Episode 7 brings us to the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Oklahoma for day 6 of the Cannonball One Lap of America. The Hallett track features a nice assortment of twists and straightaways. Despite losing his ABS brakes, traction control and active handling at the end of episode 6, Patrick pushes his DigitalCorvettes’ Z06 as fast as he dares in the style of what he calls “driving like a grandma”.
Damn, living in Florida makes me wish all grandma’s drove like Patrick.
Episode 6: Pueblo Motorsports Park, Colorado
Episode 5: The DC Z06 at the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah
Episode 4: Mid-America Motorplex
Episode 3: Looking Towards the Sky
Episode 2: The Skid Pad Strikes Back
Episode 1: ‘Vette Dogs’ Corvette TV Show Makes Debut
Whew, the years are just flying by. As the headline suggests, this week is the second anniversary of the founding of CorvetteBlogger.com. It’s been a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed myself. The blog has come a long way since I first got started back in 2005. As I drive into the third year of being a Corvette Blogger, I am confident about the direction this site is heading and I thought I would share that with you.
The blog will continue to focus on valuations with an emphasis on buying and selling Corvettes because that is really what interests me. The growth of the market and interest from new owners keeps our hobby strong and vibrant. When purchasing a Corvette, knowledge is power. It’s my goal to inform you on which models are worth pursuing and why, as well as which models you may want to bypass.
Corvette news plays an important part of this blog. We scour the Corvette world to bring you the latest on what’s happening. Most of all, I try to avoid being part of the echo chamber by not only telling you what is making the news, but giving you an analysis of how it may impact the Corvette hobby.
And finally, the trifecta of this blog’s content is living the Corvette Lifestyle. The Corvette lifestyle is what binds us and brings us together no matter what model or year you own and it’s why I put my heart and soul into this blog. You may have noticed if you’ve been reading over the last few months that I’ve been posting stories of how the Corvette lifestyle relates to me personally. It’s important for me that you see that I am living the dream… not just talking about it.
The blog continues to be very well received and it’s wonderful reading comments from people with various viewpoints. Please! If you’re on the site and you see a post that hits home, or if I get something so completely wrong, let me know by leaving a comment.
Lastly, what can I do to make this blog better. If you have some ideas that you think other Corvette enthusiasts would be interested in, please let me know.
So thanks again for being a part of this website and get ready for another year of outstanding Corvette coverage!
CorvetteBlogger.com Celebrates One Year Anniversary
Just a quick note to let you know I’ve been out a few days and will be out a few more. For the rest of the week I will be working extra hard doing this…
Life’s a beach when you love what you do. See you next week!
BadBoyVettes keeps raising the bar when it comes to their video coverage of the Corvette Racing team. Back in June, they duct-taped a digital video camera to the hood of a C6.R Corvette for a lap around LeMans. Great for fans, but not so great for the camera. Then they followed up with the innovative ToeCam at Lime Rock. And for this weekend at Road America, it looks like PitCam will be debuting with a new twist: live streaming video during the race.
They tested the camera earlier in the week by mounting it to the hat being worn by crew member Dave. Dave then spent the next 30 minutes doing his prep work on the #3 Corvette. You can view that video here.
Check the BadBoyVettes.com PitCam often during the race. They have an icon at the top to let you know when the broadcast will be streaming. The four hour race beings at 4 p.m. CDT on Saturday, August 11th.
In other Road America news, Oliver Gavin was first in the GT1 class for Corvette Racing with a lap of 2:02.24 to edge out Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette C6.R by more than a second. Third in class was the Doran Racing Maserati MC12 of Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard at 2:04.499.
Corvette Racing: Johnny O’Connell Video at Lime Rock 2007
Best Video Yet: C6.R Corvette Lapping Le Mans
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Our weekly roundup of Corvettes for sale takes us to Bowling Green for the sale of a C6 which is our eBay pick of the week. A massive collection of horsepower out of PA catches our eye. Lastly, we’ll give you a preview of one of the gems offered at the upcoming Russo and Steele Monterey auction.
2006 #000001 Corvette Coupe
I may be wrong on this call, but I do believe this is the first time the National Corvette Museum has turned to eBay for the sale of one of its collector Corvettes. On the block is the first 2006 Corvette Coupe produced, VIN #00001. This Corvette Coupe has a number of firsts that any collector would desire. The single digit VIN, the first Monterey Red Corvette and the first Corvette with the paddle shift 6-Speed automatic. The Corvette has been on tour with GM at various media events, which accounts for the Coupe having just 138 miles. As of this writing, the Corvette has 9 bids with the current bid being $55,350. The Coupe has yet to reach reserve. See more photos and place a bid at eBay.com
2006 Corvette Z06 Collection
I think we’ve reached a period of excess when we’re talking about need to own every color of Z06 from 2006. But that’s exactly what our next featured Corvettes for sale are all about. HoltAutoWeb.com has just such a collection of six 2006 Corvette Z06s, one in every color offered. Other than the fact that six Corvette Z06′s would look awesome in any garage (that can hold six cars), we’re not real sure of the rationale for buying this collection unless you have the ability to store them for 20 or more years.
