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A Corvette Thanksgiving

by Keith Cornett on November 23, 2006

Thinking about Thanksgiving, I was reflecting about my family and the precious gifts live brings to us in ways that we might not stop to consider. Of course as my thoughts tend to do, they took a turn towards Corvette and the gift that this fabulous car has brought to my life. So I thought I would spend a couple of minutes to list the things in the Corvette World that I am thankful for. My Dad
It’s been 24 years since my dad passed away. He purchased new the 1966 Corvette Convertible that would eventually make its way to my garage, as well as the top image of this blog. The story of how he got the Corvette is classic. The short story I’ll tell here is that he won a ’66 Ford Mustang in a sales contest, picked it up from the Ford dealer and drove it down to the Chevy dealer to use as a trade-in for the Corvette. Purchased the year before he married my mother, the Corvette got the nickname of Last Fling. He loved that car and his passion became my passion. However, I would give it all up in a second just to have him back. VetteFinders.com
Nearly 11 years ago I quit my advertising sales job with a TV station in Tampa to “do something on the internet”. At the time I didn’t know what, but I knew it would work itself out. In Oct 1995, I built my first website – the Route 66 Corvette Page – dedicated to my 1966 Corvette. That eventually led me to become the webmaster and then eventual owner of VetteFinders.com, my Corvette classified ads company. The best part of the business is I get to talk about Corvettes everyday. Corvette People
Owning a Corvette is like being a member of a very large fraternity. Corvette people are some of nicest and interesting people you could ever hope to be associated with. There is nothing like a getting together a group of people in hitting the road on a cruise. Also, when mentioning Corvette People, I am also saying thanks to those that design, engineer and assemble this great automobile. And let’s not forget the people in the past like Harley Earl and Zora Arkus-Duntov and Larry Shinoda, Dave Hill and Dave McClellan. All deserve a toast for their service to Corvette history. The Sunday Drive
A Corvette cruise is good for the soul. It can cleanse the mind like nothing else. Straightaways, twisties and two lane blacktop is my church. The 327 cubic inch is my choir and the 4-speed transmission is, well, a 4-speed. Sometimes I’ll put up to 200 miles on her and not realize how much time has passed. Seeing another Corvette on the road and giving and receiving The Wave. Damn, I feel like going for drive right now. The Restoration
My friend and VetteFinders partner Chris said after a full day of prepping the ’66 Corvette for the painter, “You have to kill it first so that it can be reborn“. He wasn’t kidding. Stripping the car down to exposed fiberglass and then watching the car being reborn was a total religious experience. Buying parts and then installing them, only if they were good enough, became my mission. And then finally the satisfaction of reaching your goal, knowing how much time, sweat and tears you have invested is one of the sweetest rewards you could ever have. I could go on and on but will end this here. Wrapping up this post, I am thankful for the opportunity to blog about Corvettes (nearly) everyday. Thankful for my family who puts up with my obsession. And most of all, thankful for God for whom without none of this is possible.
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GM Needs to Bring High-Tech Key Fob to Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 20, 2006

New GM Key FobGM’s new key fob is slated for release next April and will initially be available on the Cadillac Escalade. We’re saying okay, but we would like to hear something definitive about the key fob being made available on the Corvette. This fob is made for Corvette owners. It can check tire pressure, do fuel mileage predictions, and tells the owner if he or she remembered to lock the doors. It does all this and more and displays the results on a liquid crystal display located on the fob itself. GM claims the new key fob will operate at 4-6 times the normal range. The cost for the option will be $150, with replacements for lost or broken fobs under $100. GM, we know you’re working on the Blue Devil/SS Corvette right now, and we don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of that, but please bring this ultra cool key fob to Corvette ASAP! Source: USA Today via CorvetteConti.com
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Spotted on CraigsList: Barbie’s 1990 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on November 18, 2006

1990 Corvette For SaleWhen you think of Pink Corvettes, you probably have visions of Barbie and Ken motoring around the family room floor. Browsing CraigsList today, we found a Corvette in the San Diego area that Ken wouldn’t be caught dead in – a custom pink1990 Corvette. Description of the Ad:

Yes… A Pink Corvette! We just had the engine rebuilt. It was bored 30 over and it runs AWESOME. Unfortunately, we cannot keep it. We also replaced the leather seats and the CD player. We fixed a bunch of stuff because we were planning on keeping it. I think it is a heck of a deal and a good car. And…. IT’S PINK!!
A Pink Corvette that’s been bored 30 over? We’ll call that a double threat with looks and performance, as long as Barbie is in the drivers seat. Source: CraigsList.com
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Fifth Gear’s Road Test: Corvette vs Viper SRT-10

by Keith Cornett on November 17, 2006

Those that read this blog regularly probably know that I don’t do too many comparisons – putting the Corvette next to X and seeing how it performs. That just stems from my bias. The Corvette stands on its own merits and doesn’t need comparisons to make it look better. So why this post about Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell and Jason Plato putting a C6 Coupe against the Dodge Viper SRT-10? It’s not the compare and contrast that makes this video, its the fact that these guys get two great cars on a track and just have a blast with them. Burnouts and power slides galore! So sit down, shut up and hang on, because this is a fun ride!

Source: TechEBlog.com
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Corvette Blue Devil Sighted

by Keith Cornett on November 16, 2006

TheCarConnection.com posted photos today from Yonni G, who came across a Blue Devil Corvette test mule near Milford, Michigan. Milford is the site of GM’s proving grounds. However, this Corvette was on the streets.

