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Twas the Night Before Christmas – Corvette Style

by Keith Cornett on December 24, 2005

‘Twas the night before Christmas and out in the garage,
There wasn’t a trace of a Honda, Toyota, or Dodge.
The presents were wrapped and the lights were all lit,
So I figured I’d mess with my classic Corvette for a bit.

I popped the release and lifted the hood,
When a deep voice behind me said “looks pretty good.”
Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick,
And there, by the workbench, stood good ol Saint Nick!

We stood there a bit, not too sure what to say,
Then he said “don’t suppose that you’d trade for my sleigh?
“No way, Santa” I said with a grin,
“But if you’ve got the time we can go for a spin!”

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow,
Turned into a smile and he said “Sure! Let’s go!!”
So as not to disturb all the neighbors’ retreat,
We quietly pushed the Vette out to the street,

Then, taking our places to coast down the hill,
I turned on the key and I let the clutch spill.
The sound that erupted took him quite by surprise,
But he liked it a lot, by the look in his eyes.

With tires a’ screaming and side pipes aglow,
We headed on out to where the hot rodders go.
And Santa’s grin widened, approaching his ears,
With every shift up as I banged through the gears.

Then he yelled “can’t recall when I’ve felt so alive!”
So I backed off the gas and asked Santa if he wanted to drive.
Ol Santa was stunned when I gave him the keys,
When he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!

The Corvette exploded with side exhaust sound!
And when Santa let out the clutch and the tires shook the ground!
Power shift into second, again into third!
I sat there just watching, at loss for a word,

Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
“Merry Christmas to all, it’s one hell of a night!!!”


Credits: CorvetteForum.com, FFCobra.com

 

Corvette Wheels in Short Supply

by Keith Cornett on December 22, 2005

GM has alerted dealers that production of its wheel supply has experienced significant disruptions. This is probably due to the bankruptcy filing in early December of Amcast Industrial Corp, which is one of the largest suppliers of wheels for the Corvette. Court documents from the bankruptcy filing show that while Amcast is still shipping Corvette wheels to GM, the automaker is looking to end the relationship. Here is the letter that was sent to a GM dealer as it was posted on DigitalCorvettes.com:

To: All Corvette Dealers
Date: December 15, 2005 Subject: Corvette Production Disruptions Coupe & Convertible Production
The wheel supply for Corvette has experienced significant disruption. Unfortunately, this situation has caused GM to make several adjustments affecting wheel options, production volumes and production schedules. Many orders may need to have wheel selections changed based on wheel availability. Since timing is critical, and current wheel supply is uncertain, Order Fulfillment / Distribution is unable to follow the normal process of returning orders to dealers for necessary changes. Regrettably, polished wheels will not be available from our new supplier. This will force us to change all orders scheduled to be built after 1/3/06 to Silver Painted wheels. The much anticipated Chrome wheel option will be postponed until late spring production. Any substitution of a lower cost wheel will be reflected in a reduced MSRP and invoice. Additionally, overall wheel availability may delay production dates of “In System” orders. Z06 Production
The impact to Z06 production is still undetermined as is the future availability of the polished wheel option. Some orders may need to have wheel selections changed based on wheel availability. As is the case with Coupe & Convertible, wheel availability may delay production dates of “In System” orders. Dealers will be advised of their future Z06 allocation outlook as soon as production schedules can be solidified. Summary
As orders are changed, Order Fulfillment will notify affected dealers via GM Messenger. Order Guides, GM AutoBook and Order Workbench will be changed as soon as practical to reflect the change in wheel options. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and disappointments this situation may cause you and your customer(s).
Credits: CovetteConti.com, DigitalCorvettes.com

Driving Your Corvette In A Parade? Review Our Rules

by Keith Cornett on December 20, 2005

Many times as Corvette owners we are asked to drive participants in parades, homecoming football games and other pageants that require motor vehicles. Parade driving is a lot of fun IF you follow the rules. Unfortunately for a retired fire chief from Gastonia, North Carolina who drove his midyear Corvette in a Christmas parade, the rules did not include: Drinking Heavily Before the Parade
Running over the Feet of Spectators
Carrying a Handgun
Resisting Arrest
Yes, a retired fire chief with a .22 blood alcohol content was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving during a Christmas parade after he drove his classic Corvette over the foot of a spectator. Our fun-loving chief was also carrying a .22 pistol and yes, he resisted arrest. For most Corvette owners, these rules are no-brainers. But let’s review just in case we miss something. Don’t drink and drive in your Corvette. Driving a Midyear should be intoxicating enough without the alcohol. Stay in the center of the parade route. You are not a Shriner riding on a little motorcycle. You might want to consider declining the invitation to drive in a parade if it requires the driver to carry a handgun. Finally, should you be drink and drive, hit a spectator, be arrested on DUI and gun charges, make sure that when you resist arrest you do it in front of a television camera so the rest of can see what a dumbass you are.

