Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta scored their sixth GT1 win at Saturday’s Mid-Ohio American LeMans race in Lexington, Ohio. While fortune smiled on the two Ollies, it was an all together different kind of race for the #3 Corvette driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell.
Having to start at the rear of the grid due to failing a stall test following Friday’s qualifying session, the #3 Corvette made up the difference quickly in the first few laps with brilliant driving by O’Connell. After the driver switch Magnussen had closed the gap with the class leading #4 Corvette to just two seconds when contact was made with the #26 LMP2 Acura which spun the Corvette around. Officials gave the LMP2 a stop-and-go penalty but Magnussen lost nearly 20 seconds and effectively ended any chance of beating Gavin and Beretta.
“One of the P2 cars tried to pass me around the outside in the second-to-last corner, but he wasn’t up alongside me,” Magnussen recalled. “Then in the next corner he was on the inside coming up into the little kink onto the front straight, but he was only up on my rear wheel. I didn’t see him, but I felt him when he spun me around.
“We had almost caught up to the other Corvette,” continued the Dane, “and it would have been cool to race them to the finish.”
“The No. 3 Corvette made a great run, but unfortunately had a coming together with the No. 26 prototype that took them out of contention,” noted Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “Otherwise I think we would have seen another great battle. Both cars made it to the finish line in perfect condition, and now we’ll move on to the next race.”
The victory for Gavin and Beretta extends their lead in the GT1 championship to 36 points with five races remaining. Both Corvettes completed 125 laps around the 2.25 mile Mid-Ohio track and finished 11th and 12th overall.
Corvette Racing’s next event is the four-hour Generac 500 at Road America on Saturday, August 11. NBC Sports will televise the race tape-delayed at 2:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 12.
Corvette Racing: GT1 Track Record Crushed in Mid-Ohio Qualifying
[Video] Le Mans: #63 Corvette Running Third in GT1
Saturday morning found me crossing the Gandy Bridge for a drive from Tampa to St. Petersburg for Cars and Coffee, a monthly get-together at the offices of the duPont Registry. The early morning gathering has been a fixture since 2005 but it was only through my new self-help group Corvettes Anonymous that I learned about it.
The meet is put on every third Saturday of the month from 7am to 9am at the duPont Registry, the well-known publication for high-end luxury and sports cars. At this morning’s get together, there was a nice mixture of both new and classic cars with Corvettes making a good showing. However, this isn’t a car show, just a chance to meet other like-minded people and enjoy some hot coffee in the early Florida sun.
Mosly the Corvettes that made a showing were C6′s and C5′s including a couple Z06′s. A nice 1974 was there as well as a ’67 Corvette Coupe. Talking with the owner of the ’67, he said the Corvette had been purchased a couple years ago and he was the 13th owner. Amazingly, the car was mostly original and came with documentation and a box of parts that had been passed from owner to owner. I also met another gentleman named Gary who is in the process of the doing a frame-off on a very special mid-year that will eventually be judged, but I’m not a liberty to discuss it (yet!).
I’d again like to thank Tom from Corvettes Anonymous
for passing along the Cars and Coffee flyer to me. Through donations and contributions from the Steak-out 3 show held last Wednesday, they donated 1,400 pounds of food to the RCS Food Bank. Tom is planning on being at Carlisle so search for the CA booth and make sure you say hi!
Cars and Coffee at the duPont Registry
Corvettes Anonymous…I Have A Problem!
With Johnny O’Connell leading the way in the #3 C6.R, Corvette Racing shattered the GT1 track record at Mid-Ohio during Friday’s 20 minute qualifying session. O’Connell lapped the 2.25 mile course with a time of 1:16.568 (106.164 mph) while Oliver Gavin was close behind with a time of 1:16.635 (106.072 mph). The course record was 1:18.033 set by Gavin back in May 2005. Unfortunately for the #3 Corvette, the car failed the stall test during post-qualifying inspection and will be starting from the rear of the grid.
“Apparently there was a malfunction in the sealing of the airbox, and the engine didn’t stall when IMSA officials tested it after qualifying,” said Corvette Racing team manager Gary Pratt. “Therefore they disallowed the car’s time.”
The Mid-Ohio circuit has had a host of improvements made over the last year making the course a new favorite of the drivers.
“This race track is a lot of fun to drive around,” Gavin added. “The tarmac that’s been down for about a year now is giving good grip, it’s reasonably smooth, and we can attack the corners.”
“They’ve improved the circuit, made the curbs more friendly, and I think every category is running faster,” O’Connell said. “Corvette Racing has also improved the Corvette C6.R and Michelin has improved the tires, so I’d expect us to be quicker than we were in 2005.”
The Acura Sports Car Challenge, the seventh round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 21. CBS Sports will televise the two-hour, 45-minute race tape-delayed at 2 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 22.
Corvette Racing: Johnny O’Connell Video at Lime Rock 2007
Today’s Featured Corvettes for Sale takes us to the land down under to bring you a very special Corvette and then we delve into eBay where a couple more unique cars are available.
