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Z06 Corvette Named to Automobile All-Stars List

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteAutomobile Magazine gives us an end of the year treat with their 2007 Automobile Magazine All-Stars List. For the second consecutive year, the Z06 Corvette has been named an All-Star. Each All-Star (10 total) have a one-page review and this particular Z06 reviews is one of the more fun to read. Here is just a sample:

To exploit all this speed and agility, bring your best driving skills. Those inclined to flick off the Active Handling system do so at the risk of seat stains and Corvette-shaped guardrail dents.
The snappy writing is just the beginning. Automobile Magazine also included a multimedia gallery for each of the cars. There is an image gallery where you can download Z06 desktop wallpapers. You can hear an audio file of the Z06 as the driver shifts through the first three gears. Lastly, there is a video file of a LeMans Blue Z06 Corvette doing some burnouts on Route 66. Source:
Automobile All-Stars
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CorvetteImages.com Passes 30,000 Corvette Photos Milestone

by Keith Cornett on December 13, 2006

1970 Corvette in Bridgehampton BlueCorvetteImages.com, the largest searchable Corvette photo image gallery, just recently passed its latest milestone of having over 30,000 Corvette images in its searchable database (30,310 to be exact). The site, which gets its images exclusively from the ads run on VetteFinders.com, allows users to search and view photos by year, body style, special edition, color as well as image perspective. The searchable gallery is particularly useful for searching out color options. Say you found a Corvette for sale in your local paper, but you’re not all that familiar with the Bridgehampton Blue color scheme. Go to CorvetteImages.com, enter Bridgehampton Blue under color and voila, 30 images are available. The website was created more as an afterthought then one having a preconceived strategy. Our 1979 Corvette was being restored and we were trying to decide on a new color scheme. Flipping through our ads, we realized that a searchable database of Corvette photos could help others as well. Visit CorvetteImages.com CorvetteImages.com is part of our VetteFinders Corvette Network, which also includes this Corvette blog, VetteFinders.com and CorvetteBanners.com.
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Couple Raffles Corvette To Save School

by Keith Cornett on December 12, 2006

1966 Corvette Coupe Here’s another example of Corvette generosity. Over the last few years there has been an increase of classic corvettes being raffled for charity. The National Corvette Museum even uses raffles for fundraising by offering new Corvettes several times a year. This is a story of a couple offering their own personal classic Corvette to raise funds and save a school. Gerry and Bonnie Rack have owned their 1966 Corvette Stingray since 1973. Yet the thought of their grandchildren’s elementary school closing due to lack of funds was enough for them to offer the classic Corvette in a raffle in hopes of keeping the school open. The school, Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary in Cincinnati has been open for 153 years and current operating costs are $850,000 year. Because of declining enrollment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese is considering closing the school. The Corvette raffle will raise funds for the school by offering 5000 tickets at $100 each. “Somebody will want it; somebody will take care of it,” Gerry Rack said. “When the day comes, I probably will be sad.” Sad indeed. Gerry bought the Nassau Blue (now Marina Blue) Corvette after serving as an Army mechanic during the Vietnam War. It took 4 years of saving and he finally purchased the Corvette in 1973. He sold it to a friend because he needed the money, but later bought it back. It was once stolen, but he got it back again. The school is somewhat a family institution for the Racks. Bonnie’s father and grandfather both attended. They currently have 2 grandchildren enrolled and seven more on the way. Said Bonnie Rack, “It’s worth it. The kids are worth it.” The Racks generosity is just the latest example of Corvette people who care. For more information on raffle tickets: Click here www.savestpetesschool.org or call 513-967-2247 Sources:
The Columbus Dispatch | The Enquirer Related:
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Irresponsible Speculation: Another Corvette Spy Photo?

by Keith Cornett on December 5, 2006

In the latest chapter of VetteGate (I sure hope we are nearing the end!) the debate that Winding Road wants you focus on is not how they mislead the public and their peers, but how this whole exercise has, according to Winding Road’s online editor Chris Paukert “opens up a valuable debate into the small but substantial economy that’s popped up around spy photography, and more honestly, artist’s renderings. Much of it is based disproportionately on speculation, and while some of that is healthy (especially when qualified as such), the issue of quality-control needs to be revisited. If that dialogue among readers, publications, and photographers is the unintended consequence of our story, that’s wonderful.” So in the spirit of said debate, I submit what appears to be a spy photo of an unknown prototype. It has the characteristic rear fascia and distinctive cue’s of a C5 Corvette. So perhaps Winding Road, with their infinite wisdom and ability to walk the high road and doing what’s best for the automotive community while looking down on the rest of us for irresponsible speculation, can please help me with my quality control. Because you know us dumb bloggers, if it says Corvette, we gotta run with it…

