I received this youtube video link from John in California. The amateur video shot from the stands shows the conclusion of the ALMS race at Laguna Seca. The video clearly captures what we believed the sequence of events were all along: Magnussen was in front of Bergmeister in the Flying Lizards Porsche and was pulling away. Contact between the two cars caused the #3 Corvette C6.R to spin in front of the #45 Porsche and hard into the inside wall.
Back in the late sixties, Joel Rosen and his Motion Performance speed shop was the go to place on the East Coast for serious automotive performance. Joel had partnered with Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island to build turn-key street racers out of new Camaros, Novas Chevelles and Corvettes. During the years of 1967-74, hundreds of Motion-branded cars were built including this ultra-rare 1 of 1 1972 Moray GT Corvette which is now being offered on eBay.
This Black 1979 Corvette T-Top Coupe was stolen in Bellevue, Washington on October 7th. The Corvette was at Bellevue Chevrolet on 430 116th Avenue NE when it taken around 8:00 am. The Corvette is all original and has rims that looks like flames. The VIN is 1Z8789S440548. When the Corvette was taken, it was wearing Arizona plates reading 523 DMM. A set of Washington license plates were also in the car and they are 982MLF.
If you are out and about in the Seattle/Bellevue area and you come across such a Corvette, please call authorities or email the details to us and we’ll pass them along to the owner.
Remember that custom 1968 Corvette we featured on our Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Results post? Turns out the telephone bidder who paid $198,000 for the 510/660 hp roadster was none other than Sylvester Stallone. He apparently has already taken possession of the vette and was seen cruising Santa Monica in Beverly Hills.
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: Corvette Sales Top $2.14 Million
Earlier this week, a writer named “The Mechanic” at Edmund’s Inside Line blog posted a bogus story entitled “Please GM, Fix the Corvette”. It’s an opinion piece with no facts, just outlandish statements. Bloggers call this technique “linkbait”: an inflammatory article designed for nothing more increasing page views. Example 1: In the first paragraph, “The Mechanic” says this article isn’t an attack on Corvette owners and then in the second paragraph, the author attacks Corvette owners as barrel-chested baldys and strippers named Bambi. See what I mean? Normally, I don’t give these kinds of articles attention, but I must after reading a comment responding to the post from a new 2009 Corvette owner.
First, some more examples of what Edmunds thinks is a newsworthy automotive feature:
This column is not about them (Corvette Owners). It’s about the Corvette itself, which sucks.
Chevy has blown it by allowing the Corvette’s price and performance to get out of hand.
The Corvette has already been displaced as the attainable dream car for America’s youth: displaced by the Infiniti G35 Coupe and the BMW M3 (E46).
And so the Corvette is being squeezed from the bottom by cars like the Infiniti, and it can’t really compete with the upscale stuff (Porsche 911) because of its shoddy interior, questionable fit and finish and 1985 profile.
Read the rest of this dribble here.
Now, here is the comment from a new 2009 Corvette owner that sums up what really happens when you buy a Corvette:
I just bought a C6.
Thanks for applauding my patriotic act – while calling me a fat, bald guy – and my wife a stripper. Please let me know what kind of car you just bought so that I can stereotype you.
I have read Motor Trend for 30 years. My wife thinks its stupid.
After I read this blog – I tend to agree now.
I can afford any car made.
Read that as ANY car made now – or any collector car in existence.
I have taste, class, a beautiful wife and no gold chains or grey hair.
My buddy got a $136,000 Audi R8 – and I got a $60,000 Corvette.
We both wrote checks.
His Audi is Daytona Grey Pearl and my Vette is Cyber Grey.
When we park them side by side at a restaurant – his gets interest, but:
Mine gets awe.
Mine is the one people want to buy.
Mine is the one they have always wanted.
Mine is the one that they can possibly afford.
Mine has a heritage.
Mine has history that means something to them.
Mine is a Corvette.
That is what a Corvette is about – just as much as how it drives.
Any person who thinks – for one second – that America’s youth does not want a Corvette is smoking way too much crack. I have been to Infiniti and BMW dealers with my 15 year old son. His eyes glaze over. I mean he literally cannot wait to leave their showrooms of shiny little sedans from far away lands. To him, they are like gay little trinkets for girls.
I took him to see Corvettes and the change in him was remarkable. He instantly wanted one. Isn’t that what you want to happen, Chevy Product Managers?
To wrap up, I have never responded to a blog or article in my life.
But, this is the gayest article I have ever read.
In fact, one could say it sucks.
