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Corvette Racing: O’Connell Snatches The Pole at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 23, 2008

The #3 Corvette C6.R Captures The Pole at Mosport

On his fifth and final lap of qualifying for Sunday’s Grand Prix of Mosport, Johnny O’Connell sped around the 2.459 mile Mosport International Raceway in 1:13.878 (119.825 mph) to capture his second pole of the 2008 ALMS season. O’Connell’s lap time was .069 seconds faster than Olivier Beretta, who set the pace on his fourth lap at 1:13.947 (119.713 mph), but ran into traffic on his final lap and could not improve his time.

The real news of day occurred earlier in the day when Oliver Gavin went off-course on Mosport’s high-speed Turn 2 in the Number 4 Corvette C6.R, crashing head-on with a tire barrier. Gavin emerged unscathed and the crew had the car repaired and back on the track for the afternoon practice and qualifying.

“I’m fine, but feeling very disappointed,” said Gavin, who was examined and cleared to drive by medical personnel at the track. “I had the accident at Elkhart Lake, and then to get back in the car at Mosport and have another incident is a big disappointment for the guys. It seems that this year is just going from one thing to another.”

“We had the pole for two or three laps, and then Olivier nailed one and put a quicker time up there,” O’Connell recalled. “I heard the excitement in (crew chief) Dan Binks’ voice, ‘You’re minus three, minus three!’ Then on my last lap I got a good run through Turns 1 and 2, but at the exit of Turn 2 a Viper had spun. Binks said, ‘He’s out of the way!’ so I stayed with it and ran really hard into Turn 3. I could tell I was pulling some time on Olivier, and knew I had to carry some serious speed into Turn 8. I took some chances there, and it paid off.”

The Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario is scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 24. SPEED will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.


Source:
CorvetteRacing.com
American LeMans – Photo Credit

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2008 Corvette Pace Cars Now Discounted with Employee Pricing

One of the most successful incentive programs offered by GM is now back and the good news is Corvettes are included. Employee pricing for everyone runs through September 2nd and Corvette buyers can save a significant amount on 2008 Coupes, Convertibles and the Z06.

Usually Corvettes are excluded from most of GM’s incentive programs but due to the number of 2008 Corvettes available on dealers lots – 5,854 as of yesterday – the General wants them sold to make room for the 2009 Corvettes now rolling off of the Bowling Green Assembly line.

The discounts are fairly significant too. In the case of the 505 horsepower Z06 where base prices start around $72,000 the discounts can be close to $10,000 off!

Our friends at Kerbeck Corvette only have a few 2008′s left including a Black Z06 and a Indianapolis 500 Pace Car coupe so if you want to get in on the discounts you better give Dave and the gang a call immediately at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell them CorvetteBlogger sent you!


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CorvetteBlogger's Keith Cornett with his 1966 Sting Ray

It was three years ago today I registered the CorvetteBlogger.com domain name and you could say the rest is history. I’d like to say thanks to all my readers and regular commenters that have helped in making this site one of the most comprehensive online sources for Corvette Sales, News and Lifestyle information.

I started my first Corvette website back in October of 1995 as a personal site dedicated to my 1966 Corvette. When that site launched, there were probably only 15 or so websites that dealt with Corvettes. VetteFinders.com, my Corvette classifieds website was launched in April of 1996 and remains one of the leaders in this crowded category. I was interested in blogging as far back as 2003 but was concerned about what type of subject matter I would cover and if there would be enough material to write about. As a test, I started blogging in early August 2005 and realized the potential immediately. CorvetteBlogger.com was launched the same month and has since evolved into a discussion of what I call the our three pillars of blogging content:

Sales:
Includes corvettes for sale or those that have been sold both privately or at public auctions. This category also encompasses my passion for Corvette pricing and values.

News:
Self explanatory, this category covers Corvettes in the news as well as news about Corvettes.

Lifestyle:
These posts are some of my favorites, and include stories about people and events surrounding the Corvette hobby.

Here are some of our blogging stats:

  • 884 Blog Posts
  • 400 Comments
  • 1,111 days since our first post

I’d also like to thank our sponsors who are helping to support the site: Proteam Corvette Sales, Kerbeck Corvette, Boundurant School of High Performance Driving and Ecklers Corvette Parts. All are tops in their respective categories and you couldn’t be better served by any other company.

