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GM Accepts Dodge Viper Challenge

by Keith Cornett on January 12, 2007

“Maximum” Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chairman said on Thursday that those involved with Corvette won’t let the new 600 hp Dodge Viper SRT10 keep its crown as the most powerful US sports car very long. Lutz was in a meeting with industry analysts and was asked about Chevrolet’s plans to produce the Corvette Blue Devil/SS. Lutz acknowledged that “a recent competitor” has surpassed the 505 hp Z06 Corvette. “As you all know, it is not our policy to discuss future product programs. However … ,” he said to laughter from the audience, “it is very important for Corvette to be the most powerful, most capable, best handling sports car in the United States.” Chevrolet’s General Manager Ed Peper was also asked recently about how Corvette will respond to the Dodge Viper 600 hp Challenge. His cryptic reply? “We’re looking at some things going forward. I can’t talk about them right now, though.” So the real question is will the Blue Devil/SS Corvette meet the Dodge Viper’s 600 hp or are we going to see the bar raised higher? Bob Gritzinger, senior editor for news at AutoWeek magazine had this to say: “We all know the new Corvette is out there. The car is in development and it’s been speculated that it will have about 650 horsepower. … It’s supposed to be here in 2009.”
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Detroit Free Press Related:
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Corvette Racing Waits for Aston Martin Decision

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2007

Corvette Racing at Laguna SecaAs we have recently reported, Corvette Racing may be leaving the American LeMans Series (ALMS). We learned today of another factor that may cause the GTI Championship team to leave the American racing circuit in favor of a European series. Corvette Driver Oliver Gavin said that Aston Martin may be leaving the ALMS, and the loss of their British rivals may ultimately be the deciding factor for Corvette to leave the series as well. Should Aston Martin leave the ALMS, Corvette would be left without any series competition. Aston Martin and Corvette racing have battled in recent years and this last year the British team really gave Corvette Racing a run for the GT1 Championship. The championship came down to the last race of the season at Laguna Seca. Aston Martin won the race but the second place finish by the two “Ollies” gave Corvette racing enough points for the GT1 Championship. Other factors that were leaning on Corvette Racing leaving the ALMS was last year’s performance-balancing sanctions that made the race for the Championship must closer than it should have been. Lastly, fielding the legendary racing team in the European circuit could ultimately introduce the Corvette to new buyers. Here are some of Oliver Gavin’s quotes from the Autosport show:

“I’m not entirely sure where we are going to be racing,” Gavin said on the central stage at the Autosport show. “With the Corvettes, they’re still deciding on whether it should be in Europe or in the ALMS again. “We’re waiting to see what Aston Martin are doing in terms of their program – we’re hoping they’re going to come back and race us in the ALMS.” “I had a very interesting season last year – frustrating at times, but ultimately it was successful for us, winning the championship and also beating them (Aston Martin) at Le Mans, which was a fantastic achievement for everybody involved in Corvette Racing.” “I think there’s certainly a marketing benefit of just turning up and running the car,” Gavin explained. “But we do need competition, we do want to race against someone, and it was great last year, having the competition from Aston Martin, so we’re just hoping they’ll find the money to come back.”
I would hate to see Corvette Racing leave the ALMS, but what is the worst of the two scenarios? Winning without competition or losing because of performance sanctions? Winning is always fun, but without a serious competitor, the races would be boring. Losing in the ALMS because of performance sanctions would hurt the image of Corvette Racing evan more. Most casual fans would only know that Corvette lost, not that they had been penalized with sanctions that didn’t allow them to win. Should Corvette Racing make the jump to a European series, we could still count on seeing them here in the states for Sebring and perhaps Le Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta, but that would be it. I think we may be seeing the end of the GT1 class in the ALMS as we know it.
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Autosport.com Via An American Classic
Image Credit: Richard Prince Related:
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2006 European Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 11, 2007

The Corvette brand continues to be well accepted in GM’s European Market. Sales totaled 1,257 Corvettes for 2006, which was on par with 2005 Sales. These numbers are significant to GM as prior to the C6 model, yearly Corvette sales were in 300-400 range. Part of the GM strategy for introducing the Corvette to European buyers has been the building of a number of specialized dealerships for Cadillac/Corvette/Hummer. In 2006, Cadillac saw 22% growth in sales while Hummer H2 and H3 Sales tripled to 1,848.
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GM Europe via AutoSpectator.com Related:
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A Pair of 1963 Corvette SWC TankersProTeam Corvette, the Napoleon Ohio based Corvette dealer with a knack for finding and selling rare and highly optioned Corvettes announced that they are bringing a pair of 1963 Corvette Split Window Coupe tankers to the the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale Arizona on Sunday, January 20th. The Corvettes are 2 of of only 63 manufactured that contain RPO N03, the 36 gallon fuel tank option. Corvettes with the option are commonly referred to as Tankers. Both Corvettes are Riverside Red and lay claim to a wide array of awards and honors, including NCRS Top Flight certification. His and her ‘Vettes, one is a full-optioned car, while the other is a Z06 with a unique history. The ladies’ car is a full-optioned Corvette that is one of only two 1963 Corvettes to feature the unique option combination of the 36-gallon tank and air conditioning. In 1963, the first year for air conditioning, only 278 factory air-conditioned Corvettes were produced. The number-matching model also features a 327-cubic inch/250-horsepower V8 engine, automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, power windows, tinted glass, original Kelsey cast aluminum knock-off wheels and the original non-D.O.T. tires. It has bucket seats with a red interior. In addition to its extraordinary option combination, the car also comes with a copy of the original title, license registration dating to 1980, dealer delivery packet with ’63 owner protection plan, original operating instructions for the air conditioner and the original keys on the delivering dealer key chain. The NCRS certificate, ribbon, judging sheets and old magazine articles are also included. Its fellow bookend, a man’s ‘Vette, is one of only 199 Z06 Corvettes manufactured in 1963 (and one of 63 produced with the 36 gallon gas tank option), and boasts an impressive past. In addition to being a Z06 package, the Corvette is also a radio delete car optioned with a 327 cubic inch/360 horsepower engine, power brakes, posi, fuel injection and a four speed transmission. It has a Tuxedo Black interior and 6.70×15 inch white stripe tires. The Riverside Red pair of tankers – and their memorabilia – will be sold at no reserve as lot numbers 1280 and 1280.1. Early estimates have the pair going for as much as $1 million.
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CorvetteFever.com Related:
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Video: TVR Sagaris vs C6 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 9, 2007

