepower and 675 lb-ft of torque. “We feel that with its high fuel economy and strong low-end torque characteristics, the turbodiesel is the perfect engine for the Corvette,” says a General Motors spokesperson. Early tests indicate that the Corvette TDI accelerates from 0 to 60 in just over 4 seconds and achieves real-world fuel economy of 25 to 30 MPG. Chevrolet has hinted that if the Corvette TDI is a hit with buyers, they may consider phasing out gasoline-powered Corvettes altogether and making the turbodiesel engine the exclusive powerplant for the iconic American sports car.
Of course, we’ve seen real stories about the Corvette that could have been April Fools jokes – like the V6 Corvette or a Corvette Stingray built on the Kappa platform. Still, it will be interesting to see which sites run with the story.
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