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Where’s Johnny? Corvette Included in Chevy Print Ads

by Keith Cornett on March 26, 2007

Chevrolet launched a new series of print ads that ties back into the “Ain’t We Got Love” Super Bowl ad, which featured three Corvettes and included Corvette Racing’s Johnny O’Connell rapping LL Cool J’s “Going Back to Cali”. The print ads we came across were in the April 2007 Wired Magazine that featured the three full page spreads starting with the inside front cover.

The Cobalt SS The 2007 Corvette Convertible in Monterey Red The Chevrolet HHR and a classic Impala.
It’s great to see Chevrolet include the Halo car in their marketing, as the Corvette needs no advertising and is almost guaranteed to sell out each model year. Chevrolet should be including Corvette in future advertisements by showcasing the sports car as an example of what is right with GM. If by chance that some of its magic can rub off to the Vette’s new siblings, then all the better for Corvette, right?
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1967 Corvette Convertible 427/435 Big BlockOver 80 Corvettes are scheduled to cross the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event next weekend in Palm Beach, Florida. As usual, a large contingent of 1967 Corvette Big Blocks, making up a remarkable 13% of all Corvettes for sale at the Palm Beach event, will be available for collectors. The 11 big blocks include Corvettes with engines ranging from the 427/390 to the tri-power 427/435:

LOT MODEL ENGINE
392 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 427/435
416 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/435
659 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/435
667.1 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/425
683 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 427/435
692 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 427/435
714 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/435
714.1 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/435
721 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 427/400
726 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 427/390
728 1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE COUPE 427/400
“These Big Block Corvettes headed to South Florida demonstrate our ability to continually consign the most desirable, highly sought after collector cars,” said Craig Jackson, CEO of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “Nothing represents pure American power and speed like a Big Block Corvette.”

“The bar was raised for Big Block Corvettes when ‘The Last Corvette’ sold for $660,000 at our Scottsdale 2007 auction,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “That winning bid created quite a stir and helped fuel the awareness and demand for these iconic Corvettes.”
The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Event will be held March 28th – April 1st at the South Florida Expo Center. Speed TV will provide televised coverage of the event.
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Mike Yager of Mid America MotorworksMid America Motorwork’s founder Mike Yager was named one of the Top 50 North American Car Collectors according to Keith Martin’s Sport Car Market Magazine. Mike joins notable car collectors Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Crain and Lee Herrington. The article appeared in the February 2007 issue of Sports Car Market. The Top 50 collectors were included “not based solely on size or value of collections, but on passion for and contribution to the car collecting hobby” according to Sports Car Market Magazine. Those chosen have “raised the profile of the collector car hobby, supported and participated in concours and shows, or made it a better, safer or more fulfilling pursuit for the rest of us.”

“I am very proud and honored to be included with such an esteemed group of collectors for whom I have the greatest respect for what they contribute to the collector car hobby.” said Mike Yager. He continues “Much of the pleasure I receive in collecting cars is sharing my knowledge and passion for Corvette and Aircooled VW with others”.
Mike Yager’s collection of Corvettes and VW’s can be seen on the Mid America Motorwork’s My Garage website.
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Callaway C16 To Go Topless in New York

by Keith Cornett on March 19, 2007

Callaway C16 ConvertibleCallaway Cars announced they will be building a convertible version of the Z06 Corvette based C16 Coupe. The C16 Convertible will debut at the New York International Car Show in April. Like the C16 Coupe, the convertible version is available with either the 560 hp Supercharged V8 or the optional high performance 616 hp Supercharged 6.0 Liter V8. According to Callaway Cars, the C16 Convertible is capable of 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.2 sec while top speed is estimated at just over 200 mph.

