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Stingray TV Show Coming to DVD

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

1965 Corvette Sting RayStingray, the NBC show from the mid 1980′s is returning later this year on DVD, according to producer Stephen J. Cannell’s website. The show starred Nick Mancuso as the mysterious Ray, who travels from place to place in his classic 1965 Corvette, fighting crime and helping people in trouble. He accepts no money for his help, only the promise of a favor which Ray will come and collect at some future date. The show aired on NBC from 1986-1987 and 23 episodes plus the 2-hour movie pilot were shot. I remember an episode where Ray was being pursued by a black helicopter with mini-guns and they shot out the tinted black rear window on Ray’s Corvette. It will be a real treat to see these episodes again, and just in time for Christmas!
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Corvette Wins Even The Most Dubious Awards

by Keith Cornett on April 18, 2007

As the saying goes, “When you’re hot, you’re hot”. Corvette is so hot right now, its racking up awards for categories that seem to come straight from a David Letterman Top 10 list. With the two latest wins for Corvette, we’re just wondering “who in their right mind is making this stuff up?” In the end we became inspired to hand out our own award for the most bogus use of Corvette as a prop. We planned to call it the Delaminated Roof Award but instead just refer to them as the Roofies. Our first Roofie goes out to a deodorant giant. A survey of 1,000 men over the age of 18 was sponsored by Right Guard, the deodorant brand that according to their press release is “legendary among U.S. males”. One of the questions was “Cars So Hot They Make You Sweat!” The results:

Porsche 91122%
Aston Martin17%
BMW Z413%
Bentley Continental GTC7%
None of the above10%
Don’t know5%
Five percent of the sample, fifty people, actually said “Don’t know”. I can see someone answering “None of the Above”, but saying don’t know even after being prompted for the answers… The winner of our second Roofie award goes to Forbes Autos. In their pictorial essay entitled “In Pictures: Sexiest Luxury Cars“, Forbes Autos labels the Chevrolet Corvette Convertible as the “Sexiest Car for Newly Divorced Dads”. I’m not parsing words, but they said Dads, not Men:
Prince sung about it. Diddy has said the way to meet women is to put on a white T-shirt and drive around in one. The Corvette convertible is just the dose of self-esteem a newly divorced dad needs. And with its 400-horsepower, V-8 engine, it’s still one of the most fun cars to drive.
Corvette owners are still trying to shed the gold chain wearing, mid-life crises stereotype and along comes Forbes Autos putting it all into perspective for us. The Dad, you see, lacks self-esteem because SHE left him, hence he goes out and gets a Corvette to offset his little dick low self-esteem. In the end its all good because if Dad can still afford a $50K Corvette convertible, he obviously got the better end of the deal.
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Corvette ZR-1 Enters the Jalopnik Fantasy Garage

by Keith Cornett on April 17, 2007

1994 Corvette ZR-1Today we are thankful for Los Jalops. Those car crazy guys at have finally decided to add some American Muscle to their current foreign makes only fantasy garage. While I’m a bit surprised the honor didn’t go to an El Camino first, I am very satisfied with their first American choice: The Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. With everyone having Z06′s and SS/Blue Devils on the brain, it’s nice to see the Jalops remembering Corvette’s first super car, the ZR-1. Built from 1990-1995, the ZR-1 was a marvel for its time. The C4-style Corvette came equipped with the exotic 32 valve 4 overhead cam engine that pushed the base Corvette’s horsepower from 250 to 375, and then eventually to 405 hp in later production years. As the first Corvette super car, the ZR-1 set records including its most famous: In a 24 hour span, stopping only for fuel and driver changes, the ZR-1 Corvette averaged 174 mph. As Jalopnik’s Jonny Lieberman reminds us, that’s New York to LA and back in just 30 hours. To be added to the Fantasy Garage, readers of must vote, and so far they have with 85% recommending the ZR-1 for admittance into the exclusive club. Current fantasy garage stall members include the RUF RT12 (I don’t know what that is either), Maserati’s Quattroporte Executive GT, a 1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, the Honda 1300 Coupe 9, a 1931 Daimler Double Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe and the Ferrari 288 GTO. So go read the ZR-1 profile at and then vote yes! Corvette fanboys everywhere are counting on you!
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Corvette Blue Devil/SS Enters Final Tuning Phase

