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Wanted: Owner with Modded Z06 Seeks Competition

by Keith Cornett on January 15, 2007

When you have a high performance sports car that you just dumped a bunch money into, usually you can’t wait to hit the streets to see what she can do against the competition. One enterprising poster on the D.C.’s Craiglist takes it a step further. He’s advertising. His ad seeks some pretty heavy hitters for “Performance Evaluations” including an AMG SL65 and a Ford GT. Oh, and if your law enforcement, you need not apply. Here is the advertisement:

I own a modified corvette 2002 Z06 and would like to do some testing versus the AMG SL65 V12 Twin Turbo and/or Ford GT Supercar…for straight-lined acceleration performance evaluations. Will pay for gas. I’m not law enforcement.
Law enforcement need not reply to this ad.

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Craigslist Related: MPH Mag’s Dream Z06 Review Technorati Tags:
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Corvette Cruise: The 5 Bridges Run

by Keith Cornett on January 14, 2007

Last year in a post called “Ten Things To Do After Buying Your First Corvette”, I talked about joining a Corvette club and participating in events with other Corvette owners. At the time I wrote that, I was unaffiliated with any local clubs in the Tampa Bay Area. Well, New Years came around and one of my resolutions was to join a Corvette club and do some shows, events and cruises. So last week I joined Tampa Bay Vettes, a club that boasts an active membership of over 250 people. Today, I participated in a cruise called the 5 Bridges Run with over 50 Corvettes that made a 100 mile circuit across the five major bridges of Tampa Bay. It was a blast. 50 Corvettes rolling down the road is an awesome site. Corvettes from all years participated, from C1 to C6. I shot some video, which was a bit difficult when driving, but I think it captures the fun and excitement of the cruise:

If you are not a member of club, perhaps you need to make it one of your resolutions to join a local club as well! Click here for a list of Corvette Clubs.
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Barrett-Jackson Preview: 1967 427/435 Yenko Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 13, 2007

In today’s collector car world, the name “Yenko” is associated more with Camaros, Novas and Chevelles than Corvette. But the association of the legendary Corvette Hall of Fame member should be synonymous with Corvette and here is why. Before Don Yenko and Yenko Chevrolet became one of the largest “supertuners” of GM muscle cars in the 60′s and 70′s, Don raced Corvettes. Driving for the Gulf Oil Racing Team in the early sixties, Yenko and teammate Dick Thompson dominated the A & B Production classes, and Don captured the B Production crown in 1962 and 1963. Fast forward to 1967. Yenko is now fielding his own team with support from Sunray DX Oil Co and wins the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring’s GT Class in a 1967 L88 Corvette. In the late 1960s, Michael Summers was one of the drivers for Yenko’s Corvette racing teams, and his personal Corvette, ordered through Yenko Chevrolet, is the focus of our Barrett-Jackson preview.

1967 Yenko Corvette
The car is a fully documented, 427 hp/435 ci numbers-matching Yenko Corvette Convertible. This Corvette is one of only five of the rarest color combinations (White with Bright Blue Trim and Interior) and one of the highest factory optioned Corvettes known to exist. Renowned Corvette restorer Nabers Brothers of Houston completed a body-off restoration in 2002. Documentation includes the original Protect-o-Plate signed by Don Yenko, tank sheet, order sheet, owner history, original pictures with a video of the original owner, Michael Summers. The 1967 Yenko Corvette has two NCRS Top Flight Awards (98.7%) and is Bloomington Gold Certified. The Corvette contains the following factory RPO’s: AO1- Tinted Glass
A31- Power Windows
A15- Leather Bright Blue Trim
AB2- Headrests
CO5- Convertible White Top
CO7- Auxiliary Hardtop
F41- Special Front and Rear Suspension
G81- Positraction Rear Axle
J50- Vacuum Power Brakes
K66- Transistor Ignition System
L71- 435 HP V8 Turbo Jet
N14- Side Dual Exhaust
N36- Telescopic Steering Wheel
N40- Power Steering
QB1- 7.75×15 4 PLY Redline Tires
U15- Speed Warning Indicator
U69- AM/FM Radio The 1967 Yenko Corvette (lot #1326) is scheduled to cross the auction block on Saturday, January 20th. This Corvette is truly a collector car and a fantastic piece of Corvette history.
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Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
National Corvette Museum – Hall of Fame Related:
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GM Accepts Dodge Viper Challenge