Corvette to Pace Daytona 500

by Keith Cornett on December 16, 2005

A specially prepared Corvette Z06 will serve as the Official Pace Car of the 48th annual Daytona 500, on February 19th. It wears a unique paint scheme, including Daytona 500 logos, as well as mandated safety equipment and strobe lights. No mechanical modifications or enhancements were needed to prepare the Corvette Z06 for its on-track duty. The car will make its debut at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in January before heading to Florida for the race.

Z06 Corvette Wins Car of the Year Award

by Keith Cornett on December 14, 2005

CorvetteBlogger.com, the Sales, News and Lifestyle blog has named the 2006 Corvette Z06 its Car of the Year. This marks the first time this award has been handed out since the founding of the blog in August 2005. “We considered several cars for this award and actually narrowed our search to three vehicles,” said Keith Cornett, Senior Editor of CorvetteBlogger.com. “The Corvette Coupe and the Corvette Convertible models were considered, But the Z06, with its heart-thumping 505 horsepower and relatively low super car price of $65,800 made the decision easy.” The Corvette Z06 marks the latest evolution of the Corvette icon. Rebuilt from the ground up, the latest Z06 features a 505 hp 7.0 liter LS7 aluminum block with an innovative Dry-Sump oil system. Massive six-piston front and four piston rear brakes can stop this beast 60 mph to 0 in 109 feet. The Corvette also features a strong, yet lightweight aluminum frame combined with a magnesium engine cradle allowing superior power-to-weight ratios. All these features add up to an unheard of MSRP of $65,800. There were only two considerations that the editors took into account during the selection process. First, the car must be manufactured by Chevrolet and second, it must be a Corvette. “Few autos have generated more excitement from enthusiasts and the automotive media than the Corvette Z06. We feel the selection of the Corvette Z06 as our 2005 Car of the Year ads another dimension to the American Icon,” said Cornett.

Corvette Video Podcasts

by Keith Cornett on December 13, 2005

iTunes is much more than just an online music store. The site now offers video downloads, but more importantly has become a hub for publishers of audio and video content called podcasts. Edmunds.com is now offering through iTunes free downloads of their video podcasts of automotive reviews. All three 2006 Corvette models are currently available for viewing, along with 21 other models. The videos begin with a 15 second commercial and then go right into the review, which last about 2 1/2 minutes. What’s really cool is that you get to see and hear the Corvettes perform. With the Z06, they show the car on the highway as well as running on a track. The video for the Convertible was particularly enjoyable for its visuals and descriptions. While Corvette enthusiasts won’t learn anything new from the video reviews, they are entertaining to say the least. iTunes is a free download and works on both Macs and PC’s. The videos are available for free download, so there are no costs associated with viewing the content.

Corvette SS Rumors

by Keith Cornett on December 12, 2005

Our friends over at DigitalCorvettes.com have now dedicated an entire category to the rumors swirling around a brand new Corvette model. The new model, referred to as the Corvette Super Sport, will sport an LS9 supercharged small block that will output around 600 hp. GM of course is denying the SS story the same as they did the Blue Devil rumors a few months ago. If you recall, the Blue Devil stories also featured a supercharged small block. Up until this weekend, the rumors were just that. But recently a DC forum member posted documents (with CIA like blackouts) that give credence to the LS9 Super Sport Story. These documents, which may be coming from a supplier, shows a proposed timeline of the LS9′s development as well as the replacement of the Z06′s LS7 7.0L 505 hp engine to the LS8′s 480-500 hp engine. Yes, these are rumors and like most can usually be dispelled quickly. But DigitalCorvettes.com and its members have broken the GM Shroud of Secrecy before and past rumors have come to fruition so stay tuned.

