One of the most influential voices in the Corvette Collector market has recently started his own blog. Terry Michaelis, owner of ProTeam Corvette Sales has been posting for a month or so on tmichaelis.com, and already the blog contains some great information about buying classic Corvettes. His first blog post was actually in January following the sale of the Last Sting Ray at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale. Funny thing, he posted the video of the sale that I captured and shared here on CorvetteBlogger.com
A few years ago I was at the Winter auction in Kissimmee Florida when I noticed this guy wearing a ProTeam shirt. He was walking around a midyear Corvette that was second or third in line for the block. He had a cigar in his mouth and another 10 or so in his chest pocket. As he walked around the car, he ran his fingers along the outside wheel wells as his face maintained a sort of detached interest in the car. Yet you could tell that he was studying that Corvette hard. Right then I knew that this was a guy that knows Corvettes.
A mutual friend of ours is Bob Kroupa from Vette-N-Vestments. Bob provides our yearly Corvette Pricing Guide as well as serves as our online Corvette appraiser at VetteFinders.com. Bob once said that facts that Terry carries around with him is staggering. He’s got all those numbers in his head and can tell in just a minute or two whether or not a Corvette is original.
I’ve run into a Terry a couple of times since then, almost yearly at the Mecum auction held each January. He probably doesn’t remember me from Adam, but thatâ€™s all right. I always try to say hello.
ProTeam is sometimes derided in the hobby but I’ve never fully understood why. Terry and his staff travel the country buying investment-quality Corvettes and selling them at a profit. A buyer of a ProTeam Corvette can be guaranteed a super clean original Corvette that will provide a decent return on investment. And when you got 150 or so of these classics under one roof, that says something.
Whenever I see a new Corvette blog, I always try to say hi. It’s great that we are getting different viewpoints and the knowledge that Terry shares will make us all smarter when buying or selling Classic Corvettes. Stop by Terry’s blog and give him an online Corvette wave.
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There is a famous saying in Vettedom that goes “All Corvettes are Red”. After seeing this 1967 Corvette Convertible, I understand why. As my ’66 is black, I’ve never really took the statement to heart. But the statement isn’t about the actual color of the car, its about personality, like saying Blondes have more fun. A red corvette says “Here I am!” and screams “watch me go!”. A red Corvette tells the world that your ride is both fun, yet there is serious performance under the hood and all you need to do is stomp on the gas pedal to unleash it.VetteFinders.com
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Way back in January we learned that a new exterior color called Jetstream Blue Metallic would be replacing the popular Lemans Blue Metallic on the 2008 Corvette. Our friend and proud new papa Rick Conti has just got his hands on the first photo of Jetstream Blue Metallic painted on an entire car, not just the fender as we saw David Hill carrying around May’s C5/C6 Bash at the Museum.
The new color, coded 85U is reminiscent of previous lighter shades of blue used on Corvettes like Nassau Blue, Marina Blue and Mulsanne Blue.
Also debuting in this photo is the new QG7 High Polished Wheel. The wheels high polished shine makes a nice contrast against the Jetstream Blue exterior and should be even more striking on black and red Corvettes.
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Race fans at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday will be in for a treat as 300 Corvettes and Camaros will lap one of auto racing’s most revered tracks. The lap around the historic 2.5 mile oval by Corvette and Camaro owners is sponsored by Chevrolet to celebrate the Corvette being selected as the official Pace Car for the 91st Indianapolis 500 race. But the fun doesnâ€™t stop there. Corvette and Camaro owners will drive the lap around the track and then gather for a group photo at the Speedway’s Yard of Bricks. The drivers will then be treated to an evening at the Chevy display with food, live entertainment and a display of all nine Indianapolis 500 Corvette Pace cars.
“The premise for this program was to create an opportunity for our Corvette enthusiasts in the Indianapolis area to help us celebrate Chevrolet’s heritage pacing the Indianapolis 500,” said Terry Dolan, manager of Chevrolet Racing. “When our dealers approached five car clubs in the Indianapolis area about the idea there was unanimous support. Our 300 spaces to participate filled up very quickly.”Corvette’s Chief Engineer Tom Wallace will be on hand to participate in the discussions and this year’s Corvette Pace Car driver Patrick Dempsey will stop by to meet and greet Chevrolet’s Corvette enthusiasts.
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Top Gear Magazine has a list of what they consider The Top 100 Sexiest Cars. Three Corvettes made their list, but you’ve got to consider that since this is a British magazine, their definition of sexy is, well, cheeky at best. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of thought given to how the cars are ordered. For example, all the Lamboâ€™s or Ferrari’s seem to be grouped together. And right in the middle of the list there are a group of race cars.
As for the Corvettes, there are some glaring omissions on the list, but again, as this is Top Gear, which comes with a dose of bias against all cars American, we’re glad that at least three cars made the list. Number 74 was simply listed as a “Seventies” Corvette. (The picture is that of a 1973 Coupe). But they do include a 1963 Split Window Coupe at Number 89 and Corvette Racing’s C6.R at Number 71 so we’ll give them a pass.
