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Man Flips Corvette Pulling Out Of Driveway

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2006

Corvette FlipI really don’t know what to make of this accident, and unfortunately, the local news media was more concerned with getting some cool video of the overturned Vette than they were with asking “How did this happen?” and “Are you a moron for leaving your driveway at 90 MPH!” Anyway, the story is that a Peabody, Massachusetts man flipped his Corvette while trying to pull the vehicle out of his driveway on Saturday morning. The car came to rest against a neighbors house, wedged between the house and a tree on the front lawn. The driver’s arm was pinned under the car, but he only suffered minor injuries. You can view a news account (I’m being liberal with the term news as it only shows video of the Corvette upside down) from Boston’s WHDH-TV.
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Stolen Corvette Now Restored, Ready for New Life

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2006

Remember Alan Poster? His 1968 Corvette had been stolen in early 1969 and it was 37 years later in January 2006 that authorities found it at the Long Beach port in California during a routine customs check. Not much is known as to what happened to the Corvette over the last three decades, and during that time it was repainted Silver and the blue interior changed to red. As the recovery of the Corvette created a stir among the auto enthusiast community, CorvetteAmerica.com donated $15,000 in parts and restoration shop California Classics did the work to return the 1968 Convertible back to its original configuration. Last weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show, Alan reintroduced the Corvette to enthusiasts and media, and has dubbed the newly restored classic “Reunion Blues”. He plans to use his Corvette’s “celebrity status” to promote worthy causes.

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Photos: Dave Scavone for CorvetteAmerica.com
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Corvette Gets The Axe

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2006

PRS GuitarsThe headline Autoblog.com used to for this story was just too sweet to pass up. As they said, now that we have your attention… Back in 2005, PRS Guitars joined forces with CorvetteRacing.com. The PRS name appeared on the new C6.R racecar during the 2005 race season, and PRS would craft a custom designed Corvette Z06 guitar. The guitars became available last year. But like many things in the blogosphere, old news can become new again, and so here we are talking about the PRS Corvette Standard 22. From the PRS Guitar Website:

The new Z06 Corvette is based on the C6 which came to market as an ’05model. The Z06 is loaded with a modern small block 427 cubic inch engine which is rated at 500 rear wheel horsepower giving the car an awesome combination of power and luxury. The Corvette Standard 22 is available in the same six colors that will be offered on the 2006 Z06. The guitar is also offered with two inlay configurations, 427 logo on the fretboard and an optional Z06 logo inlaid on the fretboard. The trademark crossed flags and clear control knobs on the body round out the theme. The guitars should start shipping slightly ahead of their automotive counterparts.
The guitars are available in Corvette colors including Black, Daytona Sunset Orange, Le Mans Blue, Machine Silver, Velocity Yellow and Victory Red. Retail price is $4,700. Source: Paul Reed Smith Guitars via Autoblog.com
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New Chevy Commercial Touts Corvettes HWY MPG

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2006

A new commercial from Chevrolet focuses on the highway fuel economy of its passenger vehicles. This particular spot aired earlier this week on ESPN’s SportCenter. The commercial starts with how Chevrolet is a car company that helps it customers get more from their cars, including gas mileage. 9 out of 10 Chevrolet passenger cars get an EPA estimated 30 highway miles per gallon or better is the claim. The new Corvette Z06 is shown with the voiceover saying “Here’s one that doesn’t…but it still gets 26 MPG highway”. “Chevy…We’re taking a full tank further” is how it ends. A very well-done commercial. See the clip below:

It is great to see Chevrolet use the Corvette in its commercials in an active way, as opposed to just showing a picture of it on a car transport. With its Halo status and the fact that it is one of Chevy’s moneymakers, the company needs to find more avenues for linking its line of cars to the heritage of the Corvette.
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Corvettes at Carlisle Show This Weekend

by Keith Cornett on August 25, 2006

One of the largest gatherings of Corvettes in the US takes place this weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show in Carlisle, PA. The three day show at the 82 acre fairgrounds in Carlisle brings together more than 5,000 Corvettes, including over 2,500 Corvettes in the show field alone. The show was founded by the late Chip Miller, a Corvette Hall of Famer, 25 years ago. At noon, Corvette owners will rev their Corvettes for 20 seconds, followed by a moment of silence in tribute of Chip. Highlights of the show will include a gathering of the 1996 Grand Sport Corvettes, celebrating their 10th year reunion, a 50th reunion for 1956 Corvettes and a special area designated to Z06 Corvettes. Tom Wallace and his team of Corvette engineers will be on hand. This is Tom’s first visit to Carlisle. Thousands of Corvettes also participate in the parade that leaves from the fairgrounds and makes it way through downtown Carlisle. If you are anywhere near Pennsylvania and the surrounding area, this Corvette show is a must. Admission is $12 for adults and parking for Corvettes is $10. CorvetteBlogger.com will bring you the results from the Mecum Auction when they are available. Source: Corvettes at Carlisle
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CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on August 24, 2006

