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ProTeam Corvette Opening Annex in Auburn

by Keith Cornett on May 30, 2006

ProTeam Corvettes, the largest classic Corvette dealer in the world, will be opening a 30,000 square foot showroom in Auburn, Indiana. The space will allow ProTeam to showcase between 70-100 Corvettes. The ProTeam annex will be located in the American heritage Village across from the Kruse International Auction Park.

“The annex will mirror what we’re doing in Napoleon,” said ProTeam President Terry Michaelis. “We’ll draw off each other’s inventories, selling from stock in both locations.”
ProTeam chose Auburn because of its proximity to the company’s headquarters in Napoleon, OH and Fort Wayne, IN, which is home to a large number of Corvette collections can enthusiasts. Another big selling point was the closeness of the Kruse International Auction Park.
Dean Kruse, President of Kruse International said, “We are enthused about having the world’s largest Corvette operation as part of our overall automotive complex. We hope that this expansion will greatly benefit ProTeam, and we are willing to do whatever to ensure his success in Auburn.”
ProTeam has assembled the largest collection of classic Corvettes for sale in the world with 150-200 Corvettes for sale at any one time. Their headquarters in Napoleon features 60,000 square feet of showrooms and restoration facilities. Click here to visit ProTeam Corvette Source: FortWayne.com
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Jalopnik.com was up at Indianapolis for coverage of the 500 and one of the boys scored a lap around the Brickyard in the Z06 Corvette Pace car with Chevrolet’s pace car guru Gary Mulder. While not quite hitting the track with the gusto one would expect if equipped with the 505 hp Z06, it was still a fun lap around and it’s amazing to see just how big this fabled track is. Click here for Wert and Austin’s official I Am Indy posts.


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Z06 Corvette Engine Plant Running at 120% Capacity

by Keith Cornett on May 29, 2006

While most automotive pundits would not usually call an engine plant “cool”, that is exactly how the GM Powertrain Build Center in Wixom, Michigan is being described by Auto123.com writer Jonathan Yarkony of the Canadian Auto Press. GM’s PBC is considered a boutique factory with 100,000 square feet facility and 58 employees when compared with the Ford factory down the road with nearly 4 million square feet. And while the Ford plant will soon be idled, the PBC’s engine production is running at over 100% of capacity for the two high performance engines it produces. The plant currently builds for two models: The Z06 Corvette’s LS7 and the Cadillac’s V-Series LC3. The LS7 production is running at 120% while the V-Series LC3 is at 140%. How these powerplants are built are also unique: One master builder will assemble the entire engine from start to finish, and when they are finished, their name is affixed to the block on a small plaque. This method of building engines has produced an unforeseen consequence: Groupies. Some owners who have visited the PBC have the builder of their engine sign their engine covers or have given rides – a very cool fringe benefit. Click here to read the entire article at Auto123.com. Related: LS7 Factory Tour
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Video: Corvette Montage

by Keith Cornett on May 28, 2006

It’s a slow day here at CorvetteBlogger.com. While I am tempted to further discuss the Corvette roof recall, instead I took a different, lighter path into the world of YouTube.com and found this very cool Corvette video montage authored by a guy calling himself C686 who proudly proclaims “My work is dedicated mainly on Corvette Montages and short films.” C6Q8 has several films which you can view at his website. We liked this one the best so enjoy.


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GM Recalls 30,000 Corvettes for Roof Issue

by Keith Cornett on May 27, 2006

After receiving 21 reports of roofs detaching from 2005 and 2006 Corvette coupes, GM issued a formal recall to fix what is being called a delamination problem. Initially thought to effect only 2005 Corvettes, for which a recall notice was already issued, GM expanded it to include 2006 Coupes after learning that roofs also flew off those coupes as well. The recall applies only to 2005 and 2006 Corvette Coupes with the painted removable roof panel, not the transparent panel. The unintentional separation occurs when adhesive that holds the base of the roof to the car frame weakens and fails, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today on its Web site. GM spokesman Alan Adler said that owners with problem roofs may notice water leaks or a snapping noise when going over a bump. In addition to the 21 reports of the roof actually flying off, GM received 395 reports of partial separating of the roof.
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CorvetteConti.com shared some interesting statistics about the current 2006 production including a breakdown of options and colors ordered on the Coupe, Convertible and Z06 Corvette through April 7, 2006. Top colors continue to be Black and the two reds: Monterey Red and Victory Red. Daytona Sunset and Artic White are the colors least chosen. 2006 Corvette Exterior and Interior Colors:

