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Autoextremist: GM May Greenlight Mid-Engine C7 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2007

A Mid-Engine Ferrari F40Peter De Lorenzo’s Rants column at AutoExtremist is required reading on Wednesdays and this week he may have just hit a home run to the Corvette fan base. Conversations with high level executives lead Sweet Pete to claim that “the Mid-Engined Corvette is not only back on the front burner – it looks to be a certainty”:

It was already supposed to be a done deal that the seventh generation of the Corvette would arrive in its current, front-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration – albeit slightly smaller, lighter and with two engine choices. There was serious talk of an extremely limited production mid-engined “super” Corvette (fewer than 500 units), which would be built as an adjunct program to the traditional car, but that had not been decided. That’s the way we reported it many weeks ago, and that was the assumption by many in the business as to how it was going to go down – until now. But after my conversations late last week with executives at the top of the company (who shall remain nameless for obvious reasons), I can tell you that the “idea” of a mid-engined “C7″ Corvette has not only progressed far beyond the initial planning stages, the engineering on the car is well underway.
Pete goes on to examine the 3 factors that he says changed the internal debate for building a Mid-Engined C7 Corvette. With Pete’s track record and contacts in the industry, he is probably the one person to believe on this subject as Corvette seems to be a cause celeb of his. So if he say’s its coming, after approval from GM brass in September, its coming. We are so ready for GM to make the leap to a mid-engined Corvette for host of reasons. Corvette needs to be the platform and the showcase for these new technologies. But if it has the Corvette name on it, then it needs to be done right: Better than the competition and still be affordable to the masses. Click here to read Autoextremist.com.
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Carlisle Auction Reduced to One Day Event

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2007

Just about everybody that has a passing interest in Corvettes is familiar with the Corvettes at Carlisle show held annually in Pennsylvania this time of year. For the last few years, Dana Mecum has been at the helm of organizing and gaveling the auction. However earlier this year the Carlisle events team announced that they would be taking the Corvette auction duties in-house. Today I spoke with Auction Manager Dennis Baish about this weekend’s event. Dennis confirmed what I heard that the actual auction will happen on Saturday only while Friday night has been reserved for a sellers reception. The auction website currently has 78 Corvettes consigned and Dennis believes they are on track for 100 Corvettes this weekend. While this number is down from the 160 quoted on the website, the quality of Corvettes that have been consigned appears quite good. Many times the measure of a good Corvette auction is the number of 1967 Corvette Big Blocks available. The consignment list shows six 1967 Corvettes and at least four of them are 427′s. Perhaps the most exciting Corvette available so far is a 1963 Z06 Big Tanker Coupe which should be one of the top Corvettes sold this weekend. We’ll have more on this Corvette later this week. Do you have a Corvette to sell? Remember what Terry Michaelis from Proteam Corvettes said earlier this week: Be a smart seller by picking high profile events to sell your Corvette. The fees for consigning your Corvette at the Carlisle auction appears to be quite reasonable for such a high quality Corvette-only auction. Buyers pay $100 registration fee with a 5% buyers commission added to the sale of any Corvette. Sellers pay a $250 or $400 consignment fee depending on the time the Corvette is scheduled to cross the block. Sellers also pay 6% for cars selling with a reserve or 5% for no reserve cars. The Corvettes at Carlisle TV Commercial:


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Late Night Observation: All’s Quiet on the Corvette SS

by Keith Cornett on August 22, 2007

The first half of this year was abuzz in Corvette Blue Devil/SS news. We had spy photos from the professionals and from insiders who later got fired. The Blue Devil/SS was seen in Europe side-by-side with a Ferrari 599. For a while we were averaging a couple spy shots a month. The last sighting, the Yellow Devil pics from Popular Mechanic’s Jim Dunne, appeared nearly 2 months ago. Since then, the 6th of June, all has been quiet. No sightings, no spy photos. No slips of the tongue by Maximum Bob Lutz. Nothing… Does this tell us more about the status of the Blue Devil/SS more than a spy photos ever could? The last comments on the Blue Devil/SS by Lutz said the car was completing its powertrain testing. Perhaps now GM is adding the specific body panels that will make the Blue Devil/SS as unique to the Corvette Lineup as the Z06′s side scoops and front air vent. Maybe we’re in for a more radical approach? The next few months are key for GM as they try to keep the lid on unauthorized leaks of the supervette before it makes its debut at one of the auto shows in early 2008 (as we expect). We also expect that details of the Blue Devil/SS will emerge prior to its debut as we saw in the run-up to the introduction of the C6 as well as the C5. Heck, the NY Times couldn’t even honor an embargo on the Chevy Volt, what would they do with details of the Blue Devil/SS? In the meantime, I’ve created a central repository for all of our Corvette Blue Devil/SS news. As news becomes available we will post and archive those stories there.
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Corvette Racing to Field 3 C6.R’s Corvettes at Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2007