1991 Twin Turbo Callaway Corvette
The question begs to be asked. How does a 1991 Twin Turbo Callaway Corvette end up to be for sale in Australia? Perhaps we’ll never know, but the current owner liked the car so much that he built a house around it. 1991 was the last year the Callaway B2K option was offered, and only 62 Corvettes were retrofitted with upgrade, which by the way, added $33,000 to the purchase price. The Twin Turbo B2K Corvette is being offered by Shannonâ€™s of Melbourne, Australia and is priced around $180,000 AD which converts to nearly $160,000 USD.
2000 Callaway C12
And speaking of Callaway, how about the Callaway C12 that is currently available in eBay. The Corvette-based Callaway C12 is Number 17 of 19 produced in 2000. Featuring a 6.2 liter 480 hp Supernatural engine, and unique styling both inside and out, the Callaway C12′s original MSRP was $222,170, but this preowned model with just 1,849 miles is available for $149,000. Oh, and for that price, the matching Schedoni fitted luggage is included. Offered by RUF Auto Centre in Dallas, Texas.
1969 L89 Corvette Project Car
While it seems that we’ve focused on the 1969 Corvette this week, we came across this project Corvette quite by accident. Also being offered on eBay, but only until the auction ends later tonight, is this big block billed as a real deal 1969 L89 Corvette. Only 390 Corvettes were offered with this option back in ’69, which is essentially an L71 427 ci 435 hp engine with aluminum cylinder heads. Pictures of the casting numbers on the engines appear to be correct but an on-premises inspection should be conducted on any Corvette before taking possession. The engine is out of the car and has been rebuilt, but the body still needs attention. Current bid is $17,101 and has yet to break the reserve.
2000 Corvette Coupe – SEMA Show Car
This 2000 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe is a two-time SEMA Car, having appeared at the Sin City show in both 2005 and 2006, which more than explains the bling. The coupe features a Wide Body kit, vented hood, C6 headlights, racing spoiler, custom paint and more. The Corvette has served as a company show car for ARK Exhaust and so it also features an ARK stainless exhaust system with an X flow pipe. As an added benefit the vinyl graphics on the car can be removed. The Corvette has 61K miles and has a current bid of $25,000 with no reserve. And lest there be any doubters of this Corvettes SEMA pedigree, click the photo for a close-up of the hood ornaments.
Do you have a Corvette for sale that you think would be worthy of being featured? Drop me an email and let me know where we can find out more about it. And stay tuned for next week’s Friday’s Featured Corvettes.
Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale (07/13/07)
Troy Roberts has announced the sale of CorvetteForum.com to Internet Brands. The notice showed up today on the front page of the forum and links to an official announcement created this afternoon. Internet Brands runs several car related websites including CarsDirect.com and Autos.com as well as develops the vBulletin forum software that powers the forum. Other forums announced in the acquisistion include LS1Tech, AudiWorld.com and MustangForum.com. According to the post by Roberts, the plan will be for the Corvette Forum to remain as a stand alone site, and additions in content and features will be coming soon.
The Forum was founded in early 1999 and is widely regarded as the largest in our niche with over 110,000 members. Our classified ads website VetteFinders.com has been a sponsor of the site since 2001.
CorvetteForum.com recently made the leap to new, faster servers provided by Internet Brands. According to the FAQ of the sale, Internet Brands will be providing infrastructure and technology resources for the site.
CorvetteForum.com via Alarm:Clock
Source Interlink Buys Publisher of Corvette Fever for $1.2 Billion
You know it, we know it and now the readers of AskMen.com know it. When putting together their list of the Top 10 American Inventions, the first uniquely American Sports Car made the cut. The Top 10 list is made up of what the editors call American inventions that impacted the culture so much so that they’ve become synonymous with the character of the nation. I’ll buy into that premise. Besides, where else could I combine three of my favorite all-American inventions: The Corvette (#10), Bourbon Whiskey (#9) and the Colt .45 (#8). Whoo Hoo!!!
About the inclusion of the Corvette at number 10, AskMen.com says:
The sports car brings to mind many things, such as speed, freedom, sex, and the open road. And since the first Corvette rolled out of the Chevrolet factory in 1953, it has been all of those things and more to generations of Americans. Itâ€™s the great American sports car for everyone, from teenage boys dreaming about one day owning one to middle-aged men who make their teenage dreams come true and finally have the privilege of storing one in their garage.
The Corvette is the first sports car built by an American car manufacturer. After six generations, itâ€™s been made into coupes, hatchbacks, and convertibles, and branded as roadsters, Grand Sports, Sting Rays, Z06s, and more.
The Corvette found a place in pop music when Prince released “Little Red Corvette” in 1983, and in 2001 Chevrolet responded, sort of. Specifically, they featured a red 1963 Corvette Sting Ray on a number of billboards with the caption, They donâ€™t write songs about Volvos.
Visit AskMen.com to see the entire Top 10 List of All-American Inventions
Three Corvettes Make Top Gearâ€™s 100 Sexiest Cars List
Since it is 1969 Corvette week at CorvetteBlogger.com, what a better way to display your models and other Corvette paraphernalia than on a replica three dimensional shelf. The shelf measures 20″W x 8″H and 6Â½”D and features an authentic reproduction of a ’69 Vette grille, headlights and finish.
