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Corvette Racing’s group of drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has a record any team in the paddock would envy. The six pilots have combined for 144 class wins in the American Le Mans Series and 17 at Le Mans with Corvette Racing winning five times since 2001. Despite all the success, the memories, history and significance of Le Mans still resonate throughout the team.

Olivier Beretta
Olivier Beretta
“My first experience at the track in 1995 was wonderful, but the race was not. Le Mans is such a famous event, but I had only watched it on television and had no idea what it was really about. I was happy to be here, but the race did not go well for us. Our Courage did not pass the technical inspection and was not allowed to start the race because it was too light, so it was a big disappointment. But after that, every year at Le Mans has been a wonderful experience.”

Ron Fellows
Ron Fellows
“I first went to Le Mans in 1999 with Herb Fishel (GM Racing director), Joe Negri (GM Racing Road Racing Group manager) and John Rice (engine development manager). After our first Daytona-Sebring experience with the Corvette, we planned on racing in Le Mans in 2000, so Herb and Joe asked me to go to Le Mans to get a feel for what it was like.

“On the morning of the race, the race director gave me a ride around the circuit in a Corvette. It was very cool to have some level of understanding when I came back the following year to race. Le Mans is very different – the way the paddock works, the scrutineering process; it’s all quite different than what we have in North America.

“I remember my first four laps in 2000 – it was like, ‘Wow, here we are!’ The run from Mulsanne down to Indianapolis was amazing. To do it in a street car is one thing, but when you’re going 190 mph it’s like driving in a tunnel.”

Johnny O'Connell
Johnny O’Connell
“My first Le Mans was in 1994 with the Nissan team, when we won the GT1 class. The most impressive thing was driving down Mulsanne before the race in a rental car. Just seeing the length of it, seeing how similar everything was to the movie Le Mans. When you go to Le Mans for the first time and see the Dunlop Bridge and all of the historic landmarks, it drives home the significance of this race. It felt even more special to me than going to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“Le Mans is a magical place, and every year here you learn something. Your first laps here are special, and you never forget them. Winning in my first year at Le Mans was a great experience, and to have won it a couple of more times since then is really good.”

Jan Magnussen
Jan Magnussen
“My first Le Mans was in 1999 when I shared a Panoz with Johnny O’Connell and Max Angelelli. Just driving at a track that has so much history was a great experience. It was my first endurance race, so I had no idea how long 24 hours really was. Halfway into the race we were about 40 laps down after several long pit stops with big problems. By six o’clock in the morning I was so tired – I hadn’t slept at all because it was all new and I wanted to experience it all. That’s when I realized there was still 10 hours to go!

“When I went home, I told everyone that was the last time I’d ever do Le Mans. But things change, and now Le Mans is my absolute favorite race of the year. Le Mans is the greatest race, but it helps when you’re with one of the best teams.”

Corvette Racing returns to the track on Wednesday for 2 days of qualifying and practice sessions. The 24 Hours of LeMans gets underway at 3pm local time on Saturday, June 14th. SPEED TV will be carrying much of the race live.


LeMans 2008: Corvettes Take To The Track For Test Day
LeMans 2007: #63 Corvette C6.R Finishes in 2nd Place

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Corvette ZHZ Available Only From Hertz

Hertz Rent A Car is teaming up with Chevrolet to offer the Corvette ZHZ, an exclusive limited edition version of the iconic American Sports car. The Corvette ZHZ comes equipped with the 436 hp LS3 coupled to the 6-Speed paddle shift automatic transmission and features a unique exterior: Yellow with a painted Black hood stripe. The Corvette ZHZ will be included in the Hertz Fun Collection which features a variety of sporty vehicles available for rent in key metropolitan markets across the county.

Just 500 Corvette ZHZs will be made available in 24 cities across 14 states. The first Corvette ZHZs debut this month at Hertz airport locations in major cities including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Net York, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle.

The Corvette ZHZ is fully optioned. In addition to the LS3 engine and paddle shift transmission mentioned above, the ZHZ features dual mode exhaust, magnetic selective ride control and special trim like embroidered ZHZ center consoles, floor mats and a Hertz emblem on the front fenders.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer the limited-edition Corvette ZHZ as part of our Fun Collection fleet,” said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Hertz. “With the launch of this exclusive program, customers can experience the thrill of renting a high-performance car that provides the utmost in driving experiences while adding a splash of fun with its distinctive look.”

Earlier this year, Avis Rent A Car announced they would start carrying the 2008 Corvette Convertible as part of their “Cool Cars” fleet.

