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RM Auctions was in the Tampa Bay area this weekend to auction off the collection of antique and classic cars belonging to noted automotive collector Al Wiseman. Included in the auction was this very significant 1955 Corvette Roadster that belonged to Zora Arkus-Duntov, Corvette’s first Chief Engineer.

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Corvette Museum’s $9 Million Expansion Begins

by Keith Cornett on November 28, 2007

Expansion Plans for the National Corvette MuseumThe National Corvette Museum has begun work on the $9 million expansion with hopes that it will be completed in time for the 15th anniversary celebration during 2009′s Labor Day weekend. The expansion with add 47,000 square feet to the existing 60,000 square foot facility and the new space will include the library/archives, an expanded gift shop and a conference center capable of seating 400 people. Part of expansion will also be used for inspection, display and pickup of Corvettes for the popular R8C Museum Delivery option. The museum’s director Wendell Strode said bids for the work should be awarded by February with work beginning in March. Over 140,000 people visit the National Corvette Museum and the hope is the new expansion will increase attendance by 10%. The addition of the Library and Archives is the most important component of the expansion as it will serve as the primary repository for historical Corvette related memorabilia, literature, art and research documents. According to the Museum, the main emphasis will be for preservation and education of these materials. The Museum has also been asked to store a significant amount of materials from the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS).
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Ultimate Factory: Building the Chevrolet Corvette Z06

by Keith Cornett on November 27, 2007

The National Geographic Channel is kicking off their second season of Ultimate Factories on Thursday night with an in-depth look at the manufacture and assembly of Chevrolet’s Corvette Z06. The one hour show gives viewers an unprecedented look at not only the processes of production, but focuses on the people behind the scenes that bring our favorite car to life. The host of the show is Kevin Moore, who gets the awesome responsibility of going beyond the visitor’s line and doing the Corvette production jobs we wish we could try once, like assembling by hand the Z06′s LS7 engine at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan or starting the Corvette for the first time and taking it through the quality control tests. Here is a promo of what you can expect to see on Ultimate Factories: Corvette

Ultimate Factories: Corvette will air on Thursday, November 29th at 10:00 PM EST. The show will reair on Friday, November 30th at 1:00 AM EST and Saturday, December 1st at 2:00 PM EST.
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Word on the street is that the Jalops have entered the Witness Protection Program since publishing photos last night of the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s supercharged LS9 power plant. The high quality of the photos has the Jalops a bit worried about receiving a visit from GM’s Men in Black. With the public debut planned for January’s Detroit auto show, the General can’t be too happy having their promotional photos splashed across the interwebs this far out. The good news? We get to bring them to you without having to run for our lives.

2009 Corvette ZR1's supercharged LS9 power plant
Visit Jalopnik.com to see all the photos of the 2009 Corvette ZR1′s LS9 engine.
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NCRS Kicks Off Membership Drive

by Keith Cornett on November 27, 2007

NCRSThe National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) has kicked off a major membership drive and if you own or are in the process of buying a classic Corvette, you really need to consider becoming a member. The non-profit enthusiast group has a current membership base of nearly 16,000 families dedicated to the restoration, preservation, history and enjoyment of the Corvette. I’ve been a member (#36013) for about 6 or 7 years and I can tell you the yearly dues are one of the best investments you can make, especially for those new to the classic Corvette hobby or looking to purchase their first collectible Corvette. As a member of the NCRS, you’ll receive: The Corvette Restorer Magazine
The quartery magazine features 56 pages of the best unbiased technical and how-to articles written by the most famous and trusted names in the Corvette hobby. The NCRS Driveline
Averaging 130 pages an issue, the bi-monthly newsletter is full of articles, but the real draw is the the 600+ classified ads from members for buying and selling Corvettes, parts and information. Expert Help
Unbiased expert Corvette answers from 18 NCRS Technical advisors, as well as access to the thousands of Corvette Restorer articles, NCRS publications, and one of my favorite places to visit on the web, the NCRS Technical Discussion Forum. Corvette Events and Local Chapters
The 45 local NCRS chapters sponsor judged shows, technical sessions, road tours and social events. These events are a great way to meet and learn from fellow members. I’ve often used the phrase that knowledge is power when it comes to buying and selling classic Corvettes. Join the NCRS today by visiting www.NCRS.org or by calling 513-385-8526.
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Holiday Traffic Brings Corvette Fans Together

