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Crikey! Corvette Sting Ray Getting A Bad Rap

by Keith Cornett on September 5, 2006

Since the untimely death of Australian Zoo director Steve Irwin at the hands, er, barb of a stingray was announced Sunday, I knew the comparisons of fish and Vette were bound to happen. As the Beach Boys say, fuel injected Sting Rays are only deadly when you’re a 413. But this was a freak accident and for someone like Steve Irwin who faced death more than once, at least he died doing something he loved. So leave it to the Jalopnik’s to come up with Steve Irwin’s Revenge, a video of a classic Sting Ray loosing it on the strip when racing against a Dodge Viper. Their reasoning? Steve loved reptiles more than a flappy fish. Well, I concur on their final wish. Rest in peace, Steve.

Source: Jalopnik.com | Google Video
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CorvetteBlogger.com: Essential Posts

by Keith Cornett on September 4, 2006

Now that I’ve been blogging about Corvettes for a bit over a year, I thought I would create a page where visitors can find a list of what I consider my best posts. If you look at our site nav box to the right you will see a link titled “Essential Posts“. I gathered some 10-12 posts over the previous year and have grouped them together on that one page. The idea being that readers may want to go back and look at some the articles I’ve written and see what I am all about. As new posts are deemed “essential”, they will be added to the page.
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August 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on September 2, 2006

GM’s August sales report hit yesterday and the news regarding Corvettes was good. GM reported that calendar year Corvette sales are up 20% with 24,847 delivers through August 2006 vs 20,708 through August 2005. Year to year monthly sales were up nearly 31% with 2,990 delivers in Augutst 2006 vs 2,202 in August 2005. There were twenty-seven selling days for the August period this year and twenty-six for last year. Source: GM
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When Customizing Corvettes Goes Too Far

by Keith Cornett on September 1, 2006

One of the timeless debates about classic Corvettes revolves around modding/customization versus the pursuit of Matching Numbers restoration. We see these conversations all the time on some of the forums and people are usually quite passionate on both sides of the debate.

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Corvette Museum Planning 5000th Delivery

by Keith Cornett on August 31, 2006

2007 Z06 Corvette at NCMThe National Corvette Museum announced today that on Thursday, September 7th, they are planning to deliver the 5,000th Corvette to a customer, who will be taking delivery of a 2007 Velocity Yellow Coupe. The R8C Delivery Program has been a mainstay at the Museum since 1995, but the option has really taken off in the last year. For the 2006 Model year, 1172 Corvettes were delivered to their new owners and according to the Museum, they are on pace to beat the figure for the 2007 model. R8C Deliveries offers new owners an exciting experience to kick-off their new ownership. Customers receive their own NCM guided VIP tour of the Corvette Assembly Plant and the National Corvette Museum. Their Corvette is on display and friends and family can watch the delivery via the NCM website on a series of webcams. The Delivery Team provides an orientation and presentation of the vehicle and a unique Gold Decal is placed on the drivers door jamb to signify the importance of the event. New owners are also presented with a one year NCM membership. As a participant of the R8C Delivery program, owners are invited back every other year for a special event called the R8C Museum Delivery/NCM Xperience. This year’s event will be held September 29-30th. Source: National Corvette Museum
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2007 Convertible Price Increase On The Way?

by Keith Cornett on August 30, 2006

2007 Corvette ConvertibleCorvette Forum dealer Ken Fichtner posted a message today that an interim price change is coming on selected Chevrolet vehicles including the 2007 Corvette Convertible. Orders entered into VOMS on or before August 27, 2006 are price protected. Unfortunately, there is no indication on exactly how much the price increase will be. Here is the full text of the post: Subject: 2007 Chevrolet Interim Price Change Effective 8/28/2006
Message #: CHF20060056 Chevrolet will announce revised 2007 model year Suggested Retail prices effective with vehicles produced on or after August 28, 2006. The revised Suggested Retail prices will affect the Avalanche, Aveo, Cobalt, Corvette Convertible, HHR, Malibu, Monte Carlo, Impala, Uplander, Trailblazer, Equinox, Tahoe, Suburban and Express. Dealer invoice amounts will increase accordingly. Dealer discounts remain unchanged. Dealer price schedules will be available in GM Dealerworld under Sales &/Or F&I Tabs effective August 28, 2006. Reference administrative message #VSF20040006 (dated February 26, 2004) for more information regarding this web site. All qualified bona fide sold retail orders entered in VOMS on or before August 27,2006 and delivered to the original customer after that date will be price protected. These units will be invoiced at prices in effect at the date of production; however, the dealer open account will automatically be credited for the price increase once the unit has been delivered. Generally, fleet orders are invoice price protected (i.e., bid center FBC order types, VQ orders). All other fleet orders will be price protected according to the bona fide sold retail price protection policy above. Refer to the price protection effective date on the invoice. Source: CorvetteForum.com
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Man Flips Corvette Pulling Out Of Driveway