New Corvette Prototype?
Many of you have seen and commented about the letter I received from Winding Road asking me to remove their images from www.CorvetteBlogger.com. Here are five sites that are still posting their most valued “intellectual property”. I’ve contacted several of them and guess what? They have not been asked to remove the images: - http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2956978
- http://www.digitalcorvettes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67032
- http://web.camaross.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487840
- http://forums.streetfire.net/showthread.php?t=13038&page=1&pp=10
- http://forums.finalgear.com/showthread.php?t=15174 Tomorrow, we will definitely be moving away from this story. All that’s been said, well has. Besides, the word coming from CorvetteConti.com is that there is a Special Edition White Z06 in works that could possibly show up at January’s Detroit Auto Show. Woo Hoo!!! Stay tuned for details!!! Image: Honda-Tech.com Related:
Winding Road Fakes Corvette SS Pics – Looses All Credibility
Winding Road’s VetteGate – Hypocrisy Continues
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Winding Road’s VetteGate – Hypocrisy Continues

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2006

My interest in this story was beginning to wane. After three days of VetteGate – the creation of a fake Blue Devil/SS test mule by Winding Road for the expressed purpose of spreading misinformation across the Internet – I found that there wasn’t really much more to say. I see those following the story have divided into two separate camps. The first is the “It’s just a joke, get over it” camp for which most people that don’t have a Corvette are in, and the second is the “Where is the journalistic integrity” camp, where I fall into. So I was all set to move on. But then I got an email today from Winding Road’s Online Editor Chris Paukert, who asked me to remove the photos and story showing the creation of the fake Blue Devil SS:

Keith, Appreciate you chiming in on the faux Blue Devil ruse, even if your opinion is obviously different from that of our publication. It’s certainly a debate worth having, and we encourage you to continue to discuss the matter in your (and any other) forum. That said, by hosting and posting our copyrighted material, you are breaking the law, and we would appreciate it if you’d remove all Winding Road material immediately. You are welcome to link to our magazine or website (or, if you prefer not to do so, that is fine as well),but screen captures of our text and images are illegal and will be treated as such. http://www.corvetteblogger.com/index.cfm/2006/12/1/Winding-Road-Fakes-Corvette-SS-Pics–Looses-All-Credibility Please let us know of your compliance within 48 hours. Thank you for your time. Best, Chris Paukert
Online Editor
So here is where I see the hypocrisy in this request, which by the way, I have honored. Winding Road created a lie that they hoped would spread across the internet and it worked. AutoWeek, MotorTrend and others all picked up on the lie as well as enthusiast sites like the forums and of course, us. Winding Road didn’t spread the lie, but because they created it, they are ultimately responsible. Now, when it comes to the truth being told and setting the record straight, they don’t want that information out there. They want to control it. A publicity stunt where the prize is measured in page views and downloads. This is why their “ruse” as they put it, has ultimately caused them more backlash then I think they expected. Here are some quotes from Chris Doane and Brenda Priddy:
Chris Doane:
If I had to guess, Autoweek, Motor Trend and The Car Connection aren’t laughing. All of these outlets published the photos of the fake car on their websites believing it to be an authentic GM prototype. It was, after all, a fairly convincing forgery. Needless to say, this obviously doesn’t make those outlets look good in the credibility department. Some of you may think these media outlets don’t have any credibility to begin with. That’s fine if you think that, but we’re talking solely about this particular incident. Brenda Priddy:
I was a bit disappointed when I heard about the “prank”. Frankly, my major concern was that our actual “spy photos” would lose their value – their creditability. I’ve already had dozens of e-mails from readers questioning our Blue Devil / Stingray photos, which are in fact actual General Motors’ prototypes.
I take the stance that had this prank been pulled by a couple of guys somewhere, well okay, very funny, you got me. For years the media tells us not to believe what we see on the Internet. Those of us who make their living online certainly know that to be true, and Winding Road should too. There is an old saying about how a bear doesn’t shit in his own cave. And that’s exactly what Winding Road did. They were the bear and we were the cave. It’s just now dawning on them they have to live in the cave too. Source: AutoBlog.com | Winding Road Disclaimer: I did not speak nor solicit the quotes from Chris Doane and Brenda Priddy directly. Therefore, I cannot guarantee the accuracy of said quotes at this time. While they did come from a respected online automotive blog, unless I get a sworn deposition that is notarized and contains verifiable DNA from both Mr. Doane and Ms. Priddy, we will not be able to stand behind these remarks as either truthful or accurate. Welcome to the new world of automotive journalism, courtesy of Winding Road.