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2007

“Maximum” Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chairman said on Thursday that those involved with Corvette won’t let the new 600 hp Dodge Viper SRT10 keep its crown as the most powerful US sports car very long. Lutz was in a meeting with industry analysts and was asked about Chevrolet’s plans to produce the Corvette Blue Devil/SS. Lutz acknowledged that “a recent competitor” has surpassed the 505 hp Z06 Corvette. “As you all know, it is not our policy to discuss future product programs. However … ,” he said to laughter from the audience, “it is very important for Corvette to be the most powerful, most capable, best handling sports car in the United States.” Chevrolet’s General Manager Ed Peper was also asked recently about how Corvette will respond to the Dodge Viper 600 hp Challenge. His cryptic reply? “We’re looking at some things going forward. I can’t talk about them right now, though.” So the real question is will the Blue Devil/SS Corvette meet the Dodge Viper’s 600 hp or are we going to see the bar raised higher? Bob Gritzinger, senior editor for news at AutoWeek magazine had this to say: “We all know the new Corvette is out there. The car is in development and it’s been speculated that it will have about 650 horsepower. … It’s supposed to be here in 2009.”
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Detroit Free Press Related:
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Corvette Racing Waits for Aston Martin Decision

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2007

Corvette Racing at Laguna SecaAs we have recently reported, Corvette Racing may be leaving the American LeMans Series (ALMS). We learned today of another factor that may cause the GTI Championship team to leave the American racing circuit in favor of a European series. Corvette Driver Oliver Gavin said that Aston Martin may be leaving the ALMS, and the loss of their British rivals may ultimately be the deciding factor for Corvette to leave the series as well. Should Aston Martin leave the ALMS, Corvette would be left without any series competition. Aston Martin and Corvette racing have battled in recent years and this last year the British team really gave Corvette Racing a run for the GT1 Championship. The championship came down to the last race of the season at Laguna Seca. Aston Martin won the race but the second place finish by the two “Ollies” gave Corvette racing enough points for the GT1 Championship. Other factors that were leaning on Corvette Racing leaving the ALMS was last year’s performance-balancing sanctions that made the race for the Championship must closer than it should have been. Lastly, fielding the legendary racing team in the European circuit could ultimately introduce the Corvette to new buyers. Here are some of Oliver Gavin’s quotes from the Autosport show:

“I’m not entirely sure where we are going to be racing,” Gavin said on the central stage at the Autosport show. “With the Corvettes, they’re still deciding on whether it should be in Europe or in the ALMS again. “We’re waiting to see what Aston Martin are doing in terms of their program – we’re hoping they’re going to come back and race us in the ALMS.” “I had a very interesting season last year – frustrating at times, but ultimately it was successful for us, winning the championship and also beating them (Aston Martin) at Le Mans, which was a fantastic achievement for everybody involved in Corvette Racing.” “I think there’s certainly a marketing benefit of just turning up and running the car,” Gavin explained. “But we do need competition, we do want to race against someone, and it was great last year, having the competition from Aston Martin, so we’re just hoping they’ll find the money to come back.”
I would hate to see Corvette Racing leave the ALMS, but what is the worst of the two scenarios? Winning without competition or losing because of performance sanctions? Winning is always fun, but without a serious competitor, the races would be boring. Losing in the ALMS because of performance sanctions would hurt the image of Corvette Racing evan more. Most casual fans would only know that Corvette lost, not that they had been penalized with sanctions that didn’t allow them to win. Should Corvette Racing make the jump to a European series, we could still count on seeing them here in the states for Sebring and perhaps Le Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, but that would be it. I think we may be seeing the end of the GT1 class in the ALMS as we know it.
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Autosport.com Via An American Classic
Image Credit: Richard Prince Related:
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2006 European Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2007