I am working on some new ideas for the site as I look to take CorvetteBlogger.com to the next level. I’d love to have any input and suggestions from the readers of the site. Please drop me a line at keith@corvetteblogger.com or call me at 877-608-3883. If you have a passion for Corvettes and can sting together a few coherent paragraphs, I’d love to talk with you. Related:
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Rossi 66 Melds Sting Ray Design to C6 Corvette Technology

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2008

The Rossie 66

When we first saw the photos of the Rossi 66, we were blown away by how good this Corvette looks compared to some of the other retro rebody’s we’ve seen lately. The Rossie 66 borrows the best exterior design features from the 1963-67 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe and melds them to the chassis of the C6 Corvette. Currently the Rossie 66 exists as a design concept only but the company has the set a goal for producing a full running production vehicle to be displayed at SEMA 2008 this fall.

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1962 Gulf Oil Corvette

One of the most dominating Corvettes in auto racing history was sold over the weekend at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction for an astounding $1.485 million. Grady Davis’ Gulf Oil Racing Team purchased the Corvette in 1962 from Yenko Chevrolet and the car was campaigned by none other than “The Flying Dentist”, Dr. Dick Thompson in the 1962 SCCA-A Production Class. In 14 races, the Gulf Oil ’62 Corvette finished first in class 12 times including wins at Daytona and Sebring and captured the 1962 A-Production Championship.

The Corvette was sold at the end of the 1962 season to Tony Denman who successfully raced the car throughout 1963, finishing second in class at Daytona while battling against newer Corvettes, Ferrari GTOs and Porsches. At the end of the 1963 season, Denman removed most of the high performance racing parts in order to sell the car as a typical street Corvette.

Almost 20 years later, the Corvette was discovered by the Rev. Mike Ernst who found the Corvette, now painted red, being driven by a college student who was using the Corvette as a daily driver. In researching the Corvette, Ernst found the car came with the rare and highly sought after RPO 687 package which includes the heavy duty brakes, suspension and steering. The Corvette also had a 37-gallon fuel tank which was common for RPO 687 Corvettes that were raced at the time.

Ernst began restoration of the 1962 Corvette in the early 1980′s. The disassembly and paint-stripping process revealed the car to be none other than Dick Thompson’s 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette. Ernst was able to track down Tony Denman who had stored most of the high performance racing parts from the Corvette in his parent’s garage before selling them in 1979. With Denman’s assistance, Ernst tracked down the buyer of the parts and bought them back, reuniting them with the Corvette in May of 1985.

Among the list of parts were Stewart Warner gauges, roll bar, some of the Yenko extra-heavy-duty suspension pieces, aluminum bell housing, separate scatter shield, engine block, cylinder heads, exhaust manifolds, Posi-Traction units, ring and pinions and various hardware. After these racing parts were reassembled, the Corvette was painted its original Ermine White and Blue livery and became the first recipient of the NCRS American Heritage Award.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette returned to the track and raced at Laguna Seca and Palm Springs. It was shown at the Carlisle of Corvettes Racer and Race Car reunion and in 2002 underwent a complete restoration by Doug Prince and Jerry Roman.

In 2005, the Corvette was inducted into the Bloomington Gold Hall of Fame and was displayed at the Petersen Automotive Museum and was shown at Corvette’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Last year the Corvette underwent another restoration by Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair in New York.

The 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette features a number of astonishing details including an original Motorola two-way radio, allowing car on-course-to-pit communication. It’s believed to be the first use of such equipment in a race car. Other details include correct Koni shock absorbers, finned heavy-duty brakes, painted steel wheels wearing period-correct Goodyear tires, enormous fiberglass scoops for brake cooling. The driveline reveals its content to consist of original date-stamped parts, including the original matching-numbers engine.

The Corvette is highly documented with a collection of publications that featured articles about the race car and an extensive collection of photos from its racing days. In addition to its NCRS and Bloomington Gold certificates, a bill of sale from Yenko Chevrolet to Grady Davis is also included.

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Gooding & Company estimated the sale of the Gulf Oil Corvette would bring between $950,000 – $1,250,000. When the gavel dropped on Saturday, August 17th, the final price was $1,485,000, well above the presale estimates. With its winning pedigree in FIA sanction events which included the 1962 Daytona and Sebring races, the 1962 Gulf Oil Corvette is eligible for any international FIA historical events including the LeMans Classic 24 and Goodwood Revival races.


