We wish we could say no Corvettes were harmed in the making of this rat rod but this does appear to be another case of when customizing goes too far. For sale on eBay is a 1977 Corvette with the front end from 1939 Plymouth pickup. I remember seeing this Corvette a year or two ago on Jalopnik and the reaction I had then of being horrified while at the same time impressed with the time and workmanship that went into creating such a beast returned. This custom rat rod is back on eBay and now you have the opportunity to own this unique mashup of American performance and down-on-the-farm ingenuity.
Article contributed by Steve Burns
As the 2011 Corvette shopping season starts to wind down, Mecum Auctions rolls into St. Charles, IL this weekend for their end of summer sale. The four day event will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort about an hour west of Chicago starting Thursday September 15th and running through Sunday September 18th. You can watch all the action live on Mecum’s website or check out 14 hours of coverage on Discovery HD Theater. Click past the jump to see some of the Corvettes available this weekend.
Strategy and Speed to Determine Success in Six-Hour Endurance Race
MONTEREY, Calif., Sept. 13, 2011 – The 2011 season has been a roller coaster year for Corvette Racing, with both victory celebrations and bitter disappointments. Saturday’s six-hour ModSpace American Le Mans Series Monterey, the penultimate round of the ALMS championship, will be contested on a track reflects this harsh reality of top-level motorsports competition, a circuit with enough ups and downs to qualify as America’s fastest amusement park ride.
When Motor Trend had the 2012 Corvette Z06 Centennial Edition in their garage a month ago, not only did they test the car against last year’s Z06, but they also put it up against 10 other sports cars in a comparison test Motor Trend calls the “Best Driver’s car”. These big time productions rarely produce anything more than bragging rights in the comments section and a steady supply of cool automotive videos. Normally I would jump right in and start dissecting the results, but after seeing the Corvette’s ranking and who these wizards of smart voted a better driver’s car than the Z06, I think I might just go ahead and skip to the cool videos.
It’s that time of the season where the fans of the American Le Mans Series vote to honor the person or group that makes the biggest impact in the ALMS and sports car racing. Naturally, the fan base of Corvette Racing has once again nominated the team for the “From the Fans” award so let’s get behind them and put Corvette Racing in the winner’s circle!
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Last month, IntelliChoice released their first annual mid-year Cost of Ownership analysis and the cars and trucks that score high in the cost of ownership surveys are known as “Best Bets”. Unlike its annual Best Overall Value of the Year analysis, the Best Bets are vehicles from the new model year that demonstrate the highest potential for achieving outstanding value over time. Chevrolet had three vehicles rank as “Best Bets” for the 2012 model year including the Chevrolet Corvette.
Betty Skelton, the former acrobatic pilot and Corvette test driver who was known as the “fastest woman on Earth” died Wednesday August 31 at the age of 85. For her contributions to Corvette which included roles as a test driver, car show technical narrator and one of the founders of Corvette News (which later became Corvette Quarterly), Betty was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame in 2001.
I caught this article on Jalopnik this afternoon about the fires in Texas destroying a huge car collection. John Chapman and his family are okay after one of the Texas wildfires ravaged his property in Bastrop. His house got singed by the flames but came though okay. Unfortunately, the fire burned his collection of 175 classic and vintage cars including a dozen Corvettes.