Corvette Racing's Artic White C6.RFor the first time in Corvette Racing history, three factory Corvette C6.R’s will be on the track this weekend for the ALMS Grand Prix of Mosport in Ontario. The third Corvette will be an Artic White C6.R driven by Corvette Racing veterans Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim. The addition of the #33 Corvette C6.R allows Ron Fellows to drive the racing version of his limited production signature edition Z06 at his hometown track in Ontario and is part of Corvette Racing’s season long celebration of Ron Fellow’s contributions to the racing program.

“It’s going to be good fun, and that’s exactly how we’re going to approach this race,” said Fellows. “Our car will be decked out in brilliant white like the production car. It will be absolutely awesome, and I can’t wait.” Pilgrim agreed: “It’s going to be great racing with Ron as my teammate again,” he said. “I want to do well for Ron in front of his home crowd, so I’m going to be trying 110 percent.”
Fellows and Pilgrim first raced a Corvette together back in 2000 at Mosport where they finished second. The next month the duo scored their first win at Texas Motor Speedway, which became the first of Corvette Racing’s 59 victories. Andy Pilgrim has 33 starts for Corvette Racing in 1999-2003 with 6 victories, 18 podium finished and two poles. So how will the logistics be handled behind the scenes when it comes to adding a third Corvette? Program Manager Doug Fehan plans on using the existing crew teams to service the additional Corvette during the race:
“Essentially we’ll have all of the equipment to service three race cars in the pits, with separate fuel rigs, separate air guns, and separate nitrogen bottles,” explained Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “We’ll use the same crews to service the third car, so we’re not going to have all three cars stop simultaneously. We can pit two cars together as we often do, and then pit the third car out of sequence.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport presented by Mobil 1, the ninth round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 26, and will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.
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BadBoyVettes calls it their FanCam due to its mounting location. We simply call it awesome! The BBV on-board camera was mounted on the rear of the #4 Corvette C6.R at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin a couple of weekends ago and as Dan from BBV describes, the footage is “just like that taken from their onboard camera at LeMans, only going the other way”!


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6 Ways to Make the Most of your Classic Corvette Purchase

by Keith Cornett on August 21, 2007

Terry Michaelis of Proteam Corvette fame has a great article on his Corvette Perspective blog on why purchasing a classic Corvette is a good investment and he backs up his points with some real world numbers. Terry has bought more classic Corvettes last month than most of us will purchase in a lifetime and there is probably no other dealer that buys and sells the cream of the crop like Proteam. If you are more interested in Corvettes as an investment as opposed to a driver, then here are Terry’s points to consider when purchasing a Corvette:

1. Buy the best Corvette you can afford today
Because the Corvette you buy is the Corvette you’ll have or want to sell some day. 2. Buy cosmetics
Buy paint and chrome, unless you have a shop and knowledge to control your costs. 3. Research
Arm yourself with knowledge provided in the numerous Corvette publication and hire a true expert to examine your potential purchase. 4. Don’t trade off cosmetics for a numbers match drivetrain
It will always cost more to restore (paint, trim, chrome, etc.) a Corvette needing restoration versus putting the proper numbers motor back in your vehicle, if that’s your venue. Numbers have become secondary to cosmetics, and it’s about time. 5. Realize that Corvettes are old cars
They require more attention than that new Chevy or Ford setting in your driveway (especially if they aren’t taken for periodic (“work outs”). 6. Be a smart seller
High-profile events like the Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Muscle Car auctions will get you more money for your car than newspaper and trade publication advertisements. Plan ahead if you’re considering selling your baby: seek good lot numbers (pay a premium if you must) and baby-sit your car during the event to answer questions and show pride in your car – it is a reflection of you, and people simply pay more if they like the seller.
Terry provides an excellent analysis of today’s Corvette Market and why the demand for classic Corvettes is so high right now – a demand he says will only continue as baby boomers hit retirement and start spending that discretionary income. Click here to read The Corvette Market – Today.
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Vette Dogs: Oklahoma’s Hallett Motor Racing Circuit

