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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

Noted automotive consulting firm AutoPacific, Inc. released the results of their annual Owner Satistaction survey and the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette won Best in Class for the Sports car category. The Hyundai Azera was named the Top Car while the Lincoln Navigator won the Top Truck award. In addition to the Corvette, GM has two other models win their categories. Cadillac CTS was #1 in Entry Luxury and the Chevrolet Silverado HD was #1 in Large, Heavy Duty Trucks.

“Owners of the new C6 Chevrolet Corvette return the car to the top of the Sports Car category with a decisive class-winning performance for 2006. The new Corvette is perhaps the best value in the entire Sports Car arena. The C6 Corvette is a more satisfying car than any previous Corvette — great styling, more finesse, super performance, great handling and a more supple ride. Still immediately identifiable as a Corvette, the C6 is clearly new across the board.” said George Peterson of AutoPacific.
In addition to identifying segment winners, VSA also establishes numerical satisfaction ratings for virtually every passenger car and light truck in the North American market. This results from calculating owner satisfaction across 44 specific areas related to a vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and the overall purchase/lease experience. The 2006 ratings reflect input from buyers and lessees of new vehicles acquired September 2005 through January 2006. Click here for full results of the survey. Image Credit: CorvetteImages.com
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Video: Top Gear Reviews Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 16, 2006

Leave it to Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear to completely miss the point of the new Z06 Corvette. The first clip has Jeremy driving the Z06 on their test course and from the looks of it, he couldn’t be happier than throwing the Vette through a couple of 1.2 + lateral G curves, or from a dead stop he puts the car in 5th gear and goes from 0-175 mph before he has to back it down because he is out of runway. The second clip has the Corvette in the Top Gear studio and this is where Clarkson misses the point. He complains the car is unmanageable off the track and “…the ride is awful, the engine sounds like it’s being fuelled by spanners, it’s too wide, it will shake your bones to dust and the gearbox feels like it’s out of a tractor.” Jeremy, while the above description is certainly not as bad as you portray (or perhaps your English roads are just quite up to the par of American roads), that experience is why you spend the $25K more for the Z06 than a regular Coupe. The Z06 even ranks 12 on your Power Lap board, all this for just £60,000. What’s amazing is that the only thing you didn’t bash was the interior. And one last thing, jeremy. It’s pronouced ‘Zee-Oh-Six’, not ‘Zed-Oh-Six.’




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Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2 at Houston

by Keith Cornett on May 15, 2006

Corvette Racing took first and second place in the GT1 class and were second and third overall in the Lone Star Grand Prix. The #4 Corvette driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished just ahead of the #3 Corvette piloted by Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. The win was made even more impressive due to 176 pound weight penalty over the Aston Martin team. Motorsport.com is featuring a review of the race by #4 Corvette Oliver Gavin:

I followed Johnny for 1hour 15 minutes out of my time in the car (98 minutes) and was almost mesmerized sitting behind him. He was driving brilliantly in the No. 3 car, and he didn’t make a mistake, not one inch. It couldn’t have been any closer between us and the Aston Martins.
The next challenge for Corvette Racing will be the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio May 19-21 in Lexington, Ohio.
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2006

With summer just a month away, now is the time to find that Corvette you’ve been dreaming about and there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our May Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:

1954 Convertible
$65,000
1967 Convertible
$57,900
1982 CE Coupe
$13,000
 
1996 CE Coupe
$23,500
2002 Z06
$32,100
2006 Coupe
$57,220
Interested in receiving the Featured Corvettes newsletter? Click here to subscribe. Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
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Corvette Racing Headed to the Streets of Houston

by Keith Cornett on May 11, 2006

The inaugural Lone Star Grand Prix will be held Friday night, May 12th and the two Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them as they battle the ALMS competition. The Lone Star Grand Prix marks the first street race since Miami Beach in 2003. The course is set up on a temporary 1.7 mile track through Houston’s Reliant Park. The C6.R Corvettes will be battling the close quarters and unforgiving concrete barriers that define the Houston Circuit. Another factor that has tilted the playing field in favor of Corvette Racing’s competition is that series officials have granted Aston Martin Racing a 55 pound advantage in addition to the weight concessions announced prior to the start of the season. As a result, the C6.R Corvettes must weigh 176 pounds more than the Aston Martin DBR9s.

“The Corvette C6.R is at a point in its development where we’re very comfortable going to a street race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The challenge we have isn’t with the race track, it’s with the competition. Aston Martin has received additional performance concessions. That’s the challenge. “A weight handicap is magnified on a street circuit,” Fehan explained. “Generally the speeds are slower and the demands on braking and acceleration are greater. In those circumstances, a lighter car has an advantage.”
The Lone Star Grand Prix, the second round of the 10-race 2006 American Le Mans Series, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 12. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports. Visit CorvetteRacing.com for more information.
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Stolen Corvette Leads Cops to Auto-Theft Ring

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2006

A stolen Corvette equipped with a LoJack vehicle tracking device led investigators to crack a major auto-theft ring based in northern Illinois that specialized in the theft of high end muscle cars. Illinois State Police picked up the LoJack signal in March and tracked it to a house in Grand Detour, Illinois. When police converged on the house, they found not only the Corvette they were looking for, but a second stolen Corvette, a Honda motorcycle and other stolen vehicle parts. A suspect was arrested and the investigation that followed led police to other stolen cars including Z06 Corvettes, Ford Cobra’s, Dodge Vipers and Ford F-250 Diesels. Police tracked down another suspect and found a stolen Ford Mustang Cobra, along with 23 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns, cash and $30,000 in chop shop tools. The Mustang was one of three Cobra’s stolen from the same dealership in one night. Additional searches led to the recovery of a computer that was used to program Ford transponder keys that had been stolen from a dealership. Read the entire account of this story.
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