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Fifth Gear’s Road Test: Corvette vs Viper SRT-10

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2006

Those that read this blog regularly probably know that I don’t do too many comparisons – putting the Corvette next to X and seeing how it performs. That just stems from my bias. The Corvette stands on its own merits and doesn’t need comparisons to make it look better. So why this post about Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato putting a C6 Coupe against the Dodge Viper SRT-10? It’s not the compare and contrast that makes this video, its the fact that these guys get two great cars on a track and just have a blast with them. Burnouts and power slides galore! So sit down, shut up and hang on, because this is a fun ride!

Source: TechEBlog.com
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Corvette Blue Devil Sighted

by Keith Cornett on November 16, 2006

TheCarConnection.com posted photos today from Yonni G, who came across a Blue Devil Corvette test mule near Milford, Michigan. Milford is the site of GM’s proving grounds. However, this Corvette was on the streets.

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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.
Everyone who hears one of these Corvettes is impressed with sound. Makes me want to drive to Michigan and do a stake-out!! Source: TheCarConnection.com
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Couple Donates $1.3 Million to Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2006

The National Corvette Museum's Expansion PlansThe largest gift in the history of the National Corvette Museum came this week from Wisconsin couple Ivan and Mary Shrodt. The $1.3 million dollar donation will be used for the planned 50,000 square foot expansion of the Museum that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009. The couple has no kids, but a stable full of Corvettes. They were in Bowling Green to take delivery of a 2007 Black Z06 Corvette, the sixth Corvette in their collection. While in Bowling Green, the Corvette Museum held a reception for the Shrodts, who hail from Sherwood, Wisconsin. A major fundraising effort is underway to pay for the expansion of the Museum, which includes the Corvette Library Archive, a larger store and the Corvette Cafe. Click here for more on the National Corvette Museum’s Expansion Project. Source: StarTribune.com Related: My Corvette Museum New Members Kit

Replica 1956 Corvette Nomad Ready to Roll

by Keith Cornett on November 14, 2006

In 1954, Chevrolet rolled out a one-of-a-kind Corvette Nomad for the 1954 Motorama car show. The concept featured the front end of a 1954 Corvette mated to the backend of the Nomad station wagon. While the concept never reached production, we often wonder what if had the concept taken off. Corvette World in Dallas, Texas has for sale a replica of the Motorama concept, albeit built on a 1956 Corvette body. We like anything with Corvette grilles and coves especially when powered by a 283 ci Fuelie and this one-of-a-kind classic doesn’t disappoint.

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Chevy still kicks around a new Nomad prototype built on the Kappa platform (Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice). Here is a picture of the latest incarnation from the 2005 LA Auto Show. Once again, the distinctive cues of the Corvette make themselves known on the 2004 Nomad Concept. Source: Corvette World of Dallas via Jalopnik.com
2004 Nomad Concept photo from Automotive.com
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on November 12, 2006

If you’ve been thinking about getting behind the wheel of a Corvette, there is no better place to start looking than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our November Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available.

1958 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1978 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1958 Convertible
$59,995
1966 Coupe
$98,000
1978 Pace Car
$22,900
 
1996 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2004 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2007 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1996 Coupe
$19,900
2004 Z06
$38,950
2007 Coupe
$43,985
Interested in receiving the Featured Corvettes newsletter? Click here to subscribe. 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.
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Racing Fans – Buy Your Own Corvette C6.R Racecar

by Keith Cornett on November 10, 2006

Corvette C6.R - Number 001 GM’s first ever C6 Corvette race car, the Corvette C6.R (chassis number C6.R-001) is up for grabs if you got the cash. The Racing version of the Corvette is being sold by current owner Mike Hezemans of GLPK Carsport – a European Race Team. This Corvette was raced under the GM Corvette racing banner in 2005 winning the ALMS Championship (actually we don’t know if this is the #3 or #4 Corvette) and at the end of the racing season was sold to GLPK Carport where Hezemans raced the car for the 2006 season in Belgium’s BelCar Championship. So how much to own a piece of Corvette racing history? Roughly $760,000 USD. The car will be delivered in ready to race condition. For details, get a translator and visit Hezemans.nl Source: Winding Road
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SuperVette Test Mule Spied Again

