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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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20 Truths of Corvette Ownership

by Keith Cornett on August 17, 2006

CorvetteForum.com member “Tire Guy” recently purchased a Daytona Sunset Orange Metallic Corvette and has the “fever” very bad. He recently wrote the following forum post: 20 Truths of Vette Ownership after One Month 1. It makes me smile just thinking about it in the garage.
2. I hate my daily driver company vehicle, Ford F-150, didn’t before.
3. When I get bummed about the roof I just go sit in the car, no more bummed.
4. I park a long way out from the front door of the store, not only to protect it but to look at it while walking out to it.
5. The power it has makes me cautious and reckless both.
6. Really makes me nervous when the wife decides she wants to take it to work.
7. It doesn’t bother me when the wife and kids say I am obsessed with it.
8. The car cover I hate because I can’t see the car when I walk through the garage. But I still use it everyday.
9. It is amazing how many errands I am willing to do just to drive it. Makes me mad when I have to take the truck, like to the hardware store.
10. It makes a terrific grocery getter.
11. It is NEVER clean enough.
12. Every little piss-ant Honda or Pontiac must delight in blowing past me while I stay close to the speed limit.
13. I spend way too much time in the left hand lane looking for other Vettes to wave to.
14. I have banned all bikes and skateboards from the garage.
15. I spend too much time on this forum. But it has been worth every minute.
16. I love the GY SuperCar tires, I hate the GY SuperCar tires.
17. It bothers me when I see another DSOM in my small town. I don’t know why, it just does.
18. I want to tell everyone I know that I have it, even strangers.
19. I haven’t told anybody at work that I bought it, don’t want them to know I HAD that kind of money to spend on a car.
20. I NEVER GET TO DRIVE IT ENOUGH! The funny thing about Corvettes is how much effect they can have on us. My ’66 Corvette is now 40 years old and most of these same points that Tire Guy made about his 2006 is exactly how I feel about my 1966. My last point worth mentioning is that Tire Guy feels this way after only one month while I’ve had the same “fever” since 1993, when the ’66 Corvette officially moved to Florida with me. Corvette Fever doesn’t get any better with age, and if it did, well, that would kind of suck… Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Vette Magazine Needs a Writer. Interested?

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2006

Vette Magazine's BenefitsI found this “want ad” posted at CorvetteForum.com and thought what a cool job that would be. While not interested in a full-time gig for myself (maybe freelance, baby!), the benefits are intriguing (the Z06, not the chicks). I thought I would pass this along in case there are any other aspiring Corvette writers in Tampa that might be interested. Associate Editor Wanted Primedia is seeking an associate editor to work on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac magazines. The successful candidate will have at least two years’ writing experience, general automotive knowledge (specific knowledge of GM performance vehicles preferred), and an associate’s degree in a related field (bachelor’s preferred). Photography skills are a plus but not required. The ability to work independently with a minimal degree of supervision is paramount. Job duties include developing feature and technical articles, coordinating and writing magazine departments, editing copy, and performing various other tasks as directed by the magazines’ editors. Some travel is involved. The position is based out of Primedia’s Tampa, FL editorial office. Compensation depends on qualifications and includes a full benefits package. To be considered, please submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample(s) to vette@primedia.com, using “Associate Editor” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. For more information on VETTE and High-Performance Pontiac, please visit www.vetteweb.com and www.highperformancepontiac.com. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Carlisle Auction Preview: 1969 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on August 14, 2006

1969 CorvetteWe may be a bit premature in talking about Corvettes at Carlisle and the Mecum auction held that same weekend as the events are still two weeks away. But we just can’t resist a good old fashion Corvette auction. We are a bit disappointed/concerned/shocked to see that the current auction list is only two pages long – totaling just over 50 Corvettes. We’re hoping to see more Corvettes added soon to this very important and historically well-attended auction. Turning our attention to the current list, we see several gems that can’t be overlooked. We now bring you the first in a series of featured Corvettes available at Corvettes of Carlisle August 25-26th in Carlisle, PA: 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible – Lot # S39 Triple Black! Tuxedo Black exterior, Black Leather Interior and Black canvas convertible top. 4 speed, side exhaust, hard top, AM/FM radio, tinted glass, leather trim, redline tires, positraction and fender trim. This Corvette is powered by the 350 ci/300 hp base engine and with a frame off restoration has loads of curb appeal. Auctions aren’t just for big blocks and the 1969′s are quickly becoming the new highly sought-after classic. This could be a good opportunity to get in at a very reasonable price. Our appreciation figures for the 1969 Convertible are an impressive 8% year to year growth. Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Corvette Power Video

by Keith Cornett on August 13, 2006

We’ve featured some of the Corvette montage video work previously by director C6Q8 and his latest one doesn’t disappoint. Featuring burnouts, drag racing and cruise footage from mostly late model Corvettes (C4-C6) and the editing and music are top-notch. This is Part 1 of his trilogy entitled Power, Passion, Precision. Check it out.

Source: C6Q8′s Corvette Fan Film Website

Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on August 11, 2006

The dog days of August are upon us and nothing will cool you down faster than cruising in your new Corvette. If you’ve been dreaming 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 August Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available.

1958 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1974 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1993 Corvette Convertible For Sale
1958 Convertible
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1974 Convertible
$25,600
1993 Convertible
$24,000
 
2002 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2004 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2006 Corvette Coupe For Sale
2002 Coupe
$29,749
2004 Z06
$38,500
2006 Coupe
$45,995
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Corvette Ranks 2nd in JD Power Dependability Survey

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2006

In their latest survey, JD Power measures problems experienced by original owners of three year old vehicles (2003 model year). Corvette was listed in 2nd place in the Premium Sporty Car segment. The Lexus SC 430 was the highest-ranked car and the now discontinued Ford Thunderbird was third. Corvette is the only passenger car from Chevrolet to show up in the top three of their respective category. The Suburban (SUV) and Express (Van) each were listed in the top three of their categories. The 2003 model year was the second to last year of the C5 generation. It will be interesting to view the long-term results of dependability for the new C6 Corvettes. Click here for Complete Survey Results
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