Corvette Makes Car And Driver 10 Best Cars List

by Keith Cornett on December 3, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteCar and Driver once again solicited cars from manufacturers for an intense week of evaluating and testing for their annual 10 Best List. Their criteria is fairly straightforward and can be broken down with three words: expectations, assumptions and surprises. And the three rules for judging? A base price no higher than $71,000. The car must be on-sale no later than January of 2007 and the manufacturer must submit a model for Car and Driver’s staff to evaluate. The Chevrolet Corvette made the Car and Driver 2007 Top 10 Best Cars list. The review includes the usual chest pumping that are the hallmarks of any Corvette review: Chevy’s pushrod driven V8 engine extracts copious power while composite body panels keep the car light. But the money quote is the summary:

This combination of heritage and sophistication gives the Corvette a uniquely American blend of performance, swagger, and everyday livability — characteristics that are all amplified in the 505-hp Z06 version. And in one final bow to tradition, the Corvette delivers this virtue at a price vastly lower than any of its competitors.
Interestingly, each car that made the 10 Best List had the EPA City Mileage number posted, but not the highway. I love telling people how Corvette can get upwards of 28-30 MPG on the highway. You can view the entire list at Car and Driver Source: Car and Driver via Autoblog.com
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November 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on December 2, 2006

GM’s November 2006 Sales Report has been released. Corvette Sales for November 2006 have shown a -12.2% decline from November 2005. Last month, GM sold 2,773 new Corvettes vs. 3,157 for the same month in 2005. This is the second month in a row we have seen a decline, though last month’s dip was only -3.4%. Calendar year to date sales are still strong with 33,437 Corvettes sold January-November 2006 vs 29,218 sold in 2005. That is still on pace for a 14.4% increase over last year. There were 25 selling days for both the November 2006 and 2005 sales period. Source: GM
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We got duped, folks. Not just me, either. Every Corvette fan that has been following the development of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette was suckered along with all the automotive blogs and “legitimate” magazines that have followed the story. Winding Road calls the print article “Gamesmanship: The Corvette WR”. The ruse? To build a Blue Devil/SS Corvette mule in the hopes that it would be photographed and published on competitors magazines and websites. Here are the November 16th photos of the Blue Devil/SS and the accompanying story that a student named “Yonni G” just happened to be cruising near Milford and just happened to have his dad’s camera and just happen to be quick enough to squeeze off a couple frames..

Blue Devil Test Mule Blue Devil Test Mule
Blue Devil Test Mule Blue Devil Test Mule
Yonni’s Comments:
“As I was driving I saw the prototype way ahead of me on the road, and it looked like a really aggressive Corvette. Luckily I had borrowed my dad’s camera for a project at school and had it with me in the car and snapped some shots as it passed by. The car was amazing! It sounded very powerful and definitely did not seem like your everyday Corvette.
So, before I get to my comments about how Winding Road just threw its credibility out the window, here are the images from their Jan 07 print edition:

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    • Jeff McKay: I also asked a local dealer and they knew nothing about it. How do I order it myself? I think that would be faster than trying to convince them they should know about it.
    • CrystalKnight: I have always loved the 63, one of my favorite classics of all time, and I have had a many sports cars…, owned and loved the C5 even though it was heavy and underpowered, owned and loved the C6 convertible. ….I...
    • CrystalKnight: I have always loved the 63, one of my favorite classics of all time, and I have had a many sports cars…, owned and loved the C5 even though it was heavy and underpowered, owned and loved the C6 convertible. ….I...
    • tonyman262: I have an 89 C4 & an 07 C6, both white. After seeing the CUE system; the daughter may get the 07, I NEED a C7 with the CUE system. The 89 C4 stays with me. The C7 (artic white of course) could just end up being the new...
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