“Customers who want the exhilaration of a convertible and the daily driver convenience of a paddle-shift automatic without sacrificing the performance capabilities of a Z06 and beyond, can only get it here,” says company founder Reeves Callaway. “With this car we have maintained the C16’s class-leading performance, while creating a gorgeous convertible version, based on one of the best sports car platforms ever made. In true Callaway tradition it incorporates our race-proven technologies and superlative craftsmanship in an arresting and appealing style.”
Pricing for a fully loaded C16 Convertible is $128,765 USD. All Callaway C16 Convertible components are available individually, for both new and currently owned Corvettes, through Callaway authorized retailers and installers.
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For the first time since 2003′s 24 Hours of LeMans, a color other than Yellow was featured on a GT1 Corvette Racecar. In an obvious salute to Ron Fellows, the C6.R was reskinned in Artic White to mimic the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Z06, even down to the red hash marks on the fender. The Artic White Corvette C6.R was raced hard by Ron Fellows and co-drivers Johnny O’Connell and Jan Magnussen in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and finished in 2nd place, just 17 seconds behind the #4 (and Yellow) Corvette C6.R driven by Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis.

The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette The 2007 Artic White C6.R Corvette
The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Championship Corvette Z06 is the first signed special edition in Corvette’s 54-year history, and is the first Arctic White Z06 ever offered. Only 399 are planned for production: approximately 300 for the United States, 33 for Canada and 66 for other export markets. The Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06 will be available this spring. Although the MSRP is $77,500 most people agree they will be sold for substantially more.
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Sebring: Corvette Racing Finishes 1-2

by Keith Cornett on March 18, 2007

Corvette Racing take 1-2 on the Sebring PodiumOn a perfect day for racing at Sebring International Raceway, Corvette Racing ran a perfect race. America’s premier production sports car team scored its fifth GT1 class win in six years in America’s classic endurance race, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Oliver Gavin, Olivier Beretta and Max Papis drove their No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R to a 17.863-second victory over their Corvette Racing teammates Johnny O’Connell, Ron Fellows and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R. The Corvettes ran like clockwork throughout the grueling 12-hour race, completing 341 laps around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit. Both cars made 12 routine pit stops for fuel and four Michelin tires after 55-minute stints, and then made their final stops with five minutes remaining for a splash of gas. “The Corvette C6.R was a joy to drive all day, and there wasn’t a single thing that went wrong,” said Gavin, who drove the victorious Corvette to the checkered flag. “The team performed fantastically, and there wasn’t one misstep on any of the pit stops.” “To finish with less than 20 seconds between the two cars after 12 hours of racing is quite remarkable,” Gavin noted. “You can’t get a stronger test than 12 hours at Sebring, and we’ve come through with flying colors.” After two days of downpours, race day began with a sunrise surprise as Corvette Racing unveiled the No. 3 Compuware Corvette in brilliant Arctic White paint, a salute to the limited edition Ron Fellows ALMS GT1 Champion Corvette Z06. The race began under clear skies with cool 60-degree temperatures. Fellows and Gavin started the 12-hour enduro in the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvettes respectively, with Fellows taking the point in the GT1 class when the green flag fell. The two cars held first and second in the class standings through the first two pit stops and driver changes. After 2 hours and 40 minutes of racing, Gavin took the lead following the third round of pit stops. “We had a great battle with the No. 3 Corvette, and I think the turning point was when I was able to get through traffic and gain some distance when I came in for my pit stop,” Papis reported. “Then with Gavin’s out-lap, it made just enough difference for us to get around the No. 3 car.” “After that it was continuous perfect pit work by the mechanics and great strategy by our engineer, Steve Cole,” Papis continued. “There is a lot of pressure when you have one of the best crews and three of the best drivers in the world on the other side, but my guys never missed a beat. This is the first win since my Dad passed away in December, and I know that he guided us today.” “Our Corvette was fast, strong, and fantastically reliable,” added Beretta, who scored his record-setting 29th career ALMS victory. “Everything went very smoothly in the race. I stayed out of traffic and stayed off the curbs.” The drivers and crew of the No. 3 Corvette were quick to congratulate their winning teammates. “You can’t say enough about how Corvette Racing prepares their cars – both cars were very strong, and this was a good test for the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said O’Connell, who was aiming for a record seventh class win in Sebring. “I’ll try for No. 7 next year. I want to get that record, and I know in a Corvette I’ll be able to do it.” Corvette Racing’s next event is the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, March 31. The 2-hour, 45-minute race on a 1.8-mile temporary street circuit will begin at 5 p.m. ET. The will be televised tape-delayed on the SPEED Channel from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT1 Results
Pos./Drivers/Car/Laps
1. Gavin/Beretta/Papis, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
2. Fellows/O’Connell/Magnussen, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R, 341
3. Garcia/Turner/Halliday, Aston Martin DBR9, 331 NEXT EVENT
March 31, 2007, Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg
TV: SPEED, March 31, 8 p.m. ET
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Sebring Preview: Corvettes Capture GT1 Pole

