Corvette Racing Ambassador Ron Fellows spoke to Corvette owners in the Corvette corral at the 2011 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. He discussed some of the new changes for the season including paddle shifts and he even brought along the new steering wheel to show off all the advanced controls.
Mecum’s Kansas City Auction was held a couple of weekends ago and it was definitely the place to be for buying and selling Corvettes. 59 Corvettes crossed the block and 42 of those found new homes. That’s a 71% sales success rate for the Corvettes in the auction. All together, Mecum sold $1.2 million in Corvettes during the two-day sale.
Autoedit’s Jason Lewis profiles a 1965 Corvette Sting Ray Coupe that has nearly 500,000 miles on the odometer. The silver Corvette has served as the daily driver for the owner of the car for the last 46 years. Although it has been maintained and freshened up over the years, the Sting Ray still sports its original 327 Cubic Inch V8. The 300 horse car is mated to a 4-speed, but other than that, there are very little other options – no power brakes, steering or air conditioning.
Corvette Racing kicked off the 2011 American Le Mans Series with two new cars and two new drivers at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. After 12 hours of going pedal to the metal, the twin C6.Rs finished third and fourth in GT. The No 03 Corvette C6.R with Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia earned the podium and was the only non-BMW to finish on the lead lap. The No 4 Corvette C6.R with Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen and Richard Westbrook fought off several potential setbacks and spent much of the race climbing out of a three-lap deficit to end in fourth place.
Last month’s “real-life lesson” was street racing, this month we get a reminder why you don’t drink and then drive your Corvette. Not only can you loose your car, but it could cost you your life or worse, someone else’s.
Becoming an annual tradition, Corvette Product Marketing Manager Harlan Charles and Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter made the trip down to Sebring Florida last weekend to show off some cool Corvette concepts and several 2011 regular production cars as well as give a couple seminars with Corvette owners. The first seminar was held Friday afternoon and the topics were the latest updates on the 2011 Corvette as well as some non-specific C7 Corvette news.
Fans of Corvette and readers of this blog are familiar with the extra attention Corvette owners can receive from the factory as well as some of the advanced personalization options when buying a new Corvette. If you thought the ZR1/Z06 Engine Build Experience was cool, wait until you hear about the new PIN RPO. Yes, Corvette owners can now choose your own VIN. This is great for collectors who want to match an older Corvette’s sequence number with a brand new Corvette. The special RPO does come with a hefty price of $5,000 and like the Engine Build Program, you’ll be working a Corvette concierge to coordinate the special order.
Consumer Reports’ April 2011 edition ranks the Best and Worst of 2011 and the 2011 Corvette Z06 has earned a “best” rating with a score of 92. A car’s overall road-test score is the result of more than 50 individual tests and evaluations from Consumer Reports subscribers. For years we’ve derided Consumer Reports for its negative reviews on Corvette and what looks to be a bias against American-made cars in general. But it looks like the data is in and they can no longer dispute the fact that GM makes a very reliable car and that Corvette owners love them and would buy a Corvette again.
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring kicks off another exciting year of sports car racing and the Corvettes look more than ready to challenge the competition in this year’s crowded GT field. However, due to changes in the broadcast schedule, not everyone is able to watch the races live. So when we do publish the results, we’ll use a generic title with the [SPOILER] tag so as not to let the cat out of the bag until you hit the jump.