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Oliver Gavin Reflects on the 2006 ALMS Season

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2007

Oliver Gavin - Corvette RacingCorvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin reflects on the up and down 2006 ALMS season in his end of the year race-by-race summary. Co-driving the number 4 Corvette with Olivier Beretta, the duo successfully defended their American Le Mans Series GT1 Championship despite the politics and performance balancing that appeared heavy-handed at times. And not only did the two “Ollies” have to fend off the challenges from their Aston Martin Racing competitors, but also their team mates Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell of the #3 Corvette. Oliver confirms the Corvette Racing team is scheduled to run at Sebring in March. After that the schedule is up in the air as to whether the team will attempt to defend their ALMS Championship again, or head for other venues, casting off their ALMS performance-balancing sanctions to show the world just how good the C6.R Corvettes can be. Click here to read Oliver Gavin’s 2006 Season Wrap-up.
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2005 SEMA Corvette For Sale on eBay

by Keith Cornett on January 5, 2007

2005 SEMA CorvetteThis 2000 Corvette started life as most Corvettes do, but then John Wargo of the Custom Shop got hold of it for a bit of an upgrade for the 2005 SEMA show in Las Vegas where it was featured at Sony’s Mobile Audio booth. Since the SEMA appearance it has been displayed at most of the major Corvette shows as well as featured in several Corvette magazines and calendars. The Corvette was completely worked over and now features such amenities as a polished Vortech Supercharger, JBA Headers, Corsa Exhaust and a custom interior from Mid America Motorworks. And because the Corvette was built to be displayed at the Sony booth, it has an audio system containing an in-dash TV/DVD and 6,000 watts of power. You can view a video of the Corvette being built for the SEMA show on Google Video. The Corvette is being offered with a Buy It Now price of $69,900. Check out the auction for more photos.
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1960 Fuel Injected CorvettePaul Teutul Sr and his son Paul Jr, owners of the world famous Orange County Choppers, will be heading to Scottsdale later this month with six vehicles from their personal collection to sell at the equally world famous Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction. Included in the mix is a 1960 Fuel Injected Corvette Convertible (Lot #1320) that will be paired with a 2005 Corvette Custom Chopper (Lot #1320.1). The Corvette is Ermine White with a 283 ci 290 hp fuel injected V8 engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The chopper is an 88 cid Knucklehead V-Twin engine containing a 5-Speed transmission that matches the Corvette’s power and grace.

“This collection expresses two of my obsessions, motorcycles and muscle cars,” said Paul Teutul Sr. “Handing over the keys to these prized possessions is going to be tough, but I think there will be some worthy candidates at the Barrett-Jackson auction. Craig Jackson and his team have created one of the most impressive automotive events on the planet, and we’re excited to be part of the action.”
The Teutul’s will also be selling a 1968 Dodge HEMI Charger along with a matching Chopper, as well as two 1967 Shelby GT 500E Fastbacks. The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction begins January 13th and runs through the 21st.
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December 2006 Corvette Sales

by Keith Cornett on January 4, 2007

In the latest monthly sales report released by General Motors, Corvettes sales continue to slide against the monthly numbers from the previous year. Corvette sales were down 2.2% in December 2006 vs December 2005 with 3,081 deliveries vs 3,271 Corvettes delivered the previous time period. Calendar Year to Date sales still remain strong despite the monthly downturn and are higher than the same time period a year ago. 2006 January to December sales show a 12.4% increase with 36,518 Corvettes delivered vs 32,489 Corvettes delivered in 2005. There were 26 selling days in December 2006 vs 27 days in December 2005.
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Monterey Red To Be Phased Out in 2007

by Keith Cornett on January 3, 2007

2007 Corvette - Last Year for Monterey RedFollowing up on our conversation yesterday with Rick Conti from CorvetteConti.com fame, we learned that Monterey Red is the second of two colors being phased out during the 2007 model run and will not return for 2008. The other color to be dropped is LeMans Blue. Monterey Red was the third most popular color for Corvettes in 2006, making up nearly 15% of all Corvettes produced. The color was one of two shades of Reds currently being offered on Corvettes, the other being the bright Victory Red. Monterey Red is the darker of the two shades of red. We are still waiting to find out what color will be added to the Corvette lineup for 2008. As Conti mentioned the new color has been assigned RPO code 89U and starts with Crystal Clar***. I did a bit of looking at the Corvette Black Book and saw that there was a dark shade of Red, almost maroon, that Corvette used from 1980-1982 called Dark Claret. Being that the two shades of Red combined for 32% of total Corvette colors, and that Chevrolet has offered multiple shades of Red on Corvettes for the last few years, it makes sense that we might expect another shade of Red to join Victory Red for the 2008 Corvette.
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DigitalCorvettes.com via CorvetteConti.com Related:
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AP Photo: NAIAS Show Prep Features Z06 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on January 3, 2007