The Z06 on the Mother Road

by Keith Cornett on December 9, 2005

It’s a trip most Corvette enthusiasts only dream about. The Mother Road, Route 66, stretches more than 2,000 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, CA. While I am too young to remember the television show, the dream of crossing half the United States in a Corvette is something that I vow will one day happen. Until then, I will just have to enjoy the exploits of those who have actually done it. Bill Baker of Edmund’s Inside Line recently took to the Mother Road in the Mother of all sports car, the 2006 Corvette Z06. Reading his story, I find myself imagining I am riding shotgun as he is crossing California’s Mojave Desert:

“… I could see the road ahead was empty to the horizon. I dropped the six-speed gearbox from 6th to 4th and floored it. Like a cathedral pipe organ playing Bach’s “Toccata” with all the stops out, the 7.0-liter, 505-hp LS7 V8 began to thunder and howl toward its 7,000-rpm redline. The dual-stage mufflers opened to release back pressure and a soul-stirring roar that echoed off the mountains. The head-up digital speedometer and tach display changed numbers faster than a premium gas pump totals dollars. 105, 118…think, look, stay on it. 139 — the front end is feeling light over the rough pavement. Stare at the horizon ’til your eyes harden — and keep your foot planted. 145…flick your eyes for an instant to check the HUD. 154 mph. Things are beginning to blur… there’s a slight rise loomin…”
Bill offers an excellent account of not only the Z06, but of Route 66 as it exists today. Today’s Route 66 features a mix of Historic signs, museums and restored buildings with their classic neon signs alongside towns with vacant store fronts and rusting relics. Bill, thanks for the ride… Click here to read the entire article. (Photo Credit Bill Baker)

Z06 in a Class of Its Own

by Keith Cornett on December 8, 2005

Canadian automotive journalists have been raving about the new Corvette Z06 so much that when it came to handing out their annual end of the year awards, they gave the new Chevy super car it’s own category. The Automobile Journalists of Canada (AJAC) announced creation of a new award to recognize a “truly exceptional vehicle that sets new standards” and presented the inaugural “AJAC Most Coveted Vehicle” award to General Motors of Canada. Richard Russell, President of AJAC, said “Every once in a long while, a vehicle comes along that stirs the hearts and minds of automobile enthusiasts. Often, it stands apart from the pack and in some cases has no competition at all, let alone in a category created for the annual AJAC award”. While this is a new award, it is one that would be handed out only on rare occasions where cars like the Z06 truly separate themselves from their competition. Hattip: The Auto Channel.

Corvette Makes 10 Fastest List

by Keith Cornett on December 4, 2005

Think the Z06 Corvette is the fastest American-produced automobile? At a top speed of 198 mph, the Z06 is certain to be the fastest American car to be produced in mass quantity, but in terms of pure speed, there are 4 other American sportscars whose top speed ranks before it. Forbes.com has compiled a listing of the fastest American cars using the top-speed data listed by the manufacturer. The list only allows room for one nameplate so the Z06 makes list but the coupe and convertible models, which both boast a top speed of 186 mph do not make the list. Cars that make up the 10 Fastest List in order are: No. 1 SSC Ultimate Aero. Base Price: $654,500 Top Speed: 260 to 273 mph No. 2 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo. Base Price: $555,000. Top Speed: 240 to 260 mph (estimated) No. 3 Evans 387 and 487 (tie) Base Prices: $175,000 (387); $170,000 (487) No. 4 Ford GT No. 4 Ford GT. Base Price: $141,245 Top Speed: 205 mph No. 5 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Base Price: $65,800 Top Speed: 198 mph No. 6 Dodge Viper SRT-10. Base Price: $85,745. Top Speed: 190 mph (estimated) No. 7 Mullen M-11 with V-8. Base Price: $69,950 Top Speed: 180+ mph No. 8 Panoz Esperante GTLM. Base Price: $121,325 Top Speed: 180 mph No. 9 Chrysler 300C SRT8, Dodge Charger SRT8 and Dodge Magnum SRT8 (tie) Base Prices: $42,695 (300C), $38,095 Charger) and $37,995 (Magnum) Top Speed: 165 to 170 mph (estimated) No. 10 Cadillac CTS-V. Base Price: $51,395 Top Speed: 163 mph What Forbes.com says about the Corvette Z06:

The newest Corvette is also the fastest Corvette ever. Recently released, the Z06 has about as low a sticker price as a car with 505 hp can have. The Z06 performs like a race car or supercar, but is also a perfectly acceptable “daily driver.” Consider its fuel economy: 16/26 city/highway mpg–hardly typical for a race car.