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Corvette Racing’s Gavin and Berretta Win 3rd GT1 Race

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

#4 C6.R Corvette in the Pits at Long BeachCorvette Racing’s # 4 C6.R driven by the two “Ollies”, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, won their third straight GT1 class Saturday in the ALMS Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 100 minute race was the shortest in ALMS history, and to give you an example of how short the race is, each of the Corvettes pitted only once for the driver change, tires and fuel. While racing unopposed in the GT1 class, Corvette Racing still brought its “A” game as the two C6.R teams went for the win. In the end, the #4 Corvette finished just 0.349 seconds ahead of the #3 C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell.

“It’s very satisfying to get three in a row and have a decent points lead,” said Oliver Gavin. “This race has been quite tough because the track changed considerably from qualifying to the race. It’s a lot cooler today, and I think we had the car slightly too stiff for the cool temperatures. The track got very slippery, and it was difficult for Olivier because he had to push hard after the pit stop even though he’d had only six or seven laps in practice.” “I knew the only chance for us to get a win here was to push really hard on the out lap and beat the No. 4 car out of the pits,” said Johnny O’Connell. “We did everything we could, and I even brushed the wall on the out lap. It would have been nice to get a win here, but congratulations to the guys on the No. 4. Nobody on that team is making any mistakes.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Houston, the third of three consecutive street races, on Saturday, April 21. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. EDT). It will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, April 29, from 1-3 p.m. EDT.
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CorvetteRacing.com
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New Paint Chips Unveiled for 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 12, 2007

Our January post about Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info appears to be taking shape as we get closer to this month’s debut of the 2008 Corvette at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. Over at DigitalCorvettes.com, CorvetteConti posted images of the two new exterior colors as well as an interior swatch with a cool new shade of red.

Corvette Exterior 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic Corvette Exterior 89U Crystal Red Metallic Two new custom leather wrap interiors
The new exterior colors are 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic and 89U Crystal Red Metallic. They are replacing the popular LeMans Blue and Monterey Red. The two new interior combinations are being added to the seven combinations currently being produced. The new custom leather wrap interiors are named 245 Sienna and 425 Linen. According to our early post, the Z06 is supposed to pick up these options as well. As an interesting aside, and I only mention it because it comes from the king of watermarks himself, Conti hints that another exterior color could be making its way onto the 2008 Corvette sometime after the first of the year. That color is described as Mocha Bronze Metallic.
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DigitalCorvettes.com via CorvetteConti.com Related:
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Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2007

(Editor’s Note: Read in the style of Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) Hollywood super-couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit up L.A. eatery Mastro’s Steakhouse for a romantic evening out on Tuesday. The dressed-up pair arrived in style in Tom’s classic 1958 Silver Blue Corvette, which he drove. Tom, 44, and Katie, 28, spent over two hours in the restaurant, before heading back home.

Tom and Katie in their 1958 Corvette. Tom and Katie exit their 1958 Corvette. Celebrity bodyguard is the ultimate in anti-theft devices.
What I really like about these photos is the #3 shot with bodyguard. I would imagine the conversation was something like: Tom: “Hey, were going to grab a bite to eat. Stay and watch the car.”
Bodyguard: “It will be here when you return, sir. BTW, Sir. Do you think this suit makes me look fat?”
Tom: “Hell, no. you look good. Besides, the suit matches the Silver Coves. See you in a couple of hours.” Update:
Apparently, Tom had a little trouble starting the 1958 Corvette when leaving the restaurant. Surrounded by photogs, one in the crowd yells out “Mission Impossible”. See the video at TMZ.com
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JustJared Related:
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First Quarter European Corvette Sales Grow

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2007

Although the European Market is not all that large for Corvette in terms of volume, it is important for Corvette to continue to make inroads against the European cars it is constantly benchmarked against in their own backyard. First quarter sales of Corvettes continue to show that those inroads are being made. 348 Corvettes were sold by GM Europe in the first quarter of 2007. While year-to-year first quarter sales are up 5.5% with 18 more Corvettes sold this year than last year, year-to-year monthly sales for March 2007 slipped by 26 Corvettes with 162 sold in 2006 versus 136 in March 2007.
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Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell are eager to put prior experience of tricky street circuits to good use when the American Le Mans Series makes its trip to the streets of California and the Long Beach circuit. The shortest track the field will race at, the tight and twisty circuit will make its debut on the ALMS calendar this year, but while many drivers will go there to embark on a weekend of learning, both Magnussen and O’Connell will merely have to dust the cobwebs off their memories to get by. Indeed, Magnussen raced at Long Beach recently thanks to his Grand-Am commitments and he admits it is a circuit he enjoys greatly.

