Paragon Reproductions hosted their annual open house a couple of weekends ago at their sprawling facility in Rankin, MI. Attendees were able to wander each of the several buildings on the grounds, buy a host of C1 – C4 Corvette parts, and enjoy a complementary lunch. Of course, one could also check out the 100 or so Corvettes that showed up too. We made a late summer road trip up to Paragon and you see can see some of our photos from the event after the break.
Terry Michaelis from Proteam Corvette has got a mystery car on his hands and is turning to the internet to see if anyone is familiar with VIN #816, a low mile and unrestored 327/340 hp 1963 Corvette Coupe that has lived its life in the Detroit area. Have you seen this split-window?
A ton of excitement was generated on Saturday afternoon at Mecum’s inaugural auction in Dallas. Of the 116 L88 Corvettes that were built in 1969, the black coupe that hit the auction block this past Saturday may be one of the finest examples of them all. An all original Corvette, the Black L88 coupe dominated the attention of bidders and its stong selling price at $562,500 set the high sale of the entire auction.
Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner once again takes up behind the wheel to give us the driver’s perspective of lapping the 2.54 mile circuit at Road Atlanta in the dark during the Thursday night practice session. Milner and his #3 Compuware Corvette C6.R reach speeds up to 160 mph on the backstretch and its all captured in glorious HD!
The Detroit News is reporting that General Motors will be recalling 6,006 2011 and 2012 Corvette Coupes in North America due to failure to meet a federal safety standard covering the rear hinges. GM said the issue could allow the rear hatch to separate from the vehicle in a crash.
West Coast Customs kicked off season two of their show on the new Velocity network with a project built around a custom 1958 Corvette for the Black Eye Peas’ Will.I.Am. If you missed it, you’re not alone, but the good news is that after consulting my TV guide, it looks like the final episode of this project will be shown on Sunday at 8:00 pm EST. You’ll want to set your DVRs now because this looks like a really cool project.
Corvette Racing’s program director Doug Fehan takes a few minutes at the 2011 Petit Le Mans to talk with Corvette owners and enthusiasts at the Corvette Corral. In the Q & A session, Doug talks about future race venues, direct injection on the C7, the return of the Jake livery and the Corvette Museum’s motorsports park.
When the 1984 Corvette was introduced, it was the pinnacle of Chevy performance at that time. But unfortunately, time hasn’t been all that good to the first models of the C4 generation. Some blame the 205 hp cross-fire engine that powered the early C4 Vettes while over-production pushed the number of them available to over 51,000. Regardless, as far as Corvettes go, there are a number of these cars out there and so sellers will sometimes get creative on how to best present them for sale.
It’s not often we dedicate a post about a vehicle that’s not a Corvette, but when we see another Bowtie running the Nordschleife, we take notice. Here is the official video of the new 2012 Camaro ZL1 running the Nurburgring in 7:41.27. Powered by a supercharged 6.2L “LSA” V8 rated at 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, the new ZL1 was 40 seconds faster than the Camaro SS and 18 seconds faster than the Cadillac CTS-V’s 7:59. Earlier this year, the Corvette ZR1 ran a 7:19.63 while the Z06 clocked in at 7:22.68.
In the final episode of Corvette Racing’s 2011 Tech Transfer segments which air during the ALMS race telecasts, Corvette Racing’s Doug Fehan talks about enhancements to the 2012 Corvette ZR1. From the performance package featuring the new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and lightweight cup wheels to Performance Traction Management Control, the Corvette ZR1 is the tip of the technological spear that represents the partnership between racing and production.