Source:
Gooding & Company Related:
Racing Fans – Buy Your Own Corvette C6.R Racecar Technorati Tags:
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Katech Unveils the Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2008

Introducing the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport Package

Katech Performance, the supplier of engines to Corvette Racing’s C6.R program as well as the Pratt & Miller C6RS has launched an exclusive package designed to put your Corvette Z06 on a diet and you in the winner’s circle at the track. The new ClubSport package reduces the curb weight of a Corvette Z06 to 2,825 lbs (fully optimized) from the standard 3,180 lbs while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

Corvette performance has always been about the power to weight ratio and with Katech’s experience in racing, shedding those unwanted pounds while improving on the Z06′s performance is just what serious racing enthusiasts have been clamoring for.

Available exclusively through Les Stanford Chevrolet in Dearborn, Michigan, the Katech Corvette Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 for the standard package and includes a 12-Month/12,000 mile warranty. That’s a lot of laps around the autocross or road course! Katech also has a “Bring Your Own Z06″ program for the enthusiast that wants to take their Corvette to the next level.

Read the press release below to see what the Katech ClubSport Corvette Z06 diet can do for your racing efforts.

KATECH PERFORMANCE UNVEILS LIGHTWEIGHT Z06 FOR THE TRACK
New ClubSport Package Shaves Pounds to Shave Seconds off Lap Times

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Katech Performance, ever attuned to the collective conscious of the Corvette universe, knew this – enthusiasts wanted a lighter weight Z06 tuned for the track. Now they have it.

The Corvette Z06 ClubSport package – available exclusively from Katech Performance and Les Stanford Chevrolet (Dearborn, Mich.) – incorporates an array of aftermarket products that, in unison, reduce curb weight to 2,915 lbs. (2,825 lbs. fully optimized) while improving grip, cornering, braking and downforce.

“The Z06 is already wonderfully light weight,” commented Jason Harding, performance parts sales, Katech Performance. “We knew, however, that we could improve the power-to-weight ratio with several select modifications. Lamborghini has its Gallardo Superleggera, Ferrari its F430 Scuderia and Dodge its Viper ACR. Now the Corvette Z06 has the ClubSport package from Katech Performance.”

What does one feed Chevrolet’s already well-conditioned athlete to shed pounds and improve its game? The ClubSport diet calls for:

Brembo® Gran Turismo Brake Kit
Two-piece cross-drilled rotors significantly reduce un-sprung rotating mass; front six-piston monobloc calipers squeeze 14-inch rotors; rear four-piston monobloc calipers pinch 13.6-inch rotors

Moton Clubsport Suspension
Double-adjustable coil-overs enhance power-to-the-pavement delivery while offering seven individually adjustable rebound and compression settings; system is specially tuned by Moton engineers and SCCA World Challenge professional driver Andy Pilgrim

Katech Performance ClubSport Wheels
15-spoke, single-piece forged aluminum wheels (18×9.5-inch front; 19×12-inch rear) further reduce un-sprung rotating mass; finished in attractive gray powder coat

Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup Tires
Enhance grip and handling while reducing total mass (285/30R18 front; 325/30R19 rear)

Katech Performance Appearance Package
Carbon fiber front splitter improves aerodynamics and is complemented by a matching carbon fiber rear spoiler that improves downforce; lift-off carbon fiber World Challenge hood vents the engine compartment, reduces weight by 50% and provides more downforce; ClubSport racing stripe on front fenders and rear fascia identifies vehicle as an exclusive Katech Performance creation

Halltech Killer Beeâ„¢ Air Intake
Carbon fiber intake designed specifically to complement Katech Performance’s carbon fiver valve covers

Katech Performance Exhaust System
Lightweight 18-gauge stainless steel design incorporating X-pipe, two lightweight mufflers, over-axle pipes and CORSA® quad tips; reduces weight and produces a deep, racecar-like tone while maintaining a civil pitch on public roads

Exedy Twin-Disc Clutch
Reduces drivetrain mass and makes for easy rev-matched downshifts

Braille Battery
All-season; reduces weight in the rear

Several optional supplements are also available including: Caravaggio leather race seats; A/C and/or radio delete as well as carpet delete to further reduce weight; roll bar or harness bar and six-point harnesses; and an ARE dry sump system.

So what’s the final verdict? A power-to-weight ratio of 5.45 lbs./horsepower (standard) or 5.28 lbs./horsepower (fully optimized).