“All in all, Long Beach is a great setting for a race and it’s good for the ALMS to race there,” the Dane said. “I’ve raced a Daytona Prototype there previously, and the track is much like the street circuit in St. Petersburg in terms of how the track is crowned. One corner that’s unique to Long Beach is the very tight hairpin at Turn 11. It’s a place where you just don’t try to pass, and you hope that nobody else tries to pass you.”
O’Connell meanwhile will have to delve further into the recesses of his memory to remember the last time he raced at Long Beach, that being when he was an up and coming driver through the open-wheel ranks.
“I’ve driven a little bit of everything at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, but the course has changed quite a lot since I last raced there so it will take some time to get familiar with the layout,” said O’Connell. “We’ll have to get up to speed quickly because practice time is very limited, but we have such an amazing engineering staff at Corvette Racing that all I have to do is focus on my driving. “The most important part of Corvette Racing’s program is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so while we approach these street races as good preparation for Le Mans, we don’t want to bang up our race cars. It forces us to be very precise and drive with good technique. Racing in Long Beach is a great opportunity for all of the Corvette owners in Southern California to see the Corvette C6.Rs in action.”
The Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held Saturday, April 14. The 100 minute race on a 1.968-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and will be televised in a same-day broadcast on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET.
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Crash.net
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LS2 Corvette Engine Animation/Screensaver

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2007

YouTube.com user gmijoe sent me a link to this really cool animation showing the assembly of the LS2 Corvette engine. As the engine is being assembled, it is rotated for the best view and parts “fly-in” and are bolted on. There is also a version that can be used as a screensaver as well.


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Lotus AdvertisementA recent ad from a Lotus dealer compares the Elise to four other convertible sports cars in the same class. Unfortunately for Lotus, the ad is filled with several inaccuracies, and has become a joke among enthusiasts. The Corvette Convertible, for example is listed as having a 3.2L 6 cylinder engine. Not since 1955 has there been a 6 cylinder available in the Corvette. And secondly, the Corvette’s 0-60 mph time is blasphemous! 5.4 seconds! Humph. That wrong piece of data came actually came from Edmunds.com. Chevrolet lists the Corvette’s 0-6 mph time at 4.2 seconds. Lastly, who would want a BMW M3 Convertible? According to this Lotus advertisement, the M3′s city/highway mileage is 1/23!! If the dealer group continues to run ads like these, Lotus might as well hire pitchman extraordinaire Joe Isuzu.
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Barrett-Jackson Auction Results: 1967 427/435 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 5, 2007

Big Blocks were well represented at the 2007 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction and I think this ’67 Corvette was one of the gems. Lot # 714.1 is an original, numbers matching 1967 Corvette roadster with only 19,000 original miles. Painted Marina Blue with Black interior, the 2-owner car is powered by a 427 ci 435 hp L71 engine coupled to a 4-Speed, and was equipped with a nice group of options which include: G81 Posi Trac 411 ratio
N1) off road exhaust
F41 special purpose suspension
M21 close ratio transmission
A01 tinted glass
U69 AM/FM radio
QB1 Red Stripe Tires
K66 transistor ignition

This Corvette also came with documentation and a complete photo album. Click here to view the Vehicle Detail page at Barrett-Jackson.com
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Barrett-Jackson
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Want To Work for Corvette Fever Magazine?

by Keith Cornett on April 4, 2007

Corvette Fever MagazineCorvette Fever Magazine is looking for an associate editor. If you’ve got the fever for Corvettes, love attending the events and shows and can string along a coherent sentence, then this could be your dream job.

Corvette Fever is dedicated to providing Corvette owners with an outstanding forum to pursue their presentation, restoration and high-performance modification goals while sharing in the pride and camaraderie that define the Corvette hobby. With unmatched technical content – engines, driveline, suspension, brakes, interior, paint and body – from the earliest straight-axle models to the latest C5 advancements, Corvette Fever is the most respected voice in the industry.
For more details, visit CorvetteFever.com
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Last week I previewed this stunning 1958 Panama Yellow Corvette. At the time I thought it would be one of the top Corvettes to run through the auction based the fact that it is a ’58 Vette with all that chrome, the number of awards, and the dual quads and power top options. The X factor was documentation which wasn’t listed in the description on the Barrett-Jackson website. Turns out this Corvette was second in Corvette sales for the weekend, selling for $165,000 plus the 10% commission for a total of $181,500. The top Corvette for the weekend was the 1959 Triple Black Fuelie. And if you watch the bidding you will see the female buyer of the 1958 Corvette was sitting next to the buyer of the 1959 Fuelie. Back to this 1958 Corvette. The Panama Yellow was offered on only 455 Corvettes and was a unique, one year color. The 283 ci 245 dual quad engine was installed in just 2,045 Corvettes that year. The Power Folding Top option was only offered on 1,090 Corvettes. These limited options will pump up the value of any 1958 Corvette. And then there is the awards and certifications: Multiple regional and national NCRS Top Flights, Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner and the Duntov Award. This Corvette was also invited to be part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection.

For a complete description of the Corvette with photos, visit the Vehicle Detail page at Barrett-Jackson.com.
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Barrett-Jackson
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