1957 Corvette 283 FI Convertible
It was only a couple of weeks ago when played Corvette Poker and asked the question, what trumps a big block? There are only a couple of Corvettes that can compete with the aura of the 1967 big blocks and this 1957 fuel injected Corvette is one of them. Offered at the Russo and Steele Monterey Auction next weekend, this black with silver coves Corvette features a matching numbers 283 ci fuelie engine coupled to a 4-speed transmission. The Corvette recently underwent a frame-off restoration and is ready roll. Check it out at Russo and Steele
Do you have a Corvette for sale that you think would be worthy of being featured? Drop me an email and let me know where we can find out more about it. And stay tuned for next week’s Friday’s Featured Corvettes.
Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale (07/27/07)
Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale (07/20/07)
Friday’s Featured Corvettes for Sale (07/13/07)
Corvette Conti, our highly proficient conveyor of Corvette insider knowledge has hinted once again about the return of “Corvette Brown”. Corvette Brown and its variations Dark Brown, Dark Bronze and Medium Bronze Metallic have been one of those not-so-celebrated exterior shades that graced Corvettes from the mid-seventies through the early C4 generation.
Conti is hearing the new tri-color paint called Mocha Bronze Metallic or “Mica Tint” may be coming sooner rather than later. It’s been over 20 years since a Corvette has been lit up like dark chocolate and since they don’t write songs about “Little Mocha Corvettes”, I say give it another 20.
This news, combined with the rumor Conti posted last week about GM allowing customers to choose a caliper color begs the question: What would you paint your calipers if you had a shiny new Mocha Bronze Metallic Corvette?
Corvette Buyers To Get Option for Choosing Caliper Color?
From the Flickr Corvette Pool:
1986 Corvette Options and Facts
1986 marked the return of the Corvette Convertible, a body style last seen in 1975. The 1986 model year was third in C4 production with a total of 35,109 Corvettes produced. Production was split with 27,794 Coupes built vs 7,315 Convertibles. 1986 marked the first year that the price of a Corvette climbed over the $30,000 mark. MRSP for the Convertible $32,032 while the Coupe was modestly priced at $27,027.
Only one engine option available:
350 ci (L98)
Aluminum head engines produced 235 hp
Iron head engines produced 230 hp
17 Exterior Colors Available:
Rarest Color was Copper Metallic. Only 4 produced.
8 Interior colors were offered
How to Spot a 1986 Corvette:
Differences between the 1984-1990 Corvettes were very minor. The easiest way to spot a 1986 Corvette may be the wheels. In 1986, the wheel centers were unpainted. In 1984 and ’85, the wheel centers were painted black while in 1987 the centers were painted gray. The center-mounted third brake light also made its appearance on the Corvette in 1986.
1986 Corvette Highlights:
The 1986 Corvette paced the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet designated all convertible models as pace cars. Each convertible was sold with an Indy 500 Pace Car decal kit that could be installed by the dealer. Anti-lock brake systems (ABS) became standard as well as the new VATS vehicle anti-theft system which has a chip implanted at the base of the ignition key. Chevrolet paid tribute to New Jersey Chevrolet dealer Malcom Konner with a special run of 50 Malcom Konner Commemorative Edition Corvettes.
1986 Corvette Values:
The early C4 models are starting their appreciation curve and with the return of the roadster for Corvette, values for the 1986 model are strong. Our Corvette Price Guide puts the average price of the 1986 Corvette Coupe at $9,300 with a one year appreciation of 2%. The Convertible model does even better with an average value of $13,000 and +8% appreciation over the year prior.
Corvette Black Book
Corvette Price Guide
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1969 Corvette Convertible
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1965 Corvette Coupe
Flickr Photo of the Day: 1959 Corvette
On day 4 of the Cannonball One Lap of America, we find our self proclaimed Corvette Punishers in Utah at the Miller Motorsports Park. The DCZ does some fast laps around the 24 turn circuit and gets up to 140 mph in the straights. As a commentor suggested, when Patrick is on the track, watch his ignition keys as the Corvette is being subjected to some g-force through the curves.
Catch all the episodes of Vette Dogs at VetteDogs.com
Video: Vette Dogs Episode 4 – Mid-America Motorplex
Video: Vette Dogs Episode 3 – Looking Towards the Sky
Video: Vette Dogs Episode II – The Skid Pad Strikes Back
‘Vette Dogs’ Corvette TV Show Makes Debut