Blue Devil Test Mule Blue Devil Test Mule
Blue Devil Test Mule Blue Devil Test Mule
Yonni’s Comments:
“As I was driving I saw the prototype way ahead of me on the road, and it looked like a really aggressive Corvette. Luckily I had borrowed my dad’s camera for a project at school and had it with me in the car and snapped some shots as it passed by. The car was amazing! It sounded very powerful and definitely did not seem like your everyday Corvette.
Everyone who hears one of these Corvettes is impressed with sound. Makes me want to drive to Michigan and do a stake-out!! Source: TheCarConnection.com
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Couple Donates $1.3 Million to Corvette Museum

by Keith Cornett on November 15, 2006

The National Corvette Museum's Expansion PlansThe largest gift in the history of the National Corvette Museum came this week from Wisconsin couple Ivan and Mary Shrodt. The $1.3 million dollar donation will be used for the planned 50,000 square foot expansion of the Museum that is expected to be completed by the summer of 2009. The couple has no kids, but a stable full of Corvettes. They were in Bowling Green to take delivery of a 2007 Black Z06 Corvette, the sixth Corvette in their collection. While in Bowling Green, the Corvette Museum held a reception for the Shrodts, who hail from Sherwood, Wisconsin. A major fundraising effort is underway to pay for the expansion of the Museum, which includes the Corvette Library Archive, a larger store and the Corvette Cafe. Click here for more on the National Corvette Museum’s Expansion Project. Source: StarTribune.com Related: My Corvette Museum New Members Kit

Replica 1956 Corvette Nomad Ready to Roll

by Keith Cornett on November 14, 2006

In 1954, Chevrolet rolled out a one-of-a-kind Corvette Nomad for the 1954 Motorama car show. The concept featured the front end of a 1954 Corvette mated to the backend of the Nomad station wagon. While the concept never reached production, we often wonder what if had the concept taken off. Corvette World in Dallas, Texas has for sale a replica of the Motorama concept, albeit built on a 1956 Corvette body. We like anything with Corvette grilles and coves especially when powered by a 283 ci Fuelie and this one-of-a-kind classic doesn’t disappoint.

1956 Corvette Nomad - Exterior Blue Devil Test Mule 2004 Nomad Concept
Chevy still kicks around a new Nomad prototype built on the Kappa platform (Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice). Here is a picture of the latest incarnation from the 2005 LA Auto Show. Once again, the distinctive cues of the Corvette make themselves known on the 2004 Nomad Concept. Source: Corvette World of Dallas via Jalopnik.com
2004 Nomad Concept photo from Automotive.com
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on November 12, 2006

If you’ve been thinking about getting behind the wheel of a Corvette, there is no better place to start looking than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our November Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available.

1958 Corvette Convertible For Sale 1966 Corvette Coupe For Sale 1978 Corvette T-Top For Sale
1958 Convertible
$59,995
1966 Coupe
$98,000
1978 Pace Car
$22,900
 
1996 Corvette Coupe For Sale 2004 Corvette Hardtop For Sale 2007 Corvette Coupe For Sale
1996 Coupe
$19,900
2004 Z06
$38,950
2007 Coupe
$43,985
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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Racing Fans – Buy Your Own Corvette C6.R Racecar

by Keith Cornett on November 10, 2006

Corvette C6.R - Number 001 GM’s first ever C6 Corvette race car, the Corvette C6.R (chassis number C6.R-001) is up for grabs if you got the cash. The Racing version of the Corvette is being sold by current owner Mike Hezemans of GLPK Carsport – a European Race Team. This Corvette was raced under the GM Corvette racing banner in 2005 winning the ALMS Championship (actually we don’t know if this is the #3 or #4 Corvette) and at the end of the racing season was sold to GLPK Carport where Hezemans raced the car for the 2006 season in Belgium’s BelCar Championship. So how much to own a piece of Corvette racing history? Roughly $760,000 USD. The car will be delivered in ready to race condition. For details, get a translator and visit Hezemans.nl Source: Winding Road
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SuperVette Test Mule Spied Again

by Keith Cornett on November 8, 2006

SuperVette Test MuleRick Conti has posted a picture of another supervette test mule that was spotted outside Detroit. The engineers at GM finally decided to cover the shoebox hood scoop and duct tape that was viewable on the previous photos with a black camo cover that covers the entire hood. The photographer was not a professional, but just an enthusiast that saw the Corvette and was able to snap a photo. His comments are below:

I took this photo a couple of days ago in Detroit –it was parked not too far from a group of guys I saw talking and doing some work on a laptop inside a Tahoe (with a “Manufacturers” plate on it!).
Another Corvette enthusiast without a camera also spotted a supervette test mule outside a shopping mall in Troy, Michigan. Here are his comments:
Last Sunday I saw the next (to be announce) Super Vette in Troy Michigan near the Somerset Collection (upscale mall). At first I just saw the rear quarter from a distance and I thought someone had trashed a Z06. Once he turned the corner I could see that it was the new Super Vette. It appeared to be a white Z06 with polished stock wheels, but… it had the typical black vinyl camo on the rear quarters, entire rear bumper, front fenders and the HOOD! The Hood has a bubble that appeared 6″ tall, but I know the 2″ raised C5 & C6hoods always appear much higher so realistically probably a 3-4″ raise. The entire hood was under drapped black camo. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures but I did immediately call my inside source to confirm its being driven on the street, which it has been for at least a week now….
Hopefully, this on-the-street testing will continue and more photos will be shared. And if anyone comes up with a photo they’d like to share, may I recommend CorvetteBlogger.com? I could make it worth your while!!! Source: CorvetteConti.com Related:
     Supercharged Blue Devil Corvette Spied Again
     First Pics of Blue Devil Corvette
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