The Corvette ZHZ will be available as part of the Fun Collection fleet at the following Hertz airport locations: Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Miami, Orlando, Palm Beach, Tampa, Savannah, Maui, Oahu, Boston, Newark, Charlotte, Portland, Charleston, Nashville, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, and Washington, DC.


Avis adds Corvette Convertible to its Cool Car Collection

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Corvette Ad Watch: Mobil 1 Ad Features Corvette ZR1

by Keith Cornett on June 8, 2008

Mobil 1 Corvette ZR1 Print Ad
Theory Communications & Design was selected by ExxonMobile to produce a print ad for Mobil 1 motor oil which is slated to appear in an upcoming issue of Corvette Quarterly Magazine. Mobil 1 is the recommended motor oil for all new Corvettes including the Corvette ZR1. Full ad is after the jump.

Mobil 1 Corvette ZR1 Print Ad

Theory Communications & Design

Where’s Johnny? Corvette Included in Chevy Print Ads

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Corvette Earns Consumers Top Rated Award

by Keith Cornett on June 6, 2008

2008 Corvette Coupe

Another week, another award for the 2008 Corvette. Last week it was Corvette Convertible that won Strategic Visions Total Quality Award for “Convertibles over $30,000“. This week, it’s the Coupes turn as visitors to made the 2008 Corvette the Consumer’s Top Rated “Coupe over $45,000″. The Consumer’ Top Rated award is the result of thousands of people’s opinions about their cars so this award says much about the owners of Corvettes and their expressed level of satisfaction about their car. Read on to see what says about the 2008 Corvette.

In selecting the winner of each class, the editors of gives each winner a write-up faithfully describing the ownership experience. Here is what they said about the 2008 Corvette Coupe:

Most exotics are hobbled by two significant flaws. The first is an exorbitant price tag. The second is a proclivity for being temperamental; these traits make many of these cars poor choices for those in search of a daily driver. Enter the Chevrolet Corvette. In addition to being a slice of pure Americana, this coupe offers world-class performance at a price that’s thousands more affordable than others in its class. It also boasts the sort of rock-solid dependability that makes it an excellent choice for everyday driving. Consumers have expressed appreciation for the Corvette’s impressive interior comfort and its head-up display. The car’s distinctive styling also earns it a special place in many hearts. Then, of course, there’s the prodigious power offered by its 6.2-liter and 7.0-liter V8s. Gushed one consumer: “Acceleration is instantaneous and onlookers are plentiful.” Yep — that about sums up the Corvette’s one-of-a-kind allure.


Corvette Convertible Wins Class in 2008 Total Quality Awards

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[VIDEO] VetteGirl.TV Video Series Makes Debut

by Keith Cornett on June 5, 2008

VetteGirl.TV Video Series

Becky Anderson is a typical mother of three, but after meeting Patrick Gramm of Digital Corvettes and Vette Dogs fame, she trades in the minivan for Patrick’s 2002 Z06 Corvette race car. “Becky has no qualifications whatsoever to be a Corvette race car driver, except for her enthusiasim and desire to go really fast.” This is the set up for the first episode of Vette Girl, a new weekly video series that chronicles Becky’s pursuit of speed. According to some of the comments from Patrick, the show has grand aspirations for 40 episodes this year.

Here’s the first episode which has Becky taking the broken Z06 to the shop and acutally gets a lesson on performing some of the mechanical upgrades herself:

New episodes of Vette Girl’s racing adventures will be shown on when available. Also, check out the forums for discussing the videos.


[VIDEO] Vette Dogs Corvette TV Show Makes Debut

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David from Kerbeck Corvettes sent us an email this morning with the latest constraints on ordering new 2009 Corvettes from the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Corvettes ordered this week are expected to be built July 7th – July 20th.

2009 Corvette Coupes and Convertibles:
Constraints are limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic is limited to 50 units while 17U Blade Silver Metallic is limited to just 25 units.

2009 Corvette Z06:
Constraints are also limited to the two new colors. 57U Cyber Grey Metallic is limited to 17 units and 17U Blade Silver Metallic has just 8 units available nationally.

2009 Corvette ZR1:
No news yet on allocations for the ZR1 but we hear that production is planned to start sometime in July. Again, stay tuned for additional information as it comes available.

In other Corvette production news, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant will be closed for its annual summer shutdown the first two weeks of July. Tours of the facility have been cancelled from June 27th through July 11th and will resume on Monday, July 14th.