British automotive show host Jeremy Clarkson introduces the new TVR Sagaris and then pits it against the Stig and a C6 Corvette Coupe on the track, or has he calls it, “Plastic fantastic as Kentucky takes on Blackpool.” The Sagaris is a bit more brutish than the more refined Corvette and in the end I am wondering why Top Gear choose to put it up against a topless coupe instead of the more closely matched Z06 Corvette. But hey, its television. The Stig gets the jump on the TVR and probably would win if the race was simply a 1/4 mile. (Do they race the 1/4 in the UK or is it something more akin to the 400 meter?) Despite getting beat in both the head-to-head drag and the circuit, the video is eye candy for those of us who love to watch a Corvette on the track.


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Top Gear via Techeblog.com Related:
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Corvette Museum Auctions Parts on eBay

by Keith Cornett on January 8, 2007

Corvette Museum Parts AuctionNeed some parts for your Corvette? Of course you do. Now, not only can get what you need for your ride, but you can help keep the dream alive by purchasing your parts through the National Corvette Museum’s auction listings on eBay. A donation of several pallets of new manufactured Corvette parts from Guide Corporation is allowing the Museum a unique fundraising opportunity. The parts are being placed on eBay and proceeds from the sales will benefit the Museum. Most of the Corvette parts are NOS and include grills, chrome pieces, headlamps, lenses and more. A current check of the auction shows 30 active listings with parts raging from C1 to C5. Also included are a few auctions for non-Corvette parts, but hey, the proceeds from all sales go to the Corvette Museum. Make sure you check out the listings often as new parts are being added each week.
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National Corvette Museum Related:
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GM Style Event Pairs Stars and Cars

by Keith Cornett on January 7, 2007

Carmen Electra and the Z06 CorvetteThe GM Style event was held last night in Detroit. The runway fashion show pairs up celebrities with new GM vehicles. While the Z06 Corvette didn’t strut down the runway for this show, it was used as a backdrop for all the stars as they entered the pavilion. Carmen Electra, shown in this photo, will walk the runway with the Chevrolet Camaro Coupe. Check out AutoBlog.com’s Galleries for over 200 photos of the event or go to GM for Video Highlights.
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Corvette Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

by Keith Cornett on January 6, 2007

Corvette Museum - 10th AnniversaryJanuary 6th marks the 10th anniversary of a major milestone for both Corvette and the Corvette Museum. At a time when the Museum was in default on its loan covenants, and was facing potential foreclosure, Chevrolet introduced the new C5 Corvette on January 6th, 1997 and the Museum was selected to be a satellite location for the special viewing. Over 200 Corvette enthusiasts came to be a part of the unveiling event, and each paid a $25 admission fee, purchased merchandise in the Corvette Store, bid on auction items donated to the Museum, and enjoyed the day touring the Museum. This event provided not only some much needed revenue for the Museum, but truly marked a turning point for us because of the enthusiasm and new found excitement for the Museum.
Source: National Corvette Museum Related:
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Oliver Gavin Reflects on the 2006 ALMS Season

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2007

Oliver Gavin - Corvette RacingCorvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin reflects on the up and down 2006 ALMS season in his end of the year race-by-race summary. Co-driving the number 4 Corvette with Olivier Beretta, the duo successfully defended their American Le Mans Series GT1 Championship despite the politics and performance balancing that appeared heavy-handed at times. And not only did the two “Ollies” have to fend off the challenges from their Aston Martin Racing competitors, but also their team mates Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell of the #3 Corvette. Oliver confirms the Corvette Racing team is scheduled to run at Sebring in March. After that the schedule is up in the air as to whether the team will attempt to defend their ALMS Championship again, or head for other venues, casting off their ALMS performance-balancing sanctions to show the world just how good the C6.R Corvettes can be. Click here to read Oliver Gavin’s 2006 Season Wrap-up.
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Motorsport.com
Image Credit: Rick Doyle – OliverGavin.com Related:
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2005 SEMA Corvette For Sale on eBay

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2007

2005 SEMA CorvetteThis 2000 Corvette started life as most Corvettes do, but then John Wargo of the Custom Shop got hold of it for a bit of an upgrade for the 2005 SEMA show in Las Vegas where it was featured at Sony’s Mobile Audio booth. Since the SEMA appearance it has been displayed at most of the major Corvette shows as well as featured in several Corvette magazines and calendars. The Corvette was completely worked over and now features such amenities as a polished Vortech Supercharger, JBA Headers, Corsa Exhaust and a custom interior from Mid America Motorworks. And because the Corvette was built to be displayed at the Sony booth, it has an audio system containing an in-dash TV/DVD and 6,000 watts of power. You can view a video of the Corvette being built for the SEMA show on Google Video. The Corvette is being offered with a Buy It Now price of $69,900. Check out the auction for more photos.
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eBay via Corvette Fever Blog Related:
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