Our Corvette blog was launched in early August, but it was August 22nd that we went to GoDaddy.com and registered our domains VetteBlogger.com and CorvetteBlogger.com. In the year that we’ve been actively covering the Corvette sales news and lifestyle perspective, we’ve come to the conclusion that: 1. Blogging about Corvettes is nearly as fun a driving them.
2. Finishing a post is like the end of a good cruise: I feel good about the accomplishment but am a little beat up from the ride.
3. There is ton a Corvette news available, you just got to know where to look. If that fails, write from the heart.
4. We know we have traffic, but still wonder if anyone cares? Do you?
5. We still don’t know what to call the new supervette: Blue Devil, Sting Ray or Z07 Corvette has the most loyal enthusiast base of any car I can even think of comparing it to, and with such a following, it has developed into its own industry. We have Corvette magazines (5 at last count), national and local clubs, a television show and thousands of websites, all vying for your attention. So we know that you can go many places to get your fix for the fever. We are glad to be part of the community and hope that the work we do here educates you about current Corvette pricing market trends, informs your need for knowledge with our roundup of Corvette news, or simply entertains you. Thanks again for your support and throw me a Corvette wave when we pass each other on the road. Keith Cornett
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2007 Corvette Last Year for Le Mans Blue?

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2006

CorvetteConti.com has two sources that have said the current 2007 model year will be the last for Le Mans Blue and that another shade of blue resurrected from the early 70′s Corvettes will be made available in its place. The new color is Mulsanne Blue, which graced Corvettes in 1970-71. How close the new shade will be compared to the classic C3 color still remains a mystery although one of Conti’s sources said that he has seen it on a Corvette. Comments on the DC forum mention how much the new color resembles Nassau Blue and the general consensus is that it is too light. It’s not like Le Mans Blue is a widely popular color. Last year, it was third to last in total production with 10.2% of Corvettes painted Le Mans Blue, beating only Daytona Sunset Orange and Artic White. Here is the 1970 Mulsanne Blue Corvette Convertible next to a Le Mans Blue 2006 Z06.

Mulsanne Blue Le Mans Blue
Mulsanne Blue Le Mans Blue
Conti has also dropped a hint that another dark gray may be in the works, darker than the Spiral Gray of C5 Corvettes. We’ll stay tuned! Source: DigitalCorvettes.com
Photos: CorvetteImages.com
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Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2 at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2006