by Keith Cornett on November 26, 2007

Charlie's 1965 Nassau blue ConvertibleThe Thanksgiving holiday found me driving a rented GMC Acadia from Tampa to Southeastern Kentucky for our annual family reunion. Friday kicked off the second leg of our trip as the family and I journeyed down I26 in South Carolina, picking up I95 on our way to Savannah Georgia. The round trip is about 1,800 miles and offers a lot of time for reflection. Seeing a couple of old cars including a first gen Mustang and a cool candy apple red Oldsmobile 442, I lamented the fact that you don’t see many C2 Corvettes on the highway anymore. Then I came across Charlie and his 1965 Corvette Convertible. Settling in behind the Nassau Blue 1965 Convertible, I set the cruise to 75 and kept a respectful distance. It was in the mid 50′s on Friday, a bit chilly for top-down driving as you can see. And because of the chill in the air and my six year old sleeping in the back seat, I decided against putting down the windows to hear the sound emanating from the side exhaust of the blue Convertible. The feeling of driving a midyear Corvette down a highway is something that can’t easily be explained. It’s just one of those things that has to be experienced for yourself. Seeing Charlie made me wish I was on a road trip in my 1966 Corvette, driving down the highway on my way home from what must have been a cool adventure. I snapped a couple photos of the 1965 Convertible and then made my Savannah exit, leaving Charlie to continue on by himself, never knowing a Corvette brother-in-arms was in that white GMC that tailed him for those few miles. Monday morning came and I was reviewing the photos from the long weekend. Seeing that the 1965 Corvette had a Florida vanity plate, I decided to see if I could track down the driver. Looking first to see if he was a member of any of the forums, I struck gold on my first attempt with the Corvette Forum and sent Charlie the following message:

Charlie: Very nice 1965 Corvette. I was lucky enough to fall in behind you for about 20 miles on I95 in South Carolina just before the Georgia border. I was driving a white GMC SUV. Send me your email and I will forward you a couple of photos I took. Keith
aka keith@vettefinders on the forum…
Charlie responded back within the hour:
Keith: I remember a white SUV that stayed with me for a while. It was a beautiful day and I was feeling good. I was headed home from Thanksgiving with my family in Charlotte. I spent the night in St. Augustine and the next morning I stopped at the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona. Too many cars to see in one day. I had to be home in Ft. Lauderdale by Saturday night.
I sent Charlie the two photos I took of him in his Corvette, both from the rear as he headed down the highway. Turns out he was on the final leg of an extended road trip which took him and other members of the Sting Rays Corvette Club up to Deals Gap North Carolina for a run on the Tail of the Dragon. Charlie’s Corvette is ideal for highway driving as he dropped a Tremec 5-Speed into it during the second restoration. You can see the former barn car for yourself on page 80 of December 2007′s Corvette Fever Magazine. We passed a couple of more emails during the day and I suggested the two of us meeting up in January at the NCRS Winter Regional in Kissimmee, Florida to say hello. Charlie, I was tired and bored from the long ride and then I saw you and your beautiful Corvette driving down the road. Thanks for allowing me to tag along! Related:
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Corvette Z06 Chosen to Pace 50th Daytona 500 in 2008

by Keith Cornett on November 19, 2007

The 2008 Corvette Z06 Daytona 500 Pace CarThe Daytona 500 is arguably the most prestigious race on NASCAR’s seemingly endless yearly racing schedule and for the last four years, Corvette has led the pack of race cars as the Official Pace Car. 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, flanked by representatives of the Daytona International Speedway and General Motors, made a surprise appearance at last week’s Central Florida International New Car Show in Orlando, Florida to announce that Corvette would be back for the fifth consecutive year as Pace Car for the 2008 Daytona 500. Next year’s race will be even more special as 2008 marks the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500. The 2008 Corvette Z06 Pace Car pays tribute to Daytona’s golden anniversary by being decked out in a stunning “Anniversary Gold” exterior paint with Red, White and Blue racing stripes. Like previous years, the Daytona 500 logo adorns the doors while the Chevrolet bowtie graces the hood in red. The current top-of-the-line Corvette is ideally suited for the pace car duties at Daytona. The Corvette Z06, with 505 horsepower, has more horsepower than the NASCAR sprint cup race cars it will pace. Other than the integrated light bar and strobe system, the Corvette Z06 Pace Car is nearly identical to the street version.