Shopping for a new Corvette? call Dave Salvatore of Kerbeck Corvette at 1-877-537-2325. Make sure you tell him CorvetteBlogger sent you!

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Corvette Sales: Weekly Constraints on 2009 Corvettes (5/29)

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May 2008 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on June 3, 2008

Corvettes for Sale at Kerbeck Chevrolet

GM released May’s Corvette Sales numbers this evening and we’re happy to report that Corvette sales remain healthy despite all the negativity you hear about gas prices and the economy. 2,904 Corvettes were delivered in May 2008, the second highest amount this calendar year and lagging only 286 Corvettes behind April’s 3,190 delivery number. For the calendar year, Corvette sales stand at 12,872 – down 12.5% from 2007′s 14,703 Corvettes delivered in the same time period.

2008 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2008 2007 % Change Months 2008 2007 % Change
January 2,015 2,234 -9.8% Jan-Jan 2,015 2,234 -9.8%
February 2,071 2,784 -25.6% Jan-Feb 4,086 5,018 -18.6%
March 2,692 3,158 -14.8% Jan-Mar 6,788 8,176 -17.1%
April 3,190 3,227 -1.1% Jan-Apr 9,968 11,403 -12.6%
May 2,904 3,300 -12.0% Jan-May 12,872 14,703 -12.5%

2007 Corvette Delivery Statistics
Month Calendar Year-to-Date
Month 2007 2006 % Change Months 2007 2006 % Change
January 2,234 2,579 -16.8% Jan-Jan 2,234 2,579 -16.8%
February 2,784 3,058 -9.0% Jan-Feb 5,018 5,637 -11.0%
March 3,158 3,655 -16.7% Jan-Mar 8,176 9,292 -12.0%
April 3,227 3,516 -0.6% Jan-Apr 11,403 12,808 -11.0%
May 3,300 3,317 -4.3% Jan-May 14,703 16,125 -8.8%
June 3,055 2,938 0.1% Jan-Jun 17,758 19,063 -6.8%
July 2,377 2,794 -11.4% Jan-Jul 20,135 21,857 -7.9%
August 2,877 2,990 -3.8% Jan-Aug 23,012 24,842 -7.4%
September 2,837 3,056 -3.5% Jan-Sept 25,849 27,903 -7.4%
October 2,484 2,761 -13.5% Jan-Oct 28,333 30,664 -7.6%
November 2,438 2,773 -12.1% Jan-Nov 30,771 33,437 -8.0%
December 2,914 3,081 -5.4% Jan-Dec 33,685 36,518 -7.8%

Corvette Stock Report:

A check of Jeff Hardy’s website shows a total of 7,697 2008 Corvettes on the ground as of yesterday. This is a 13% increase over last month’s check which showed 6,770 2008 Corvettes available nationwide.

  • 4,204 Corvette Coupes
  • 1,849 Corvette Convertibles
  • 1,644 Corvette Z06

According to the site, there are 499 2007 Corvettes still available at dealers across the nation.


April 2008 Corvette Sales

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LeMans: Corvettes Take To The Track For Test Day

by Keith Cornett on June 2, 2008

Corvette Racing's C6.Rs Return to France

The Corvette Racing team has been deployed to France for the 24 Hours of LeMans and Sunday’s Test Day was their first and only day for testing on the LeMans course prior to the start of official practice and qualifying sessions beginning June 11th. During the day-long session which featured occasional downpours, showers and red-flags, the team had the opportunity to test a range of Michelin tires as well as evaluating chassis and gearbox setups.

“Mad” Max Papis recorded the fastest time for the Corvette Racing team with a lap around the 8.481-mile circuit in the #64 C6.R at 3:55.520. Johnny O’Connell was right behind him in the #63 Corvette at 3:55.877. Those times were the third and fourth fastest in the LeMans GT1 class following the #009 Aston Martin DBR9 (3:53.531) and the #50 Saleen S7R (3:55.383).