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2006

SuperVette Test MuleRick Conti has posted a picture of another supervette test mule that was spotted outside Detroit. The engineers at GM finally decided to cover the shoebox hood scoop and duct tape that was viewable on the previous photos with a black camo cover that covers the entire hood. The photographer was not a professional, but just an enthusiast that saw the Corvette and was able to snap a photo. His comments are below:

I took this photo a couple of days ago in Detroit –it was parked not too far from a group of guys I saw talking and doing some work on a laptop inside a Tahoe (with a “Manufacturers” plate on it!).
Another Corvette enthusiast without a camera also spotted a supervette test mule outside a shopping mall in Troy, Michigan. Here are his comments:
Last Sunday I saw the next (to be announce) Super Vette in Troy Michigan near the Somerset Collection (upscale mall). At first I just saw the rear quarter from a distance and I thought someone had trashed a Z06. Once he turned the corner I could see that it was the new Super Vette. It appeared to be a white Z06 with polished stock wheels, but… it had the typical black vinyl camo on the rear quarters, entire rear bumper, front fenders and the HOOD! The Hood has a bubble that appeared 6″ tall, but I know the 2″ raised C5 & C6hoods always appear much higher so realistically probably a 3-4″ raise. The entire hood was under drapped black camo. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures but I did immediately call my inside source to confirm its being driven on the street, which it has been for at least a week now….
Hopefully, this on-the-street testing will continue and more photos will be shared. And if anyone comes up with a photo they’d like to share, may I recommend CorvetteBlogger.com? I could make it worth your while!!! Source: CorvetteConti.com Related:
     Supercharged Blue Devil Corvette Spied Again
     First Pics of Blue Devil Corvette
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Corvette Wins AutoWeek Readers Choice Award

by Keith Cornett on November 7, 2006

2007 Z06 CorvetteIt seems fitting to post this story on the day America goes to the polls. Claiming to have one of most knowledgeable subscriber bases in the crowded automotive magazine category, and backing up that claim with a study by J.D.Power and Associates, AutoWeek Magazine’s readers know their cars and trucks. Since the average AutoWeek subscriber owns 6.6 cars, you know they’ve got a lot to say on the subject of ranking their favorite cars, trucks and SUV’s. So AutoWeek asked their subscribers as well as those that visited AutoWeek.com for their favorites. After 6 weeks of voting, the results have been tallied and no recount is expected nor needed. The people have spoken: The Best Sports Car – Chevrolet Corvette:

There is nothing more evocative of enthusiast lust than a sports car. It is central to our existence. Without it, there is no mantra, no focus. A sports car represents liberation but also membership in a fraternity of passion. A sports car is life, and for the majority of us, life begins with the Chevrolet Corvette.
Other cars and trucks winning their categories are: Best Exotic — Bugatti Veyron
Best Luxury Car — Audi A8L
Best Coupe/Convertible — BMW 6 Series
Best Sedan — BMW 3 Series
Best People Mover/SUV — Honda Odyssey
Best Truck — Ford F-Series
Best Economy Car — Audi A3
Best First New Car — Honda Civic Source: AutoWeek.com
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Supercharged Blue Devil Corvette Spied Again

by Keith Cornett on November 6, 2006

Just a few weeks after pictures of the Blue Devil/SS/Sting Ray were first taken, another test mule was spied just outside of Ann Arbor heading for EPA testing. The monster hood scoop most likely contains the supercharged 6.2 liter V8, with horsepower output expected in the 650 range. The engine will be hand assembled side by side with the 7.0 liter LS7 Z06 engine at the GM Performance Center with production expected in the 1500-2000 range.

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Source: AutoWeek.com
Photos by George Kachadoorian
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October 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on November 6, 2006

GM’s October 2006 Sales Report has been released and Corvette sales dipped 3.7% in Year to Year monthly sales. 2,761 Corvettes were delivered in October 2006 vs 2,981 in October 2005. Calendar Year-to-Date sales are still stong but have also declined slighlty over last month with a 17.7% gain of 30,664 Corvettes delivered in 2006 vs 26,061 in 2005. Last month a total of 3,056 Corvettes were sold vs the 2,761 Corvettes moved in October 2006. There were 25 selling days for the October 2006 period vs 26 selling days in October 2005. Source: GM
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