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Corvette Racing’s ALMS Future Depends on Aston Martin

by Keith Cornett on September 7, 2007

=With the 2007 Campaign coming to close next month, speculation about the future of Corvette Racing’s participation in the ALMS in 2008 is beginning to heat up. GM road racing manager Steve Wesoloski suggests if you want to know about Corvette Racing’s plans for 2008, just ask David Richards of Prodrive, who manages the Aston Martin GT1 DBR9 racing program. “As soon as they announce they are coming back, we’ll announce that we’ll be back,” he said. “I think you should ask that question to David Richards and George Howard-Chappell [who also runs Aston racing].” Prodrive completed a buyout of Aston Martin earlier this year and while indicating an interest in returning to the ALMS, you can bet that Aston will require some “Competition Adjustments” to lure the DBR9′s back to the States. Racing yourself isn’t all that fun, and without any meaningful competition in the GT1 Class, Corvette Racing may end its participation in the ALMS. “The only thing I can say with any confidence is that we will be at the Le Mans 24 Hour next year,” said Wesoloski. He also said that any operation built around Le Mans will not involve a full assault on the Le Mans Series in Europe, something that the team considered for this season. Before the start of this year’s ALMS campaign, the Corvette Racing team was in the same position. For now, there are multiple options on the table ranging from a move to GT2 to jumping into the FIA-GT series in Europe. Personally, I would love to see the Corvette Racing program take on the serious contenders that are assembled in Europe. Weekly battles with Ferrari, Saleen, Maserati and Aston Martin would immediately raise the competition for Corvette Racing’s C6.R Program, better preparing the team for the yearly assault at LeMans.
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New King of the Hill: Corvette Blue Devil/SS is now ZR1

by Keith Cornett on September 6, 2007

Motor Trend is the latest to suggest the new supercharged 650 hp Corvette will have a name that looks to the past: ZR1, the King of the Hill, will be resurrected for the Blue Devil/SS Corvette currently being developed in anticipation of next year’s introduction. I like the name and it works for me, but don’t believe for a second that this is a done deal yet. Remember those previous monikers: Z07, Stingray, SS and now ZR1. There’s a couple good names in that list and while my vote would most decidedly go to Stingray, I wouldn’t be surprised if its none of them. Motor Trend also reports that the Blue Devil/SS/ZR1 will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2008.
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Auction Results: Corvettes at Carlisle 2007

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2007

Earlier this year, the Carlisle Events team decided to jettison long time auction partner Mecum Auctions in favor of taking the Corvettes at Carlisle auction in-house. At the time, the decision probably made a lot of sense. They were already doing auctions for their other events. And by keeping it in house, they merge the coordination of the auction with their current operations and collect the fees and commissions from buyers and sellers. But after the lackluster showing last weekend of having only 82 Corvettes consigned which then culminated in just 26 Corvettes being sold, one has to wonder just what went wrong in Carlisle. At last year’s event with Dana Mecum handling the gavel duties, just over 150 corvettes crossed the block with 53% selling, netting a sales total of over $3,000,000. This year, with a sales rate of 32%, sales totaled only $974,950. From all accounts, the new indoor venue was a hit. So let’s hope this was just a one year blip and that Carlisle will return next year with the powerhouse auction Corvette buyers and sellers have come to expect. Corvettes at Carlisle Auction Results:

Lot Yr Model High Bid Sold
S165 1954 CORVETTE $72,000.00 NO SALE
S116 1957 CORVETTE $71,000.00 NO SALE
S148 1958 CORVETTE $70,000.00 NO SALE
S141 1961 CORVETTE $96,000.00 SOLD
S150 1961 CORVETTE $41,000.00 SOLD
S153 1961 CORVETTE $34,000.00 NO SALE
S159 1961 CORVETTE $53,000.00 NO SALE
S152 1962 CORVETTE $44,000.00 NO SALE
S162 1962 CORVETTE $37,000.00 NO SALE
S167 1962 CORVETTE $92,000.00 NO SALE
S136 1963 CORVETTE $67,000.00 NO SALE
S173 1964 CORVETTE $47,000.00 SOLD
S118 1965 CORVETTE $54,000.00 NO SALE
S119 1965 CORVETTE $45,000.00 NO SALE
S151 1965 CORVETTE $39,000.00 SOLD
S166 1965 CORVETTE STINGRAY $86,000.00 NO SALE
S179 1965 CORVETTE $88,000.00 NO SALE
S117 1966 CORVETTE $91,000.00 SOLD
S138 1966 CORVETTE $68,000.00 SOLD
S144 1966 CORVETTE $62,000.00 NO SALE
S149 1966 CORVETTE $105,000.00 NO SALE
S154 1966 CORVETTE $180,000.00 NO SALE
S158 1966 CORVETTE $130,000.00 NO SALE
S161 1966 CORVETTE $105,000.00 NO SALE
S172 1966 CORVETTE $72,500.00 SOLD
S111 1967 CORVETTE $46,500.00 SOLD
S137 1967 CORVETTE $140,000.00 SOLD
S142 1967 CORVETTE $120,000.00 NO SALE
S146 1967 CORVETTE $42,000.00 NO SALE
S177 1967 CORVETTE $125,000.00 NO SALE
S169 1967 CORVETTE $53,000.00 NO SALE
S182 1967 CORVETTE $127,500.00 NO SALE
S186 1967 CORVETTE $145,000.00 NO SALE
S199 1968 CORVETTE $52,000.00 NO SALE
S130 1968 CORVETTE $55,000.00 NO SALE
S132 1968 CORVETTE $24,750.00 SOLD
S181 1968 CORVETTE $50,000.00 NO SALE
S195 1968 CORVETTE $18,500.00 SOLD
S113 1969 CORVETTE $9,000.00 NO SALE
S147 1969 CORVETTE $35,000.00 SOLD
S134 1970 CORVETTE $13,500.00 NO SALE
S176 1970 CORVETTE $37,000.00 NO SALE
S129 1971 CORVETTE $16,000.00 NO SALE
S115 1971 CORVETTE STINGRAY $16,000.00 NO SALE
S131 1972 CORVETTE $19,000.00 NO SALE
S196 1972 CORVETTE $0.00 NO SALE
S139 1973 CORVETTE $21,000.00 SOLD
S174 1973 CORVETTE $17,500.00 SOLD
S140 1975 CORVETTE $12,000.00 SOLD
S217 1976 CORVETTE $13,500.00 NO SALE
S124 1978 CORVETTE PACE CAR $23,500.00 NO SALE
S109 1978 CORVETTE $4,000.00 NO SALE
S135 1979 CORVETTE $10,500.00 SOLD
S187 1979 CORVETTE $8,500.00 SOLD
S107 1979 CORVETTE $12,500.00 SOLD
S103 1982 CORVETTE $14,000.00 NO SALE
S197 1982 CORVETTE $14,750.00 SOLD
S112 1980 CORVETTE $19,500.00 NO SALE
S194 1980 CORVETTE $16,000.00 NO SALE
S198 1980 CORVETTE $20,000.00 NO SALE
S175 1982 CORVETTE $12,250.00 SOLD
S108 1985 CORVETTE $6,000.00 NO SALE
S192 1987 CORVETTE $6,500.00 NO SALE
S180 1989 CORVETTE $9,950.00 SOLD
S188 1990 CORVETTE $8,000.00 NO SALE
S156 1990 CORVETTE ZR1 $26,000.00 NO SALE
S178 1991 CORVETTE ZR-1 $19,000.00 NO SALE
S218 1993 CORVETTE $17,750.00 NO SALE
S105 1994 CORVETTE $13,000.00 NO SALE
S106 1995 CORVETTE $9,750.00 SOLD
S193 1996 CORVETTE $15,000.00 NO SALE
S189 1998 CORVETTE $67,500.00 NO SALE
S155 1999 CORVETTE $36,000.00 SOLD
S163 2000 CORVETTE $21,000.00 SOLD
S170 2003 CORVETTE $26,500.00 NO SALE
S200 2004 CORVETTE $28,000.00 SOLD
S101 2004 CORVETTE $25,500.00 NO SALE
S230 2004 WORLD CHALLENGE $42,500.00 NO SALE
S228 2005 CORVETTE $34,000.00 NO SALE
S183 2005 CORVETTE W / POWER TOP $42,000.00 SOLD
S229 2007 SUPERCHARGED 560 $45,000.00 NO SALE

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Shotgun in a Corvette Z06 at the Detroit Grand Prix

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2007

Check out the view of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle from the passenger seat of the Corvette Z06 pace car. The video, which features Corvette Chief Engineer Tom Wallace, shows us the track and its amazing just how tight this course is. With the amount of traffic from the LMP1 and P2 prototypes to GT2 cars, our boys in the GT1 Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them come Saturday.

The Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, the 10th round of the 12-race ALMS series, will start at 3:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, Sept. 1. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised live on SPEED Channel.
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New Corvette SS Spy Photos Show Design Refinement

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2007

Just a week ago I was lamenting about the lack of Blue Devil/SS Corvette news and made the observation that this was probably due to Chevrolet making changes based on their previous road testing. Low and behold Popular Mechanics caught up with the Velocity Yellow Corvette Blue Devil/SS and points out some of the changes they have seen on this latest incarnation that are different from previous mules.

