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Video: Top Gear Reviews Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 16, 2006

Leave it to Jeremy Clarkson of BBC’s Top Gear to completely miss the point of the new Z06 Corvette. The first clip has Jeremy driving the Z06 on their test course and from the looks of it, he couldn’t be happier than throwing the Vette through a couple of 1.2 + lateral G curves, or from a dead stop he puts the car in 5th gear and goes from 0-175 mph before he has to back it down because he is out of runway. The second clip has the Corvette in the Top Gear studio and this is where Clarkson misses the point. He complains the car is unmanageable off the track and “…the ride is awful, the engine sounds like it’s being fuelled by spanners, it’s too wide, it will shake your bones to dust and the gearbox feels like it’s out of a tractor.” Jeremy, while the above description is certainly not as bad as you portray (or perhaps your English roads are just quite up to the par of American roads), that experience is why you spend the $25K more for the Z06 than a regular Coupe. The Z06 even ranks 12 on your Power Lap board, all this for just £60,000. What’s amazing is that the only thing you didn’t bash was the interior. And one last thing, jeremy. It’s pronouced ‘Zee-Oh-Six’, not ‘Zed-Oh-Six.’




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Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2 at Houston

by Keith Cornett on May 15, 2006

Corvette Racing took first and second place in the GT1 class and were second and third overall in the Lone Star Grand Prix. The #4 Corvette driven by Olivier Beretta and Oliver Gavin finished just ahead of the #3 Corvette piloted by Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. The win was made even more impressive due to 176 pound weight penalty over the Aston Martin team. Motorsport.com is featuring a review of the race by #4 Corvette Oliver Gavin:

I followed Johnny for 1hour 15 minutes out of my time in the car (98 minutes) and was almost mesmerized sitting behind him. He was driving brilliantly in the No. 3 car, and he didn’t make a mistake, not one inch. It couldn’t have been any closer between us and the Aston Martins.
The next challenge for Corvette Racing will be the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio May 19-21 in Lexington, Ohio.
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Featured Corvettes at VetteFinders.com

by Keith Cornett on May 12, 2006

With summer just a month away, now is the time to find that Corvette you’ve been dreaming about and there is no better place to find Corvettes for sale than VetteFinders.com. The following six cars were highlighted in our May Featured Corvettes Newsletter which is just a small sampling of the 500+ Corvettes now available:

1954 Convertible
$65,000
1967 Convertible
$57,900
1982 CE Coupe
$13,000
 
1996 CE Coupe
$23,500
2002 Z06
$32,100
2006 Coupe
$57,220
Interested in receiving the Featured Corvettes newsletter? Click here to subscribe. Selling Your Corvette? Now is the time and VetteFinders.com is the place to reach more qualified Corvette Buyers. Corvette Classified Ads are only $25 and run for 3 months. You can post unlimited photos and you have access to make any changes at any time.
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Corvette Racing Headed to the Streets of Houston

by Keith Cornett on May 11, 2006

The inaugural Lone Star Grand Prix will be held Friday night, May 12th and the two Corvette C6.R’s will have their work cut out for them as they battle the ALMS competition. The Lone Star Grand Prix marks the first street race since Miami Beach in 2003. The course is set up on a temporary 1.7 mile track through Houston’s Reliant Park. The C6.R Corvettes will be battling the close quarters and unforgiving concrete barriers that define the Houston Circuit. Another factor that has tilted the playing field in favor of Corvette Racing’s competition is that series officials have granted Aston Martin Racing a 55 pound advantage in addition to the weight concessions announced prior to the start of the season. As a result, the C6.R Corvettes must weigh 176 pounds more than the Aston Martin DBR9s.