Exterior Colors Coupe Convertible Z06
       
Artic White 6% 6%  
Black 19% 19% 26%
Daytona Sunset Orange 7% 5% 5%
LeMans Blue 11% 9% 11%
Machine Silver 14% 14% 16%
Monterey Red 18% 20%  
Velocity Yellow 9% 10% 23%
Victory Red 16% 17% 19%
       
Interior Colors      
       
Ebony 61% 52% 61%
Cashmere 23% 32%  
Titanium Gray 12% 12%  
Red 4% 4%  
Ebony/Gray     25%
Ebony/Red     14%
       
Visit CorvetteConti.com to see the breakdown of selected option penetrations on the 2006 Corvette.
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Simple Weekend Corvette Projects

by Keith Cornett on May 25, 2006

I’ve been a subscriber to Corvette Fever Magazine since 1993 and have always found the magazine to be an enjoyable read despite the revolving door of editors and writers over the past few years. One of the reasons I’ve stuck with Corvette Fever over the years is they offer guides to some easy do-it-yourself projects that just about anybody can perform. Currently at CorvetteForum.com for you non-subscribers, you can view a list of simple weekend projects that will not only enhance your Corvette, but you’ll feel like “the man” because you did it yourself. For midyear owners, one project details the replacement of your pitted and faded taillights. When my 1966 Corvette was repainted, I opted for a new set of taillights from Ecklers and found that they were very easy to install and the new shiny chrome with the bright red lights really enhances the look. Besides, the taillights are usually the last feature that people will see as you blast by them on the road. Other projects include Tuning your Holley Carburetor, Master Cylinder Replacement and a new exhaust system. Check out the list at CorvetteForum.com. And if you are interested in subscribing to an all-around good Corvette magazine, click here to subscribe.
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GM’s Bob Lutz spoke with Channel4.com’s Mike Rutherford on a variety of subjects ranging from his love of MG’s to how GM has matched Toyota in build quality. But most interesting to us is his comments about the Corvette. “…best sports car in the world” Being reminded that he said the same about the Viper over a decade ago when he was employed by Dodge, Lutz responds:

“Corvette is dead easy to drive and has a better power-to-weight ratio. The Z06 version is the absolute killer car. I think it’s going to boggle minds when people drive that thing with its aluminum chassis, carbon fibre body panels and all. So yeah, Corvette is a solid hit.”
This is a great article to read if you’re interested in knowing more about the man that probably has the most influence over the future development of the Corvette. Click here for The World According to Bob…part one at Channel4.com Via: LeftLaneNews.com
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Podcast: Corvette Racing Ready for LeMans

by Keith Cornett on May 23, 2006

For the 5th consecutive year at Mid-Ohio, Corvette Racing’s C6.R’s finished 1-2 in the GT1 Class. But for Corvette Racing the bigger news is that both cars finished without a scratch and now, as GM Road Racing Group Manager Steve Wesoloski tells us, the nightmare begins as the team packs up everything they need and heads to France for the 74th running of the 24 Hours of LeMans on June 17. Will Corvette continue its winning ways at LeMans? Listen to Steve talk about Corvette Racing and LeMans in an audio podcast available from GM’s Fast Lane Blog. Steve brings a unique perspective to Corvette Racing as he is also a member of the C6.R Pit Crew. Visit the GM Fast Lane Blog or Download the MP3.
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2006 Corvette Model Year Ending

by Keith Cornett on May 21, 2006

The 2006 Corvette model year is wrapping up. The final day for dealers to access 2006 Corvette orders will be Tuesday, May 23rd. No additional 2006 orders may be accepted or changed after that date. Dealers should be receiving their final allocations of the 2006 model year. June 26 is slated to be the last production date of the 2006 model. 2007 Production orders are now being accepted. Click here to view the
2007 Corvette Ordering Guide (.pdf) Source: Ken Fichtner’s Newsletter