by Keith Cornett on March 16, 2007

C6.R driver Jan Magnussen in the #3 Corvette captured his third career Series pole position and his first with Corvette Racing in GT1. Magnussen turned in a lap of 1:57.061 to best teammate Oliver Gavin by 0.419 seconds. It is Magnussen’s first pole since Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in 2003 in the GTS class (now GT1) in a Ferrari 550. He also sat on the overall pole for Panoz Motor Sports at Mosport in 1999. Both times he wound up winning the race. “Everything went well,” said Magnussen, who will share the No. 3 entry with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell. “We had two timed laps and the first was my fastest. The tires went away a little on the second lap and we came in. We weren’t going to improve. Our plan was to do three laps.” Corvette has won at Sebring four times in the last five seasons, the only loss coming in 2005 to Aston Martin. Team Modena’s DBR9 qualified third at 1:58.241 with Antonio Garcia behind the wheel.
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Flickr Photo of the Day: Penny and Her 1958 Corvette

by Keith Cornett on March 16, 2007

Last night I found this wonderful photo and story of an 86 year old Corvette owner named Penny who daily drives a 1958 convertible. The photographer is also a neighbor who said the following about her subject:

“Penny is our 86 year old neighbor and friend. She is the most youthful 86 year old I’ve ever met and she drives a 1958 Corvette in mint condition which she bought new 48 years ago.” “I asked Penny if I could take photos of her with her beloved Corvette. She graciously agreed, and said, “It needs a new paint job, but so do I!” Penny is a lovely woman and a role model of what it can be like to be a senior young-at-heart.”
86 year old owner with her 1958 Corvette
There are three photos in the Penny series and you can view them here and here. The comments are worth reading as well.
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Rick Conti with a Velocity Yellow Z06 CorvetteFinally the cat is out of the bag. Last week Corvette Conti announced that his site would be down over the weekend for an overhaul. Soon rumors began to swirl that the Corvette sales specialist was leaving Ohio for greener pastures. Tuesday morning, finally ending the “irresponsible speculation” that Corvette owners are apparently famous for, Rick confirmed that he has left Spitzer Chevrolet in Cleveland to join one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in the Midwest, EVS Chevrolet in Random Lake, Wisconsin. The fact that this story has fueled a thread at Digital Corvettes that is nine pages long with people offering well wishes and promises for future Corvette purchases only confirms something I have believed in for some time now. Rick Conti is a Rock Star! You know you’re doing something right when you generate that kind of positive response when your day job is that of a car salesman. But Rick doesn’t just sell cars. He’s sells the dream. He cures the fever by leading the customer on a journey into the Corvette experience. Doubt me? Just take a look at his previous office. EVS Chevrolet is currently a sponsor on the Corvette Forum. It will be interesting to see if EVS tries to maintain a presence on both forums or just concentrate on one. A quick check of their inventory shows 33 Corvettes available so they definitely have the volume. Conti is already making waves in Wisconsin with last night’s announcement that EVS will be offering a change to win a Velocity Yellow Z06 Corvette. So congratulations Rick on the new home. I’m looking forward to reading the new CorvetteConti.com!
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Jan Magnussen topped the chart in GT1 with a 1:57.466 in Corvette Racing’s #3 C6.Rs The Dane, teaming with Ron Fellows and Johnny O’Connell, was 0.103 seconds ahead of the #4 Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta, Oliver Gavin and Max Papis. They were followed by Team Modena’s Aston Martin DBR9 at 1:59.820.
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