“The Corvette C6.R is at a point in its development where we’re very comfortable going to a street race,” said Corvette Racing program manager Doug Fehan. “The challenge we have isn’t with the race track, it’s with the competition. Aston Martin has received additional performance concessions. That’s the challenge. “A weight handicap is magnified on a street circuit,” Fehan explained. “Generally the speeds are slower and the demands on braking and acceleration are greater. In those circumstances, a lighter car has an advantage.”
The Lone Star Grand Prix, the second round of the 10-race 2006 American Le Mans Series, is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CDT on Friday, May 12. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised tape-delayed on Saturday, May 13, at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS Sports. Visit CorvetteRacing.com for more information.
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Stolen Corvette Leads Cops to Auto-Theft Ring

by Keith Cornett on May 10, 2006

A stolen Corvette equipped with a LoJack vehicle tracking device led investigators to crack a major auto-theft ring based in northern Illinois that specialized in the theft of high end muscle cars. Illinois State Police picked up the LoJack signal in March and tracked it to a house in Grand Detour, Illinois. When police converged on the house, they found not only the Corvette they were looking for, but a second stolen Corvette, a Honda motorcycle and other stolen vehicle parts. A suspect was arrested and the investigation that followed led police to other stolen cars including Z06 Corvettes, Ford Cobra’s, Dodge Vipers and Ford F-250 Diesels. Police tracked down another suspect and found a stolen Ford Mustang Cobra, along with 23 pounds of marijuana, 20 guns, cash and $30,000 in chop shop tools. The Mustang was one of three Cobra’s stolen from the same dealership in one night. Additional searches led to the recovery of a computer that was used to program Ford transponder keys that had been stolen from a dealership. Read the entire account of this story.
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Auction Results: Kansas City Dream Classic

by Keith Cornett on May 9, 2006

Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers held their annual Spring Kansas City Dream Classic Auction on April 28th and 29th in Kansas City. Over 250 cars crossed the auction block including 22 Corvettes. Of the Corvettes, 14 sold. Notable Corvettes included a rare 1954 which sold for $66,150 while two C3′s, a 1976 and 1978, sold for $6,500. Auction Results:

Lot # Year Description Sales Price Status
S5261954CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE$66,150Sold
S311961CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$60,000Bid
S591963CHEVROLET CORVETTE L-75 BLUE$50,400Sold
S801963CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$28,350Sold
S5331965CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER$45,675Sold
S471967CHEVROLET CORVETTE MAROON$64,000Bid
F191968CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$24,000Bid
S631968CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$25,200Sold
S251969CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK$33,500Bid
S5541969CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK$33,500Bid
S5211971CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$30,450Sold
F811972CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE$18,060Sold
F161973CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLUE$20,500Bid
S701973CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLUE$21,525Sold
F791976CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER$6,500Sold
F891978CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER$6,500Sold
S231978CHEVROLET CORVETTE SILVER$11,000Bid
F201979CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$8,600Sold
F771981CHEVROLET CORVETTE MAROON$12,600Sold
S5121992CHEVROLET CORVETTE BLACK$31,000Bid
S901994CHEVROLET CORVETTE WHITE$16,800Sold
S191997CHEVROLET CORVETTE RED$23,888Sold
Source: Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers
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Corvette Values: 1966 Corvette Convertible

by Keith Cornett on May 8, 2006

KF of South Carolina submitted this 1966 Convertible to Corvette Values: 1966 Corvette Convertible, VIN 194676S1108XX. Recent “Frame-Up” Restoration including new Nassau Blue (original color), rebuild of the original 327 ci 300 hp engine, new suspension and new disc brakes front and back. Options include 4-Speed transmission, posi, AM/FM radio with power antenna and a teak steering wheel. Car is in excellent, show condition and won best of class at local car show. Interior is all new and all gauges work properly. Restored hard top. Corvette is mechanically sound and drives great. Corvette has 51,000 miles. This 1966 Corvette Roadster, VIN# 194676S1108XX has had a recent “frame-up” restoration. The restoration included a Nassau Blue repaint, Nassau Blue being the original color. It was the most popular of all paint colors for the 1966 Corvette model year. This exterior paint is termed in “show-Ready” condition documented by a “Best in Class” award at a local car show. The interior has a new dark blue vinyl seat coverings, a newly installed White convertible top, and restored dash dials, radio and clock all in working order. This 1966 Roadster is powered by the original, matching numbers base 327-300 motor that is coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission. The front and rear suspension has been rebuilt and new disc brakes were added, front and rear. The mileage shown on the odometer is 51,000 which is considered low for a 40 year old car. Options on this Corvette are minimal, however, they include a restored removable hardtop, teakwood steering wheel, and Positraction rear axle and AM/FM radio with a power antenna that is functional. The tires appear to be new and the wheels have the correct standard wheel covers. We place a value of $49,000 on this 1966 Corvette Roadster. During the past year, this model and body style Corvette has shown a 3% appreciation factor. Submissions:
Send your submissions to info@CorvetteBlogger.com with “Corvette Values” in the subject line. We can’t answer them all, but if we find your Corvette interesting to both us and our visitors, we may use it. Feel free to submit a photo as well.
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Buy House, Get a Free Corvette