“Chevrolet has been inextricably linked to NASCAR from its inception and we are honored to support the golden anniversary of the sport’s premier race – the Daytona 500 – with a very special Corvette Z06 Pace Car,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “The Corvette Z06 has established a tradition in leading the pack at Daytona, which reflects Chevrolet’s commitment to racing and the fans.” “Talk about a ‘wow-factor,’” said Speedway President Robin Braig. “It’s the perfect piece of machinery to help pace a star-studded field at ‘The World Center of Racing’ for the historic 50th running of the Daytona 500.”
The 50th Anniversary running of the Daytona 500 will be held Sunday February 17, 2008.
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#3 Corvette C6.R For Sale. One Owner, Low Miles…

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2007

The #3 Corvette C6.RAs our primary focus is bringing you unique information about Corvettes that are for sale, here’s an ad that appeared on the American LeMans website: Pratt and Miller Corvette C6.R #3 Race Car
Driven by Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen and Ron Fellows
Price: $650,000.00 SKU: #***CORV5504

Corvette Details: No bling but much zing. Special everything, including things we can’t tell you about. 1 owner, 1 seat. Low miles, but driven very fast. Always garaged. Never driven on public roads. Cared for by loving owners, cursed by the competition. One of only a few. Available only in Velocity Yellow. Championships and Drivers not included. Only for sale because Ms. Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage. Yes this is really for sale. For more information please call or email. Specifications: Chassis 005 that raced in LeMans (finished 2nd in class) and in the 2007 American LeMans series.
575 Horsepower, 6000-rpm redline
7-liter small block V8
2425 lbs hydoformed steel chassis with composite body
Longitudinal front engine, rear wheel drive
Tunable to the low drag demands of LeMans or the high downforce requirements of Mosport.
I don’t know what’s funnier, the verbage of the ad which includes “Ms.Pratt said it is time to clean out the garage.” or the fact that the ad is in a shopping cart format, which allows you to add the car to the shopping cart basket (only after selecting yellow in the drop-down box) and then checkout. The only follow up questions I would have as a buyer is if I can get a CarFax report and a Bad Boy Vettes repaint
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The 2008 Corvette Z06Kelly Blue Book has released their list of 2008 model year vehicles with the best resale value and Corvette was front and center. What’s interesting about this year’s list is the inclusion of the Corvette Z06 in the newly created High Performance category. Last year’s survey omitted that category, but still said this about the 2007 Corvette Z06:

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards exclude expensive, high-performance, low-volume vehicles, because of the program’s emphasis on serving the typical consumer. The No. 1 vehicle would have been the 2007 Corvette ZO6, holding the greatest percentage of its original value after a five-year ownership period.
This is what Kelley Blue Book says about the 2008 Corvette Z06 in this year’s survey:
Replace the standard Corvette’s 430-horsepower V8 with a 505-horsepower V8—an engine hand-assembled by a single technician—and you’ve got what many consider the best of the best in American sports cars. The added power is managed by a reworked suspension that delivers improved handling with very little sacrifice in highway ride comfort.
In addition to the Corvette Z06 holding the best resale title in the High Performance Category, Chevrolet’s Corvette also got the nod in the top 10 list for 2008 vehicles with the Best Resale Value.
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October 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2007

Corvette Sales declined significantly in month to month sales according to the latest General Motors monthly sales figures. October 2007 totaled 2,484 compared to September 2007 sales of 2,837. As the UAW strike affected production in late September, this monthly decline is almost directly attributable to the two day walkout. As for Calendar year sales, it looks like we are closing in on around 35,000 Corvettes produced for the year, which has been roughly the average yearly production of Corvettes over the last decade.

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%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%

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