Check out the hood bulge and carbon fiber roof Rear spoiler creates downforce at high speeds
With that hood, there's plenty of space for supercharger New wheel design with Michelin tires
These biggest change appears to be a bulge in hood that is much more pronounced than on previous versions. It’s always hard to tell with the black covering GM uses to hide, but on this yellow SS mule, the bulge is definitely larger than before. It also looks like GM is testing a carbon fiber roof. While harder to spot on previous spy photos, these new photos again show a black roof, not painted or tinted as a production Corvette would have. Going to a carbon fiber roof would be yet another way that Corvette engineers are shaving pounds off the SS. Other Changes include: A rear spoiler on the back is now extended across the back of rear. This is for added downforce at high speeds. Michelin tires are on the Corvette for the first time as GM has reportedly reopened the bidding between Michelin and Goodyear for the Blue Devil/SS contract. Mudflaps extend to the fenders to cover the width of these Michelin tires. The Wheel takes the traditional 5 spoke “star” in a split design and adds two more between each of the five points. Popular Mechanics surmises that these are actually a weight saving move that allows for lighter materials and more reinforcement.
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Corvettes Bring in $2.5 Million During Monterey Auctions

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2007

No less than four auction companies held events during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey over August 17-19. The auctions from Christies, RM Auctions, Bonhams and Butterfield and Gooding & Company combined for nearly $2.5 million in Corvettes sales. The top price-getter was a 1968 L88 Corvette Coupe, which sold for $254,500. On the newer end of the sales spectrum, a 2007 Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06 Corvette sold for $121,000. The auction results for Corvette:

Year Model Auction High Bid
1954 Corvette Convertible RM Auctions $74,250
1957 Corvette Convertible Christies $60,500
1957 Corvette Convertible RM Auctions $66,000
1957 Corvette Convertible RM Auctions $68,750
1957 Corvette Convertible Race Car Gooding & Company $115,500
1959 Corvette Convertible RM Auctions $88,000
1959 Corvette Convertible Christies $66,000
1960 Corvette Convertible Christies $60,500
1960 Corvette Convertible Christies $55,000
1960 Corvette Convertible Christies $66,000
1961 Corvette Convertible RM Auctions $110,000
1963 Corvette Convertible Fuelie Bonhams & Butterfield $101,790
1965 Corvette Convertible 396/425 RM Auctions $170,500
1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 RM Auctions $121,000
1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 RM Auctions $96,250
1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 Bonhams & Butterfields $166,500
1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 Bonhams & Butterfields $54,990
1967 Corvette Coupe 427/435 Bonhams & Butterfields $144,500
1967 Corvette Coupe 427/400 Bonhams & Butterfields $105,300
1968 Corvette Coupe L88 Bonhams & Butterfields $254,500
1968 Corvette Coupe L88 Bonhams & Butterfields $155,500
1969 Corvette Convertible 427/435 RM Auctions $126,500
2007 Corvette Z06 ALMS Ron Fellows RM Auctions $121,000
    Total Sales $2,448,830

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You’re Invited! GM Holding Corvette Racing Pep Rally

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2007

Dear Corvette Racing Fan:

=You are invited to join GM North America President Troy Clarke, along with Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper, as they lead GM employees and Corvette enthusiasts in a pep rally cheering on Corvette Racing’s own drivers Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta, Johnny O’Connell, Jan Magnussen, Ron Fellows and Max Papis for Corvette Racing’s inaugural appearance at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix this weekend. Special guests include Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker and American Le Mans Series President Scott Atherton. The public is invited to attend. Schedule of Events: 11:00 am – Driver autograph session
11:30 am – Corvette Racing pep rally The Pep Rally will be held at the GM Global Headquarters at the Renaissance Center; GM Plaza on the River Walk; Detroit, Michigan.
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Corvette Racing: #3 C6.R Wins GT1 At Mosport

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2007

=Lady luck finally showed up for the number 3 Corvette C6.R after a string of bad luck has kept Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen out of the winner’s circle for much of this season. Their win today breaks a streak of four races straight by the number 4 Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta. Hometown favorite Ron Fellows and Andy Pilgrim in the #33 Artic White C6.R Corvette rounded out the GT1 class. All three Corvettes went 116 laps around the 2.5 mile circuit. The race turned with an hour left when the GT1 leading #4 Corvette C6.R was struck and spun out by a prototype and went off track at Turn 3. The #3 Corvette was then able to take the lead and then extend it to a win with a quick pit stop and flawless racing. The last time O’Connell and Magnussen shared the Winner’s Circle at Mosport, it was 1999 and the pair won the LMP1 class in a Panoz prototype.