“I think we maximized the opportunities that we had today,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “It certainly wasn’t the test plan we had laid out, but the conditions were the same for everybody. When it’s all said and done, it may actually be to our advantage when a day like this happens because we’re well prepared when we arrive, and more practice time tends to narrow the gap. “The drivers are very satisfied with the development work we’ve done,” Fehan continued. “When we briefly had a dry track this morning, the cars were very stable. I think this is probably the best start we’ve had at Le Mans from the standpoint of having cars that are really good out of the box, and everyone is very encouraged by that.”
The Corvette Racing team will be facing stiff competition at this year’s 24 Hours of LeMans. Here are the 10 entries for the LMGT1 Class:

007  LM GT1  Aston Martin Racing  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
009  LM GT1  Aston Martin Racing  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
50  LM GT1  Larbre Competition  Saleen S7R 
53  LM GT1  Vitaphone Racing Team  Aston Martin DBR9 
55  LM GT1  Interprogressbank Spartak  RUS  Lamborghini Murcielago 
59  LM GT1  Team Modena  GB  Aston Martin DBR9 
63  LM GT1  Corvette Racing  USA  Corvette C6.R 
64  LM GT1  Corvette Racing  USA  Corvette C6.R 
72  LM GT1  Luc Alphand Aventures  Corvette C6.R 
73  LM GT1  Luc Alphand Aventures  Corvette C6.R 

The track opens again on Wednesday, June 11th for 2 days of qualifying and practice sessions. The 24 Hours of LeMans gets underway at 3pm local time on Saturday, June 14th. SPEED TV will be carrying much of the race live.

Le Mans 2007: #63 Corvette C6.R Finishes in 2nd Place
Photo Credit: Arnaud Cornilleau – ACO/Nikon

Le Mans 2007: #63 Corvette C6.R Finishes in 2nd Place

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2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car Corvette

On Saturday I took a drive across Tampa to my Corvette Club’s sponsoring dealer Ferman Chevrolet to see the two special edition 2008 Corvettes: The 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car replica and the 427 Edition Corvette Z06. While the promotional pictures and other people’s photos have already appeared online, it’s quite a different thrill to actually see these two unique Corvettes up-close and personal.

Ferman’s Corvette specialist Tommy Farruggio told me they ordered two of the Indy 500 Pace Car replicas, a convertible and a coupe. I’ve mentioned it before and seeing it in person has only reinforced my belief that this is the best looking Corvette Pace Car since the original one appeared back in 1978. What really stands out is the green trim on the Indy 500 side logos and the stripe running along side the hood bulge. The Pace Car replica’s feature the signature of Emerson Fittipaldi, two time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and are numbered. The Pace Car coupe that I viewed was number 245 out of 500. This Corvette has already been sold but interestingly the buyer is also in the market for a sub-1000 mile 1978 Corvette Pace Car. If you know of one available, let me know.

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The other special edition of 2008 is the Crystal Red 427 Corvette Z06, a tribute car that celebrates the heritage of the 427 cubic inch engine. In Chevrolet history, the 427 engine was the pinnacle of performance for Corvettes and other muscle cars of the late ’60s. As the pushrod V8 has matured and technology advanced, Chevrolet is able to once again offer the potent power plant, this time in the form of the LS7 7.0 liter 505 hp small block. The 427 Editions are unique with the Crystal Red paint and custom black hood strip as well as the bevy of the old-style horsepower logos on the hood and embroidered on the seats. The 427 also pays homage to Wil Cooksey, the Bowling Green Assembly Plant’s manager who just retired. Wil’s focus on quality is one of the reasons why the Corvette scores so well on owner satisfaction surveys. Tommy said this was third 427 Edition to come through Ferman with other two already sold and delivered to customers. This 427 Corvette is signed by Wil Cooksey and is number 370 out of 505.

[VIDEO] New Corvette Pace Cars Hit The Indy 500
Sales Analysis: The 2008 30th Anniversary Indy 500 Corvette Pace Car Replica

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LeMans Blue Corvette Z06 in Italy has turned their high-definition camera lenses on the Corvette Z06 and the result can only be summed up simply as “breathtaking”. This isn’t just another YouTube video showing the comings and going of America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads, its a full cinematic experience showing America’s super car turned loose on Italy’s twisty old-world roads.

While previous came complete with a plot line, with this movie, the Z06 is the plot line. From the beginning you get a sense that the video you are about see will exceed your expectations. They even filmed the Corvette Z06 in the rain! I didn’t see that coming…

Leaving the confines of a parking garage, the Corvette Z06 is shown first in the rain outside a gorgeous Italian estate. The action then moves to surrounding roads. The Corvette looks very comfortable sliding around the switchbacks and sloping mountainside curves. The views are wonderful and after watching the video, you’ll have a strong urge to go online looking to book travel to southern Europe.

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Some have referred to this video as Car Porn. We’re very happy to report that the video is “Safe for Work”. Enjoy some of the photos from the gallery and visit to watch the movie, available in both High or Standard definition. For those of you who actually prefer YouTube styled movies, I bring you our own 5 Bridges Run video shot last year.

Source: via

5 Bridges Run

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