It’s a good week to be Ron Fellows. First, the Canadian-born C6.R pilot gets a very special limited-edition Z06 Corvette named after him for his nine years of accomplishments in the ALMS with Corvette Racing. And now, he’s presented with a one-of-a-kind custom Paul Reed Smith guitar that resembles the paint scheme of his signature Corvette. PRS Guitars has been a sponsor of Corvette Racing since 2005, and since the hookup, has built 400 custom Corvette Z06-branded guitars, offered in the same colors as the Z06.
The special PRS guitar is based on the PRS Corvette Standard 22. Ron is a guitarist and already owns a PRS guitar.
“Having a car named after me is amazing…having a one-off guitar made to commemorate this moment makes it even more special. Let’s face it, I’m just a Neil Young wannabe. I love music; this instrument will have a great home in my growing collection of wonderful guitars”, says Ron Fellows.
Jack Higginbotham, President of PRS Guitars adds “We have enjoyed a great synergistic relationship with Corvette and the Corvette Racing Team. High performance, made in America, high quality and an aspirational appeal are just some of the common ties that help to form the partnership. We own Corvettes, put them on track, and enjoy the performance and quality that has been engineered into the cars. We hope that owners of PRS guitars derive the same pleasure as we do from our Corvettes.”
You can see the PRS guitars at PRSGuitars.com
Corvette Gets The Axe
GM Confirms Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06
It was called the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl XLI spot and Corvette makes three appearances. A red midyear (63 or 64?) was shown first, immediately followed by Corvette Racing’s Number 3 C6.R. Was that Johnny O’Connell rapping? The spot ended with Dale Earnhardt Jr in a convertible C6. Check it out again:
New Chevy Commercial Touts Corvettes HWY MPG
Last week’s unveiling of the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica has now caused a secondary stir among enthusiasts. Appearing on the Replica is a set of split-spoke wheels not yet seen on any other production Corvette. In January, we posted Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info which mentions a new split-spoke wheel design.
So what do Corvette enthusiasts think about the new wheel? A poll on CorvetteForum.com says no. With nearly 300 votes as of Sunday morning, 49.8% voted NO, 31.7% votes YES and 18.5% were UNDECIDED.
So what are your thoughts on the wheel?
Corvette Convertible to Pace Indianapolis 500
Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info
Completing GM’s trifecta this week of news about limited production Corvettes with ties to racing, I came across an international news story that GM may also be preparing to launch a special edition Corvette for the European Market. Celebrating the success of Corvette Racing at LeMans, a very limited series of 250 “Victory Edition” Corvettes will be produced. The Victory Edition Corvettes will be available in either Black or Velocity Yellow with Competition Grey wheels. Highlighting the interior are two-tone leather seats and Corvette flag emblems, a carbon fiber look interior trim and the unique numbered “Victory Edition” badge.
The Corvette Coupes will be powered by the LS2 6L V8 with the choice of a 6-speed manual or the 6-Speed paddle shift with automatic mode.
Every “Victory Edition” Corvette will get a numbered car identification interior badge. Buyers are invited to participate in a 1 day free Corvette Drivers Training event with professional instructors at selected race tracks across Europe. The VE Corvette will be available in Europe at the beginning of March 2007.
Last year there were 1,250 Corvettes sold in Europe, so based on recent trends, the “Victory Edition” Corvettes could possibly comprise 20-25% of total Corvettes sold. No official word yet on the wording on the badge, but we’re hoping for something that says “Corvette Kicks Ass.”
Corvette Convertible to Pace Indianapolis 500
GM Confirms Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion
This is the show hosted by Alain DeCadenet. The Corvette episode is 60 minutes long and is followed by a 30 minute “Making of” episode. Knowing that Alain was able to procure and drive various one-of-a-kind, tens-of-millions-dollar-value Ferraris (Including important race cars) for that marque’s episode, the Corvette episode should be real interesting.
The show airs tonight at 9:00 pm Est on Speed with a reairing at 1:00 am EST.
Looks like a member of CorvetteForum.com has volunteered to post a copy of the show in the morning. If there is a link available, we’ll link you over to it.
For the ninth time in its history including the last 4 years in row, Corvette will serve as the official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500. Since making its debut at the brickyard in 1978, Corvette has also paced “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in 1986, 1995, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. This year’s 91st Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 27, 2007.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, Chevrolet will be producing 500 special-edition replicas for sale to the public. This will be the first time since 1998 that Chevrolet has produced a replica Indy 500 Pace Cars. Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager said “Chevrolet and Corvette have a long, storied history at Indianapolis, and the new Pace Car special edition commemorates that heritage with what will surely be an instant collectible.”