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2007

Episode 7 brings us to the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma for day 6 of the Cannonball One Lap of America. The Hallett track features a nice assortment of twists and straightaways. Despite losing his ABS brakes, traction control and active handling at the end of episode 6, Patrick pushes his DigitalCorvettes’ Z06 as fast as he dares in the style of what he calls “driving like a grandma”.

Damn, living in Florida makes me wish all grandma’s drove like Patrick.
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Episode 6: Pueblo Motorsports Park, Colorado
Episode 5: The DC Z06 at the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah
Episode 4: Mid-America Motorplex
Episode 3: Looking Towards the Sky
Episode 2: The Skid Pad Strikes Back
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CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates Second Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on August 20, 2007

Whew, the years are just flying by. As the headline suggests, this week is the second anniversary of the founding of CorvetteBlogger.com. It’s been a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed myself. The blog has come a long way since I first got started back in 2005. As I drive into the third year of being a Corvette Blogger, I am confident about the direction this site is heading and I thought I would share that with you. The blog will continue to focus on valuations with an emphasis on buying and selling Corvettes because that is really what interests me. The growth of the market and interest from new owners keeps our hobby strong and vibrant. When purchasing a Corvette, knowledge is power. It’s my goal to inform you on which models are worth pursuing and why, as well as which models you may want to bypass. Corvette news plays an important part of this blog. We scour the Corvette world to bring you the latest on what’s happening. Most of all, I try to avoid being part of the echo chamber by not only telling you what is making the news, but giving you an analysis of how it may impact the Corvette hobby. And finally, the trifecta of this blog’s content is living the Corvette Lifestyle. The Corvette lifestyle is what binds us and brings us together no matter what model or year you own and it’s why I put my heart and soul into this blog. You may have noticed if you’ve been reading over the last few months that I’ve been posting stories of how the Corvette lifestyle relates to me personally. It’s important for me that you see that I am living the dream… not just talking about it. The blog continues to be very well received and it’s wonderful reading comments from people with various viewpoints. Please! If you’re on the site and you see a post that hits home, or if I get something so completely wrong, let me know by leaving a comment. Lastly, what can I do to make this blog better. If you have some ideas that you think other Corvette enthusiasts would be interested in, please let me know. So thanks again for being a part of this website and get ready for another year of outstanding Corvette coverage!
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CorvetteBlogger at the Beach…

by Keith Cornett on August 15, 2007

Just a quick note to let you know I’ve been out a few days and will be out a few more. For the rest of the week I will be working extra hard doing this…

CorvetteBlogger at the beach
Life’s a beach when you love what you do. See you next week!

Corvette Racing TV: BBV’s PitCam Debuts at Road America

by Keith Cornett on August 10, 2007

Corvette Racing Crew Member Dave wears the PitCamBadBoyVettes keeps raising the bar when it comes to their video coverage of the Corvette Racing team. Back in June, they duct-taped a digital video camera to the hood of a C6.R Corvette for a lap around LeMans. Great for fans, but not so great for the camera. Then they followed up with the innovative ToeCam at Lime Rock. And for this weekend at Road America, it looks like PitCam will be debuting with a new twist: live streaming video during the race. They tested the camera earlier in the week by mounting it to the hat being worn by crew member Dave. Dave then spent the next 30 minutes doing his prep work on the #3 Corvette. You can view that video here. Check the BadBoyVettes.com PitCam often during the race. They have an icon at the top to let you know when the broadcast will be streaming. The four hour race beings at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11th. In other Road America news, Oliver Gavin was first in the GT1 class for Corvette Racing with a lap of 2:02.24 to edge out Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R by more than a second. Third in class was the Doran Racing Maserati MC12 of Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard at 2:04.499.
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