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A Very Busy Week for Corvette Fans

by Keith Cornett on June 11, 2007

This week in June is unique as there are two major events that are going on that will appeal to different parts of the Corvette Enthusiast spectrum. The Bloomington Gold Corvette Show kicks of on June 14th and runs through the 17th at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. Judging for the Survivor class begins at 1:00pm. On Friday, the show will be in full swing with Gold and Benchmark judging underway and of course our favorite event, the Gold Auction begins at 3:00pm. We will have our usual preview of significant or unique Corvettes that we feel are that will be the ones to watch as the week progresses. To follow the events online, visit the Bloomington Gold website. The second major event we are following this week is Corvette Racings defense of their 24 hours of LeMans crown. As you know, the first half of the ALMS season hasn’t been all that exciting due to the lack of a competitor in the GT1 class. But all that changes in France as 15 cars are entered in the GT1 class. The team has one five LeMans championships in the last six years and this week the team may be facing their greatest challenge. Qualifying for the 24 Hours of LeMans is Wednesday and Thursday. The Race kicks off for us in the United States on Saturday morning. As always, we will have updates following the progress of Team Corvette throughout the week. I’d like to also thank Richard Prince of Richard Prince Photography for supplying us with several new photographs that will serve as our header this week. You can see more of Richard’s work at www.rprincephoto.com.
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June 29th is Drive Your Corvette To Work Day

by Keith Cornett on June 10, 2007

Friday, June 29th, is the date of the 7th Annual Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, sponsored by Mid America Motorworks. In honor of Drive Your Corvette To Work Day, enthusiasts across the United States make “America’s Sports Car” their commuter car for the day. Every year, the Friday closest to June 30, Corvettes official birthday, is chosen to observe Drive Your Corvette To Work Day. Mid America Motorworks promotes Drive Your Corvette To Work Day among Corvette owners and clubs. The goal is to have as many Corvette owners as possible drive their car to work that day. Launched in 2001, Mid America Motorworks’ Drive Your Corvette To Work Day is an annual event celebrated by thousands of Corvette owners.

“We understand why many owners consider their Corvette to be a special car and only drive it occasionally,” said Mike Yager, founder and “Chief Cheerleader” of Mid America Motorworks, the world’s leading supplier of Corvette parts and accessories. “But we think driving your Corvette to work, at least one day a year, is an excellent way to demonstrate just how popular Corvettes are. And it is a chance for Corvette owners to meet new Corvette owners.”
Those of us who work in home offices face a special challenge in celebration Drive Your Corvette To Work Day. Do we simply back out of the garage and then pull back in? Drive to one of the launching points and then turn around and drive home? I haven’t quite worked out the logistics of how to celebrate DYCTWD. But for those of you that do, make your plans now. Many larger clubs set up a launching point for members to leave from one central location so if you are in a club, make that inquiry now.
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Shut Up And Drive: My Saturday Corvette Cruise

by Keith Cornett on June 9, 2007

I just haven’t been able to get my 1966 Corvette Roadster out as often as I’d like to lately. Work and family commitments generally limit me to the weekends anyways and the last few weekends have really been busy. But earlier this week, a post over at CorvetteConti.com made sure I got my car on the road this weekend. Rick was writing about the latest batch of Blue Devil/SS Corvette photos that surfaced via Popular Mechanics showing a Velocity Yellow mule when he wrote the following “Not sure who surfs the net more, me or CorvetteBlogger.com” Jokingly, I commented “Come to think about it, I am looking a bit pale.” But that statement made me realize I needed to get out this weekend. My late Saturday afternoon drive took me down one of my favorite drives when pressed for time: Tampa’s Bayshore Blvd to the Marina at Davis Islands. Just a quick trip actually, less than half an hour, but time well spent. I took the following photo with my camera phone.

1966 Corvette on Davis Islands
For those of you that haven’t been able to get out with their vettes lately, I say a quick Corvette cruise is better than no cruise at all.
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eBay Find of the Day: Mystery Men 1979 Corvette Limo

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2007

Probably the best part of this little remembered (or easily forgotten) B-list movie from 1999 that starred Ben Stiller was the custom stretch 1979 Corvette Limo that was the preferred ride for the movie’s arch-villain Cassanova Frankenstein, played by Geoffrey Rush. The Corvette was purpose-built for the movie by Cinema Vehicle Services in North Hollywood, California. According to the eBay listing, the Corvette’s frame was extended to over 23 feet in total length, and the limo interior was added to include 2 more opposing seats, bar, lights and rear t-tops. Capping off the build was a black and silver custom paint job which makes the car appear to be that of a 1978 Corvette Pace Car. Fans of the movie (there’s got to be one or two of you guys out there that remember the Shoveler or that fork-throwing guy) remember that the Mystery Men beat the hell out of the car with their tools. But that was actually a second car that would split open for the interior shots as well as take the abuse of the Mystery Men.

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The auction ends on June 10th and the current bid of $10,000 hasn’t yet reached the reserve. A buy-it-now is also available for $25,000. The Corvette looks a bit on the tired side though so additional dollars would be necessary to bring this unique and semi-famous celebrity car to life. Click here to read the entire eBay listing and view additional photos.
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Yellow Devil/SS Corvette Spy Photos

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2007

That’s right, we said yellow. The not so super secret (SS) Corvette has been spotted once again on a GM test track by the hound dogs at Popular Mechanics and this time the car was wearing a Velocity Yellow paint job. So for those of you who are counting, we’ve seen the Blue Devil/SS in Black, Red, Blue and now Yellow. Another interesting tidbit is the fact that Popular Mechanics refers to the Blue Devil/SS in two other monikers I have yet seen reported anywhere else: The ZRS and the Grand Sport S.