by Keith Cornett on August 29, 2006

Corvette FlipI really don’t know what to make of this accident, and unfortunately, the local news media was more concerned with getting some cool video of the overturned Vette than they were with asking “How did this happen?” and “Are you a moron for leaving your driveway at 90 MPH!” Anyway, the story is that a Peabody, Massachusetts man flipped his Corvette while trying to pull the vehicle out of his driveway on Saturday morning. The car came to rest against a neighbors house, wedged between the house and a tree on the front lawn. The driver’s arm was pinned under the car, but he only suffered minor injuries. You can view a news account (I’m being liberal with the term news as it only shows video of the Corvette upside down) from Boston’s WHDH-TV.
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Stolen Corvette Now Restored, Ready for New Life

by Keith Cornett on August 28, 2006

Remember Alan Poster? His 1968 Corvette had been stolen in early 1969 and it was 37 years later in January 2006 that authorities found it at the Long Beach port in California during a routine customs check. Not much is known as to what happened to the Corvette over the last three decades, and during that time it was repainted Silver and the blue interior changed to red. As the recovery of the Corvette created a stir among the auto enthusiast community, CorvetteAmerica.com donated $15,000 in parts and restoration shop California Classics did the work to return the 1968 Convertible back to its original configuration. Last weekend at the Corvettes at Carlisle show, Alan reintroduced the Corvette to enthusiasts and media, and has dubbed the newly restored classic “Reunion Blues”. He plans to use his Corvette’s “celebrity status” to promote worthy causes.

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Photos: Dave Scavone for CorvetteAmerica.com
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Corvette Gets The Axe

by Keith Cornett on August 27, 2006

PRS GuitarsThe headline Autoblog.com used to for this story was just too sweet to pass up. As they said, now that we have your attention… Back in 2005, PRS Guitars joined forces with CorvetteRacing.com. The PRS name appeared on the new C6.R racecar during the 2005 race season, and PRS would craft a custom designed Corvette Z06 guitar. The guitars became available last year. But like many things in the blogosphere, old news can become new again, and so here we are talking about the PRS Corvette Standard 22. From the PRS Guitar Website:

The new Z06 Corvette is based on the C6 which came to market as an ’05model. The Z06 is loaded with a modern small block 427 cubic inch engine which is rated at 500 rear wheel horsepower giving the car an awesome combination of power and luxury. The Corvette Standard 22 is available in the same six colors that will be offered on the 2006 Z06. The guitar is also offered with two inlay configurations, 427 logo on the fretboard and an optional Z06 logo inlaid on the fretboard. The trademark crossed flags and clear control knobs on the body round out the theme. The guitars should start shipping slightly ahead of their automotive counterparts.
The guitars are available in Corvette colors including Black, Daytona Sunset Orange, Le Mans Blue, Machine Silver, Velocity Yellow and Victory Red. Retail price is $4,700. Source: Paul Reed Smith Guitars via Autoblog.com
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New Chevy Commercial Touts Corvettes HWY MPG

by Keith Cornett on August 26, 2006

A new commercial from Chevrolet focuses on the highway fuel economy of its passenger vehicles. This particular spot aired earlier this week on ESPN’s SportCenter. The commercial starts with how Chevrolet is a car company that helps it customers get more from their cars, including gas mileage. 9 out of 10 Chevrolet passenger cars get an EPA estimated 30 highway miles per gallon or better is the claim. The new Corvette Z06 is shown with the voiceover saying “Here’s one that doesn’t…but it still gets 26 MPG highway”. “Chevy…We’re taking a full tank further” is how it ends. A very well-done commercial. See the clip below:

It is great to see Chevrolet use the Corvette in its commercials in an active way, as opposed to just showing a picture of it on a car transport. With its Halo status and the fact that it is one of Chevy’s moneymakers, the company needs to find more avenues for linking its line of cars to the heritage of the Corvette.
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