The Corvette brand continues to be well accepted in GM’s European Market. Sales totaled 1,257 Corvettes for 2006, which was on par with 2005 Sales. These numbers are significant to GM as prior to the C6 model, yearly Corvette sales were in 300-400 range. Part of the GM strategy for introducing the Corvette to European buyers has been the building of a number of specialized dealerships for Cadillac/Corvette/Hummer. In 2006, Cadillac saw 22% growth in sales while Hummer H2 and H3 Sales tripled to 1,848.
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GM Europe via AutoSpectator.com Related:
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A Pair of 1963 Corvette SWC TankersProTeam Corvette, the Napoleon Ohio based Corvette dealer with a knack for finding and selling rare and highly optioned Corvettes announced that they are bringing a pair of 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe tankers to the the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona on Sunday, January 20th. The Corvettes are 2 of of only 63 manufactured that contain RPO N03, the 36 gallon fuel tank option. Corvettes with the option are commonly referred to as Tankers. Both Corvettes are Riverside Red and lay claim to a wide array of awards and honors, including NCRS Top Flight certification. His and her ‘Vettes, one is a full-optioned car, while the other is a Z06 with a unique history. The ladies’ car is a full-optioned Corvette that is one of only two 1963 Corvettes to feature the unique option combination of the 36-gallon tank and air conditioning. In 1963, the first year for air conditioning, only 278 factory air-conditioned Corvettes were produced. The number-matching model also features a 327-cubic inch/250-horsepower V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tinted glass, original Kelsey cast aluminum knock-off wheels and the original non-D.O.T. tires. It has bucket seats with a red interior. In addition to its extraordinary option combination, the car also comes with a copy of the original title, license registration dating to 1980, dealer delivery packet with ’63 owner protection plan, original operating instructions for the air conditioner and the original keys on the delivering dealer key chain. The NCRS certificate, ribbon, judging sheets and old magazine articles are also included. Its fellow bookend, a man’s ‘Vette, is one of only 199 Z06 Corvettes manufactured in 1963 (and one of 63 produced with the 36 gallon gas tank option), and boasts an impressive past. In addition to being a Z06 package, the Corvette is also a radio delete car optioned with a 327 cubic inch/360 horsepower engine, power brakes, posi, fuel injection and a four speed transmission. It has a Tuxedo Black interior and 6.70×15 inch white stripe tires. The Riverside Red pair of tankers – and their memorabilia – will be sold at no reserve as lot numbers 1280 and 1280.1. Early estimates have the pair going for as much as $1 million.
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CorvetteFever.com Related:
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Video: TVR Sagaris vs C6 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2007

British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.


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Top Gear via Techeblog.com Related:
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Corvette Museum Auctions Parts on eBay

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2007

Corvette Museum Parts AuctionNeed some parts for your Corvette? Of course you do. Now, not only can get what you need for your ride, but you can help keep the dream alive by purchasing your parts through the National Corvette Museum’s auction listings on eBay. A donation of several pallets of new manufactured Corvette parts from Guide Corporation is allowing the Museum a unique fundraising opportunity. The parts are being placed on eBay and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Museum. Most of the Corvette parts are NOS and include grills, chrome pieces, headlamps, lenses and more. A current check of the auction shows 30 active listings with parts raging from C1 to C5. Also included are a few auctions for non-Corvette parts, but hey, the proceeds from all sales go to the Corvette Museum. Make sure you check out the listings often as new parts are being added each week.
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National Corvette Museum Related:
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GM Style Event Pairs Stars and Cars

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2007

Carmen Electra and the Z06 CorvetteThe GM Style event was held last night in Detroit. The runway fashion show pairs up celebrities with new GM vehicles. While the Z06 Corvette didn’t strut down the runway for this show, it was used as a backdrop for all the stars as they entered the pavilion. Carmen Electra, shown in this photo, will walk the runway with the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe. Check out AutoBlog.com’s Galleries for over 200 photos of the event or go to GM for Video Highlights.
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