by Keith Cornett on May 5, 2006

Robert Cummings house is for sale. Three bedrooms and four baths, 2525 square feet and access to a 600 acre lake in a suburb of Detroit. The house features a home theater with built-in flat panel televisions and a multi-room audio and intercom system. But what really separates his house from the many others for sale is what’s in the garage. Robert is offering a 1995 Red Convertible Corvette as part of the package.

“I just thought it would be a unique approach to selling a home,” he said. “It’s a way to differentiate the house from other houses.” “The Corvette is flawless inside and out with about 40,000 miles.” The car is not driven in the winter or even in the rain. It features automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and a CD player.
While I’ve seen this once or twice of the last couple of years, this is the first time I’ve seen the offer with a Corvette. Robert’s real estate agent was obviously thrilled with the idea. “If it make us stand out above our competition, then we’re all for it,” Christy Brown-Ambrose of RE/MAX 100 said. “If it motivates a buyer to pick up the phone and make that call, then it’s a good incentive.” Interested? Click here for the article from the Novi News
Photo by John Heider/Novi News
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Corvette: Exhibit 1 in GM Turnaround

by Keith Cornett on May 4, 2006

Peter DeLorenzo is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads. In March, Peter ripped GM for not doing anything to celebrate Corvette’s win at The 12 Hours of Sebring, America’s top road race event, which coincidentally was also the 50th anniversary of Corvette Racing. This week, Peter had a chance to drive the 2006 Z06 Corvette and came away from the experience with the same reaction by the majority of auto journalists that have preceded him:

“The Corvette ZO6 is simply the most seductive combination of power, speed, drivability, value and overall efficiency that exists in the world today. A high-performance super car for the real world, it is a milestone achievement that deserves recognition as much for its capabilities, as for the people behind it.”
Peter quickly turns his commentary from his driving experience in the Z06 to the culture of “True Believers” at GM who made building the sports car possible. If the “True Believers” where able to be set free from the “Bean Counters” on their most pressing new model rollouts including the Impala, DeLorenzo argues, then the company “would be able to build the kinds of desirable cars and trucks that consumers want to come in and buy of their own volition.” The Z06 is that kind of car and the resurgent success of the Corvette in recent years is once again beginning to fuel the innovation in other GM brands, namely the Cadillac V series, Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky and Aura models. It took Corvette’s “True Believer” in Dave Hill to make that happen. Other brands within GM should also be working hard to find their own Dave Hill. Great rant, Peter. Read it at AutoExtremist.com. And while your there, make sure you read the “RoadKill” article which contains another of their writer’s review of the Z06 Corvette.
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Wallace: Blue Devil Corvette Will Be Built

by Keith Cornett on May 2, 2006

AutoWeek is reporting that Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace has confirmed that GM will be building the “Blue Devil” Corvette, a high-end variant of the Z06 which will reportedly have around 600 horsepower. Wallace tells AutoWeek the biggest challenge facing the so-called Blue Devil Corvette is figuring out how to get 600 hp to the ground in such a way that it can be handled by a driver with the money to buy the car. Wallace said GM is considering requiring that Blue Devil—and even Z06—buyers attend a driver school as part of the price of admission. Source: AutoWeek
Photo: AmericanCarFans.com
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