#3 Corvette C6.RELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 20, 2006 – Savvy driving, smart race strategy and spot-on execution propelled Corvette Racing to a 1-2 finish today in the GT1 class in the American Le Mans Series Generac 500 at Road America. Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell scored a popular victory in their No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R with a one-lap margin over the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Today’s win was the 25th career ALMS victory for both O’Connell and Fellows. The pair broke a yearlong drought with their first ALMS win since July 2005 and their first victory at Road America. “I first raced here since 1986, and I’ve had more second place finishes than they have bratwursts,” O’Connell laughed. “It’s been a long time for us, and it’s great to be back on the top step of the podium. Since our last win together, there have been many races that could have gone our way but didn’t. We had a beautiful race car today and a lot of good competition.” Fellows agreed: “It was great fun,” said the Canadian ace. “I hated to get out of the car; the longer we ran, the better it got. We’ve been in position to win and then got unlucky with track position and cautions. This time a caution went our way. The guys never gave up, and Johnny did a fantastic job as always.” The race was essentially decided at 2 hours and 16 minutes when the third full-course caution period of the race began. The two Corvettes had adopted different pit strategies, with the No. 3 car making its second pit stop at 1:12 and the No. 4 pitting at 1:41. When the pace car came out for the final caution, the No. 3 Corvette C6.R had a one-lap lead on its sister car and the No. 007 Aston Martin. O’Connell then pitted under caution and completed his run to the checkered flag in the final half-hour without pressure. Beretta conserved fuel and ran his final one-hour, three-minute stint without a stop. “When the No. 009 Aston Martin went into a gravel trap early, we were essentially in a situation with two cars versus one,” explained Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We had an opportunity to put our cars on different strategies in case there was an inopportune yellow flag or one car got caught behind the pace car. We covered our bets, and it worked out well for us today. “I suggested after qualifying that this race would depend on good strategy, smart driving, great pit stops and perfect execution,” Fehan noted. “That’s about the way it turned out.” “The engineers did a great job with the strategy, and with the luck of the caution it could have gone either way for either car,” said team manager Gary Pratt. “We don’t care which car wins as long as it’s a 1-2 Corvette finish. The Astons fought hard, and it was tough for us here with the extra weight our cars are carrying. Our tires held up perfectly, the engines ran flawlessly, and all of the drivers did a fantastic job.” Defending GT1 champions Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta continue to lead the standings with 122 points. Fellows and O’Connell are second with 110 points, and Aston Martin drivers Tomas Enge and Darren Turner are third with 107. “At the end of the day a Corvette won,” said Beretta. “It’s good for the No. 3 car to get their first victory of the year. We are all family; we always want to win, that is what fuels competition, but I am happy for them. It’s important that the Corvettes finished first and second considering the performance handicaps we have.” “It was messy at the start with cars everywhere, but then it settled into a game of cat and mouse with the Astons because they were very fast on the straights and we’re better in the braking zones and through the corners,” Gavin reported. “It seemed that their drivers were struggling with the balance a bit, so we were sitting and waiting. I had a really good battle with Darren Turner, and sneaked through on the inside of Turn 14.” Corvette Racing’s next event is the Labour Day Weekend Grand Prix of Mosport at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 3. The eighth round of the 10-race ALMS series will be televised live on the SPEED Channel starting at 3 p.m. EDT. Source: GMRacingNews.com via MotorSport.com. Photo: Juha Lievonen
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Carlisle Auction Preview: 1966 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2006

1966 CorvetteCorvettes at Carlisle and the Mecum auction will be the center of the Corvette universe for the next 7 days. This auction is traditionally one of the largest Corvette auctions of the year. Last week, we featured a Triple Black 1969 Convertible. Our second featured Corvette that’s available at the Carlisle Auction is this beautiful Milano Maroon 1966 Corvette: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Lot #S65 Same owner for 32 years, has owner history. Original/Numbers Matching, Restoration completed in June 2006, all receipts. New paint, carpet, interior, 90% all original. 327/350 HP original (Block 38581747) L-79 FT227HT 112715. Style 66 467, trim st, body A-3834, paint 988 Milano Maroon. Original Muncie 4 speed, close ratio, M-21, 3:70 posi rear (AO), alternator (110069). Original 2 ½” cast factory headers, brand new factory original Holley Carb (3367A), Original factory teakwood steering wheel, AM-FM working original radio with power antenna. Factory side exhaust, gold line tires, Original factory hubcaps, New soft top. 57,947 Miles. Original jack and spare tire and original Owners Manual. Again, it is our second feature Corvette to not have a big block, but this Corvette is a great entry car for the new collector or someone wanting a turnkey midyear. Fully documented, longtime ownership and an optional motor all work in favor of this classic. We place an expected range of this Corvette to be a good buy between $48,000 and $55,000. One year appreciation levels for the 66 Convertible are running just under 5%. The Mecum auction at Corvettes of Carlisle runs August 25-26th in Carlisle, PA. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Meet The New Chief Engineer of Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 18, 2006

Chief Corvette Engineer Last month, Corvette’s Chief Engineer baton passed yet again, the second time in seven months, to Tadge Juechter. Tadge had been Assistant Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Corvette since 2001 and has played a key role in the successful development and launch of the C6 Corvette and the Z06. Tadge will work directly under Tom Wallace, who remains the Vehicle Line Engineer and has responsibilities for the Corvette, Solstice, Sky and Cadillac XLR. The official announcement was made July 19, 2006, but as of July 1st, Tadge Juechter is the 5th Corvette Chief Engineer. The first Corvette Engineer was Zora Arkus Duntov, followed by David McLellan, David Hill, and Tom Wallace. Tadge’s remarks to the employees at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant: “Being named chief engineer is a huge honor for me and a responsibility I take very seriously. I have really enjoyed working with all the folks in Bowling Green. I consider myself a true partner with everyone in the plant, and I look forward to continuing that partnership. I feel like I am a member of the team at Bowling Green, and that’s not going to change. Tom Wallace and I will be working very hard to keep Corvette moving forward at great speed.” In addition to Corvette, Tadge’s Chief Engineer duties include the Cadillac XLR, also produced at the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Source: CorvetteActionCenter.com
Photo: Monterey Corvette Club
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