In this photo released by General Motors, workers cover a Chevrolet Corvette to keep the dust off of it as preparations for the North American International Auto Show continue Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 in Detroit, Michigan. The show opens to the public on January 13. The more than $200 million cost of the exhibits, and the scores of new models on display, are designed to impress car executives, analysts, reporters and the general public alike and help fill auto showrooms in 2007. (AP Photo/General Motors, John F. Martin)

Z06 Corvette
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Advance 2008 Corvette Production Info

by Keith Cornett on January 2, 2007

CorvetteConti.com has posted a bevy of changes coming to the 2008 Corvette and probably the biggest letdown is that the Blue Devil/SS project is going to be released as a 2009 model year instead of 2008. I had heard some rumblings late last year that the supervette model was being pushed back, but of course we won’t know for sure until we have confirmation from GM. But now for some good news regarding the 2008 Corvette. Engine:
It appears that the LS3 6.2L V8 engine is a go for the new model year. The LS3 is slated for the coupe and convertible models. Specs for the new engine have yet to be released, so we are still unsure what the horsepower rating will be. Exterior Colors:
This is the last year for LeMans Blue. Rick doesn’t think that GM will even carry the color through the end of the model year. Initially we thought that GM would be resurrecting Mulsanne Blue for 2008, however, it looks like they will instead introduce a new blue called Bluestream(RPO 85U). Another exterior color from 2007 will also replaced but we don’t yet have confirmation on what that color is or what the new color will be named. We do know that Atomic Orange Metallic will be available for the 2008 Corvette. Interior Colors:
Coupes and Convertibles will have 9 interior choices. It looks like all 7 that are being produced for the 2007 model will carry over to 2008 and there will be 2 new choices called 245 Sienna Custom Leather Wrap and 425 Linen Custom Leather Wrap. The Z06 Corvette will also pick up these interior combinations. Options and Wheels:
Coupes and Convertibles will be getting a fourth options package, 4LT. So for coupes, you can choose 1,2,3 or 4LT and convertibles will offer 2,3 and 4LT. The Z06 is also picking up a new package of 3LZ. Unfortunately, we do not yet know what the packages contain. Wheel choices are the QG6, the Split Spoke standard wheel, QX1, a Split Spoke Wheel in Competition Grey, and the QG7 Forged Polished wheel. No sign yet of the QX3 Chrome wheel option. A different axle will be available on the automatic. GU2 is a 2.73 performance axle for the 6 speed automatic. Lastly, a couple new RPO codes have shown up, but we are unsure what or how they will be used. They are NPP and CCR. Rick Conti always seems to get this information before anyone else and more often than not, his info is right on the money. Please visit CorvetteConti.com and make sure you register to be a member while you are there. Thanks, Rick!
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Name Games: GM Renews ZR-1 Trademark

by Keith Cornett on January 1, 2007

ZR-1 Emblem

It recently came to the attention of some enterprising Corvette enthusiasts with a bit of time on their hands that GM has renewed its federal trademark for ZR-1, the option code for Corvettes built from 1990-1995 with the 32-valve DOHC LT-5 engine. A trademark extension was filed on December 5, 2006 and it appears the purpose of the filing was to allow GM the use of the moniker for merchandise and accessories related to the ZR-1 Corvette. However, I did a little more digging at the United States patent and trademark office and found that a renewal for the ZR-1 trademark was made November 3, 2006 for the use of “Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles”.

From the USPTO:

Word Mark ZR-1
Goods and Services IC 012. US 019 021 023 031 035 044. G & S: Motor land vehicles, namely automobiles
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 77036100
Filing Date November 3, 2006
Current Filing Basis 1B
Original Filing Basis 1B
Owner (APPLICANT) General Motors Corporation CORPORATION DELAWARE 300 Renaissance Center P.O. Box 300 Detroit MICHIGAN 482653000
Attorney of Record Timothy G. Gorbatoff
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Now it would be irresponsible speculation on my part to think that GM would have an interest in using the ZR-1 RPO code for the Blue Devil/SS Corvette. There is a line of thinking that GM wouldn’t use the ZR-1 RPO for the Blue Devil/SS because the term is so closely aligned with the 1990′s LT-5 Corvette. However, the use of the ZR-1 RPO in the 90′s was actually the second time it was used. GM first introduced the ZR-1 package back in 1970 which included the LT-1 engine (350ci 370hp), M22 transmission, heavy-duty power brakes, transistor ignition and aluminum radiator. Fifty-three Corvettes were ordered with the package during its three-year availability.