Complete with a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty, the Katech Performance Z06 ClubSport starts at $109,000 (standard) and is expected to maintain 50-state emissions compliance*. Power plant improvements – including an array of modified LS7 engine packages – are also available for customers who want to upgrade to a true Katech Performance “Street Attack” Z06.

To purchase a brand new ClubSport Z06 from Les Stanford Chevrolet – “America’s Corvette King” – call 800.699.VETT or visit www.lesstanford.com. Already own a 2006-2009 Z06? Bring your Vette to Katech to get started on the ClubSport plan. Call 866.KATECH1 or visit www.katechengines.com.

Katech Performance, the aftermarket performance division of Katech Inc., engineers and manufactures race-proven crate engines and components for LS1/LS6 and LS2/LS7 engines including solid belt tensioners, coil relocation brackets, cylinder heads, dampers, pistons, push rods, throttle bodies and valve covers, among other high-performance products for the street and track.

Katech Inc. was founded on the need to provide responsive service and skills to factory race efforts in all forms of racing, including the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), NASCAR®, SCCA SPEED World Challenge, American Speed Association (ASA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Today, Katech is an industrial leader in advanced racing and high-performance engine development, manufacturing, testing and assembly, and offers support services for the professional racer including boring, honing, fabrication, welding and prototype parts development.

Katech Performance is located at 24324 Sorrentino Court, Clinton Township, MI, 48035. Contact the company by phone at 866-KATECH1 or visit online at www.katechengines.com.

* Pending C.A.R.B. certification


Source:
Katech Performance Related:
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A Corvette ZR1 at the Milford Test Track

At 12:01 am this morning, the embargo was lifted and those lucky magazine and blogger stiffs who were invited by GM to the Milford test track (also known as the Lutzring) were free to post their experiences of driving the new 638 hp supercharged Corvette ZR1. And what a drive it must be. The four reviews that we link to after the jump toss around short missives like “best ever” and “total pussycat”. Taking a poll of the reviewers found that they were “surprised”, “shocked” and “blown away” by the driving experience the new Corvette ZR1 delivers, not only on the test track, but on the public roads as well.

Jalopnik

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 is the best car ever made. It redefines what performance cars are capable of, not by its numbers (the 0-to-60 in 3.3 seconds and a 205 MPH top speed figures are no longer noteworthy north of $100,000), but by how it makes those numbers so accessible. Simply put, the ZR1′s most remarkable achievement is how easy and unintimidating the chassis makes exploiting the car’s 638 HP.

Autoblog

The ZR1 may well be the best supercar bargain in the world, while at the same time being as mechanically sophisticated as any of the best supercars from Europe or Asia. Unlike most engines, the ZR1 doesn’t really have a torque curve. It’s more like an electric motor — massive torque is everywhere. In fact, it has so much twist you almost don’t need shift. Put the gear lever in third and roll on the throttle until you’ve accumulated enough speed as your license can tolerate and then lay on the brakes as hard as you please.

Motor Trend

Okay, so we’re shocked (and more than a little proud) that America’s sports car established a lap-record at the Nurburgring. We’re awed by its high handling limits and overall tractability. And 15 or 20 hot laps of a circuit like the Lutzring could probably convince any skeptic that $30K worth of hardware value has been added to the already impressive Z06.

Edmunds

Possibly the only thing more surprising than the existence of a $100,000-plus, 638-horsepower factory-built Corvette is that the car is a total pussycat. Don’t get us wrong, this 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can kill you quite completely dead. We mean like augured-in, test-pilot kind of beyond-recognition dead. It is capable of such stunning velocity in such a short distance that if things go wrong at even a fraction of its ultimate speed, it’ll tear a ragged hole in just about whatever it encounters.

The Jalopnik test drive article was our favorite review of the four and should be read first. Reviewer Wes Siler approaches the Corvette ZR1 drive from an enthusiast’s point of view and really takes you inside the emotions of driving Chevrolet’s new supercharged 638 horsepower halo car.

The only downside we read from the reviews is the same tired old argument about the interior not being on par with cars costing 2-3x as much. As with every new Corvette introduction we prefer to challenge these statements by spinning it as part of the “Chevrolet” experience. Who buys a Corvette for the interior anyway?


Sources:
Jalopnik | Autoblog | Motor Trend | Edmunds
Photo Credit: Motor Trend Related:
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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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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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