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.
Former Corvette Racing Driver and all-around Mr. Nice Guy Ron Fellows was inducted into the Corvette Hall of Fame for his contributions to the hobby. Ron and his family were at the National Corvette Museum’s 17th Annual Labor Day celebration last weekend for the induction ceremony and little did he know that a special Corvette was waiting for him as well.
One of the benefits of the American Le Mans Series new television deal with ESPN is the ability to watch previous races and qualifying sessions from the ALMS video archive. Having missed Friday’s live ESPN3 feed, I pulled up a replay of the practice/qualifying session for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix and came across a couple of segments worth sharing.
The monthly sales figures were released by General Motors last week and Corvette sales dipped to its lowest number in seven months. In August, there were 936 Corvettes sold, a decline of -17.5% over the 1,135 Corvettes sold during the same month in 2010. For the year, Corvette sales continue to run 5% ahead of 2010 with a total of 9,123 Corvettes sold during the 2011 calendar year.
The Bowling Green Assembly Plant celebrated its 30th anniversary of producing America’s favorite sports car, the Chevrolet Corvette. Workers wearing red shirts gathered outside the facility and formed a giant bowtie for a commemorative photo. Here’s a news report from Bowling Green’s WBKO-TV about the anniversary and we hear from Plant Manager Dave Tatman who voiced his appreciation for the support the plant receives from the surrounding communities.
Article and Photos contributed by Steve Burns
I was finally able to make it to Carlisle’s downtown parade for the first time last weekend. I’m little bit embarrassed to admit that in my 5 previous trips to Carlisle that it wasn’t really on my radar screen of must-attend events. Now I’m trying to find a functional flux capacitor and a DeLorean so I can go back in time and catch up on the parades I’ve missed.
The inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix lived up to expectations as tight corners and limited passing opportunities turned the streets into a gunfight. Things were real interesting from the start as Corvettes battled BMW, Porsche and Ferrari in the shadows of Camden Yard and the USS Constitution moored in Baltimore’s Harbor. Would Saturday’s result help Corvette Racing close the gap as they fight for the manufacturers and drivers championships? See the official release from Corvette Racing after the jump.
In our latest edition of Corvette Vanity Plates, we walked row after row of parked Corvettes at Corvettes at Carlisle to bring you some of the best custom plates we’ve seen yet. After photographing hundreds of Corvette vanity plates over the last year, I’ve come to the conclusion that Corvette owners with custom vanity plates fall into one of two camps. The first are those with plates that describe the car, like “ZRRR-1” and “505HP Z06” and then there are those that express the owner’s state of mind as in “LIFES GD” and “EZ LIVIN”. Corvette owners have no shortage of creativity which you’ll see on full display after the jump.