Use of the ZR-1 name for a new “King of the Hill” Corvette actually makes more sense than some of the other names suggested like the Z07. That RPO was related to a suspension package in both the seventies and nineties, and doesn’t really ooze of high performance history that GM appears to be fond of dusting off and reusing in new applications.


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United States Patent and Trademark Office
DigitalCorvettes.com
CorvetteForum.com

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The Z06 Corvette Goes Topless

by Keith Cornett on December 30, 2006

The Z06 Corvette Goes ToplessBack in the good old days, a guy could walk into a Chevrolet dealership and order a convertible with the L88 427ci engine. Ask a dealer today if the Z06 Corvettes comes in a drop top, and they’ll probably laugh at you. GM engineers will tell you with all that horsepower, the hardtop help the Z’s body from getting all twisty. Too bad someone hasn’t figured out how to remove the top of a Z06 Corvette while maintaining or increasing torsional rigidity? Oh, but someone has. Genaddi Design Group is introducing their LSR Roadster, a Topless Z06 Corvette with some pretty interesting innovations. It seems that Gerisch and his team figured out a way to lose the top while tripling the torsional rigidity of the car. A secret that led to GM and Genaddi parting ways on the project after Gerisch refused to share the knowledge with GM. The LSR Roadster isn’t just about having an open air cockpit. This Corvette features aluminum body panels, larger wheels and wider tires. I’m sure photos of the rear end alone will spark some heated debates among the purists and the mods. And will I usually fall into the purist camp, I’m kind of digging this car. The topless option is available for $49,000 and doesn’t include the cost of a Z06 Corvette. Source:
ForbesAuto.com Related:
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Dealer Makes Good on New Corvette For Customer

by Keith Cornett on December 29, 2006

Wrecked CorvetteMost of us cringe at the thoughts of leaving our Corvettes with any service shop for any amount of unsupervised time because the fear that some employee may take it for a joyride. Ferris Bueller anyone? Autoblog has picked up on a story about one such Corvette owner who left his car at San Rafael Chevrolet for fixing a trunk lid and came back the next day to find $15,000 in damage to the front passenger side. Apparently, an employee took it for a ride and wrecked it while spinning out in gravel and then was hit by a box truck. As the posting went on the Corvette Forum, the owner (CF handle: ask1ed) wanted his Corvette replaced or repaired and compensated for the lost value of the car due to the wreck. The dealership initially wanted to pay for the repairs, which would take six weeks. The owner urged forum members to email or call the dealership on his behalf and it appears the publicity worked. The dealership’s General Manager called the owner and promised to provide a comparable Corvette with the same color scheme and options package. San Rafael Chevrolet did the right thing by offering to replace (and quickly) the wrecked Corvette. While that’s the happy ending to this story, I would like to quote the owner’s post about his experience with Corvettes:

I believe this was a misunderstanding on his part (Dealer). An occupational hazard. When you have thousands of cars coming through your lot, I think you tend to forget what this car means to the common man. It’s the poor man’s Ferrari; and I don’t believe that rich people own these cars. Poor people buy them, after scraping and suffering and working hard for every dollar for years and years. It was you people who reminded him. You reminded him this car is not just a car. It’s a special thing, the last American icon in the automotive world. We looked forward for many years, with a lot of passion, lurking on the forums, without ever posting. We waited for seven months for our car to be delivered as ordered. We could not believe how smooth it was. How fast it was. (Sorry CHP for speeding.) How it handled. And to tell the truth, we have never had so many people so willing to help us over anything in our entire lives. So it was sort of shocking to see so many strangers helping us. I guess, it’s a gang; and when you mess with one member of the gang, you mess with all of us. Anyway, we will see if he comes through as promised, and I do believe he will. It was you guys who reminded him, “It’s not just a car, “IT’S A VETTE.” And you can quote me on that. GM should adopt that as an ad campaign. Call my people and you can have the slogan.
“It’s Not Just A Car…It’s A Vette”! Source:
Corvette Forum via Autoblog
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