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Click here to read Popular Mechanics’ review of their latest sighting.
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With the 24 Hours of LeMans just a week away, we thought it would be cool to take a virtual lap around the historic 8 mile course in a C5-R Corvette.

Qualifying begins June 13th and the 24-hour race on June 16-17. The 24 Hours of Le Mans starts at 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 16 and finishes at 3 p.m. (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 17. SPEED will televise 17.5 hours of coverage in North America starting at 8:30 a.m. EDT on June 16.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: 1959 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on June 5, 2007

From the Flickr Corvette Pool:

1959 Corvette
Photo Credit: Brindlecat
1959 Corvette Options and Facts 9,760 Corvette Convertibles were produced in 1959. Base Price was $3,875.00 5 different engine options available:
     283 ci 230 hp
     283 ci 245 hp (2×4 carburetors)
     283 ci 270 hp (2×4 carburetors)
     283 ci 250 hp (fuel injection)
     283 ci 290 hp (fuel injection) 7 Exterior Colors Available:
     Snowcrest White was most popular at 3,354 (34%)
     Classic Cream was the rarest at 223 (2%) The 1959 Corvette exterior was nearly identical to that of the 1958 Corvette except the simulated hood louvers and the chrome trunk spears were removed. The instruments were redesigned for better legibility. All 1959 tachometers read to 7,000 RPM in 1,000 RPM increments. The “T” shift handle with positive reverse lockout was introduced on all 1959 models with 4-speed manual transmissions. A storage bin was added under the passenger grab bar, and the grab bar was more heavily padded than it was in 1958. 1959 was the only year for an optional turquoise color soft top.
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The 2009 Cadillac CTS-VLast month GM’s Vice Chairman “Maximum” Bob Lutz was derided by many including myself on this blog for making the comment about taking a look at producing a four door Corvette. Along comes the new issue of Motor Trend magazine which has a story about the next generation Cadillac CTS-V, which will have none other than a “detuned” version of the SuperCharged V8 Blue Devil Corvette engine under the hood. Could this be the first step in the evolution of a 4-door Corvette? The news is just another example of the ongoing horsepower wars and we think this is great news for GM as it continues to position the Cadillac against BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus. However, the information from the Motor Trend article is not entirely correct:

What’s good for the Blue Devil is good for the Cadillac CTS-v. The next-generation muscle-Caddy, which is expected in the 2009 model year along with the quicker-than-Z06 Chevrolet Corvette, also will get the supercharged LS7 7.0-liter powerplant. While the Blue Devil, which will be named Z07, will have about 700-horsepower (“Trend,” June), expect the engine to be detuned somewhat for the CTS-v to about 600 horses.
The Blue Devil engine is expected to be the LS9 – a supercharged 6.2 Liter V8 that should produce upwards of 700 hp. It’s not a blown version of the current Z06 Corvette’s LS7 7.0 Liter V8. Others have speculated the Cadillac engine will have the supercharged LSA 6.2 liter V8. Both are supercharged variants of the new LS3 engine debuting in the 2008 Corvette later this year, but the LSA will have about 100 horses less than the LS9. Okay, now that I got that off my chest, let’s get back to the plans for the CTS-V. Motor Trend says the 4-door sedan will get an updated suspension with stiffer springs and shocks, Brembro Brakes and a host of exterior changes that will include front and rear spoilers and a mesh grille. Click here to read the Motor Trend article and I would also recommend reading the comments about this story on AutoBlog.com
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2007 Corvette ConvertibleStrategic Vision’s 2007 Total Quality Awards have been announced and the 2007 Corvette Convertible won the “Convertibles Over $30,000″ segment. Not only did the Corvette handily beat the competition in its class with the highest Total Quality Index (TQI) score of 930, the mark that measures new vehicle owner satisfaction, it was second in the entire survey only to the Mercedes Benz S-Class which won the Luxury Car class with a TQI score of 938. What’s interesting about this survey is the number of new cars that weren’t included in the results. Strategic Vision claims this is because the sample size of respondents for a specific model was not sufficient enough to be included in the initial public announcement of awards, but may be included in later announcements. Does this mean that other winners may surface later in the year? The competition in the “Convertibles Over $30,000″ segment had an average score of 930, but the closest competitor to the Corvette convertible was the Mercedes-Benz SLK Roadster which came in 2nd with a TQI score of 896. The Volvo C70 was third with a score of 886 and the Mercedes-Benz CLK Cabriolet rounded out fourth with an 885 TQI score. GM had one other car winning a class in the survey. The Saturn Aura scored an 892 to put it on top of the Medium Car Segment. BTW, for those of you counting, that’s two more Class Wins than Toyota had. Click here to see all the cars and trucks that made up Strategic Vision’s 2007 Total Quality Awards.
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May 2007 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 4, 2007

Second Quarter continues to remain strong for Corvette sales as the factory had its best sales month this year to date. In May 2007, customers took delivery of 3,300 Corvettes, just 17 less than what was sold in May 2006. For the 2007 calendar year (Jan-May) sales total 14,703 Corvettes. We’re still looking at an year-to-year decline of -8.8% from the 16,125 Corvettes sold in 2006.

Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%

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