Click here for details: WhatOnEarth.com
Last week we brought you the Chevy V8 Bar-B-Que Grill, the ultimate mod for the outdoor gearhead chef. Well today, we bring out your inner geek with the V8 computer case mod. Take a couple of computer cases and strap them together in a V configuration, add some valve covers, an 8-pack and a Corvette emblem (another 1969 Corvette reference, btw) and presto, you got the fastest looking computer on the block. Love the ignition key!
From our friends at Gizmodo.com
Flickr Photo of the Day: Corvettes ‘N Clouds
Corvette Values: 1969 Corvette Convertible
Last week we shared the dyno numbers from an LG Motorsports test of an automatic 2008 Corvette. This week, Corvette tuner MTI puts another LS3 2008 Corvette to the test and the numbers we see are even higher. MTI’s test vehicle is a bone stock 6-speed manual 2008 Corvette with the Z51 package and new NPP Dual Mode Exhaust. Only 6 miles were on the odometer at the time of the test.
According to Zach@MTI, the Corvette made an additional 50 rear wheel horsepower over the last 2007 stock model tested. Results for the 2008 Corvette finished with a Max Rear Wheel Horsepower of 395.3 and Max Torque was 384.5. LG Motorsports test of their Automatic 2008 was 370.8 Rear Wheel HP and 363.8 Max Torque.
Unfortunately, all these dyno tests on the new LS3 Corvettes are having an unintended consequence for 2007 Corvette owners, many of whom now seem to be experiencing buyer’s remorse.
LG Motorsports Dynos the LS3 2008 Corvette
My name is Keith Cornett and I have a problem. My addiction began long ago but it has now grown to the point that it is all I think about. I’ve tried getting help but so far nothing has work. I have subscriptions to multiple “self-help” magazines and have joined several online support forums where those with a similar addiction can meet, swap stories and generally not feel out of place in our society.
Symptoms of my addiction include “the fever”, a twitch in my right foot and a constant sound in my ears that can only be described as a roar.
Recently a friend told me about Corvettes Anonymous. Another support group I moaned. What can they offer that no else has in the past? Well, there are the informal meetings and get-togethers, and they teach you to embrace your problem, not hide in the shadows.
So I read up about Corvettes Anonymous and I liked what I saw.
Corvettes Anonymous is a group of like minded individuals from varying backgrounds and club affiliations who get together and have fun. What could be better than that. Best of all, several events are planned each year with the goal of raising money for a Florida food bank and an Alzheimer’s care-giver support service.
In fact this Wednesday evening is one of their larger events called Steak-Out 3, a Corvette show held from 6-9pm at a Steak-N-Shake restaurant in Clearwater Florida. Steak-Out 3 features a Best of Show award, a 50/50 Raffle, plus Goodie Bags and a Silent Auction. If you are in the area, check it out as all the proceeds go to the RCS Food Bank.
So back to Corvettes Anonymous. The long and short is I joined the group, have admitted that I have a problem, and am now seeking treatment via their online couch. The good news is if you afflicted with the same addiction for Corvettes, you can get help too. Just visit CorvettesAnonymous.com and say “My name is ___________ and I have a problem.”
Corvette Cruise: The 5 Bridges Run
From the Flickr Corvette Pool:
1969 Corvette Options and Facts
There were 38,762 Corvettes produced in 1969. Production was split between 22,129 Coupes and 16,633 Convertibles. Base price for the Coupe was $4,781.00 while the Convertible model was priced slightly less at $4,438.00
6 different engine options available:
350 ci 300 hp
350 ci 350 hp (L46)
427 ci 390 hp (L36)
427 ci 400 hp (L68)
427 ci 430 hp (L88)
427 ci 435 hp (L71)
10 Exterior Colors Available:
8 Interior colors were offered
No quantitiy records for exterior colors available for 1969 model year
How to Spot a 1969 Corvette:
The 1969 Corvette was very similar to the 1968 Corvette, the first of the C3 generation. In 1968 and 1969, there were four vents behind the front wheels. Only in 1969 did a Stingray script appear about those vents. Side mount exhaust and trim inside the four vents also differentiated the 1969 model from the 1968 Corvette.
1969 Corvette Highlights:
The Stingray moniker was reintroduced on the 1969 Corvette, however this time it was spelled as one word instead of two. The 1969 Corvette featured the first base engine with a displacement of 350 cubic inches. The steering wheel was reduced in size from 16 inches to 15 inches. A strike caused production of the 1969 Corvette to run an additional four months, through December 1969, which resulted in the largest single year production of Corvettes at that time.
1969 Corvette Values:
The 1969 Corvette has become one of the most popular Corvettes to own in the last few years, so much so that the five year appreciation rate for the Convertible model is an astounding 51% while the Coupe is 46%. Average prices are in the affordable mid $20,000′s and it is not uncommon to see the Big Block collectibles upwards of $80,000.
Corvette Black Book
Corvette Price Guide
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1965 Corvette Coupe
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1959 Corvette