1963 Chevy Corvette Stingray. If this is the American dream, we want more time in bed…
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Patrick Dempsey, star of TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy” and driver of this year’s Corvette Pace Car at the Indianapolis 500, spent some quality time with the Pace Car in preparation for the annual Memorial Day race.
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GM’s Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has been a student of the automobile business his whole life. When he sees success from rivals, in this case its Porsche, he opens his mouth in a sort of “off the cuff” manner and delivers a one-liner that sends car journalists into a frenzy. In an interview with Automotive News, Lutz did just that. Admiring Porsche for extending its brand beyond the two-seater sports car with models ranging from crossovers to sedans, Lutz delivers the zinger de jour: “You could do the same thing with the Corvette”.
The Corvette has served GM faithfully for its 50+ year run. During that time, we’ve heard of ideas come and go about the General’s Halo car. Every few years, there is talk of splitting Corvette from Chevrolet to become its own brand. Previously, Corvette engines were installed in the Impala, Camaro and Trailblazer. And with the coming return of the newly redesigned Impala and Camaro, we will probably see Corvette engines in them as well.
So, do we really need to have a Corvette sedan? Of course not. GM already has models in place that could compete for the title of the next great four-door sports car, and frankly, the company needs another winner that isn’t a Corvette. A sedan built with “Corvette technology” would be much better received than a Corvette designed with “sedan styling” in mind.
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You Corvette owners know what its like to have Corvette Fever. You tend to live for the moments you get to spend in the drivers seat. Fun for you is spending a Saturday afternoon washing and waxing for the Sunday cruise you’ve been planning. When the Corvette gets sold, you start thinking about a replacement. Or perhaps you want the New/Classic combo. You realize that living without one is just not an option.
Marty Klaus of Sunrise Beach also have the fever. So much so that since he bought his first Corvette in 1971 after retuning home from Vietnam, he has owned 212 Corvettes.
Currently he has three Corvettes in his stable. Two fully restored 1965 Corvettes and a 1966 Corvette that is currently being restored and will be sold through his business, Klaus Classics.
Marty also tells the story about how his future wife Peg visited a restoration shop he owned and was looking at a 1965 Convertible. Marty told her if she bought that car, “it would change her life”. She did and then later, all because of that Corvette, the two got married.
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Source Interlink, a distributor of magazines, CD’s and DVDs in supermarkets, discount stores and bookstores announce yesterday that they have agreed to purchase PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media division for $1.2 billion dollars. The Enthusiast Media group is made up of 70 specialty magazines, 90 special interest websites and 65 events. The group posted revenue of $525 million in 2006.
Corvette Fever and Vette Magazine are both published by the Enthusiast Media group, along with MotorTrend, Hot Rod and Automobile magazines.
The purchase of PRIMEDIA’s Enthusiast Media Group establishes Source Interlink as a vertically integrated company that will publish the magazines and then distribute them in over 110,000 retails stores throughout North America.
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Most coaches would tell their teams not to look ahead on the schedule and to concentrate on this week’s opponent. But if youâ€™re Corvette Racing, you can’t help thinking about what comes after this Saturday’s Utah Grand Prix in Salt Lake City, especially when the next race on the calendar is road racingâ€™s equivalent to the Super Bowl. Following the outcome on at Salt Lake, where the only drama in the GT1 class is which Corvette race car will be in the winners circle, the C6.R’s and their teams will be on the way to France for the 24 Hours of LeMans. But don’t think the boys in the yellow C6.R Corvettes aren’t going to have fun this weekend. Following three consecutive street circuits, the drivers get to enjoy the wide open spaces of the 4.5-mile Miller Motorsports Park, the longest road course in America and the track most similar to the 8.5 mile road course of LeMans.
“Parts of the track are very similar to Le Mans,” observed GT1 co-champion Oliver Gavin, driver of the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. “Miller Motorsports Park doesn’t have the same straight-line speed and heavy braking that we experience at Le Mans, but its racing surface is just as smooth and the circuit has elements that remind me of the Dunlop chicane and the Esses in Le Mans. We will also be evaluating Michelin tires and the new GM air conditioning system that we’ll use in France, so this race will be a good test before we go off to the challenge of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.” “I love to race on the streets, but after three street races in a row, it will be good to go back to a dedicated road racing track,” added Olivier Beretta, Gavin’s teammate in the No. 4 Corvette C6.R. “My impression of the track in Salt Lake City is it’s like a European track, but even better because it’s longer. I never raced on a course with so many corners before we went there last year, and I’m happy to be going back.” “We were really shackled at that track last year, so it will be good to go back there and see what the Corvettes can really do,” Gavin noted. “I truly enjoyed driving the track in spite of the handicaps. It has a good combination of bends â€“ in fact, there are so many turns and so few reference points that at first you wonder which way the track goes. It’s one circuit where you really need a map on the steering wheel to remember which way to turn!”As this is last race before LeMans, Corvette Racing is very concerned about keeping the cars and equipment in good health. The C6.R Corvettes and their supplies will be air freighted to France just days after Saturday’s race. The two-hour, 45-minute race will be televised tape-delayed by CBS Sports on Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m. EDT.
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