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

Blue Devil/SS Corvette Mule - Photo by Chris DoaneIn a Car & Driver interview with GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, GM’s great pontificator spoke about the development process of the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. Apparently, development of the fastest Corvette yet is moving through the development stages and nearling completion. That’s a good thing to hear considering that GM has frozen the development of other large and powerful rear-wheel drive cars due to the proposed new CAFE regulations. The freeze has put the brakes on the next Chevy Impala and several Cadillac models. But development of the Blue Devil/SS is very much on track, according to Lutz:

“It’s a very difficult vehicle development. This thing has so much power that we have to explore a dynamic envelope that we’ve never explored before. We want the vehicle to be safe and we want it to be predictable, even at speeds that no mortal is ever going to attain in the United States. That’s our obligation. We’re really into a speed and power realm that General Motors has never been in before. We’re way up there with Porsche Carrera GTs and Ferraris.”
One question not yet settled is the horsepower rating for the new Corvette.
In terms of horsepower, Lutz said: “We’re certainly not going to be at 600 because some of our competition is at 600. So, 600 is a number that is not satisfactory for us. I would say comfortably in excess of 600 is the way I would term it.” As for 700 horses, “that would be a stretch. Tom Stephens (GM’s head of powertrain) would say, ‘maybe in the second year.’”
Expectations are the Corvette Blue Devil/SS will make its debut early next year at one of the large autoshows (NAIAS anyone?) and will be produced as a 2009 model.
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Corvette Racing’s Gavin and Berretta Win 3rd GT1 Race

by Keith Cornett on April 16, 2007

#4 C6.R Corvette in the Pits at Long BeachCorvette Racing’s # 4 C6.R driven by the two “Ollies”, Oliver Gavin and Olivier Beretta, won their third straight GT1 class Saturday in the ALMS Grand Prix of Long Beach. The 100 minute race was the shortest in ALMS history, and to give you an example of how short the race is, each of the Corvettes pitted only once for the driver change, tires and fuel. While racing unopposed in the GT1 class, Corvette Racing still brought its “A” game as the two C6.R teams went for the win. In the end, the #4 Corvette finished just 0.349 seconds ahead of the #3 C6.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell.

“It’s very satisfying to get three in a row and have a decent points lead,” said Oliver Gavin. “This race has been quite tough because the track changed considerably from qualifying to the race. It’s a lot cooler today, and I think we had the car slightly too stiff for the cool temperatures. The track got very slippery, and it was difficult for Olivier because he had to push hard after the pit stop even though he’d had only six or seven laps in practice.” “I knew the only chance for us to get a win here was to push really hard on the out lap and beat the No. 4 car out of the pits,” said Johnny O’Connell. “We did everything we could, and I even brushed the wall on the out lap. It would have been nice to get a win here, but congratulations to the guys on the No. 4. Nobody on that team is making any mistakes.”
Corvette Racing’s next event is the Grand Prix of Houston, the third of three consecutive street races, on Saturday, April 21. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on the 1.7-mile JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park temporary street circuit will begin at 5:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. EDT). It will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, April 29, from 1-3 p.m. EDT.
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New Paint Chips Unveiled for 2008 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on April 12, 2007

Our January post about Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info appears to be taking shape as we get closer to this month’s debut of the 2008 Corvette at the Corvette Museum’s C5/C6 Bash. Over at, CorvetteConti posted images of the two new exterior colors as well as an interior swatch with a cool new shade of red.

