Sources within GM have told Motor Trend that the C7 Corvette will be one of the first cars to feature the next-generation small block V8. General Motors recently announced its investment of $890 million to develop and manufacture the powerplant. The new V8 will feature aluminum blocks and heads, direct injection and a new combustion system.
Corvette’s Head Designer Kirk Bennion has a new ride this summer: A 2011 Inferno Orange Corvette Z06. The Corvette is outfitted with stripes from the Genuine Corvette Accessories catalog and are Cyber Gray in color. We agree that the color matches well with the first year Inferno Orange as does the black front splitter and rear body-length spoiler.
The Robin Hood Rally is a reality show will soon air on the Versus network that pits amateur drivers racing flat out on closed public roads. The only problem with the premise: They’re amateurs! So it’s no surprise that in only the 2nd event out of 10 planned finds one of the drivers airlifted to the hospital with injuries sustained in a crash involving a Corvette Z06, BMW m3 and a Mini Cooper.
Mecum’s auction at Bloomington Gold sold 63 of 123 Corvettes today bringing in $1.19 million in sales. That’s a 51% success rate. The top seller was a 1957 Cascade Green Roadster which sold for $80,500 while $3,500 purchased a rather tired looking 1984 Coupe. Six of the top ten sales leaders were midyear Corvettes. See the full list of sales after the jump.
Today at 12 Noon Eastern, Mecum will kick off two days of high performance bliss by hosting the auction at the Bloomington Gold Corvette show in St. Charles, Illinois. Over 275 Corvettes are already on the docket and we’re sure a few more have been added last minute. Bloomington Gold is always a great auction to watch because its the one sale that features the creme de la creme of Corvettes, especially the lots on Saturday.
Earlier this month, the 1960 #3 Briggs Cunningham Corvette and driver John Fitch returned to Le Mans to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the car’s win in the GT class and 8th place finish overall. Our friend Jan Hyde from The Registry of Corvette Racecars was there along with car owner Lance Miller, restorer Kevin Mackay and John Fitch and he provided this recap from the week of events.
The 10th annual Drive Your Corvette to Work Day will held on Friday, June 25th. In honor of this special day, Corvette enthusiasts across the United States are encouraged to make America’s sports car their commuter car for the day. Every year, the Friday closest to June 30th which is Corvette’s official birthday, is chosen as the day to drive your Corvette to work.