The 2007 Indianapolis Pace Car Replica Corvette features:
Atomic Orange exterior color, including door handles
Indianapolis 500 exterior graphics â€“ including gold ribbon graphics that flow outward from the front fender vents and “Indianapolis 500″ door logos
Special Indianapolis 500 fender badges
Z06 rear spoiler
New aluminum “split-spoke” wheels in Sterling Silver
Ebony seats with embroidered Indianapolis 500 logos
Interior trim plate and pods painted Atomic Orange
Atomic Orange engine covers
All of the Pace Car replicas are equipped with the Z51 performance package. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with the six-speed paddle-shift automatic optional. The navigation system with Bose audio and OnStar also are standard.
Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500
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The much talked-about Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Z06 Corvette will make its debut at the Chicago Auto Show later this month GM announced today. Confirming the rumors that started late last year, the signature Z06 Corvette features the Z06 with Artic White exterior, red interior and the long standing red driver side GT1 hash marks that first appeared 11 years ago on the limited edition Grand Sports.
Only 399 of the hand-signed special-edition Corvettes will be offered. In other words, when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Ed Peper, Chevrolet General Manager said this about Ron Fellows:
“Ron Fellows is also a part of Chevroletâ€™s racing heritage, and he has been instrumental in the remarkable success of the Corvette Racing team in the American Le Mans Series. The special signature-series Z06 model that bears his name will forever link him to one of the greatest eras in factory racing, which has produced six consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships, and counting.”
The Special Edition Corvette will be on display alongside the new Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Corvette Convertible at the Chicago Auto Show February 8th – 18th.
GM Press Release: The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06:
Marking his championship tenure with Corvette Racing’s GT1-class domination in the ALMS, Corvette racing living legend Ron Fellows is celebrated with a specially prepared 2007 Corvette Z06 production model. All are distinguished by Arctic White paint (including the door handles) that is accented with a racing-style fender stripe and Ron Fellows’ autograph.
The front fender graphics are reminiscent of the identifying graphics of the Corvette GT1 race car. They feature double Monterey Red Metallic stripes with Machine Silver borders and Fellows’ autograph in a contrasting Victory Red shade, along with the callouts of the championship years when he was at the wheel. There is also a maple leaf logo motif incorporated with the graphics, a nod to Fellows’ Canadian heritage. Indeed, the red-over-white color scheme of the carâ€™s paint and graphics represents Canada’s colors.
This special Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 are planned for production: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets.
Exterior cues include a full-width racing spoiler and a unique windshield banner. Additional standard equipment includes the well-equipped 2LZ package and chrome wheels. Special interior appointments include:
Red seats, center console, door panels and instrument panel
Red, leather-covered armrest with a Corvette-signature “cross flags” logo that is hand-signed and numbered by Ron Fellows
Tech pattern interior trim
An accomplished road racer, Ron Fellows is inextricably woven into the Corvette Racing team’s success. He helped test and develop the first Corvette C5.R race car and recorded the team’s first win in 2000. Fellows also grabbed the ALMS GTS class championship in 2002 and shared that position in 2003 and ’04. Fellows has been a part of all six consecutive ALMS GT1 manufacturers championships for Chevrolet, and was voted the most popular ALMS driver in 2004 and ’05. Additionally, he has slipped behind the wheel of NASCAR Nextel Cup Chevy Monte Carlo SS race cars when the series hits road courses. Heâ€™s also scored a pair of NASCAR Craftsman Truck series wins, three NASCAR Busch Series wins, 19 SCCA Trans Am wins and was the GM Playerâ€™s Challenge champion in 1989.
The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 will be available this spring. It carries an MSRP of $77,500, including destination. OnStar and the navigation system are the only options; and when equipped with them, the price is $79,945.
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Something about this photo just stopped me dead in my tracks. Of course I am a sucker for Cross Flag emblems and I like a highly-polished paint job. Perhaps it was the blue contrasting with the colors of the flags and the reflections of the clouds. Whatever the case, I thought it was worth sharing.
Extra credit is given for those who can name the year(s) of the Corvette this emblem was used.
Check out Smenzel’s photostream
on Flickr, who seems to have a thing for classic automotive badges and hood ornaments.
Baseball’s “Iron Man” Cal Ripkin Jr will be behind the wheel the 2007 Corvette Coupe Pace Car for the 49th Annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 18th. The Pace Car features the Daytona 500 logo on the side and is highlighted by red, white and blue side accents. A red Chevrolet bowtie is presented on the hood.
“The Daytona 500 is one of the most storied sporting events in the country and I am thrilled and honored to be a part of it. NASCAR drivers are tremendous athletes and I look forward to being in that environment,” said Ripken.
Being behind the wheel of a Corvette on a super speedway ain’t all that bad of an environment either. We’re working on getting photos of the Daytona Corvette Pace Car. Stay tuned for details.
Corvette to Pace 2007 Daytona 500