“We’ve been so snake bit this year and nothing went right for us,” O’Connell said. “We’ve been working with a new engineer (Ben Brady) and on bringing the winning chemistry back. Everything went right today. To share it with Jan having won here before was huge.” “We’ve managed to come up nearly every race to come up with a way to lose so that was in the back of my mind,” Magnussen said. “The car was good and the tires were absolutely great. Everything went according to plan. We had a mega pit stop and we opened up a gap, and Johnny made a stop and we opened it up even more.”
After Gavin’s spin, the #33 C6.R Corvette moved into second place and stayed their consistently until with 2 minutes remaining Gavin passed Fellows and held on through the checkered flag.
“It was very cool to run the white car with Andy,” said Fellows. “He did a great job, and when it was time to race, he did what he needed to do. I’m happy for my pal Johnny to win here at Mosport – it makes up for the ones that got away from the two of us!” “The fans’ attention is incredibly flattering,” Fellows reflected. “You need to cherish those moments because they’re not going to happen forever. I’ll never forget it.” “I had a blast!” Pilgrim declared. “I’m really proud to race with Ron in Canada, and I’ve had a wonderful time. The Corvette C6.R is an amazing machine. I’ve gone four seconds a lap faster around Mosport than I ever went in the C5-R.”
The Grand Prix of Mosport was likely Ron Fellows last start for Corvette. Ron took the Corvette Racing program to new heights during his service and it’s a fitting tribute to have watched him drive the Artic White Corvette C6.R at Mosport. Corvette Racing’s next event is the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit Saturday, Sept. 1. SPEED Channel will televise the race live at 3 p.m. EDT.
Photo Credit: Richard Prince Related:
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Storm Hammers Corvettes at Carlisle

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2007

Storm wrecks the 1957 Corvette display A powerful storm front moved through the mid-state Pennsylvania area causing havoc and leaving several Corvette enthusiasts with injuries. One Corvettes at Carlisle attendee was injured when a tree fell onto his 1968 Corvette as he was leaving the show. Five attendees were hospitalized and at least 12 others were treated at the fairgrounds for storm-related injuries. Storm Video 1
Storm Video 2
Storm Photo Gallery
More Photos Statement from Lance Miller:

Hi everyone, it’s been a VERY long day/night here at Carlisle. I saw this post and wanted to make sure everyone heard it from the “horses mouth”. I’d like to provide all the information that I’m aware of at this time about this evenings storm. There are already a lot of rumors spreading… hopefully this post will help clarify everything. There was a serious storm that hit Carlisle this evening. I’m not certain if it was a tornado at this point in time, I’ll let you know once I find out more info (I’ve heard wind gusts of up to 70mph). I can assure you it’s not exactly pretty right now (12:30 am) on our grounds. Fortunately we DID NOT HAVE ANY FATALITIES – the rumormill is rampid from what I’ve been hearing. There were 5 injuries that I’m aware of at this point. There were incredibly high winds and as you all know there are a lot of tents throughout the grounds – it’s not pretty. It will be business as usual tomorrow morning. Our staff did an incredible job, I’m thrilled to be a part of such a great team. It’s getting late, I just wanted to drop everyone a line prior to getting out of my office… I hope this message helps clarify everything. I’d be happy to share further info, but I’m exhausted after such a hot long day. Good evening, Lance
We’ve got a lot of friends up there. Let’s hope the weather clears up and everyone has a safe time at Carlisle.
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=The #4 C6.R from Corvette Racing has been on a bit of tear lately, winning seven of eight races in the American Le Mans Series this year including the last four straight. Yet, for perhaps the first time this year, fans of Corvette Racing aren’t rooting for the #4 or the #3 Corvette for that matter. Local hero and Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows is making what could be his final run at Mosport behind the wheel of his Artic White C6.R so who wouldn’t want to see the former ALMS GT1 Champ and his #33 Corvette cross the finish line first this weekend? Tell that to Oliver Gavin. Gavin in the #4 C6.R put up the fastest time in GT1 today, winning the pole by 0.148 seconds ahead of Ron Fellows with a time of 1:13.857. The #3 Corvette with Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen will start third in class after O’Connell’s lap of 1:14.097.

“I don’t think I’m very popular here,” Gavin cracked. “I’m going to wear a mask or bag over my head. No one gets preferential treatment here. Everyone is given the same car. All the data is going back and forth between all three cars. It’s great to see the white car around here and it should bring more fans in. Ron has been around here for so long and I think he may have a couple of tricks up his sleeve.”
Traffic played a bit of a role in the outcome of qualifying, Gavin said. He had relatively clean laps while Fellows got caught a couple of times behind slower cars.
“The traffic didn’t affect me as much as it did Ron,” Gavin said. “It’s still a great track and an amazing place to qualify. Having new tires and low fuel is always a lot of fun here. The corners are fun because they are so quick. I’m pleased I had this one.”
Yes, Fellows is the main attraction here. He is so well regarded here on his home track that the Mosport International Karting Academy has named a corner after him. Corner 7, arguably the toughest corner on the track and referred to as the “bowl” has been renamed the “Ron Fellows Bowl”. Fellows will be racing twice at Mosport this weekend, with his #33 C6.R and the factory Cadillac CTS-V in the Speed GT Championship. 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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