Corvette Exterior 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic Corvette Exterior 89U Crystal Red Metallic Two new custom leather wrap interiors
The new exterior colors are 85U Jetstream Blue Metallic and 89U Crystal Red Metallic. They are replacing the popular LeMans Blue and Monterey Red. The two new interior combinations are being added to the seven combinations currently being produced. The new custom leather wrap interiors are named 245 Sienna and 425 Linen. According to our early post, the Z06 is supposed to pick up these options as well. As an interesting aside, and I only mention it because it comes from the king of watermarks himself, Conti hints that another exterior color could be making its way onto the 2008 Corvette sometime after the first of the year. That color is described as Mocha Bronze Metallic.
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Tom Cruise: Corvette Owner

by Keith Cornett on April 11, 2007

(Editor’s Note: Read in the style of Robin Leach, Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) Hollywood super-couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hit up L.A. eatery Mastro’s Steakhouse for a romantic evening out on Tuesday. The dressed-up pair arrived in style in Tom’s classic 1958 Silver Blue Corvette, which he drove. Tom, 44, and Katie, 28, spent over two hours in the restaurant, before heading back home.

Tom and Katie in their 1958 Corvette. Tom and Katie exit their 1958 Corvette. Celebrity bodyguard is the ultimate in anti-theft devices.
What I really like about these photos is the #3 shot with bodyguard. I would imagine the conversation was something like: Tom: “Hey, were going to grab a bite to eat. Stay and watch the car.”
Bodyguard: “It will be here when you return, sir. BTW, Sir. Do you think this suit makes me look fat?”
Tom: “Hell, no. you look good. Besides, the suit matches the Silver Coves. See you in a couple of hours.” Update:
Apparently, Tom had a little trouble starting the 1958 Corvette when leaving the restaurant. Surrounded by photogs, one in the crowd yells out “Mission Impossible”. See the video at
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First Quarter European Corvette Sales Grow

by Keith Cornett on April 10, 2007

Although the European Market is not all that large for Corvette in terms of volume, it is important for Corvette to continue to make inroads against the European cars it is constantly benchmarked against in their own backyard. First quarter sales of Corvettes continue to show that those inroads are being made. 348 Corvettes were sold by GM Europe in the first quarter of 2007. While year-to-year first quarter sales are up 5.5% with 18 more Corvettes sold this year than last year, year-to-year monthly sales for March 2007 slipped by 26 Corvettes with 162 sold in 2006 versus 136 in March 2007.
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Jan Magnussen and Johnny O’Connell are eager to put prior experience of tricky street circuits to good use when the American Le Mans Series makes its trip to the streets of California and the Long Beach circuit. The shortest track the field will race at, the tight and twisty circuit will make its debut on the ALMS calendar this year, but while many drivers will go there to embark on a weekend of learning, both Magnussen and O’Connell will merely have to dust the cobwebs off their memories to get by. Indeed, Magnussen raced at Long Beach recently thanks to his Grand-Am commitments and he admits it is a circuit he enjoys greatly.

“All in all, Long Beach is a great setting for a race and it’s good for the ALMS to race there,” the Dane said. “I’ve raced a Daytona Prototype there previously, and the track is much like the street circuit in St. Petersburg in terms of how the track is crowned. One corner that’s unique to Long Beach is the very tight hairpin at Turn 11. It’s a place where you just don’t try to pass, and you hope that nobody else tries to pass you.”
O’Connell meanwhile will have to delve further into the recesses of his memory to remember the last time he raced at Long Beach, that being when he was an up and coming driver through the open-wheel ranks.
“I’ve driven a little bit of everything at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, but the course has changed quite a lot since I last raced there so it will take some time to get familiar with the layout,” said O’Connell. “We’ll have to get up to speed quickly because practice time is very limited, but we have such an amazing engineering staff at Corvette Racing that all I have to do is focus on my driving. “The most important part of Corvette Racing’s program is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, so while we approach these street races as good preparation for Le Mans, we don’t want to bang up our race cars. It forces us to be very precise and drive with good technique. Racing in Long Beach is a great opportunity for all of the Corvette owners in Southern California to see the Corvette C6.Rs in action.”
The Grand Prix of Long Beach will be held Saturday, April 14. The 100 minute race on a 1.968-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. local time), and will be televised in a same-day broadcast on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET.
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LS2 Corvette Engine Animation/Screensaver

by Keith Cornett on April 8, 2007 user gmijoe sent me a link to this really cool animation showing the assembly of the LS2 Corvette engine. As the engine is being assembled, it is rotated for the best view and parts “fly-in” and are bolted on. There is also a version that can be used as a screensaver as well.

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