GM: Please keep making the C6 better – then – please – bring us a C7 that those of us in the correct demographic can afford.
Thanks 2009c6owner for telling the rest of the world why people really buy Corvettes. The only real poser in this article is “The Mechanic” who is masquerading as a journalist.
Since the release of the dedicated Corvette Grand Sport page last month, I’ve been hitting the regular Corvette website to see the changeover from the 2009 model to the 2010 model information. Well, that switch has just happened within the last few days because Chevrolet is now displaying the 2010 Corvette at www.corvette.com.
According to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, just one car – a Chevrolet Corvette – is the only “authenticated” return under the automaker’s 60-day return policy. Lutz was speaking at a luncheon event in Detroit with journalists and recounted the reason for the return as the customer was tired of shifting a manual gearbox. GM exchanged the Corvette for one with an automatic transmission. Lutz said “He brought it back because me made a mistake.”
Of the roughly 150,000 sales GM has made since launching the “May the Best Car Win” program, only around 100 customers have taken GM up on the offer. Others have taken the conventional incentives offered at the time of the sale.
The money-back guarantee is just one of the ways that shows GM has become more aggressive in its advertising message. “We can stand the comparison with just about anybody,” Lutz said, while pointing out an advertisement that shows Chevrolets registering better fuel-economy figures than counterparts at Toyota. “[But] we need to close this perceptual gap.â€
ISMA, the sanctioning body of the American Le Mans Series said on Monday that Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Flying Lizards Porsche driver Jorg Bergmeister were placed on a two-race probation starting with Sebring at the start of the 2010 season. The two drivers were issued probation for their parts in the “avoidable contact” that resulted with Jan Magnussen crashing at the finish line at Laguna Seca. The penalty for any further offenses during the probation period will result in a minimum two-race ban from competition.
The American Le Mans Series held their annual awards banquet in Monterey and it was announced that Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan was honored with the “From the Fans” award. The award is Fehan’s second straight From the Fans award which is based on input from fans through voting at AmericanLeMans.com.
Although GT1 was unrecognized in the official ALMS season awards release, our friends at BadBoy Vettes remind us that it was Gavin and Beretta who came out on top of the GT1 drivers. To do so, they had to beat the best in class!
By all accounts, the 2nd annual Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas was a success. Corvette pricing was strong and bidding was solid. At the conclusion of the three day auction, 29 Corvettes had crossed the block and sales totaled $2,142,250 which includes the buyers commissions. Click through to see the Corvette Results.
The top selling Corvettes were actually a pair of Corvette ZR1s. A 2009 velocity yellow Corvette ZR1 was paired with a Bright Red 1990 Corvette ZR-1 and the duo combined for $205,700. The top selling individual Corvette was a Red 1968 custom Corvette roadster powered by 660 hp V8 that sold on Friday for $198,000. In addition to the high performance 510 cubic inch engine, the Corvette featured a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, Baer brakes, Boyd Cottington wheels as well as a custom interior. We also witnessed the 1967 Corvette owned by Bruce Willis hammer for $150,000. With the buyers commission, the total sale was $205,700.
Here are the total Corvette results:
|318||1978||Corvette||25th Anniversary Coupe||$14,850|
|326||1978||Corvette||25th Anniversary Coupe||$22,000|
|354||1964||Corvette||327/350 hp Convertible||$60,500|
|363.2||1965||Corvette||327 ci Convertible||$58,300|
|396||1965||Corvette||396/425 hp Convertible||$106,700|
|402.1||1966||Corvette||427/425 hp Convertible||$110,000|
|411||1961||Corvette||283/230 hp Convertible||$57,200|
|639.1||1969||Corvette||427/390 hp Coupe||$44,000|
|659||1964||Corvette||327/250 hp Coupe||$75,900|
|659.3||1967||Corvette||Bruce Willis Convertible||$165,000|
|664||1967||Corvette||427/390 hp Coupe||$107,250|
|680||1960||Corvette||283/290 FI Convertible||$110,000|
|685.1||1959||Corvette||283/270 hp Convertible||$110,000|
|717||1958||Corvette||LS6 Resto-Mod Convertible||$84,700|
|718||1961||Corvette||LS1 Resto-Mod Convertible||$95,700|
|719.2||1966||Corvette||427/425 hp Convertible||$83,600|
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: Bruce Willis Sells His 1967 Corvette Convertible
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1961 Corvette Convertible
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1964 NOM Corvette Sting Ray
Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2009: 1993 Corvette Sells for $23,100